Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Gutman

Adele Gutman

VP Sales, Marketing & Revenue, Library Hotel Collection

Adele Gutman has over 30 years of experience in all areas of hospitality marketing. Ms. Gutman has worked with independent hotelier Henry Kallan for over 17 years and oversees sales, marketing, revenue management, public relations, and new hotel concept strategies and launches at the Library Hotel Collection including brand initiatives, online marketing efforts, social media, electronic distribution, and most importantly, the unique Library Hotel Collection guest experience which makes success in everything else possible. Ms. Gutman is a regularly featured speaker at hospitality conferences including HSMAI events and TripAdvisor’s Master Classes and webinars among others as an authority on reputation management. Ms. Gutman orchestrated initiatives that resulted in the all Library Hotel Collection properties maintaining a top 10 position in their cities on TripAdvisor for over a decade, and at one point all four Library Hotel Collection NYC properties in the top four spots on TripAdvisor simultaneously, an achievement that has yet to be matched by any other hotel group. Thanks to the company’s “Service is Marketing” approach, in 2017 the Aria Hotel Budapest was awarded the ultimate recognition as the #1 Hotel in the World on the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. The Library Hotel Collection has also been recognized year after having the highest guest satisfaction rating in the world but the Luxury Brand Report prepared by ReviewPro, outshining even the most well known luxury hotel brands. The consistent level of enthusiastic reviews and top ranking over the years on review sites like TripAdvisor has had a powerful impact on demand generation for the hotels, resulting in successful sales without the typical need for traditional advertising. HSMAI Greater New York Chapter awarded the honor of 2011 Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year to Ms. Gutman in June. Ms. Gutman was also awarded a 2011 Gold Adrian Award for Digital Marketing in Social Media. Ms. Gutman has served on the board of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association’s New York, Dallas, and University of Houston chapters. Her work in Sales and Marketing has also earned Adrian Awards for Advertising, Brochure Design, website marketing, email marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Gutman and the Aria Hotel Budapest Team were also presented a 2017 Gold “Service Pledge” Award from HSMAI’s European Region for their work in Reputation Cultivation. The Adrian Awards are presented by H.S.M.A.I., and Ms. Gutman has also served as a judge for the awards for several years. Ms. Gutman is a graduate of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management University of Houston as well as the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

Ms. Gutman can be contacted at 212-201-1153 or adele@libraryhotelcollection.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.