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Mr. Poad

Jim Poad

Director of Client Solutions, Advantage IQ

Jim Poad, a 30-year energy industry veteran, serves as Director of Client Solutions for expense and energy management firm, Advantage IQ. In this capacity, Mr. Poad is responsible for developing and directing the Company's energy management programs on behalf of clients. He works with clients to develop and implement a customized strategy to better manage energy usage, reduce overall operational costs, and meet overriding corporate objectives. He has helped clients save millions of dollars through the implementation of supply-side and demand-side initiatives. Prior to his position at Advantage IQ, Poad served as Director, Business Development for Johnson Controls, Inc, Prenova, and also served as Director, Strategic Business Development for TXU Energy. At TXU, he first served as Regional Marketing Director for the Chicago region. In this role he was responsible for project evaluation, commodity sales and delivery for both electric power and natural gas, as well as facility sales. Later, he was appointed Director of Strategic Business Development, a role which required identifying and developing comprehensive energy management and outsourcing engagements for Fortune 500 companies with extensive energy requirements. Earlier, Poad held a number of positions with Wisconsin Power and Light Company and Alliant Energy. He worked in operations, administration, and sales management with these companies, and received several awards for operational excellence, marketing success and exceptional safety records.

Mr. Poad can be contacted at 608-755-1650 or jpoad@advantageiq.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.