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Mr. Bitzer

Matt Bitzer

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Blue Magnet Interactive

Matt Bitzer is the CEO and Co-founder of Blue Magnet Interactive, the award-winning, Chicago-based digital marketing agency serving the hospitality industry that was recognized as one of Inc. 5000's Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2016 and 2017. With over fifteen years of experience working with major hotel brands, independent properties, management companies, and hotel owners, Mr. Bitzer has devoted his career to helping hoteliers monetize their property's online presence through the thoughtful integration of SEO, content marketing, social media, paid media, email marketing, reputation management, and purposeful web design.

His experience has spanned from the agency world (what is now Sabre Hospitality), providing organic search engine optimization strategies for hotels across the globe, to the property level, heading the digital marketing for two flagship hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio (Hilton Washington and Capital Hilton). Understanding the unique challenges of both the hotelier and the marketing agency has equipped Mr. Bitzer with a valuable perspective essential to Blue Magnet's success.

As CEO, Mr. Bitzer is accountable for leading Blue Magnet towards its vision: to be the world's most trusted name in hospitality digital marketing. This includes defining Blue Magnet's values, upholding its standards of excellence, forming strategic partnerships, driving business development, overseeing internal operations, ensuring customer satisfaction, boosting morale, tweeting, posting, blogging, and, occasionally, singing karaoke. His insights into the world of hotel digital marketing are regularly shared at industry conferences as well as on the official Blue Magnet blog.

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

Mr. Bitzer can be contacted at +1 312-940-4395 or matt.bitzer@bluemagnetinteractive.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.