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Ms. Martin Yack

Deirdre Martin Yack

Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel 50 Bowery

Deirdre Martin Yack, director of sales and marketing for Manhattan’s Hotel 50 Bowery, draws on more than two decades of experience in upscale New York City hotels to launch the city’s first Joie de Vivre property. Ms. Yack and her team coordinate direct sales and marketing efforts to position the boutique luxury hotel as an adventurous Chinatown destination honoring its historical location. She also develops programs that connect to the city’s culture, including an on-site exhibit curated by the Museum of Chinese in America. Throughout her career, Ms. Yack’s commitment to the individual experience remains essential to her success, in both leading a team and pleasing hotel guests. “I take great pride in mentoring those on my team, and watching them grow in the industry,” she says. Though she typically focuses on big-picture concepts, Ms. Yack’s overarching goal is an exceptional guest experience. “While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the numbers, I always remember that there’s a guest involved, and their comfort and satisfaction is our priority,” she says. A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Yack grew up on Long Island and attended Johnson and Wales University. While her experience working in a local restaurant as a teenager inspired her education, Ms. Yack focused on the hotel industry and kicked off her career with a position as reservation sales coordinator for Le Parker Meridien. Within a year, she earned a promotion to sales manager, and spent the next five years developing feeder markets for the AAA Four Diamond property. During this time, Ms. Yack also committed three years to the United States Air Force Reserves as a senior airman, undergoing basic training and committing one weekend a month to the organization. The experience solidified Ms. Yack’s value of respect, teamwork, and an effective chain of command, tenets that continue to guide her as a hospitality professional. Please visit http://www.jdvhotels.com for more information.

Ms. Martin Yack can be contacted at 212-508-8000 or 50bowerysales@jdvhotels.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.