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Mr. Billings

Brandon Billings

Vice President of Social Media & Content Strategy, NJF an MMGY Global Company

Brandon Billings and his teams develop social campaigns across owned, earned and paid channels for a variety of destinations, hotels and travel-related brands. As VP of Social Media & Content Strategy for NJF, an MMGY Global company, Mr. Billings makes sure these campaigns are transformative and drive honest engagement while aligning with client metrics.

Mr. Billings's 20 years of industry experience include award-winning work for McDonald's, Gold's Gym, MetLife, Wonder Bread, Princess Cruises, Radisson Hotels, VisitKC, South Dakato Tourism and the Kansas City Chiefs. Numerous Adrian Awards, Webby Awards and Web Marketing Association Awards include his name.

Mr. Billings has spent time on both the client and advertising agency side. He led digital for VisitKC the first part of his career. On the advertising agency side, he has directed social teams at leading retail and tourism agencies throughout his career. One of Mr. Billings's proudest accomplishments was helping reshape his hometown of Kansas City into a top-tier destination rooted in arts and culture. He also led social efforts to relaunch the iconic Hostess Snacks brand to a new generation.

MMGY Global is the world's largest integrated marketing company specializing in the travel, hospitality and entertainment industries. With nearly 40 years of experience within the industry, we offer services across all marketing channels in multiple markets throughout the world. Today, MMGY represents six brands with one goal: to inspire people to go places.

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

Mr. Billings can be contacted at +1 816-300-5191 or bbillings@njfpr.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.