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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 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.