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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 January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.