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Ms. Benjamin

Beth Benjamin

Senior Director of CX Strategy Research Group, Medallia

Beth Benjamin is the senior director of Medallia's CX Strategy Research group. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting research, teaching and writing in the field of organizational science. Formerly the head of the Stanford Graduate School of Business' Center for Leadership Development & Research and the Stanford GLOBE Initiative, Ms. Benjamin has led research and consulting projects for large organizations, small startups, nonprofits and professional services firms, often on an international scale. Previously, she was an organizational behaviorist at the RAND Corporation, where she conducted research in the areas of human resource strategy, implementing large-scale change, and employment law. During that time she also held a joint appointment at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Ms. Benjamin has authored a number of articles published in both scholarly journals and the applied business press. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior) from Stanford University; M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland; and B.A. from Cornell University.

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Ms. Benjamin can be contacted at 650-321-3000 or bbenjamin@medallia.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.