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Ms. Martin

Whitney Martin

Founder, ProActive Consulting

As a measurement strategist, Whitney Martin’s passion and expertise lies in the field of surveys and assessments. A self-professed “data nerd,” Ms. Martin has a Master’s Degree in the area of Human Resources Measurement and Evaluation and has conducted extensive research on the predictive validity of various hiring assessment strategies. In 2003 Ms. Martin founded ProActive Consulting, which specializes in delivering data-supported insights into job candidates, employees, teams, leaders, customers, and organizations. Using valid and reliable assessment and survey tools, the firm provides practical, actionable information to leaders that informs business decisions and has a measurable impact on the organization’s bottom line. ProActive partners with clients of all sizes and across industries—to date they have worked with organizations ranging from the NFL to offshore oil rigs, and from multi-national healthcare systems to boutique photography studios. In 2014, Ms. Martin was a highly rated speaker at the National SHRM conference. Her session was entitled “IQ? EQ? 4-Q? What Every HR Pro Should Know about Hiring Assessments” (she has also authored a white paper by the same name). The Harvard Business Review subsequently recruited her to write an article on “The Problem with Using Personality Tests for Hiring” (Aug 27, 2014). And, TD Magazine featured her article “Putting Talen to the Test” in April, 2016. Ms. Martin is also a contributing author of several Anthologies, including What’s Next in Human Resources (2015), Hope for Leaders Unabridged (2015), and The Evolution of Human Resources (2016). Ms. Martin is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC). In addition to conducting custom employee and customer surveys, she works with organizations to help them systematically identify what they could be measuring in job candidates that will have a positive impact on the metrics that matter most to the business. Ms. Martin resides in Louisville, KY Please visit http://www.consultproactive.com for more information.

Ms. Martin can be contacted at 336-202-2385 or whitney@consultproactive.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.