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Mr. Dahm

Richard Dahm

Senior Risk Consultant, National Hospitality Division, Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Richard Dahm, Jr. is senior risk consultant for the National Hospitality Division of Wells Fargo Insurance Services in Clearwater, Florida. As a hospitality specialist, his expertise includes property, restaurant/hotel facilities, and risk management. He holds a BA in management from Eckerd College and an MBA from DeVry University. He is a native Floridian and a member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Mr. Dahm's knowledge, experience, and determination have proven unequalled in Florida's hospitality industry. His high energy level, resourcefulness, and high caliber risk management experience, coupled with his professional staff of claims, safety, and marketing professionals enables him to provide hospitality executives with the type of consultation that reduces insurance risks and premiums. The Clearwater, Florida office (formerly Acordia Insurance) has served the insurance needs of Florida businesses for over 100 years and now adds the 150 years of experience and global reach of their new parent, Wells Fargo Company. Wells Fargo Insurance Services, is a Wells Fargo Company headquartered in Chicago, Ill. They provide insurance brokerage, administrative services, as well as a wide range of financial and consulting services to thousands of clients from over 150 local offices across the nation. Today, their 4,500 associates place more than 8.5 billion in risk premium making Wells Fargo Insurance Services the fifth largest insurance brokerage firm in the world and the largest bank-affiliated insurance brokerage firm in the U.S.

Mr. Dahm can be contacted at 800-282-3343 Ext: 5436 or Richard.Dahm@wellsfargo.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.