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Ms. Hayn

Kathleen Hayn

Public Relations Manager, Slice Communications

Kathleen Hayn is a Public Relations Manager at Slice Communications, a marketing agency that is based Philadelphia, PA that specializes in social media, public relations and email marketing. In her role, she works with clients to develop strategic thought leadership and creative earned media campaigns to broaden brand awareness to their target audiences.

Ms. Hayn's client portfolio includes clients within the hospitality, technology, and manufacturing industries, as well as nonprofit organizations. Additionally, she plays an integral role in planning Mashable's Social Media Day in Philadelphia which is hosted by Slice.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hayn has found ways to incorporate new and emerging earned media tactics within seeming-traditional marketing campaigns by utilizing influencers and identifying other "unexpected" areas in which her clients can communicate with their target markets.

Prior to joining Slice in 2018, Ms. Hayn was a Public Relations Manager at Boston and Philadelphia-based advertising agency Allen & Gerritsen where she worked with clients in the consumer goods, higher education, and technology industries. At Allen & Gerritsen, she worked on 2018's "Philly Wants LeBron" campaign by Power Home Remodeling to help drive media relations for a campaign that resulted in more than 300 media placements and was acknowledged by the basketball superstar himself.

Ms. Hayn began her career in the event planning for the art and design communities in New York City before she realized her true passion was in public relations and her hometown of Philadelphia. She earned her degree in Public Relations and Hospitality from St. John's University in Queens, NY.

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

Ms. Hayn can be contacted at +1 484-888-4445 or khayn@slicecommunications.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.