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Ms. Keyser-Squires

Julie Keyser-Squires

CEO, Softscribe Inc.

Julie Keyser-Squires is CEO of Softscribe Inc., a human oriented sales messaging corporation that helps technology companies targeting the hospitality and related markets shorten the sales cycle and find customers faster. There is a true visionary quality to Julie that energizes her work and empowers her professional clientele. Niched within a core Internet expertise of high technology communications, she seamlessly blends her expertise in public relations, content marketing, social media, and SEO. Always in alignment with her natural strengths and wellness, she is a results-oriented, relationship-driven executive who brings out the best in her team and those she serves. Knowing that healthy starts are pivotal in life, Ms. Squires' commitment to excellence and discipline finds its point of origin in classical ballet, the most methodical style of the genre, which she began studying and performing at age 4. Ballet fueled an artistic temperament and gave her a vehicle of expression through which her creativity blossomed. After college, Ms. Squires worked for the Pasadena Star News writing classified ads, theater and dance reviews and amassed an impressive written portfolio. After a turn at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, she realized her forte was in writing and set her sights on the traditional public relations field. Since 1999, Ms. Squires has achieved extraordinary results in PR, SEO, content marketing and social media marketing. A self-proclaimed “visionary thinker” who knows her competencies, her gift of forecasting market trends and customizing programs accordingly is her great differentiator. “I can work 18 months to 3 years ahead of mainstream thought,” she claims. Ms. Squires cites Softscribe's early deployment of keyword optimization, buyer persona marketing and social media strategies as “leading edge.” At the heart of her mission in business is a deep relationship orientation and dedication to helping her clients achieve their sales goals. Ms. Squires also embraces wellness principles and draws energy from positive, innovative people. “We have to be at our best to give our best.”

Ms. Keyser-Squires can be contacted at 404-256-5512 or julie@softscribeinc.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.