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Mr. Davidson

Cris Davidson

Sr. Director of the Americas, FCS

Cris Davidson currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and holds the position of Sr. Director of the Americas for a leading Global Hospitality Technology firm, FCS, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In his role, Mr. Davidson has complete P&L responsibilities and was recruited to expand the presence of FCS through the development of strategic channels throughout North & South America. Previous to his position with FCS, Mr. Davidson has been a serial entrepreneur, initially starting a global consulting practice, ITS, in 1993 with offices in the US and Dubai and clients including Jumeirah, IHG and Ritz Carlton. Later he started a firm, CNI, that developed an award winning software/hardware platform that was a precursor to what is now becoming a hospitality brand standard for mobile deployment. Mr. Davidson’s real passion is his family, coaching his three children in all their various sporting activities and his involvement with the non-profit world, in particular those organizations whose mission is the betterment of children’s lives. Mr. Davidson was a founding member of the local Make-A-Wish chapter in 1994, later he sat on the MAWFA Board of Directors for six years, holding the role of Chairman of the Chapter Performance Committee his last four years as well as a sitting role on the Executive Committee and the Strategic Planning Committees. He has also held Board positions with Starlight Foundation and a Georgia based organization, HealthMPowers, targeting childhood obesity and other health related challenges. This was accomplished through an interactive experience brought directly into the individual schools throughout the state. Davidson attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a BS in marketing. For more information, please contact Mr. Davidson at cris.davidson@planet1world.com or visit www.fcscs.com for more information on FCS’ comprehensive suite of hospitality technology product solutions.

Mr. Davidson can be contacted at 714-731-2350 or cris.davidson@planet1world.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.