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Ms. Dochen

Dee Dee Dochen

Founder & Owner, DDD Marketing Communications

Working since 1980 to help businesses and organizations manage their messages, Dee Dee Dochen founded DDD Marketing Communications in 1994 on an established record of professional service, personal attention, creativity and collaboration. Ms. Dochen's marketing communications career has its roots in the hospitality industry. As Director of Convention Sales for the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau in the mid-80s, she fine-tuned the notion of combining creative ideas and a team of "specialists" - hotels, attractions, restaurants, musicians - to help manage the message of, in that case, a city. In 1988, she moved to Washington, D.C., and served as a Director of Public Relations and Marketing Programs for Marriott International, Inc. It was here that she gained deep experience in integrated communications, affiliate marketing with Fortune 500 companies, crisis communications, and in creating and executing marketing communication solutions for a nationwide network of hotels. In late 1994, Ms. Dochen relocated to Houston and opened her business with Marriott International, Inc. as a client. She has since expanded both her client reach and her network of affiliated professionals, surrounding herself with associates and partners who share a commitment to excellence and enthusiasm for results. Ms. Dochen is an active community leader, involved with organizations that support the arts, children with special needs, human and civil rights, and education.

Ms. Dochen can be contacted at 713-432-7575 or ddd@dddmc.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.