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Mr. Collins

William Collins

Executive Director Vertical Market Strategy, Heartland Payment Systems

William Collins, executive director of vertical market strategy for Heartland Payment Systems has over 20 years experience leading successful sales, marketing and business development efforts for organizations within the technology, telecommunications and financial services arena. Mr. Collins's career includes tenures at both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial start-ups, including companies such as Harris Corporation, Preferred Networks, Verizon Communications, Atrana Solutions, Alliance Data and Heartland Payment Systems. With each company, Mr. Collins had the opportunity to lead and develop product marketing, business development and sales distribution strategies. Mr. Collins also was involved in preparing Preferred Networks to go public and preparing Atrana Solutions and the NWS division of Alliance Data for acquisition, both of which are now part of Heartland Payment Systems. Mr. Collins and his team are responsible for developing and implementing the Hotel and Lodging strategy at Heartland. Within this role, the team is determining ways that Heartland can better serve the Hotel and Lodging industry, whether that be in developing new technology solutions to better secure credit card data or to develop sales and marketing programs that deliver value added products and services to operators across the country, enabling them to improve their bottom line and provide a higher level of service to their guests. Mr. Collins's team works with other departments within Heartland, other solution partners within the hotel and lodging space as well as with the primary trade and member associations to enhance the value that Heartland brings to our stakeholders. Mr. Collins has published several articles regarding industry trends and best practices and is a regular guest speaker at conferences, association meetings and training seminars. Mr. Collins served in the U.S. Army-Signal Corp, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, and has a Bachelors degree in marketing from Montana State University-Bozeman. He received an Executive MBA from Baylor University Hankamer School of Business.

Mr. Collins can be contacted at 972-295-8677 or William.Collins@e-hps.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.