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Mr. Patterson

Robert Patterson

Vice President of Content & Social Strategy, MMGY Global

Robert Patterson is the Vice President of Content & Social Strategy at MMGY Global, the largest integrated travel marketing firm in the world. MMGY, based in Kansas City, Missouri, has over 35 years of travel marketing experience providing research-driven advertising, branding, online marketing, web and mobile development, social media, CRM, and public relations services to travel industry clients. Having founded MMGY's social media department in 2009, Mr. Patterson has spearheaded successful social media strategies for clients including the Colorado Tourism Office, Barbados Tourism Authority and Trump Hotel Collection. Prior to becoming the VP, Content & Social Strategy, Mr. Patterson ran the web analytics department of MMGY where he also provided search engine optimization strategy. With over a decade of travel, tourism and hospitality marketing experience, Mr. Patterson is a skilled practitioner in public relations, web development, search engine marketing and online media. Prior to joining MMGY Global, Mr. Patterson led online strategy for the online travel agency BookIt.com. MMGY Global's social media work has been awarded some of the industry's top awards, including HSAMI Adrian Awards, Travel+Leisure's SMITTY and HOTELS Magazine's Best Use of Twitter Award. Mr. Patterson is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and holds a bachelors degree in public relations and journalism.

Mr. Patterson can be contacted at 816-300-5249 or rpatterson@mmgyglobal.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.