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Mr. Johns

Paul Johns

Chief Marketing Officer , Conversocial

Paul Johns is a recognized industry executive with proven experience in brand storytelling, product marketing, analyst and investor relations. As CMO of Conversocial, Mr. Johns oversees the company's global marketing, branding and public relations activities as the company continues to capitalize on the growing market demand for social-based customer service in the call center. Mr. Johns joined Conversocial in 2014 from Thomson Reuters, where he held multiple senior level marketing roles, including global head of marketing & communication of Financial & Risk, and CMO of the Governance, Risk and Compliance division. Previously Mr. Johns was CMO of Complinet, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010. Earlier in his career, he served as a CMO for a series of young technology startups, bringing them public by defining company strategy, developing advocacy and growing each business through product development, channel marketing, partnerships and acquisitions. These companies include Orchestria (now CA Technologies), Axiom Systems, GenesysLabs and Broadbase Software (now Kana).

Mr. Johns can be contacted at paul.johns@conversocial.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.