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Ms. Maher

Shelley Maher

Director of Business Development & Client Relations, Total Customized Revenue Management

As a Director of Business Development and Client Relations, Shelley Maher plays a crucial role at Total Customized Revenue Management as the company expands throughout the country and into international markets.

With an extensive background in property-level hotel sales and knowledge in driving revenues in a variety of markets, Ms. Maher is a highly successful and effective professional with a passion for exceeding budgets and fostering a focused, results-driven team.

Ms. Maher's career spans approximately 30 years in the hospitality industry, which includes several leadership positions within the Hilton and Hyatt brands, where she directed sales and marketing for hotels in the downtown and suburban markets integrating her efforts with various facets of revenue management.

Most recently, she served as Director of Group Sales for the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, leading the charge for driving group revenues, preparing a budget and business plan to achieve measurable and significant results, forecasting the group segment, controlling costs and achieving year-over-year revenues in a competitive downtown market.

In recognition of her success and leadership, Ms. Maher's team was given the title of Sales Team of the Year in 2011 by the Embassy Suites Brand for her stellar results as Director of Sales & Marketing in exceeding budget, production results and market share.

In addition, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis was the proud recipient of Hyatt's Revenue Team of the Year award in 2016, partially as a result of Ms. Maher's dedication and success as Director of Group Sales.

Ms. Maher has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University, and is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

Ms. Maher can be contacted at +1 623-536-7066 or Shelley@tcrmservices.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.