Feb. 2, 2022

Sales & Marketing Series: Branding & Storytelling in Hospitality: Jay Schwartz, Once Upon a Time Hospitality

Sales & Marketing Series: Branding & Storytelling in Hospitality: Jay Schwartz, Once Upon a Time Hospitality

This is the fourth episode of our Sales and Marketing Series.

Jay is the Executive Director of Once Upon a Time, a full-service creative agency that specializes in branding, advertising, graphic design, and website development for prominent clients in luxury hospitality.

The connection between branding and operations is not often discussed but it’s a link that is fundamental to the success of virtually any business. If you make the effort of defining a brand and creating a story that entices customers to spend money with you but once on site that experience falls short of their expectations, over time you can do irreparable harm to the brand’s identity.

That’s why I wanted to end our Sales and Marketing series with a discussion about branding and storytelling. This brings the four episodes full circle and demonstrates how every position is connected and everyone is working towards the same goal. That’s how the best hotels in the world do it, and that’s how you can be successful in your own property.

Jay shares some incredible insight on what goes into creating a brand, how brand identity and consistency are connected, how to stand out from the other properties in your comp set and much more.

About Jay

Jay Schwartz has over 25 years’ of design experience in brand development, user interface, and creative direction in the hospitality and luxury industries. Jay was the founder of IdeaWork Studios, now Once Upon a Time Hospitality.

Hotels benefiting from Jay’s expertise include: 11 Howard, The Darcy, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Gramercy Park Hotel, Gurney’s Resorts, Hersha Hospitality Group, Hard Rock Hotels, Ian Schrager Company (EDITION and PUBLIC), The Jaffa, and The NoMad Hotel. He also plans and designs creative for Jean-Georges, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud, Daniel Humm, Charlie Palmer, Andrew Carmelini, and many other renowned chefs. 


Website: https://www.onceuponatime.agency/hospitality

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayschwartz/

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