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Ms. Aggarwal

Benu Aggarwal

Founder & President, Milestone Internet Marketing

Benu Aggarwal, founder and president of Milestone Internet Marketing, is an expert in internet marketing strategies for the travel industry. An award-winning internet marketing firm, Ms. Milestone is a cutting-edge, interactive agency providing complete internet solutions, from web 2.0 to search engine promotion strategies. Ms. Milestone is making a difference on how the travel industry maximizes marketing on the Web, representing over 700 clients worldwide, including major hotel brands and premier resorts. Leading a team of internet marketing specialists, graphic designers, writers, and programmers, Milestone works with clients every step of the way to ensure their success. Ms. Milestone has penned several articles on Search Engine and Social Media Marketing, has written the internet marketing handbook "Hotels to HTMLs", and offers speaking expertise on a diversity of topics. With her lighthearted leadership style, technical marketing experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and motivating “can do” attitude, Ms. Milestone has the ability to communicate technical ideas into tangible practice through step by step instruction. Her speaking engagements are packed with real-life experience and cost effective strategies you can implement right away. Ms. Milestone has been a speaker for Search Engine Strategies - New York, Chicago, San Jose, SMX, Phocuswright - and several nationwide conferences on travel, search engines and online promotions. She was a key speaker in the Pushing Your Profit seminar series sponsored by AMLA and American Express. Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. is a leading provider of internet marketing solutions for the lodging industry. Milestone's portfolio of services includes Hotel Website Design, Search Engine Optimization, Pay-per-Click marketing, Social Media Optimization, eBuzz Connect™ Online Reputation Monitoring, etc. Milestone currently works with over 1000 hotels and drives over $350M in annual revenue for its clients. Milestone is a preferred vendor for several major lodging industry brands and works with some of the leading management companies. Milestone is also well known as a lodging industry educator for its Hotels to HTMLs internet marketing workshops and book. For more information, please visit www.milestoneinternet.com or call (888) 350-8396.

Ms. Aggarwal can be contacted at 408-492-9055 x 2215 or benu@milestoneinternet.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.