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Ms. Korman

Robin Korman

Senior Vice President Loyalty Marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group

Robin Korman was appointed senior vice president, loyalty marketing, in September 2009, overseeing Wyndham Rewards®, the guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group with more than 6,500 participating hotels in 36 countries. Among her many responsibilities, she handles the development and management of the company’s loyalty program, which happens to be the largest in the hotel industry based on number of participating hotels; as well customer loyalty initiatives, all direct-marketing programs and internal and external strategic marketing alliances. Previously, she was senior vice president and general manager at Chase Card Services where she was responsible for overseeing the company’s multi-billion dollar partner credit card portfolio, including development and repositioning of new and existing products and the creation of new acquisition and growth strategies. Prior to Chase, Ms. Korman spent seven years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, serving first as vice president, global loyalty marketing leader, and later as vice president, brand marketing leader for Aloft Hotels and Element Hotels. In those roles, she was responsible for overseeing Starwood’s Preferred Guest program and later, for developing the positioning and marketing for the global launches of the company’s Aloft® and ElementSM brands. In addition to her most recent experience, Ms. Korman has also served in executive marketing, communications and public relations roles with General Electric and Citibank.

Ms. Korman can be contacted at 973-753-6590 or robin.korman@wyn.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.