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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 June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.