Editorial Board   

Ms. Bressler

Hillary Bressler

Fractional Digital CMO, PinchHit Partners

Hillary Bressler is a travel and hospitality digital marketing expert with 20 years solely focused on digital marketing.   

Ms. Bressler is the quintessential “Digital Marketing Swiss Army knife” - she has the tools, skills, and experience to improve any organization's market position. She has been marketing and selling online since 1994 and has more than twenty years of digital marketing experience, including seventeen years at as CEO of .Com Marketing, a top interactive ad agency in the U.S.

Ms. Bressler has a track record in spotting industry trends and capitalizing on them before the competition. She continues to be an innovator and has a keen eye for marketing practices that are sure fire winners. An example: she led major brands to become the first advertiser on LinkedIn and Facebook and launched aggressive ad on Google Ad Words in 2001. Her greatest strengths are in online sales conversion,  lead generation systems, integrating technology and operations, and a generator of new ideas.

Ms. Bressler is a graduate of the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia receiving her bachelors in advertising. Her experience at UGA provided an opportunity to study in France.

Ms. Bressler currently serves on the board of Full Sail University as digital advisor integrating digital curriculum into entertainment, arts and technology into bachelor and master degrees.  Most recently she acts as the Digital Advisor to FounderMark, which has built a focused portfolio of early-stage mobile properties and apps.

Ms. Bressler's agency, .Com Marketing was successfully acquired in 2014 by Edgecore which was later acquired by Mindstream Media.  She currently acts as a fractional CMO for PinchHit Partners where she pinch hits for travel companies that are seeking CMO executive leadership and marketing.

Please visit Http://www.happytraveler.com for more information.

Ms. Bressler can be contacted at 321-356-4769 or hillarybressler@gmail.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.