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Mr. Scholl

Todd D. Scholl

Director of Sales and Marketing, The Peabody Little Rock

In December, 2004, Todd D. Scholl was appointed director of sales and marketing for The Peabody Little Rock, an AAA Four-Diamond property within the portfolio of Peabody Hotels, and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Sales and marketing are in his blood. At an early age, his parents, both of whom are professional sales executives, taught young Scholl the finer points of the art of selling, and closing the deal. He is a consummate hotel/hospitality sales manager, who draws on over twelve years of experience in the field. Before joining The Peabody Little Rock, Scholl was director of sales and marketing for the luxurious Canterbury Hotel - Indianapolis, a position he held for four years. At this Preferred Hotel & Resorts property, he was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, yield control, group sales, marketing and PR. He finished his first year $100-K over the previous year's final room revenue. Prior to that, he worked with the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Bureau and with Marriott International. A native of Fort Madison, Iowa, Scholl studied at the University of Iowa and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in communication.

Mr. Scholl can be contacted at 501-399-8057 or Todd.Scholl@peabodylittlerock.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.