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Mr. Patterson

Burns Patterson

Executive Vice President, Middleton & Gendron

Burns Patterson is Executive Vice President at Middleton & Gendron (www.mg-pr.com) a New York-based PR and brand communications agency that is one of the country’s leading hospitality, travel and lifestyle agencies. Mr. Patterson also heads the agency’s digital practice. His 20+ years in public relations have included roles as director of public relations for Madison Square Garden Sports Properties, and director of PR and new media for Historic Hudson Valley. Headquartered in New York City, M&G is a mid-sized public relations and brand communications agency with an office in Los Angeles, and affiliate partners in London, Dublin, Frankfurt, Velden (Austria), Mexico City, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. The agency is staffed by former journalists, corporate communications professionals, agency veterans and rising stars. Over the past eight years at M&G, Mr. Patterson has led account teams for travel and hospitality clients including: Orbitz; Wyndham Hotels and Resorts; KSL Resorts; Capella Hotels and Resorts; Elegant Hotels; Flight Options; and MeetingTrader. He has also directed social influence marketing campaigns or specific social media promotions for The Setai Fifth Avenue; La Costa Resort & Spa; Sanctuary Resort & Spa; The Homestead; and the Trump Hotel Collection, among many other clients. Beyond the travel and hospitality sector, Mr. Patterson leads the account teams for Chopin Vodka, currently running his favorite Facebook photo contest, titled “Show Your Bartender Some Love,” and for American Water (NYSE; AWK), the nation’s largest publicly-traded water and wastewater utility. The most popular recent M&G client among Mr. Patterson's kids, though, has been FAO Schwarz, the world’s most famous toy store. Mr. Patterson lives with his family in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He can be reached on Facebook at www.facebook.com/burnspatterson or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/burnspatterson.

Mr. Patterson can be contacted at 212-980-9060 or bpatterson@mg-pr.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.