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Mr. Vertolli

Frank Vertolli

Co-Founder, Net Conversion

Frank Vertolli is the calm during the storm He seeing things clearly and providing rational thought leadership to clients no matter the weather. He leads marketing and project management for Net Conversion with more than 15 years of results-oriented digital marketing experience in the hospitality industry including corporate, small business, agency and start-up environments. Mr. Vertolli is infatuated with trackable marketing opportunities and concentrates on comprehensive interactive strategy and execution, online media and advertising, web content development, ecommerce (B2C & B2B), customer relationship management (CRM) and the overall management of a variety of clients, partner and vendor relationships. Prior to founding Net Conversion, Mr. Vertolli spent 11 successful years at Universal Orlando Resort on the Internet marketing team, growing and leading the channel from its inception to its current position as Universal's largest sales channel, representing over 25 percent of total business annually. He graduated from the University of Central Florida. In his spare time Mr. Vertolli enjoys quality time with his family, surfing, fishing, snowboarding and playing with new technology. The team at Net Conversion is focused on driving revenue for clients in the travel industry through paid digital marketing along with comprehensive analytics. They won a 2012 Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Gold Digital Marketing Adrian Award for an online video campaign created for the Nassau Paradise Island Promotional Board in partnership with Verb Interactive. The campaign increased website visitation by 30 percent from top-origin markets and delivered 50 percent more leads to partner resorts.

Please visit http://www.net-conversion.com for more information.

Mr. Vertolli can be contacted at 407-241-2046 or frank@net-conversion.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.