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Mr. Billings

Brandon Billings

Vice President of Social Media & Content Strategy, NJF an MMGY Global Company

Brandon Billings and his teams develop social campaigns across owned, earned and paid channels for a variety of destinations, hotels and travel-related brands. As VP of Social Media & Content Strategy for NJF, an MMGY Global company, Mr. Billings makes sure these campaigns are transformative and drive honest engagement while aligning with client metrics.

Mr. Billings's 20 years of industry experience include award-winning work for McDonald's, Gold's Gym, MetLife, Wonder Bread, Princess Cruises, Radisson Hotels, VisitKC, South Dakato Tourism and the Kansas City Chiefs. Numerous Adrian Awards, Webby Awards and Web Marketing Association Awards include his name.

Mr. Billings has spent time on both the client and advertising agency side. He led digital for VisitKC the first part of his career. On the advertising agency side, he has directed social teams at leading retail and tourism agencies throughout his career. One of Mr. Billings's proudest accomplishments was helping reshape his hometown of Kansas City into a top-tier destination rooted in arts and culture. He also led social efforts to relaunch the iconic Hostess Snacks brand to a new generation.

MMGY Global is the world's largest integrated marketing company specializing in the travel, hospitality and entertainment industries. With nearly 40 years of experience within the industry, we offer services across all marketing channels in multiple markets throughout the world. Today, MMGY represents six brands with one goal: to inspire people to go places.

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

Mr. Billings can be contacted at +1 816-300-5191 or bbillings@njfpr.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.