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Mr. Catlette

Bill Catlette

Co-Founder, Contented Cow Partners, LLC

Bill Catlette is an author, leadership trainer, speaker, and human resources consultant with 35 years' experience helping build highly successful organizations. He is co-author of Contented Cows Give Better Milk: The Plain Truth About Employee Relations and Your Bottom Line; Contented Cows MOOve Faster: How Good Leaders Get People to Put More OOMPH! into their Work; and the new book, Rebooting Leadership: Practical Lessons for Frontline Leaders (and their Bosses) in the New World. Mr. Catlette earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, and immediately embarked on a career that has included a variety of Human Resource management and executive roles in some well known and highly regarded service distribution firms. His corporate ports of call have included Genuine Parts Company, the Atlanta-based distribution arm of NAPA; Automatic Data Processing, where he served as the company's Corporate Manager of Employee Relations; and FedEx, beginning in the company's early years. While there, as a Managing Director, he and his staff were responsible for developing many of the Human Resource programs which enabled that company to become recognized as one of the nation's 5 Best Managed Companies (Forbes Magazine), one of the 100 Best Companies in America to Work For, and, without question, one of the true "world class" service organizations. Upon leaving FedEx in 1989, Mr. Catlette founded The Westar Group, a human resource consulting firm which concentrates primarily on the areas of Employee Relations, Teamwork, Leadership Development, and Business Strategy. In 1996, Mr. Catlette and Richard Hadden formed Contented Cow Partners, LLC. Since then, the firm has served more than 300 organizations in numerous industries, by delivering customized keynote addresses, corporate leadership training, and employee engagement surveys. Mr. Catlette has written articles for, or his work has been featured in, many publications, including numerous professional association journals, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Workforce Management. He is a frequent contributor to Workforce Online. His firm's website is ContentedCows.com.

Mr. Catlette can be contacted at Bill@ContentedCows.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.