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Mr. Bullock

Brian Bullock

Chief Operating Officer, Restaurants, Legacy Ventures

Brian Bullock has more than fifteen year's of experience in the restaurant industry working with high-volume, industry-leading companies. He began his career in 1995 with Houston's restaurants in Atlanta. After being promoted to general manager, he operated stores in both New Orleans and Houston. In 2000, Mr. Bullock left Houston's to become vice president of operations for Border Cafe Restaurants. In 2007, he joined Bricktop's Restaurant Company, which was founded by the original Houston's co-founder Joe Ledbetter and industry veteran Tom Brunnberg. Mr. Bullock earned his associate's degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University and his bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an active member of the Georgia Restaurant Association Board. He joined Legacy Ventures Legacy Ventures, which responds thoughtfully to the built environment as planners, developers, hoteliers and restaurateurs. Legacy Ventures innovates with a multi-disciplined approach to create timeless places - delivering exceptional customer experiences through an engaged and passionate team, yielding measurably better results for partners and investors.

Please visit http://www.lvmgt.com for more information.

Mr. Bullock can be contacted at 404-222-9100 or bbullock@lvmgt.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.