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Mr. Rose

Norm Rose

President, Travel Tech Consulting, Inc.

For nearly two decades, Norm Rose has been an analyst and consultant focused on emerging technologies and how they impact business practices in the travel industry. He has an extensive background in online, corporate, hospitality and leisure travel-related technology. Mr. Rose is renowned for his travel technology expertise, particularly his analysis of the impact of emerging trends such mobile and social media. Mr. Rose leads Travel Tech Consulting, Inc., a firm that specializes in developing e-commerce and procurement strategies for all types of travel related technology. This includes deep knowledge of technologies used for reservations, distribution, and marketing. Mr. Rose has been is also an analyst with PhoCusWright and is the author of numerous publications and articles including PhoCusWright's Mobile: The Next Platform for Travel and PhoCusWright and Travel Tech Consulting's: Corporate Travel Technology Today and Tomorrow. From 1982-1988, he held sales and marketing management positions at United Airlines and from 1989 to 1995, Mr. Rose was corporate travel manager for Sun Microsystems. At Sun, he worked with a number of third-party developers creating software for the business travel market. This included early prototypes of self-booking tools and expense management systems. Mr. Rose holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Rose can be contacted at 650-345-8510 or norm@traveltechnology.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.