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Mr. Baudart

Emanuel Baudart

Global Chief Customer Officer, Accor Hotels

Emanuel Baudart has 15 years professional experience in key positions in Marketing, Sales, e-commerce, Loyalty programs, CRM and Distribution, in an international Hospitality and Services Group. He is experienced in international leadership positions and cross-functional management projects. He has been responsible for strategic business plans, annual budget planning, pricing, channel management & distribution strategies, international sales, marketing, e.commerce, social networks, media and advertising strategies. Mr. Baudart started his AccorHotels career in charge of roll-out programs for AccorHotels Central Reservation System and revenue management for worldwide operational units. In 2002, Mr. Baudart moved to Brazil to launch the call center operations for the South American AccorHotels organization. In 2005, he took over the position of distribution director for Brazil, overseeing Call Centers, Distribution, Sales & Loyalty. In 2009, he became Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty for the South American region for AccorHotels. Since November 2014, Mr. Baudart has been the Chief Customer Officer at the AccorHotels Headquarters in Paris. In this position, he is responsible for the Customer Centric transformation of the group for 4,100 hotels and 240,000 employees. Mr. Baudart holds a masters degree from INSEAD. He has also completed the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program at Stanford University. Mr. Baudart speaks four languages including English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. His expertise in building brand loyalty and e-commerce programs has been paramount in propelling AccorHotels forward, enabling smooth transitions as more brands and products join the AccorHotels family. Please visit http://www.accor.com for more information.

Mr. Baudart can be contacted at 33-1-453-886-00 or emanuel.baudart@accor.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.