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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 February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.