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Ms. Abrams

JoAnna Abrams

CEO, MindClick SGM

JoAnna Abrams is Founder & CEO of MindClick, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance measurement solutions for global organizations. MindClick’s technology and consulting services are used by global organizations to implement responsible sourcing programs to help achieve their environmental, social responsibility, and business goals. Named a hospitality industry innovator by Lodging Magazine, Abrams combines 8 years of sustainability experience with twenty years of business strategy, research, and brand management work for global leaders in consumer products. Ms. Abrams is a frequent speaker on the topics of sustainability and consumer trends, advances in supply chain initiatives and the effective use of scorecards in driving progress. Sample speaking engagements include: The Cornell Hospitality Research Summit, The North American International Auto Show AISI Press event, The Hospitality and Design Expo, HI Connect, The Lodging Conference, Sustainable Brands, and National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2012, Abrams was selected to present research findings from a joint Expedia MindClick study at the Cornell Hospitality Research Summit highlighting the impact a hotel’s sustainable purchasing choices has on guest perception and loyalty. In 2011, Abrams created the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, Marriott International and 25 leading suppliers and purchasing organizations. Together the Consortium created a framework, based on global standards, for measuring supplier sustainability performance. Known as the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index, that framework is now used by Marriott International and others to encourage improvement in the social and environmental performance of their vendors. Prior to the founding of MindClick, Abrams led strategy, research, and new product development efforts for recognized consumer products brands including MGM, Nestle, Pepsi-Co, Toyota, and Wolfgang Puck. Abrams holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in finance from University of Illinois. She currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Bend, Oregon.

Ms. Abrams can be contacted at 310-828-6216 or jabrams@mindclicksgm.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.