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Mr. Luciani

Doug Luciani

Chief Associate, PRofit from PR - Public Relations & Marketing

Doug Luciani leads PRofit from PR - Public Relations and Marketing. Focusing on media relations, marketing communications, e-marketing strategies and media training, the Orlando based firm specializes in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. PRofit from PR's client roster includes hotels and resorts across the United States, and also features businesses in the fields of technology, healthcare, security, real estate and corporate training. As a result of his leadership and success with PRofit from PR, Luciani also serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for Dickinson & Associates Advertising & Marketing and Chief Communications Officer for Florida Vacation Auction. Before launching PRofit from PR, Luciani worked as the public relations manager for MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, (now Interstate Hotels & Resorts after a merger) the nation's largest hotel management company. In that role, he worked to gain publicity and generate revenue for a variety of property types including golf, beachfront, spa, ski and tennis resorts. Prior to joining MeriStar, Luciani served as a public relations representative for VISIT FLORIDA, the Sunshine State's official tourism promotion corporation. In addition to public relations experience, he has nearly six years of experience as a broadcast journalist, anchor and talk show host. Luciani worked for both television and radio stations throughout Florida and Louisiana. During that time, he had the privilege to cover a variety of news and sports stories. As a result he has interviewed and interacted with local characters, national newsmakers, and sports figures. Luciani's work has been recognized with a number of Florida Public Relations Association Image Awards and several broadcasting awards. PRofit from PR and its client Hawk's Cay Resort celebrated their combined success by capturing top honors from Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing corporation, at the 2005 Governor's Conference on Tourism. The team took home the Flagler Award's Best in Show for its budget category. The award recognizes the resort^a's marketing efforts, including public relations, promotions, advertising, and collateral. Luciani has been an invited guest speaker to a number of public relations and business marketing seminars and has led media training seminars approved for continuing education credits by the Florida Bar Association. His work has been recognized with a number of Florida Public Relations Association Image Awards and several broadcasting awards. A graduate of the University of Florida, he is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association, Public Relations Society of America and several regional business development organizations.

Mr. Luciani can be contacted at 407-719-6102 or doug@profitfrompr.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.