Ms. Heyl

Sherry Heyl

Managing Director, Partner

Sensei Project

Sherry Heyl is an award-winning marketing professional with 10+ years experience using digital media to build brand equity and amplify brand experiences. Since 2005, she has been developing digital marketing strategies, mostly focused on social platforms that enable organizations to integrate new technologies and capabilities with their existing campaigns and business goals. She has developed customized individual training tracks to help marketing managers and business owners add social media as a core competency.

From building up hype and attendance for a nonprofit’s first 5K run to leading a press tour of Atlanta for over 50 social media influencers from around the world to developing engagement initiatives such as trivia questions and games, Ms. Heyl has developed, managed and been hands-on with numerous campaigns both large and small.

Ms. Heyl has been involved in many notable projects including: Social Influencers Travel Summit was developed in partnership with the Atlanta Convention Visitors Bureau to bring together 50+ Influencers from around the world for workshops delivered by their peers combined with a press tour of the city. This event yielded over 93 million impressions and was recognized by AiMA best of Atlanta, PR Daily’s Digital PR & Social Media Awards in the category of Digital and Social Media for Brand Awareness and received the Award of Excellence by PRSA Phoenix Awards.

Accor Hotels community engagement strategies included weekly Twitter contests with token give-aways, proactive sales outreach to travelers, and responsive customer service. The team received recognition by PR Daily’s Social Media Awards in the category of Best Community Engagement.

Pullman Paris Press Tour focused on telling to story of the renovations of the Pullman hotels to the North American Market. We select 7 influencers whose focus was on Travel, Design, and Architecture and worked with our client to develop an experience that would shape compelling stories by our influencers. We also actively engaged with the influencer on through our client’s social media account provide insider information as well as amplified their stories. The result was an overall online media reach of 57.8 million. The team received recognition by PR Daily’s Media Relations Awards in the category of Influencer Campaign.

Ms. Heyl can be contacted at 404-386-9801 or sherry@senseiproject.com

Coming Up In The June Online Hotel Business Review




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Feature Focus
Sales & Marketing: Who Owns the Guest?
Hotels and OTAs are, by necessity, joined at the hip and locked in a symbiotic relationship that is uneasy at best. Hotels require the marketing presence that OTAs offer and of course, OTAs guest’s email when it sends guest information to a hotel, effectively allowing OTAs to maintain “ownership” of the guest. Without ready access to guest need hotel product to offer their online customers. But recently, several OTAs have decided to no longer share a data, hotels are severely constrained from marketing directly to a guest which allows them to capture repeat business – the lowest cost and highest value travelers. Hotels also require this data to effectively market to previous guests, so ownership of this data will be a significant factor as hotels and OTAs move forward. Another issue is the increasing shift to mobile travel bookings. Mobile will account for more than half of all online travel bookings next year, and 78.6% of them will use their smartphone to make those reservations. As a result, hotels must have a robust mobile marketing plan in place, which means responsive design, one-click booking, and location technology. Another important mobile marketing element is a “Click-to-Call” feature. According to a recent Google survey, 68% of hotel guests report that it is extremely/very important to be able to call a hotel during the purchase phase, and 58% are very likely to call a hotel if the capability is available in a smartphone search. 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.