About Vicki Johnson Communications

Vicki Johnson Communications (VJC) specializes in travel and hospitality industry clients, uniquely blending proven media relations and brand strategy and marketing expertise with a deep background in guest experience transformation.

 

From product launches and theme park openings to the creation and execution of global campaigns and high stakes crisis communications management, VJC has represented a range of public and private sector clients in the travel and hospitality, entertainment, food service, government, not-for-profit and franchising sectors, delivering strategic and tactical branding, marketing and communications brilliance and superior guest experience results for clients.

 

Media Relations

Game-changing communications solutions lead to coveted headlines that drive awareness, positive word of mouth and revenue-generating leads. VJC leverages creative ideas, dynamic positioning and well-established relationships to secure editorial coverage in targeted media and broadcast outlets and with key social media influencers.

 

We develop compelling, innovative media relations campaigns that generate buzz by sharing our clients’ stories in a way that connects with their core audiences while factoring in significant insights and trends.

 

Branding

VJC helps organizations develop trusted and inspiring brands that connect customers and guests to desired products and experiences that consistently deliver on promises guests find important.

 

We deliver brand strategy and positioning, creative treatments, values and attributes, copywriting, headlines and taglines and voice/communications guides to improve company image, drive loyalty and preference, and speed acceptance of new experiences and products.

 

Guest Experience Integrity

Great guest experience depends on the human factor and VJC consults with organizations to build a comprehensive understanding of guest needs and establish implementation management processes to ensure businesses leverage their investments by maximizing the guest experience.

 

VJC advises companies as they navigate the delicate divide between innovation’s promise and practical deployment into their operation, keeping businesses focused on execution and fast resolution of roadblocks, building resilience, and accelerating productivity improvement and operational flexibility.

 

Business Optimization

VJC also leverages a network of experienced hospitality and travel industry leaders to help organizations create customer-centric cultures and drive service delivery excellence through experience transformation, process and organization design, learning and development design, customer service assessments and contact center operations and optimization.

Vicki Johnson

Principal and CEO

 

Professional Experience:

  • Small Business Owner
  • Carnival Corporation
  • Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration
  • Florida Department of Commerce
  • Advertising/PR Agencies
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Bio:

 

Vicki Johnson is a seasoned public relations and marketing strategist and former Disney veteran who runs her own branding communications and guest experience integrity firm.

 

Since 2016, she has consulted with the Carnival Corporation's Guest Experience & Innovation (GXI) team to launch the OCEAN Platform and the MedallionClass Experience, producing more than 70 billion media impressions in the innovation space.

 

Johnson developed the massive media relations campaign to unveil the OceanMedallion and the Ocean Connected Guest Experience at CES 2017, leading the pitch that positioned Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald as the opening day keynote - the first time in the event's 50-year history that an executive outside the technology industry filled that position.

 

The CES appearance kicked off a multi-year campaign that included other news-generating events like the Times Square debut of OceanView Originals programming and PlayOcean, as well as the record-breaking WiFi Bandwidth at Sea Event to demonstrate the superior connectivity offered through MedallionNet. Johnnson also worked to create and manage other smaller events like the unveiling of the first "smart ship," as well as multiple innovation-at-sea fams to harness earned media and position Carnival Corporation as an innovator.

 

Johnson also led the development of the extensive, strategically-aligned brand framework for all components of the OCEAN Platform and Experiences. She also has spent extended time on MedallionClass ships from Princess Cruises observing and analyzing the guest experience to identify ways to optimize experience operations and better harness guest insights to maximize efficiences and minimize roadblocks.

 

During her more than 13 years with Disney, Johnson promoted and publicized the world's most popular vacation experiences - Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Paris Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland and Adventures by Disney - to media around the glove, including spearheading communications and press event responsbilities for theme park/cruise ship launches and major marketing campaigns.

 

Johnson has also served as director of public affairs for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration (within the U.S. Dept of Commerce) in Washington D.C., promoting the United States as a primary destination to visitors all over the world. In that capacity, she also coordinated the media relations efforts for the first-ever White House Conference on Travel and Tourism. Prior to working for the Clinton Administration, she was the director of communications for the Florida Department of Commerce, promoting the state's economic development, international trade, tourism, film and sports efforts. 

 

She also has worked for two of the most prominent advertising/pr firms in Florida - Sachs Media and The Zimmerman Agency.

 

Johnson is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she majored in journalism. Her travel industry-related activities have included chairing the PR committee for VISIT FLA and serving on the public relations council for the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA).