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Ms. Stevens

Piper Stevens

Director of Social Media, Loews Hotels & Resorts

Piper Stevens is the Director of Social Media at Loews Hotels & Resorts, where she leads the development and management of strategic social media initiatives. She is responsible for driving revenue growth through social commerce and amplifying the brand positioning via social conversation. Prior to Loews Hotels, Ms. Stevens spent several years at Godiva Chocolatier, in various Marketing roles, most recently she was Senior Manager of Brand Communications overseeing multi-channel marketing plans and integrated communication efforts including a Social Media platform that she launched in September 2010. She began her career in Marketing as Product Manager for Rubbermaid Home Products. Ms. Stevens graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Miami University. She enjoys running, writing and traveling and resides in New York City with her husband Sean.

Ms. Stevens can be contacted at 212-521-2585 or pstevens@loewshotels.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.