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Mr. Padwick

John Padwick

Vice President, Travel, Media & Entertainment Practice, Travel Strategy Lead, Merkle Inc.

John Padwick spearheads the growth efforts for Merkle's specialty Travel practice. The practice provides expertise in bringing innovative data, analytic, and technical marketing solutions to top travel and hospitality clients. He is passionate about helping Merkle industry partners understand and leverage our customer-centric approach, delivering targeted experiences to customers and prospects across online and offline media. Mr. Padwick is a seasoned Travel Industry executive with 15 years global experience in integrated brand marketing and technology systems. His background includes building and managing integrated brand marketing teams and initiatives across the travel industry. Mr. Padwick has been responsible for developing digital platforms (including CRM and loyalty programs) for major global travel brands, including: Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. He brings a unique blend of industry knowledge regarding pertinent KPIs, CRM, and modern consumer new media consumption patterns. Immediately prior to joining Merkle, John's role centered on delivering CRM consulting, integrated marketing, and marketing automation solutions. Mr. Padwick holds both an M.B.A. in Marketing, as well as an M.P.A, from the University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Padwick can be contacted at 443-542-4235 or jpadwick@merkleinc.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.