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Mr. Campbell

Kent Campbell

Chief Strategist & Managing Director, InternetReputationManagement.com

Kent Campbell is Chief Strategist and Managing Director of InternetReputationManagement.com, an online reputation management firm based in California. In addition to management responsibilities, he develops strategies that discreetly alter the way people and companies are perceived online. Mr. Campbell is recognized as a leader in the online reputation management sector, having worked with numerous clients to reverse devastating online attacks. Prior to founding InternetReputationManagement.com, Mr. Campbell was President of Osayso, the parent company of an early stage travel related internet site and unique iPhone application. He was keeper of corporate vision and philosophy, managed fund-raising, oversaw user experience and systems development, and engaged in day-to-day corporate duties including operations and finance. Prior to Osayso, Mr. Campbell merged the company he founded, Evit Caretni Interactive, with Rare Medium, a global, award-winning branding, incubation and services firm. In his most recent role as Vice President and General Manager for Rare Mediums Los Angeles office, he managed client engagement for clients such as Nestle, Magnetek, Autoland, and LSI Logic. In addition to engagement management, Mr. Campbell managed the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles western hub office and oversight of three western region offices. Before his role as Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Campbell was based in Dallas, Texas as Vice President and National Head of User-Experience Design for Rare Medium, where his duties included oversight of national service delivery, enterprise project management, executive sales support, organizational strategy, and national resource management. Mr. Campbell holds a BA from the Art Center of Design, USA and Europe.

Mr. Campbell can be contacted at 415-233-8767 or k@reputationx.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.