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Mr. Lee

Kenny Lee

Vice President of Marketing, Revinate

Kenny Lee is the VP of Marketing at Revinate, a San Francisco-based software company. Revinate helps hotels know more about their guests so they can deliver personalized experiences that create valuable relationships and lifelong customers. Using guest data combined with Revinate’s marketing engagement platform, hotels can better understand and engage their audiences, increasing loyalty and revenue. Over 25,000 of the world's leading hotels trust Revinate to help them reinvent the guest experience. Mr. Lee has 20 years of experience working across multiple marketing disciplines in both startups and enterprise organizations. At Lithium Technologies, a leading SaaS based social customer experience platform provider, he led the global transformation of the company’s marketing funnel and delivered a world class marketing automation program. This helped the company quantify their marketing ROI and make more informed decisions based on quantitative metrics. Mr. Lee's passion for customer success is based on his long and successful tenure at Adobe Systems, the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. At Adobe he held numerous leadership roles in NA, EMEA and Latin America marketing, digital campaign and product marketing functions. This enabled him to build deep customer and partner relationships while affording him the opportunity to work with many business types, from small, independent operators to Fortune 100 brands. His efforts resulted in several employee achievement awards including nomination for a coveted company Founders award. While his work experience has provided years of business travel opportunities, Mr. Lee's other passion lies in adventure, sports and volunteer travel. In 2001 he spent 3 weeks volunteering in Ghana where he helped build a school and community facility. His adventure travels include hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, paddling the Amazon river, criss-crossing Mongolia by jeep, surfing remote parts of Canada and Mexico, and exploring India by planes, trains and automobiles. One of his most memorable experiences was trekking to Everest base camp in 2011. A Canadian living in the San Francisco bay area for the past 15 years, Mr. Lee spends his time enjoying California weather and planning his next big vacation. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Please visit www.revinate.com for more information.

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 415-347-8610 or kenny@revinate.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.