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Mr. Bailey

Jonathan Bailey

Founder, i.d.e.a.

Jonathan Bailey has nearly 30 years of direct experience in the marketing communications industry, with an emphasis in the hospitality industry. His leadership is sought after by brands looking for insight, strategy, direction and just plain truth. He leads the relationships team at i.d.e.a., which focuses the firm's attention on its brand partners - present, past and future. Mr. Bailey brings to brands an unusual integrated perspective earned by working in both the public relations and advertising disciplines. As an early pioneer in integration, Mr. Bailey saw clarity in breaking down barriers between marketing functions, and instead focused on how one strategic brand idea can succeed across multiple platforms. Brands such as KSL Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Visit Newport Beach, and the Santa Catalina Island Company have all benefited from Mr. Bailey's cross-platform brand focus. Over the years, Mr. Bailey has received more than 100 top honors for outstanding creative work from various advertising, public relations and communications organizations and industry groups. He is chairman of TAAN Global, the independent marketing agency network, as has served as guest instructor at the University of California at San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State University. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism. He past chairman and currently serves on the board of SDX (formerly San Diego Ad Club), and is past president of the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego Chapter. Mr. Bailey was appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer as a San Diego City Commissioner for Arts and Culture, and sits on the boards of the Balboa Park Conservancy and the Balboa Park Trust. In addition to his normal workday, Mr. Bailey nurtures and expresses his creativity as a travel writer for San Diego Magazine, Hilton Mom Voyage and The Jet Set Family, among others.

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Mr. Bailey can be contacted at 619-295-8232 or jonb@theideabrand.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.