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Mr. Hoog

Andrew Hoog

CEO and Co-founder, viaForensics

Andrew Hoog is CEO and a co-founder of viaForensics, a leading-edge provider of mobile security products, committed to advancing the state of mobile security worldwide. His previous executive and consultative work includes positions with TricorBraun, one of the packaging industry’s largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes; Express Scripts, which manages prescriptions for 100 million Americans; and Envision, LLC, a leader in the IT Staffing industry. Under Mr. Hoog's leadership, complemented by the intelligence and wisdom of his colleagues, viaForensics offers a unique services that provide broad coverage for the large mobile security attack surface, including mobile devices, apps and end users. As mobile apps and devices proliferate in the workplace, viaForensics’ products allow companies and governments to be proactive rather than reactive in their approach to security. This advantage is critical for a variety of organizations around the globe. Mr. Hoog is also a trusted source for technology reporters and a sought-after commentator about safeguarding confidential material, having recently been interviewed by the New York Times about protecting businesses from data breaches. He has further addressed issues involving mobile security, explaining to readers of PCWorld about where people's data goes, how it is used and how much of it is encrypted.

Mr. Hoog can be contacted at 312-878-1100 or ahoog@viaforensics.com

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.