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Mr. Cooper

Mark Cooper

Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Conference Centers

Mark CooperChief executive officer of IACC brings 25 years of experience in the global meetings industry working for both U.S.- and U.K.-based organizations, in a number of leadership roles requiring a sales and marketing specialism. With an extensive background, he has held senior posts with respected conference center operators and global third party agencies, including Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Sundial Group, ConferenceDirect and Warwick Conferences. Mr. Cooper joined IACC in 2012 to deliver the strategic plan of IACC which includes building strategic international relationships and continuing to provide our members with the services and benefits they have come to value over the years. Mr. Cooper has until recently held positions on both the European and Global Boards of IACC and has been an active member in the association for 15 years. Mr. Cooper brings a long-standing passion and excellent past experience in championing the meetings experience and it is his role to develop and expand IACC globally and encourage membership expansion by providing new and exciting benefits. IACC aims to engage new people, in new environments and even new countries. The association will embark on a series of initiatives to increase the size of the ‘IACC Shop-Window’ and raise the profile to ultimately deliver membership growth in 2013 and 2014. Members that make up the community of IACC are an incredibly exciting group of impassioned experts and ambassadors and the association engages with many related organisations and cements its reputation as the Thought Leader of the Meetings Industry. VISION: 
IACC is a community of passionate people and organizations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.
MISSION: 

The International Association of Conference Centres is the thought leader on the meeting experience. IACC represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities. There are meetings and there are IACC Meetings.

Mr. Cooper can be contacted at 44-0-7824-640624 or mcooper@iacconline.org

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.