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Mr. Rauch

Robert Rauch

Chief Executive Officer, RAR Hospitality

Robert Rauch, CHA, is a nationally recognized hotelier and CEO of RAR Hospitality, a leading hospitality management and consulting firm. Mr. Rauch has over 40 years of hospitality-related management experience in all facets of the industry.

Widely recognized as the "hotel guru," Mr. Rauch maintains a blog in which he expounds upon insights and trends in the hospitality industry at www.hotelguru.com. Along with the blog, he also publishes Hospitality Innsights, an electronic newsletter that is distributed monthly.

Mr. Rauch has held nearly every position in the hotel business including but not limited to General Manager of full-service Four Diamond hotels for Hilton and Embassy Suites. Mr. Rauchís education includes a bachelorís degree in Hotel Administration from Western International University and a masterís degree in Tourism Administration from Arizona State University.

Mr. Rauch is a Certified Hotel Administrator and has served as chairman of numerous tourism organizations nationally and in the western United States. He has been directly involved in developing several leading brand hotels, some of which the firm still owns and manages. RAR Hospitality currently operates hotels in California, Arizona and Colorado with several under development.

Mr. Rauch proudly gives back to the community through his position as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University where he teaches Entrepreneurial Recreation and Tourism. He also serves on numerous Boards of Directors for profit and charitable organizations. Mr. Rauch frequently speaks at hospitality industry conferences and meetings. He is also widely quoted on television and radio programs and in numerous publications.

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

Mr. Rauch can be contacted at 858-239-1800 or rauch@hotelguru.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.