Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Sloan

Kell Sloan

General Manager, Best Western Plus Saskatchewan

At an early age, Kell Sloan was told he wanted to become a concert pianist but with a tin ear, a rebellious streak and a Beach Boys album, Mr. Sloan soon fell in with the wrong crowd and took up professional surfing. At age six, permanently grounded and with no money to buy a surf board, Mr. Sloan sold chocolate bars door to door and found that by developing a compelling unique value proposition and dividing his home town into segments, he was able to focus on neighborhoods where people were most likely to buy his chocolate bars. And buy they did.

Hiring other kids to sell for him, teaching them the fundamentals of chocolate bar sales, and coaching them to success, Mr. Sloan soon found himself once again grounded but with a surf board and a love of entrepreneurship, marketing and revenue management.

With over 25 + years of hospitality leadership in casinos, restaurants and hotels, if you took an MRI scan of that beautiful brain of his, it would show a large area devoted to thinking of nothing else but strategic planning, demand generation and profit optimization.

Mr. Sloan is currently the General Manager of the Best Western Plus in Estevan, Saskatchewan and leads an exceptional team of customer-orientated professionals dedicated to ensuring that every stay is exceptional. Celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning global family of hotels located in over 100 countries and territories that offers accommodations for all types of travelers.


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

Mr. Sloan can be contacted at 306.209.0981 or kell@kellsloan.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.