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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 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.