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Mr. Lafferty

Daniel Lafferty

Director of Music & Voice, PHMG

Daniel Lafferty is Director of Music and Voice at PHMG, the world's largest audio branding agency with more than 32,000 clients in 39 countries.

Mr. Lafferty has been with the company since 2010, helping businesses across the globe to harness the full potential of audio branding.

Drawing on his extensive background in music, psychoacoustics and the influence of sound on human behaviour, Mr. Lafferty leads finely-tuned bespoke music and voice workshops with organizations, enabling them to understand and explore all of the elements of their brand to create a unique Brand-Sound-Track™ - the exclusive piece of music that encapsulates their company's identity.

Mr. Lafferty looks after the creative talent at PHMG, providing strategic and artistic direction to composers, producers, engineers, voiceover artists and copywriters, to ensure the seamless implementation of a client's new audio branding service.

By developing relationships with world-leading composers and voice artists, he continues to develop and enhance the roster of creative talent at PHMG.

Over the last five years, Mr. Lafferty has been fundraising for PHMG's charitable arm, the PHMG Foundation, helping to raise almost $370,000 for almost 70 different organizations around the world. He most recently climbed Snowdon and also took part in an unusual charity challenge banning him from using the lifts at PHMG's twelfth-floor Manchester office - a distance equal to 7 times the Empire State Building.

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

Mr. Lafferty can be contacted at +44 (0) 161-877-2253 or daniel.lafferty@phmg.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.