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Ms. Schwartz

Janelle Schwartz

VP of Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management, M&R Hotel Management

Janelle  Schwartz oversees sales, marketing, e-commerce, public relations, social media and corporate social responsibility initiatives for M&R's entire portfolio.

During her six years with M&R, she has provided sales and marketing support for the company's portfolio of managed hotels and developed business plans and established sales offices for new hotels in the New York market, Texas, the Midwest and the Caribbean.

She also initiated and managed the company's revenue management program, multiple property websites and the corporate website, produced sales and marketing collateral for the corporation and its hotels and developed social media and media relations policies and procedures.

A 31-year hospitality veteran, she was vice president of sales and marketing for Stonebridge Companies from 2010 to 2012, responsible for business planning, strategic planning, creation and implementation of sales and marketing campaigns, hotel openings, rebranding, management of operating revenues and sales team leadership.

Prior to Stonebridge, Ms. Schwartz was director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Waikiki Beach in Honolulu from 2009 to 2010, responsible for the resort's sales, catering and revenue management teams and for managing public relations and advertising.

 Earlier in her career, she served in a variety of sales and marketing roles for Prism Hotels & Resorts, Omni Mandalay Hotel, Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza, Harrell Hospitality, Hilton Worldwide, Prime Hospitality and Richfield Hospitality Services. She also served briefly as chief talent matchmaker for Cobalt Careers, an executive recruiting firm in Montvale, New Jersey.

Ms. Schwartz earned a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communications at Arizona State University, Tempe, and a master of business administration degree in communications at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

She is a member of the IHG Owners Association.

Please visit http://www.mrhotelgroup.com for more information.

Ms. Schwartz can be contacted at +1 516-279-4888 or info@mrhotelgroup.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.