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Mr. Collins

John Collins

President, The Extreme Group, Inc.

John S. Collins is the President of The Extreme Group, Inc., a company specializing in creating interactivity. Mr. Collins led The Extreme Group from their humble beginnings in his living room over 20 years ago to serving a world class client list from their three offices. His background in broadcast television game shows helped him to develop the exciting interactive events that the company became known for delivering. With divisions that now encompass live events, video production and interactive mobile technologies, the company is a true innovator. Their client list boasts a virtual whos who of international clients including: The Walt Disney Company, American Airlines, BP, Citigroup, CB Richard Ellis, Gartner, Lowes, PepsiCo, Ritz Carlton, Four Season, United Technologies, Toyota, Proctor & Gamble and Pfizer. While the company has been blessed with financial rewards, Mr. Collins considers their best accomplishment the number of lives that are touched through the company; whether they are customers, vendors or employees. Mr. Collins attended the University of Tampa, where he graduated in the top of his communications class. He continues to reside in the Tampa area, where along with his wife Kristi, is raising their two children Mary Katherine (Katie) and Samuel Lucas. The family has chosen to home educate their children while traveling the world and experiencing different cultures together.

Mr. Collins can be contacted at 813-964-8844 or jcollins@theextremegroup.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.