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Ms. Hallock

Karla Hallock

Spa Manager, Spa of the Rockies at Glenwood Hot Springs

A licensed esthetician, nail technician and makeup artist, Karla Hallock is a 20-year health and beauty industry professional. At the Spa of the Rockies, a resort and spa where helping people feel better is the company's mission statement, Ms. Hallock puts her extensive experience to work every day, making customer service a top priority. As spa manager, Ms. Hallock oversees the company's long-range goals, as well as all aspects of day-to-day operations including managing a full staff of employees that include estheticians, nail technicians and massage therapists. Her previous experience as a salon owner gives her an in-depth understanding of the various issues that concern employees and the importance of cultivating a repeat client-base in a crowded marketplace. Additionally, Ms. Hallock is responsible for the spa's large inventory of organic and bio-dynamic products that are for sale in the spa boutique and used in treatments including Eminence, Zents, Kneipp, SpaRituals, True Cosmetics, Mineral Essentials and more. Along with managing inventory, Ms. Hallock coordinates continuing education programs that instruct staff about the various products the spa offers and helps to encourage robust sales beginning at the treatment table. During Ms. Hallock 's three year tenure, Spa of the Rockies has been the recipient of several awards including most recently SpaFinder's 2012 Readers' Choice Award for best mineral springs spa.

Ms. Hallock can be contacted at 970-947-3331 or khallock@hotspringspool.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.