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Mr. King

Robert King

General Manager, Travel & Hospitality, ClickSquared

With more than 20 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry, Robert King has held marketing, sales and senior management positions at a variety of organizations. Mr. King works with ClickSquared clients throughout North America, Asia and Europe to develop and implement highly targeted, timely, interactive customer relationship programs that result in increased ROI. Prior to joining ClickSquared, Mr. King was with Intrawest Corporation in Vancouver, BC where he was senior vice president of marketing and sales. At Intrawest, Mr. King was responsible for creating a fully integrated CRM system that resulted in more than $120 million annually in resort revenue. Before Intrawest, Mr. King was vice president of Turnworks, Inc. a Houston-based private equity/consulting firm. Prior to Turnworks, he held senior-level positions at Neat Group, Inc., a start-up Internet distribution company and Continental Airlines, Inc. At Continental, Mr. King was a staff vice president and managed its North American field sales organization, a network of over 50 city ticket offices and an outbound telesales operation that collectively generated more than $5 billion in annual revenue.

Mr. King can be contacted at 480-603-9403 or bking@clicksquared.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.