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Mr. Cobb

Lucas Cobb

VP, Integrated Planning, MMGY Global

Lucas Cobb currently leads the Account Planning practice with MMGY Global. MMGY, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is an integrated marketing firm with a 30-year history of providing objective driven advertising, online marketing, web and mobile asset development, social program management, CRM, and brand design services to travel industry clients. In this role he is in charge of translating MMGY's insights garnered from market research and core client goals into hyper-targeted, measureable multi-channel campaign strategies. Prior to becoming the VP, Integrated Planning Mr. Cobb ran the interactive account management team and also acted as lead product strategist for MMGY's mobile offerings. Mr. Cobb has been with MMGY for 3 years. In this time he has led the planning and implementation of projects for Barbados Tourism Authority, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, KSL Resorts, Silversea Cruises, and many others. From 2004 to 2009 Mr. Cobb was with another Kansas City firm, Barkley. At Barkley he was responsible for management and oversight of the agencies project management office that consisted of staff responsible for the execution of project assignments across on and offline mediums. He and his team worked on accounts ranging from Sonic Drive-in to Build-A-Bear Workshop and Pennsylvania Tourism. In the mid 1990s through the early 2000s Mr. Cobb worked as and Interactive Marketing Director, a web designer / developer and also ran his own interactive and direct marketing consulting practice. This background in early website development, ecommerce, traditional advertising and direct marketing coupled with his experiences implementing campaigns across such media has enabled Mr. Cobb to approach client opportunities without channel bias. Instead, he looks at every opportunity through a lens formed from quantifiable statistics and goal oriented thinking. Because, in the end, true success can only be achieved when strategy, implementation and measurement work in harmony. Mr. Cobb is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism with emphasis in professional writing.

Mr. Cobb can be contacted at 816-300-5169 or lcobb@mmgyglobal.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.