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Mr. Morris

Brian Morris

Director of Sales & Marketing, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Brian Morris is a successful hospitality veteran who prior to his current position, spent 25-years with Hyatt Hotels in seven locations such as Indian Wells CA, Maui Hawaii, Seattle WA, Phoenix AZ, Wichita and Kansas City KS, St Louis MO and Century City CA.

Mr. Morris began his career in Food and Beverage then went on to Rooms operations before getting into Sales & Marketing where he has spent the last 12 years in Sales & Marketing leadership. During his tenure with Hyatt, he is a 2-time DOSM of the Year Nominee, Sales Team of the Year winner, and Business Travel Team of the Year Winner.

Throughout his career, Mr. Morris has demonstrated success and achievement in growing sales and improving bottom line margins. He brings to the hotel progressive experience in driving revenues, budgeting and forecasting, trend analysis, change initiatives, hotel repositioning, market research and analytics as well as sales management and training, product marketing (PR & social media), and P&L management.

In Kansas City, his successful track record in driving 3 straight record years at the complex has helped shape the mission of showcasing the one-stop shopping for meetings of all sizes and experiences with 180,000 square feet at the hotel complex. His public relations experience, including work with social media channels, will help keep our sales team at the front of all the vehicles we have to continue to raise that awareness.

Please visit http://jwsanantonio.com for more information.

Mr. Morris can be contacted at +1 210-276-2500 or brian.morris@marriott.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.