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Mr. Lynn

Trevor Lynn

Chief Marketing Officer, Social Tables

Trevor Lynn is the Chief Marketing Officer for Social Tables. As a hospitality technology and marketing expert, he helps guide professionals on their journey to embrace new tools and strategies. Mr. Lynn’s job primarily revolves around being as involved as possible in the events in the hospitality industry, and developing relationships to understand how Social Tables can continue to enable hotels to achieve more. Armed with the mantra of “creating marketing that people love”, Mr. Lynn is focused on finding the intersection between telling Social Tables’ story and creating valuable content for the industry. At 23, Mr. Lynn joined Social tables as the 3rd employee in 2012 and today he manages a full-fledged marketing team of thirty. His expertise in technology comes from a background working with various early stage technology companies. As the CMO for Social Tables, he focuses on growing the hospitality community via original content, free technology consultations, and education at industry events. Mr. Lynn contributes articles that offer the cutting edge Sales and Marketing tactics, strategies and technology that can help make hospitality teams become Marketing centric organizations. Social Tables is a meetings and events company that just happens to do software. The #1 software for planners and properties to work together online, we are the industry leading provider of cloud-based hospitality software that positions venues to work more collaboratively and efficiently with their event and meeting customers. Over 100,000 unique users rely on the desktop and mobile product line, planning over 800,000 events within the company’s 1 billion+ square foot Venue Library. Please visit http://www.socialtables.com for more information.

Mr. Lynn can be contacted at 877-973-2863 or trevor@socialtables.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.