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Ms. Griffin

Nancy Griffin

Founder, Contento Marketing

Nancy Griffin is a recognized leader in the spa industry. Known as a trendsetter in spa and wellness for more than 20 years, Ms. Griffin completed Graduate Management studies at the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where she performed research for the International Spa Association. After graduating in 1995, she founded her first marketing firm, The Wellness Resource.

Ms. Griffin's specialty is the creation of marketing and networking platforms that bring together the fragmented spa industry. In 2000, she founded SpaTrade.com—the spa first online community. In 2007, she founded SpaExec, boutique regional trade events for spa executives. Questex Media Group acquired SpaTrade and SpaExec in August 2008. Ms. Griffin continued on as Executive Director of SpaTrade and SpaExec for 2 years. During that time she also directed the educational programs for the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences (IECSC). She currently manages the annual ISPA Media event in New York City, curating sponsors, journalists and influencers in travel, spa and beauty.

In October 2010, Ms. Griffin founded her current marketing and PR consulting firm, Contento Marketing. Contento has been helping brands successfully penetrate the spa market through creative marketing, PR and sales strategies. Uncovering an unmet need for retail support in spas, Contento has partnered with long-time client TouchAmerica on a new venture—BESPOKE Artful Retail Display Solutions.

A sought-after speaker, Ms. Griffin has spoken at dozens of industry events, including the ISPA Conference, Luxury Travel Expo, Professional Spa London and Cosmoprof Bologna.


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Ms. Griffin can be contacted at 415-987-0012 or nancy@contentomarketing.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.