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Ms. Martin Yack

Deirdre Martin Yack

Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel 50 Bowery

Deirdre Martin Yack, director of sales and marketing for Manhattan's Hotel 50 Bowery, draws on more than two decades of experience in upscale New York City hotels to launch the city's first Joie de Vivre property. Ms. Yack and her team coordinate direct sales and marketing efforts to position the boutique luxury hotel as an adventurous Chinatown destination honoring its historical location. She also develops programs that connect to the city's culture, including an on-site exhibit curated by the Museum of Chinese in America. Throughout her career, Ms. Yack's commitment to the individual experience remains essential to her success, in both leading a team and pleasing hotel guests. “I take great pride in mentoring those on my team, and watching them grow in the industry,” she says. Though she typically focuses on big-picture concepts, Ms. Yack's overarching goal is an exceptional guest experience. “While it's easy to get wrapped up in the numbers, I always remember that there's a guest involved, and their comfort and satisfaction is our priority,” she says. A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Yack grew up on Long Island and attended Johnson and Wales University. While her experience working in a local restaurant as a teenager inspired her education, Ms. Yack focused on the hotel industry and kicked off her career with a position as reservation sales coordinator for Le Parker Meridien. Within a year, she earned a promotion to sales manager, and spent the next five years developing feeder markets for the AAA Four Diamond property. During this time, Ms. Yack also committed three years to the United States Air Force Reserves as a senior airman, undergoing basic training and committing one weekend a month to the organization. The experience solidified Ms. Yack's value of respect, teamwork, and an effective chain of command, tenets that continue to guide her as a hospitality professional.

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Ms. Martin Yack can be contacted at 212-508-8000 or 50bowerysales@jdvhotels.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.