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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.Http://happytraveler.com for more information.

Ms. Bressler can be contacted at +1 321-356-4769 or hillarybressler@gmail.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.