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Mr. Hoare

Mark Hoare

Partner, The Prism Partnership

Mark Hoare has over 30 years hospitality and hospitality technology experience within the European and North American marketplaces. Drawing upon his hotel operations and management career with companies such as The Savoy Group, Royal Classic Hotels, Sheraton and Disney, he made the transition into hotel technology in the early 90's. With Hotel Information Systems he rose through a series of positions culminating in the role of General Manager Western Europe. Later he moved to the United States and focused his attentions on Central Reservations and Distribution technologies by joining Anasazi, which later became Pegasus Solutions. At Pegasus he held VP of Product Management positions with P/L responsibilities for both their Reservations and Distribution business lines. In his most recent corporate position he was SVP of Travel Cruise & Hospitality with IBS. In 2005, while still fully involved in the corporate world, Mr. Hoare founded his own consulting and services company as a means to further contribute to the hospitality industry. In 2007 he transitioned into full-time consulting becoming a partner with The Prism Partnership where he now draws upon all of his hotel operations, management and technology experience to bridge the gap that so often exists between these primary areas. Mr. Hoare is passionate about the development of new business solutions and complementary technologies that result in more efficient and cost contained hotel operations, and also with breakthrough technology solutions that remove legacy barriers to the flow of electronic commerce between hotel suppliers and the distributors of their products. A long standing member of industry organizations such as HTNG, HSMAI, HEDNA and HFTP, Mr. Hoare frequently presents at their conferences and also regularly contributes articles to the industry press. Born and educated in England, Mr. Hoare has traveled and worked extensively throughout: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and for the last nineteen years has been based in the United States where he currently resides with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Please visit www.theprismpartnership.com for more information.

Mr. Hoare can be contacted at 404-424-9258 or mhoare@theprismpartnership.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.