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Ms. Halpern Lanz

Leora Halpern Lanz

President, LHL Communications

Leora Halpern Lanz has been an active leader and participant in the field of hospitality marketing since 1985, and has always been at the forefront of strategic marketing and communications. She was named the 2010 Hospitality Marketing Executive of the Year by the Big Apple (Greater New York) chapter of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). And in February 2017, Leora was named among the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds of Hospitality Sales and Marketing, to be recognized at the HSMAI Adrian Awards dinner in New York City in February 2017.

Ms. Lanz is a full time faculty member of Boston University's School of Hospitality, where she teaches introduction and advanced marketing classes as well as digital marketing. In May 2017 she was named Professor of the Year. In addition to serving as full-time faculty at BU's School of Hospitality, Ms. Lanz is also Principal of LHL Communications, assisting hotels and hospitality organizations with content marketing, branding, media relations, digital and social media advisory, and on-line reputation management, including: development of internal and external position statements; content creation and story-telling for audience engagement and connections; media training, and "branding" and "solutions" sales training.

Her clients include hospitality management and ownership companies, consulting firms and advisory services, regional investment conferences around the globe as well as owners' associations.

Previously, Ms. Lanz served, for 15 years as Global Director of Marketing & Communications for HVS, a leading international hospitality consulting and services firm. She was responsible for overseeing the internal and external marketing communications for the organization's multitude of offices, services, conferences, and articles and research. She directed the firm's global business teams for Marketing and Communications, Graphic Standards, Internal Communications, Social Media, Conference Branding and the Market Connections annual event. She also managed and edited the firm's weekly newsletter, the Global Hospitality Report and was the company's primary media contact.

Simultaneously, Ms. Lanz directed HVS's Sales & Marketing division, working directly with a myriad of hotel properties and companies, hospitality related services, and other entertainment and recreational venues. Ms. Lanz and her team of experienced marketing communications specialists provided strategic planning, innovative sales training and action planning, social media marketing and publicity, and big-picture branding consultancy.

Prior to joining HVS, Ms. Lanz served for 10 years as Director of Public Relations and Advertising for the ITT Sheraton Hotels of New York and for five years as Director of Public Relations for the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. With ITT Sheraton, she ran the public relations and advertising operations for six hotels and played a significant public relations role for the hotels during the 1992 Democratic National Convention, and for numerous hotel openings since that time.

While in Boston, she spearheaded the citywide promotion of the Monet exhibition and was invited by the Japan National Tourist Organization to teach destination marketing to tourism officials there. During her graduate studies she also handled public relations activities for the (then) new Four Seasons Hotel at the Boston Common.

Ms. Lanz is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (www.prsa.org) , having served as chairperson of the PRSA Travel & Tourism Conferences in 1998 and 2000, and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (www.SATW.org) and Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (www.HSMAI.org). She is also a board member of the Cornell Club of Long Island, where she resides. She earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's from Boston University. She has written for dozens of industry publications and excerpts of her articles are included in the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's Sales and Marketing textbook 6th edition, released in March 2014.

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

Ms. Halpern Lanz can be contacted at +1 516-680-8529 or leora@lhlcommunications.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.