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Ms. Childs

Carolyn Childs

Principal, Mytravelresearch.com

Carolyn Childs has spent more than 25 years' helping businesses achieve their goals by using research and other evidence to guide strategy and planning - mainly in the aviation, travel and tourism fields. She has worked in more than 35 countries on every inhabited continent and brings a detailed understanding of customers and how to connect with them. As well as running her own businesses, Ms. Childs has worked for organizations such as the International Air Transport Association, TNS (the world's largest custom research company) and ran the Travel Research Centre for 8 years. Her clients include blue chip names across the industry including Aer Rianta, Tourism Australia, TurEspana (Spanish national tourism organisation), Air New Zealand, Qantas and Emirates. Ms. Childs' passion is making a difference and she does this by making research accessible and business focused. With Bronwyn White, she co-created Domesticate™ (now owned by TNS) - one of the industry's most respected sources of strategic direction for the Australian domestic tourism market. Ms. Childs set up MyTravelResearch.com with Ms. White in 2011 to help fulfill this passion by making the tools, approaches and insights accessible to everyone. Ms. Chiilds is a regular speaker at conferences and writes blogs for Sparksheet (on behalf of TNS) and MyTravelResearch.com. She has written an e-book “Same, same but different: Connecting with Consumers in Emerging Markets” She is a Full Member of the (UK) Market Research Society), contributes to the UNWTO panel of world tourism experts and is a founding board member of the TTRA Asia Pacific Chapter

Ms. Childs can be contacted at 61-0-416-213962 or carolyn@mytravelresearch.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.