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Ms. Heyl

Sherry Heyl

Founder & Consultant, Amplified Concepts

Sherry Heyl is an award-winning marketing professional with 10+ years experience using digital media to build brand equity and amplify brand experiences. Since 2005, she has been developing digital marketing strategies, mostly focused on social platforms that enable organizations to integrate new technologies and capabilities with their existing campaigns and business goals.

Ms. Heyl has developed customized individual training tracks to help marketing managers and business owners add social media as a core competency. As the founder of Amplified Concepts, she uses her expertise in strategy development and project management combined with her relationships with some of the smartest freelancers in the digital world to deliver customized solutions and deep expertise to client projects.

From building up hype and attendance for a nonprofit's first 5K run to leading a press tour of Atlanta for over 50 social media influencers from around the world to developing engagement initiatives such as trivia questions and games, Ms. Heyl has developed, managed and been hands-on with numerous campaigns both large and small.

Ms. Heyl has been involved in many notable projects including: Social Influencers Travel Summit (was developed in partnership with the Atlanta Convention Visitors Bureau to bring together 50+ Influencers from around the world for workshops delivered by their peers combined with a press tour of the city). This event yielded over 93 million impressions and was recognized by AiMA best of Atlanta, PR Daily's Digital PR & Social Media Awards in the category of Digital and Social Media for Brand Awareness

The team also received recognition by PR Daily's Social Media Awards in the category of Best Community Engagement for Pullman Paris Press Tour focused on telling to story of the renovations of the Pullman hotels to the North American Market.

Ms. Heyl can be contacted at 404-386-9801 or sherry@amplifiedconcepts.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.