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Mr. Link

Daniel Link

Assistant Vice President of Analytics, Gallagher Bassett

Dan Link currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Analytics at Gallagher Bassett. Gallagher Bassett is the world's premier provider of risk and claims management services, including workers' compensation, liability, property, risk control, and appraisal services.

Mr. Link has been with Gallagher Bassett for nearly three years and currently oversees client and prospect analytics, including new business opportunities, custom benchmark reports, client stewardships and proactive analytics that support ongoing program health and actionable insights.

Mr. Link consults with both clients and prospects to identify loss drivers, areas of program improvement, and potential cost saving opportunities. In his insurance career, which spans over 10 years of experience at GB, CNA and Zurich, he has held a variety of leadership positions, with experience across Property, WC, GL and Auto lines.

Mr. Link has held previous roles as a Director of Small Business Underwriting, CNA; Practice Leader for the manufacturing and real estate segments in Zurich's Middle Markets Commercial segment, marketing manager for Zurich's industry practices, and as a senior analyst within their Operations and Strategic Planning Group. Prior to the insurance world, Mr. Link was a social policy researcher at Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D. C.

Mr. Link holds a Master's in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago, a CPCU designation and a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University.

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

Mr. Link can be contacted at +1 630-438-1697 or daniel_link@gbtpa.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.