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Mr. Stark

Peter Stark

Principal, Peter Barron Stark Companies

Peter Barron Stark is a management consultant, speaker and author. Over the past twenty-five years, his consulting firm, Peter Barron Stark Companies, specializes in helping leaders build organizations where employees love to come to work, and customers love to do business. Clients such as the NFL, NBA, Aetna, the Phoenix Suns, Lowe's, Sempra Energy, Kaiser Permanente, the Boston Red Sox, SONY Electronics, Qualcomm, WD-40 Company, Stone Brewing Company, Wells Fargo, Farmers Insurance, and over 200 other leading organizations have called upon Mr. Stark to help transform their cultures and maximize the effectiveness of their leaders. His speaking repertoire includes an impressive lineup of programs in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, leading change, customer service, and negotiation skills. His firm is also a leader in employee opinion surveys and 360° Leadership Development Assessments. Mr. Stark is one of only a handful of speakers to hold the prestigious dual designation of Accredited Speaker from Toastmaster's International and the Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speaker's Association. He has been published worldwide in over 300 articles, has written 11 books on the topics of leadership, management and negotiation and created The Manager's Toolkit, a subscription-based website to help turn managers into leaders. Mr. Stark's expertise has been featured by American Executive, Investor's Business Daily, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, Inc.com, U.S. News & World Report and USA Today. Each week, Mr. Stark writes a leadership blog providing solutions to over 10,000 leaders who aspire to be great.

Mr. Stark can be contacted at 858-451-3601 or peter@peterstark.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.