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Mr. Day

Ryan Day

Founding Partner, The Portal Live, LLC

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ryan Day earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Kendall Collage of Art and Design in 2004. Embracing his passion for innovation, he soon after opened a successful design firm, Ryan Day Design. From its inception, the firm focused on providing clients the highest possible return on their advertising investments by creating fully integrated multiplatform marketing campaigns. Mr. Day draws on his experience to develop elegant solutions to enhance productivity in complex, interconnected consumer ecosystems. Mr. Day works with clients to implement sustainable systems-based solutions that address the ongoing frustrations business owners face regarding low returns on conventional advertising, and inadequacies in the ability to reach motivated consumers. Mr. Day founded The Portal Live, LLC in 2005 after studying conventional and emerging advertising models including in-room hotel publications, in-flight print media, location-based digital advertising, intuitive mobile marketing, and social media communications. This provided the guidelines to develop a system that would consistently provide boutiques access to new highly motivated consumers, while ensuring hotels enjoyed increased revenue. Recognizing significant opportunities in emerging mobile web technologies, Mr. Day launched Touch Tech Media Lab, LLC in 2013. The company creates custom multi-platform web applications and mobile websites designed specifically to increase exposure, usability, and conversions among mobile customers. Supported by a team of software developers, Mr. Day now looks to establish Touch Tech Media Lab, LLC as an industry leading developer of custom digital solutions for small to medium sized businesses. Mr. Day remains as a partner and continues to follow the market and drive Touch Tech Media Lab forward, connecting local consumers with regional businesses via mobile web technologies.

Mr. Day can be contacted at 954-254-3099 or rday@TouchTechMediaLab.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.