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Mr. Paton

Mike Paton

Senior Vice President, Signature Worldwide

As senior vice president of sales for Signature Worldwide, Mike Paton develops, manages and directs all company sales within the hospitality industry. Paton is responsible for coordinating sales efforts for 5,000 customers worldwide, including licensees in Brazil, Belize, Costa Rica, Cypress, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. Prior to joining Signature in 2003, Paton managed sales and marketing for Corporate One, a financial institution providing investment solutions and correspondent services to credit unions. As a member of the company's senior management team, Paton doubled its customer relationships, increased assets under management by more than 100 percent and expanded the company presence from six to 23 states. He also served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for PurchasingFirst.com, Inc., a professional and technical e-commerce consulting company. While there, Paton was responsible for designing and implementing sales strategies for the company's customized purchasing tools and national e-commerce marketplaces. Paton also has served in executive roles at the Huntington National Bank and Star Bank, where he built and maintained relationships with hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs. Paton is a national champion public speaker and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from The Ohio State University. Signature Worldwide is the leading solutions provider to service-based organizations, creating tailored programs that directly impact the bottom line. Established in 1986 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Signature operates throughout North America and has licensees in South America and Europe. Signature is a private company, with revenues $12 million in 2004.

Mr. Paton can be contacted at 800-398-0518 or mikepaton@signatureworldwide.com

Coming up in June 2020...

Sales & Marketing: Technology Rules

It is impossible for any hotel to develop an effective sales and marketing plan that doesn't include a wide-ranging digital strategy. Online platforms have impacted virtually every aspect of their business, due to major changes in how Internet users research, plan, and book their hotel visits. As a result, a successful plan includes generating traffic through the use of a hotel website, social media, email and a myriad of other digital marketing technologies. One such strategy uses data collection and automation technology to create personalized content to individual customers. The goal of personalization marketing is to engage potential customers by communicating with them as individuals - to establish a more personal relationship - as a way of encouraging them to visit a property. Video marketing is also extremely important. Showing someone authentic video from a specific location is immersive and engaging, and video is still the preferred way for customers to interact with a hotel brand. Voice and Visual Search are increasingly in demand, as consumers are moving away from typing queries into a search engine. Instead, they can simply speak their request into their phone, and find and book a hotel without ever typing a word. Similarly, other platforms allow consumers to search visually for almost any image, and find out pricing information, shopping comparisons and how-to-buy - all from the app. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is also becoming popular. The ability of chatbots to answer simple questions or fulfill requests 24/7 is undeniably appealing. In addition, A.I. seems best positioned to qualify leads that can be later nurtured and closed by a human sales expert - all at a fraction of the cost of a traditional support team. The June Hotel Business Review will examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating these innovative technologies into their operations.