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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 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.