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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 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.