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Ms. Zoba

Holly Zoba

Senior VP of Sales - Hospitality, Signature Worldwide

As Signature Worldwide’s senior vice president of sales, Holly Zoba is responsible for leading the sales efforts in the hospitality industry. Ms. Zoba joined Signature in this role in January 2010 with more than 20 years of sales and marketing management experience. Ms. Zoba is an accomplished leader known for maintaining strong customer relationships, sourcing new business and determining best-fit solutions for clients. She also has in-depth experience in training, developing and coaching talent. Prior to her role as senior vice president, Ms. Zoba was the director of business development in the central United States for Milestone Internet Marketing. Before that, she worked with Signature for three years where she was consistently the top seller in the hospitality division and held the position of national sales director. Ms. Zoba has also worked as a hotel general manager, corporate director of sales and marketing, and director of business development for her own website design company. Ms. Zoba holds a bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and is an allied board member of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. She also has received executive education and sales training from the University of Virginia, Darden School. Please visit http://www.signatureworldwide.com for more information.

Ms. Zoba can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or hollyzoba@signatureworldwide.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.