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Mr. Stark

Peter Stark

Principal, Peter Barron Stark Companies

Peter Barron Stark is a management consultant, speaker and author. Over the past twenty-five years, his consulting firm, Peter Barron Stark Companies, specializes in helping leaders build organizations where employees love to come to work, and customers love to do business. Clients such as the NFL, NBA, Aetna, the Phoenix Suns, Lowe’s, Sempra Energy, Kaiser Permanente, the Boston Red Sox, SONY Electronics, Qualcomm, WD-40 Company, Stone Brewing Company, Wells Fargo, Farmers Insurance, and over 200 other leading organizations have called upon Mr. Stark to help transform their cultures and maximize the effectiveness of their leaders. His speaking repertoire includes an impressive lineup of programs in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, leading change, customer service, and negotiation skills. His firm is also a leader in employee opinion surveys and 360° Leadership Development Assessments. Mr. Stark is one of only a handful of speakers to hold the prestigious dual designation of Accredited Speaker from Toastmaster’s International and the Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speaker’s Association. He has been published worldwide in over 300 articles, has written 11 books on the topics of leadership, management and negotiation and created The Manager’s Toolkit, a subscription-based website to help turn managers into leaders. Mr. Stark’s expertise has been featured by American Executive, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, Inc.com, U.S. News & World Report and USA Today. Each week, Mr. Stark writes a leadership blog providing solutions to over 10,000 leaders who aspire to be great.

Mr. Stark can be contacted at 858-451-3601 or peter@peterstark.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.