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Ms. Keyser-Squires

Julie Keyser-Squires

CEO, Softscribe Inc.

Julie Keyser-Squires is CEO of Softscribe Inc., a human oriented sales messaging corporation that helps technology companies targeting the hospitality and related markets shorten the sales cycle and find customers faster. There is a true visionary quality to Julie that energizes her work and empowers her professional clientele. Niched within a core Internet expertise of high technology communications, she seamlessly blends her expertise in public relations, content marketing, social media, and SEO. Always in alignment with her natural strengths and wellness, she is a results-oriented, relationship-driven executive who brings out the best in her team and those she serves. Knowing that healthy starts are pivotal in life, Ms. Squires' commitment to excellence and discipline finds its point of origin in classical ballet, the most methodical style of the genre, which she began studying and performing at age 4. Ballet fueled an artistic temperament and gave her a vehicle of expression through which her creativity blossomed. After college, Ms. Squires worked for the Pasadena Star News writing classified ads, theater and dance reviews and amassed an impressive written portfolio. After a turn at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, she realized her forte was in writing and set her sights on the traditional public relations field. Since 1999, Ms. Squires has achieved extraordinary results in PR, SEO, content marketing and social media marketing. A self-proclaimed “visionary thinker” who knows her competencies, her gift of forecasting market trends and customizing programs accordingly is her great differentiator. “I can work 18 months to 3 years ahead of mainstream thought,” she claims. Ms. Squires cites Softscribe's early deployment of keyword optimization, buyer persona marketing and social media strategies as “leading edge.” At the heart of her mission in business is a deep relationship orientation and dedication to helping her clients achieve their sales goals. Ms. Squires also embraces wellness principles and draws energy from positive, innovative people. “We have to be at our best to give our best.”

Ms. Keyser-Squires can be contacted at 404-256-5512 or julie@softscribeinc.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.