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Ms. Fields

Brenda Fields

Founder, Fields & Company

Fields & Company was founded by Brenda Fields, a strategist and sales and marketing expert, to apply the formulas for success she developed over the years to assist owners and operators in achieving target revenues through cost effective, well-founded strategic plans and through creating and sustaining strong brands.

Ms. Fields brings a unique perspective and an ability to fully understand each client's challenges, honed from over a two decade-long record of unparalleled success in the hospitality industry. Industry leaders and innovators ranging from Ian Schrager to real estate developer Harry Macklowe have benefited from her distinctive combination of strengths: to analyze and manage every detail of an assignment while never taking her eye off the bigger picture.

Every marketing initiative With a "who's who" roster of clients, Ms. Fields has worked with a number of industry leaders and real estate investment companies including Starwood Lodging Corporation, Vornado Realty Trust and Planet Hollywood, Choice Hotels International, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Olympus Real Estate Corporation, Pew Charitable Trust Foundation and Apple Core Hotels among others.

Ms. Field's consulting practice for independent properties has included a wide range of clients such as The Kitano Hotel, New York; Woodlands Resort and Inn, Summerville, South Carolina; The American Club, Kohler, WI; Founders Inn and Conference Center in Virginia Beach, VA; The Addison, Boca Raton, FL; Bel Age Hotel, Los Angeles, CA; Mondrian Hotel, West Hollywood, CA; and as well as clients in international locations, i.e. Costa Rica, England, and Germany.

Ms. Fields, an industry leader and spokesperson, is a member of the prestigious International Society of Hospitality Consultants; served on the Americas Board of Directors for HSMAI; is Immediate Past President of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International in NYC; was named one of "The Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing" by HSMAI and the "Leadership Development Award"; is a member of the Editorial Board of HotelExecutive contributes regularly to international publications Hotel News Now, Hotels Online, Hotel Resource Weekly Network News, and eHoteliers.

Please visit http://www.fieldsandcompany.net for more information.

Ms. Fields can be contacted at +1 518-789-0117 or brenda@fieldsandcompany.net

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.