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Mr. Concannon

Lance Concannon

EMEA Marketing Director, Meltwater Social

Based in London, England, Lance Concannon is the EMEA marketing director for the social media monitoring and management software provider, Meltwater Social.  A key element of his role is advocating the use of social data and analytics to help businesses communicate better with their audiences and identify both the opportunities and potential risks which frequently become first visible in social.

Meltwater Social, formerly Sysomos, was acquired by Media Intelligence provider, Meltwater, in 2018 and the company has now integrated the two platforms to provide users with the ability to analyse their print, digital, broadcast, and social media brand mentions in a single tool.

Prior to joining Meltwater, Mr. Concannon worked as an agency-side PR and communications consultant, and began focusing on social media in 2005, helping global brands understand how best to make use of emerging social technologies. In this early period, he built one of the market's first social media monitoring platforms, Prompt Blog Monitor, which was awarded the Best New Product in the 2007 B2B Marketing Awards.

Mr. Concannon's client experience includes major B2B and B2C organizations such as Accor, Sofitel, BP, IBM, Oracle and Vodafone. During his career in social, he has managed a wide range of campaigns including blogger outreach, influencer marketing, crisis comms, content programs, viral videos and infographics.

Mr. Concannon began his career in technology journalism for some of the world's leading consumer and business tech publishers. He spent a decade charting the rise of technologies such as the home PC, smartphones, the internet, and social media. 

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

Mr. Concannon can be contacted at +44 0207-1837-754 or lance.concannon@meltwater.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.