Marketing Jobs on Hawaii: January 2015

Maui Jobs

Who wouldn’t want to live in Hawaii? View on my daily walk home in Wailea, Maui.

After moving to Maui from Michigan in 2014, one of the most common questions I receive after “How did you get your job” is “Do you know of any marketing jobs in Hawaii?”

I always hear about marketing jobs opening on Maui and Oahu from recruiters looking for qualified candidates, so I wanted to share some of the current openings as of January 2015. Stay tuned to the “Move to Hawaii” category for more tips on moving to Hawaii, Maui specifically, and all that there is to do. Many positions will relocate qualified candidates, however being willing to quickly move to Hawaii on your own can certainly make you more appealing as a candidate.

January 2015 Hawaii Marketing Jobs

  • Email Marketing Coordinator :: Hawaiian Airlines :: Oahu, Hawaii
  • Public Relations Specialist :: Hawaiian Airlines :: Oahu, Hawaii
  • Senior Ecommerce Manager :: Hilton :: Oahu, Hawaii (covering regional Hilton Hawaii properties
    *I work for Waldorf Astoria, which is part of the Hilton family, and work with this position





Instagram Takeovers

Maui Sunset

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a brand and resort that has the amenities that showcase well via photography. Guests follow along for the latest images to help plan their upcoming vacation, visualize their dream trip, or remember their past stay.

One strategy I’ve utilized on our Instagram account over the past year has been Instagram Takeovers. During an Instagram Takeover, a photographer or social media personality takes over our account for 5 – 7 days and posts images from their stay, in their voice.

Luckily, the past few takeovers have been mostly done one trade – room, F&B credit, access to amenities (spa, pool, paddleboarding, luau, and more) – in exchange for the photography captured throughout the week and producing high quality content on our Instagram account.

Some of the lessons I’ve learned from managing the last few takeovers on our account:

1. Always have a contract

Make sure that both parties understand what is expected of them. The resort wants high quality images, an engaging voice, timely and consistent posting, and a natural yet positive perspective of the property. Should the person taking over the account respond to questions from guests? Should they comment as the hotel or sign out and comment/respond as themselves when asked questions? What hashtags can be used or not be used? Can you tag certain people, places, or products? Is there a theme to follow for the week? What are the goals of the takeover?

After every takeover is completed, I review the contracts to see how it might be able to be edited for the next takeover.

2. Don’t make the takeover too specific

After a few generic takeovers, we started working with personalities that were more targeted in what they would be focusing on: weddings, families, underwater beach activities. In the end, for our audience, we found that becoming too focused had a negative impact on our engagement. Unless you’re a resort that has a highly targeted audience (honeymooners, family waterpark, scuba diving aficionados), your social media following may become disengaged when your photos focus on something that they can’t relate to.

3. Don’t do takeovers too often

As nice as it is for your guests to see the resort from a different perspective than yours, we found doing the takeovers too frequently (once every other month) was too much for our audience. Our sweet spot seems to be one takeover a quarter or less, 2 – 4 takeovers a year total.

6 Months of Resort Life on Maui

palm tree shadowStarting a new position is always a whirlwind, but throw in relocation, learning a new market, and moving from casino marketing to resort marketing and I’d think you were crazy if you stayed somewhat sane.

On Moving to Maui

The first few months of relocation were rough. I’ve relocated for hospitality positions a few times now, however this was the first time moving with my husband and two dogs. The logistics were rough in getting our dogs to Maui — a 5 month quarantine process, flying them over, and getting them acclimated to the weather took some time, but it was nice to finally have them out here and settle in. Housing was difficult as well — I had a negative experience with a local landlord that was subletting an apartment through AirBNB. It wasn’t his to sublet, so when the original owner found out, things went downhill fast. As a businessman who is respected in the community, he handled (didn’t handle) the situation horribly. AirBNB handled the situation amazingly and assisted with getting me in a new place and removing the person I rented from from their site, but I learned a lot about the rental market here through that situation. We ended up buying a condo and now Maui feels like home. For those moving to Maui with animals, it’s tough here. Rentals aren’t dog friendly for the most part, so unless you’re in a position to buy, finding a home for your family might be your toughest obstacle.

