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He Built the World’s #1 Hotel Marketing Website — Now He’s Building the Hottest Community in Hospitality.

Meet Josiah Mackenzie, Founder of Hospitality Daily — a community, podcast, and email newsletter that helps hospitality professionals stay informed and inspired in this ever-changing and dynamic industry. 

Josiah has spent his entire career creating, innovating and building in Hospitality. He founded a company called Hospitality Marketing Strategies which went on to become the #1 hotel marketing website in the world.

Josiah then spent several years working for hospitality tech companies leading go-to-market strategies and helping these start ups get off the ground, scale, and in some cases even get acquired. 

In this conversation, Josiah and I discuss:

  • What STR owners and operates can learn from some of the leading boutique hoteliers about brand building and marketing
  • The most interesting insights he’s garnered from hosting a daily podcast 
  • Why he’s bullish on building his brand and the Hospitality Daily community on LinkedIn
  • The biggest opportunities he sees for hospitality entrepreneurs today
  • And so much more

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Daniel will teach you what the top 1% of short-term rental owners and managers already know about how to fully optimize their STRs across OTAs and beyond. 

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About the Show

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Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.