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Ms. Melanson

Judy Melanson

Vice President Travel & Hospitality Practice Leader, Chadwick Martin Bailey

Judy Melanson's clients include the Hilton Family of Hotels, Royal Caribbean, MTV, and Avis/Budget Rent-a-Car. They frequently call upon her for the experience, insight, and focused use of market information she employs to drive strategy on their highest visibility research projects. Ms. Melanson's expertise focuses on current (and potential) high value customers and supports marketing communications and brand/product development; loyalty program benefit optimization to find the sweet spot between cost management and customer preference; and brand health monitoring to map the markets connection to brand and focus on actions to strengthen relationships. Ms. Melanson applies high-end analytics to assist clients with business-focused and action-oriented recommendations. She has been with CMB for 20 years. Prior to joining Chadwick Martin Bailey, Ms. Melanson was a Sales Executive for a Resort Hotel, sold timeshares, and was a tour guide in Scotland. She has served as the President of the Boston Chapter of the American Marketing Association and frequently speaks at industry conferences. She is frequently published in Loyalty Management, Hospitality Executive, Sales and Service Excellence, The Journal of Business Strategy, and Sales and Service Excellence. Ms. Melanson earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College and her M.B.A., cum laude, from Babson College. Clients such as the Hilton Family of Hotels, Royal Caribbean, MTV, and Avis/Budget Rent-a-Car frequently call upon Ms. Melanson for the experience, insight, and focused use of market information she employs to drive strategy on their highest visibility research projects.

Ms. Melanson can be contacted at 617-350-.8922 or judym@cmbinfo.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.