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Mr. Friedman

Peter Friedman

CEO and Chairman, LiveWorld

Peter Friedman is the CEO and Chairman of LiveWorld, and the author of The CMO’s Social Media Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide For Leading Marketing Teams in the Social Media World, from which this article was excerpted. Connect with him @PeterFriedman. Peter Friedman is a social media expert and veteran marketing professional. Over the span of 30 years, Peter has provided global brandswith strategic social media counsel and developed hundreds of socialmedia programs across the globe. Some of these programs include AppleLink, the industry-wide social network for Apple Inc.; the MINICooper Members Lounge; Unilever Dove Campaign For Real Beauty; HBO’s character-driven website community; the American ExpressMembers Project, and Facebook and Twitter programs for one of the world’s largest retailers. In 1997 Peter founded the social content marketing company LiveWorld and secured more than $100 million in private funding. He then led the company to its IPO in 1999, added hundreds of employees, and maintained course through multiple market crashes, recessions, and resurgences. Prior to founding LiveWorld, Peter served as vice president and general manager of the Internet Services Division at Apple Inc. where he oversaw the creation and management of social media services for AppleLink™, eWorld ™, AOL, and Salon. During his 12-year tenure with Apple, Peter also managed its Business Systems Marketing and product line management within the Macintosh division. Peter’s insights on the social media space can be found on many blogs and media outlets across the web including The Huffington Post and Social Media Monthly. He is also the author of “The CMO’s Social Media Handbook, A Step By Step Guide For Leading Marketing Teamsin the Social Media World”—a practical tool kit and crash course in social-media-theory that helps big-brand marketing leaders learn how to strategize and execute a long-term social media plan in order to create dialogue and deepen customer relationships Peter Friedman earned his MBA from The Harvard World”—a practical tool kit and crash course in social-media-theory that helps big-brand marketing leaders learn how to strategize and execute a long-term social media plan in order to create dialogue and deepen customer relationships. Peter Friedman earned his MBA from The Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degree in American History from Brown University. Please visit www.liveworld.com for more information.

Mr. Friedman can be contacted at 1-800-301-9507 or hello@liveworld.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.