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Mr. Paton

Mike Paton

Senior Vice President, Signature Worldwide

As senior vice president of sales for Signature Worldwide, Mike Paton develops, manages and directs all company sales within the hospitality industry. Paton is responsible for coordinating sales efforts for 5,000 customers worldwide, including licensees in Brazil, Belize, Costa Rica, Cypress, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. Prior to joining Signature in 2003, Paton managed sales and marketing for Corporate One, a financial institution providing investment solutions and correspondent services to credit unions. As a member of the company's senior management team, Paton doubled its customer relationships, increased assets under management by more than 100 percent and expanded the company presence from six to 23 states. He also served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for PurchasingFirst.com, Inc., a professional and technical e-commerce consulting company. While there, Paton was responsible for designing and implementing sales strategies for the company's customized purchasing tools and national e-commerce marketplaces. Paton also has served in executive roles at the Huntington National Bank and Star Bank, where he built and maintained relationships with hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs. Paton is a national champion public speaker and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from The Ohio State University. Signature Worldwide is the leading solutions provider to service-based organizations, creating tailored programs that directly impact the bottom line. Established in 1986 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Signature operates throughout North America and has licensees in South America and Europe. Signature is a private company, with revenues $12 million in 2004.

Mr. Paton can be contacted at 800-398-0518 or mikepaton@signatureworldwide.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.