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Mr. Maack

Rick Maack

Owner, Balance Spa Management

Rick Maack is the Business Development Partner and Owner of Maack Management and Balance Spa Management, a fully outsourced option for the spa, salon and fitness center of luxury hotels. Mr. Maack leases space from hotels and/or building owners providing a lease income stream and revenue share to hotel partners. Mr. Maack operates seamlessly with the hotel, using the hotel brand and look. All expenses of operation are borne by Maack Management and a revenue share option is included in most leases. The revenue share with the hotel assures that the spa and the hotel have like goals. Mr. Maack and his wife Kelly entered the spa and fitness business to capitalize on the combination of transforming human needs and the resulting emergence of the hybrid category within the wellness and spa industries. This category merges the synergistic elements of these industry segments with full-service hotels and large luxury residential communities in urban settings. Mr. Maack and his team have also completed several consulting projects for hotels groups and independent spas and wellness centers. These projects included, marketing plans, branding, spa concept development, spa and fitness center design, pre-opening project management, and needs and feasibility assessments. Maack Management and Balance have worked with InterContinental Hotel Group, Loews Hotels, Omni Hotels, The Windsor Court in New Orleans, Hilton Hotels, the Essex House in New York City and other independent hotel brands. Mr. Maack joined Balance 2003 as the Director of Business Development. He purchased the company with his wife Kelly in 2007 rebranding as Maack Management. Prior to this, he was Business Development Director for Concept Heaven, an Interactive Internet Marketing company located in Manhattan where he was responsible for major account sales and marketing in the salon, spa and beauty space. Clients included Aveda, Este Lauder and Kerastase brands. Earlier in his career, Mr. Maack worked as a CPA for PricewaterhouseCoopers and has completed several consulting projects in the Internet commerce space.

Mr. Maack can be contacted at 302-223-5942 or rick@maackmanagement.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.