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Ms. Bauer

Pam Bauer

Director Brand Development & Marketing, Callaway Resort & Gardens

As Director of Brand Development and Marketing, Pam Bauer serves as the Callaway Resort & Gardens' brand champion, setting the marketing and guest engagement strategy to further property's mission to, "Connect People and Nature in a way that benefits both".

An accomplished marketing and customer experience operations professional with proven success in start-up, turn-around and process improvement, Ms. Bauer brings passion and enthusiasm on her subject matter as well as expertise in brand development cultural initiatives, customer experiences, motivational speaking, customer journey mapping, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Team at Callaway Resort & Gardens, Ms. Bauer founded elevateXP in 2013, a boutique customer experience (CX) design consulting firm based on her belief that "If the experience is not by design, you're leaving it to default." Ms. Bauer is a proud Marketing and Management double major graduate of Mercer University's Stetson School of Business & Economics and a graduate of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Executive Program. Ms. Bauer also holds “Leadership in Service Excellence” certification from Cornell University and attended the International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.¬†

For more than 65 years, Callaway Resort & Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway includes a garden and resort on thousands of acres in the rolling Appalachian foothills of Pine Mountain, Georgia. ¬†Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and special events throughout the year, including one of National Geographic's top holiday light shows in the Nation, Fantasy In Lights.

 


Please visit http://www.callawaygardens.com for more information.

Ms. Bauer can be contacted at 706-663-6804 or pbauer@callawaygardens.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.