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Ms. Hilger

Stephanie Hilger

Director of Social Media, Blue Magnet Interactive

Stephanie Hilger is the Director of Social Media at Blue Magnet Interactive, a Chicago-based digital marketing agency for the hospitality industry. Overseeing the direction of the company's social media department, Ms. Hilger is responsible for the overall social media performance provided by her team of 20 marketers to over 40 hospitality clients across the country. She is accountable for establishing best practices in social media, upholding company marketing standards, and ensuring that top quality social media services are executed by her team.

In her current role, Ms. Hilger has helped define Blue Magnet's social media marketing service options, pricing, and marketing strategy across multiple channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn and more. She has presented at several industry conferences about the important role of social media marketing in holistic digital marketing.

In addition to helping her team provide engaging social media campaigns for clients, Ms. Hilger also heads the marketing strategy for the company's own social media efforts, positioning Blue Magnet as the most trusted name in hospitality marketing. As a result, the company's blog has become an integral component of new business development, while its social media channels have proven an incredibly effective tool for recruiting new team members.

Prior to her role as Director, Ms. Hilger had provided digital marketing services to a wide variety of hospitality clients including major brand hotels, independent hotels, five-star luxury resorts, hotel management groups, CVBs, convention centers, and event planning companies. Although her passion is in social media, her specialties include search engine optimization, website management, and creating multi-channel digital marketing strategies. She has spearheaded a number of successful campaigns and promotional giveaways in addition to facilitating significant online community growth for a number of clients.

Ms. Hilger has also assisted in numerous website design and development projects and credits her social triumphs to her well-rounded digital marketing experience. Prior to joining Blue Magnet, Ms. Hilger established her digital marketing career as a social media manager and marketing coordinator in a variety of industries including film, real estate, travel, and event planning. Ms. Hilger holds a BA in Marketing Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.

Please visit http://www.bluemagnetinteractive.com for more information.

Ms. Hilger can be contacted at 8773611177216 or stephanie.hilger@bluemagnetinteractive.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.