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Ms. Schwartz

Janelle Schwartz

VP of Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management, M&R Hotel Management

Janelle Schwartz oversees sales, marketing, e-commerce, revenue management, public relations, social media and corporate social responsibility initiatives for 15 hotels operated by M&R Hotel Management (based in Great Neck, New York) in New York City and the surrounding area. 

During her five years with M&R, she developed business plans and established sales offices for eight newly constructed hotels in New York and supported sales and marketing efforts for four existing hotels that joined the portfolio, including two in the Caribbean.

She also initiated and managed multiple property websites and the corporate website, produced sales and marketing collateral for the corporation and its hotels and enacted social media and media relations policies and procedures.

A 30-year hospitality veteran, she previously was vice president of sales and marketing for Stonebridge Companies from 2010 to 2012, responsible for business planning, strategic planning, creation and implementation of sales and marketing campaigns, hotel openings, rebranding, management of operating revenues and sales team leadership.

Prior to Stonebridge, Ms. Schwartz was director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Waikiki Beach in Honolulu from 2009 to 2010, responsible for the resort's sales, catering and revenue management teams and for managing public relations and advertising.

Earlier in her career, she served in a variety of sales and marketing roles for Prism Hotels & Resorts, Omni Mandalay Hotel, Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza, Harrell Hospitality, Hilton Worldwide, Prime Hospitality and Richfield Hospitality Services. She also served briefly as chief talent matchmaker for Cobalt Careers, an executive recruiting firm in Montvale, New Jersey.

Ms. Schwartz earned a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communications at Arizona State University, Tempe, and a master of business administration degree in communications at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

She is a member of the IHG Owners Association.

 

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

Ms. Schwartz can be contacted at 516-279-4888 or info@mrhotelgroup.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.