On Maui Community

One of the most important things for me to do once I got here was to become involved in the community, and Maui has made that easy. There’s a great local group, Maui SMUG (social media users group) that has welcomed me to their meetings and gives me a chance to talk tech and strategy with some great minds. Through Grand Wailea, I’ve also had the chance to be involved and attend some amazing events, including the Maui Film Festival, Ka’anapali Fresh, TedxMaui, and the Maui Visitors Bureau Annual Marketing Meeting where I heard some insightful presentations from speakers like Jay Talwar of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.

On Resort Marketing

I’ve always been on both sides of casino and resort marketing having worked in Vegas, so this new position is the first time in my career that I’m at a non-casino and focusing purely on resort and destination marketing. I’ve been able to learn new international markets, with Maui’s target audiences being in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and throughout certain European countries. I’m more aware of how flights and airline prices affect destination markets and how to always be prepared for anything to occur — a direct flight dropped from an airline, seasonal flights, increase in costs, airline mergers, and even airline bankruptcies. I work more closely than I ever have with our Revenue Management team, and previously where I focused mostly on a casino database and marketing to them, I am now responsible for bringing in the resort’s share of the leisure market (with the other share being divided by our group sales).  I’m still focused on growing a database of loyal guests, including our membership like loyalty program, and utilizing social media to help guests visualize themselves on Maui and at Grand Wailea, however now my online advertising focus has grown quite a bit and I’m always looking for new strategies to test to drive bookings.

Resort marketing moves at a much quicker pace than casino marketing, as well. Whereas in casino marketing there were a number of laws and regulations you had to abide by, resort marketing is based on guests booking rooms. I’ve learned that as much as you try to plan ahead, trying to look at driving bookings 3 – 6 months out, little things can happen unexpectedly that have you shuffling to fill rooms for the next few upcoming weeks. A hurricane scare saw a large amount of same-week cancellations within my first few months on Maui (the hurricane didn’t end up hitting Maui), a spike in summer airline prices saw the resorts on Maui adjusting rates down on their end, and a last minute group cancellation had us scrambling to fill leisure rooms two weeks out. Things happen fast and there’s no time to procrastinate when goals are based on the upcoming week.

In my six months on Maui, I’ve relaunched a website, welcomed a blogger FAM trip, held a guest Instagram takeover (with a few more discussions with local photographers to continue the series), helped to host a few large events on property, launched an iPad app for the sales team, and created the processes for a new position.

It’s been a crazy few months, but I chose to work in the hospitality industry for my passion for travel and the non-stop energy and wouldn’t have it any other way.


30 Days on Maui

Maui Marketing I have now been on Maui for just over 30 days, and it’s been a whirlwind.

Back in December, I started interviewing for a job with Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. The process started with a video interview with Hilton which I was sure I didn’t pass — being a quiet and shy person anyways, the video interview where I wasn’t behind the camera but instead was the subject kind of freaked me out and I saw first hand all my weird faces and awkward pauses. But – they called me back and I went through a few rounds of phone calls and finally flew out to Maui in February for an in-person interview.

Flash forward to March 2, 2014 when I flew out to Maui to live here. A few high and low moments, but it’s been a positive experience overall. The low moments are the housing market. I’m currently in an Air BnB rental through the end of May, and while that has been a life-saver having not known much about Maui or where to live, I’m excited to have our own place so that my husband, Mike, and our two dogs can finally come out. Turns out Maui isn’t very dog friendly when it comes to rentals, and unfortunately there isn’t much inventory on the market for buying either.

The residents of Maui have been extremely welcoming and helpful, though, and that has made my short time here the most enjoyable. Coming from Detroit, I was a little bit shocked at how welcoming and eager to meet you people have been here.

The past month has been filled with getting acquainted to my new position and coworkers, attending community events, and discovering Maui. Once I’m done freaking out over the fact that I live on Maui and have been able to stay in the hospitality industry doing what I love, I look forward to discovering the rest of Hawai’i.


Highlights of the first 30 days on Maui

Starting my new job at Grand Wailea

Visiting Oahu

Getting to focus on hotel marketing and making memorable moments for guests

Maui Ag Fest at Maui Tropical Plantation

Watching the Maui Sunset Every Night