Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Schuler

Cynthia M. Schuler

Human Resources Professional,

Cynthia Schuler, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPRW is a human resources professional who has been in the field for approximately 20 years. During her career, she has observed the transformation of human resources and has a passion for sharing her experiences to assist other human resources professionals nationally and internationally. Ms. Schuler's experience includes the oversight of the full life cycle of human resources to include talent acquisition and recruitment, onboarding, compensation administration, benefit negotiations and administration, employee relations, professional development and training, and regulatory compliance. Her experience extends beyond the basic life cycle to areas including affirmative action reporting, HRIS systems, learning management systems, applicant tracking systems, and diversity and inclusion. Ms. Schuler has published numerous articles and conducted presentations for multiple organizations including Society for Human Resources Japan INSIGHTS magazine, National Business Institute, Business and Legal Reports, and the American Management Association. She is also an author in an upcoming anthology entitled “Cultivating Culture” which was published by Red Letter Publishing in November of 2016. Ms. Schuler's articles and presentations include topics such as cultivating a positive organizational culture, change management, business etiquette, teambuilding, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and conflict resolution. Ms. Schuler received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and she received her Master's Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, the Society for Human Resources Management, and the Professional Association of Resume Writers.

Ms. Schuler can be contacted at 301-343-7369 or cmschuler@msn.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.