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Ms. Buono

Cheryl Buono

Vice President of Media Activation, JL Media

Cheryl Buono is the vice president of media activation for JL Media, an award-winning integrated media and marketing company located in East Union, New Jersey offering more than 30 years of integrated media strategy.

In her current role, Ms. Buono works to accomplish clients' goals through strategic thinking, insights and analytics, along with years of experience honing her craft.

Prior to joining JL Media, Ms. Buono held a series of executive and managerial positions with Marketsmith Inc., TWO Nil, DRM Partners Inc., Integrated Media Solutions, OMD, ID Media and Ellentuck & Springer, all marketing and advertising agencies located in New York and/or New Jersey.

A media expert with a stellar record of achieving client goals by creating innovative media campaigns and brand strategies that maximize the client's return on investment (ROI), Ms. Buono brings 20 years of experience in performance-based media in multiple verticals. These vertical markets where she has excelled include hospitality, entertainment, medical, e-commerce, automotive, retail, tourism, insurance, education and finance.

Ms. Buono's specialties include lead generation and conversion driven campaigns, programmatic display, location-based targeting, digital video, audio, native, non-linear and linear television inclusive of national cable syndication, national network and local broadcast.

Ms. Buono brings extensive leadership and personnel management experience to her role, having led teams of marketing, advertising and media purchasing professionals throughout her career, in addition to several years of direct client account management experience prior to moving into her executive-level roles.

Ms. Buono earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Rowan University in New Jersey

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

Ms. Buono can be contacted at +1 908-687-8700 or cbuono@jlmedia.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.