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Ms. Lima

Loulu Lima

Principal, LL Consulting

Loulu Lima, CRME, CHBA is an independent hospitality consultant with +20 years in hospitality, specializing in Sales/Marketing/Hotel Distribution/Event and Revenue Management. At each role she has attained the experience to continue to assist hotels and businesses increase their revenues on a B2B and B2C level. Prior to going out on her own, Ms. Lima’s stepping stones encompass launching PriceMatch, a cloud based RMS in the Americas as Director of Sales; Travelzoo as Senior Sales Manager, launching their calendar model; was a Market Manager with Travelocity for 5 years in the NYC market, working with hotels to grow their market share on this channel. In 2009, she received the highest award Travelocity offers as a Golden Gnome Winner. Since 2008, Ms. Lima has been working on the HSMAI Greater NYC Chapter’s Marketing Committee and achieved her CRME and CHBA from HSMAI in 2012. Today, Ms. Lima is the Director of e-Commerce for HSMAI’s Austin chapter as well as a member of HEDNA. She has taken her previous experience of revenue management consulting for Intelligent Hotels in addition to being part of the start-up team of the HotelFlash report, to work with hotel partners globally on how to grow their bottom line revenues. Her experience of revenue management began in the late 1990’s at Loews Hotels Corporate office in NYC. Simultaneously, Ms. Lima previously ran her own catering/craft service business for the film industry while gaining her revenue management experience. Ms. Lima graduated from Schiller International University in Engelberg Switzerland with a Hospitality Management Degree and a Culinary Arts Degree from the New York Restaurant School. To contact Ms. Lima visit her website www.llconsulting.info, email loululima@gmail.com or call/text 512-645-5573. www.linkedin.com/in/loululima/ Please visit www.llconsulting.info for more information.

Ms. Lima can be contacted at 512-645-5573 or loulu.lima@gmail.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.