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Ms. Harrison

Babs S. Harrison

Managing Director, Babs Harrison & Partners

Babs Harrison is managing director of Phoenix-based Babs Harrison and Partners, a boutique public relations/marketing consultancy for select luxury resorts, hotels, and spas. Harrison has 25 years of experience in hospitality and has worked with leading brands in the US and internationally .

She has worked extensively with resorts in India, Bali, Tanzania, Paris and also in Arizona. A particular focus has been wellness and spas (she wrote the Mii amo spa's Journey of Taste cookbook). She also strives to walk the wellness talk and recommends likewise to all working in the field.

Before pursuing public relations and marketing for hotels and resorts, she covered food and travel for the Dallas Morning News and, earlier in her career, she was on staff at Dallas-Fort Worth Home & Garden Magazine. She also worked as director of communications at Enchantment Group in Arizona.

A hobby has long been reading top publications - Harrison recommends a minimum of a half hour daily - in the hunt for new ideas, new trends, and things to do and places to go. Her regular reading includes travel trades and also the New York Times as well as digital sites such as Well + Good. As she often insists to clients, it may be comfortable to live in a narrowly defined information bubble but that is not the road to prosperity. Think broadly and good things happen.

Don't think she ignores social media, either. She is active on Twitter (@BabsSH) - her account dates back to 2009 and she has posted over 32,000 Tweets. Nowadays she puts more energy into Instagram (@BabsSH) and Facebook and tells all her clients they need to be active on social too. It is 2019.

 


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

Ms. Harrison can be contacted at 602-334-5350 or babs.s.harrison@gmail.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.