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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 877-361-1177 x216 or stephanie.hilger@bluemagnetinteractive.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.