Debbie Miller

Debbie MillerThank you so much for taking the time to visit Social Hospitality! You’re probably wondering more about the person behind this dapper website and these pearly whites. Fear not, here’s the scoop:

My name is Debbie Miller and I am pretty sure the word “addiction” could be applied to my social media habits.

My acquaintance with the hospitality industry commenced in 2007 when I began working for a CVB. There, I learned of the intricacies of destination, hotel, restaurant and venue marketing.

In February 2011, I began as the Digital Communications Manager for HyperDisk Marketing, where I manage social media accounts for numerous hospitality clients; write copy for their websites; optimize content for SEO; manage several client blogs; and oversee larger corporate communications initiatives.

I am also the Social Media Manager for Search Engine Journal and Content Editor for Maximize Social Business. I also work with a variety of clients on social media (management, strategy), copywriting, blogging, SEO, and other projects.

I am a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and, enhanced by my degree in English, have an oddly-persistent knack for copywriting, editing and (over) analyzing. I am also now an instructor of Social Media Strategy at UC Irvine Extension.

I was thrilled to be included in The Huffington Post‘s “Passionistas” article. As part of the Twitter PowerHouse series, it highlighted women who’ve displayed passion via the social web.

I enjoy reading blogs and articles myself, and am constantly learning and gaining new nuggets of information. I think the sharing of knowledge is pivotal to personal and professional growth, collaboration, and critical thinking.

And, I love to write, so I wanted to create a space that would allow me to do that. Since my background is primarily in hospitality, I thought sharing insight related to social media and the hospitality industry could be a useful resource for others.

Additionally, to highlight local dining news and share about experiences and events, I have a more casual, local blog called Drink Play Grub. I’m also a monthly columnist at Maximize Social Business as well as Search Engine Journal.

I have contributed articles on social marketing to Forbes; one on what small businesses can learn from the hospitality industry for New Media Expo; and one on visual platforms for the hospitality industry to TRO Smith.

I’ve been quoted in various articles such as Maximize Social Business’ post on the value of Google+; Business2Community’s write up about social engagement beyond regular metrics; Nightclub & Bar’s recent commentaries on visual platforms; as well as a recent USA Today article on Instagram and Pinterest for Hotels.

I’m also a thought leader for Chic CEO, a resource for women entrepreneurs, and am an Orange County travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide. I also had columns in OC Metro on hospitality news in OC, along with one on restaurant news in for OC Menus.

I am so fortunate to be able to make a living working in a space I genuinely enjoy. I’m also active in numerous social, business, volunteering, and networking groups in Orange County. I’m a member of ToastMasters International, the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, and a “Big Sis” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC.

Feel free to connect on my personal accounts as well:

Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Instagram

Speaking Engagements:

Debbie Miller and Seth Godin

Debbie and Seth Godin

gary vaynerchuk

Debbie and Gary Vaynerchuk

Debbie and Brian Solis

Debbie and Pat Flynn

Tony Hsieh

Debbie and Tony Hsieh

Debbie with C.C. Chapman and Neal Schaffer