Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Rose

Norm Rose

President, Travel Tech Consulting, Inc.

For nearly two decades, Norm Rose has been an analyst and consultant focused on emerging technologies and how they impact business practices in the travel industry. He has an extensive background in online, corporate, hospitality and leisure travel-related technology. Mr. Rose is renowned for his travel technology expertise, particularly his analysis of the impact of emerging trends such mobile and social media. Mr. Rose leads Travel Tech Consulting, Inc., a firm that specializes in developing e-commerce and procurement strategies for all types of travel related technology. This includes deep knowledge of technologies used for reservations, distribution, and marketing. Mr. Rose has been is also an analyst with PhoCusWright and is the author of numerous publications and articles including PhoCusWright’s Mobile: The Next Platform for Travel and PhoCusWright and Travel Tech Consulting’s: Corporate Travel Technology Today and Tomorrow. From 1982-1988, he held sales and marketing management positions at United Airlines and from 1989 to 1995, Mr. Rose was corporate travel manager for Sun Microsystems. At Sun, he worked with a number of third-party developers creating software for the business travel market. This included early prototypes of self-booking tools and expense management systems. Mr. Rose holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Rose can be contacted at 650-345-8510 or norm@traveltechnology.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.