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Mr. Donaldson

Edward Donaldson

VP Marketing, Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Ed Donaldson brings with him over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry serving in roles on property and in a regional capacity to his current position as Vice President of Marketing, The Americas for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a consortium of over 320 luxury hotels in 57 countries around the globe. Mr. Donaldson is a graduate of Wayne State University with a Master of Science, Marketing Degree. He is responsible for the operation, promotion and development in The Americas region on behalf of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand. Beginning his career on property with Boykin Management and later with Serivco, Mr. Donaldson later moved to New York to serve as Director of Sales at The Royalton. After The Royalton, he became the Regional Director of Sales for Capstar Hotels and then moved to Sterling Hotels and Resorts in the same capacity. Sterling Hotels & Resorts was then merged into REZsolutions, Inc, which added the overseeing of Summit Hotels & Resorts and Golden Tulip Worldwide sales initiatives on the east coast based in New York. Following that, Mr. Donaldson returned overseas to act as Regional Director of the UK & Ireland for TRAVELclick based in London. Mr. Donaldson returned to the states and took up the position Regional Director of Sales for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in the New York Regional office.

Mr. Donaldson can be contacted at 212-953-2064 or ed.donaldson@slh.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.