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Mr. Peter

Tim Peter

Founder, Tim Peter & Associates

Tim Peter is an award-winning hospitality marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience developing successful, cutting-edge e-commerce and digital marketing programs. Prior to founding Tim Peter & Associates, a full-service e-commerce and internet marketing consulting firm in early 2011, Mr. Peter worked with the world's largest hotel franchisor and the world's premier independent luxury hotel representation firm to help hotels and resorts across diverse segments achieve billions of dollars of online revenue.

Mr. Peter's writings have appeared in many trade publications, and his blog, "Tim Peter Thinks," attracts a large following each month. He writes a column for Hotel News Now and frequently comments on Internet marketing and e-commerce topics in publications, including the New York Post, Hotel Management and Hotel News Now. His first book is due out in 2018.

Recognized as one of HSMAI's Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Marketing and Sales, Mr. Peter focuses on digital marketing, consumer behavior, and e-commerce strategy. His work leverages lessons learned from life in the trenches of digital marketing and e-commerce for some of the world's most widely known brands and how those lessons apply today.

An in-demand speaker, Mr. Peter has presented to global audiences in public and private events. He teaches courses in digital marketing strategy and operations for Rutgers Business School and the Mendoza College of Business. He is also the author of several white papers, including “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World,” “When More is More: Upselling as a Sales & Marketing Tactic,” and “Engaging Online Travel Shoppers Through Integrated Marketing.”

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

Mr. Peter can be contacted at 201-305-0055 or tim@timpeter.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.