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Mr. Ziegler

Craig Ziegler

President, SuiteLinq, Inc.

With over twenty-five years of experience building brands and shaping product strategy for clients in a variety of industries, Craig Ziegler is a multimedia innovator with roots in the earliest days of the interactive revolution. His is the driving vision behind the SuiteLinq concept, growing the company from its origins to its current position as an innovator in the hospitality industry. Achieving true and meaningful cross-media connectivity between hotels and their guests is the heart of the SuiteLinq solution as well as the core concept behind the new LINQ360 Innovation Center, Powered by Microsoft. Mr. Ziegler forged the relationships that enabled SuiteLinq to become a valued contributor to Microsoft's hospitality strategy worldwide and one of the youngest companies ever named as a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner. With Microsoft, he then helped unify fellow next-generation hospitality systems innovators around the LINQ360 Innovation Center in Las Vegas. Mr. Ziegler's vision has landed him seats on numerous boards including: HP Thought Leaders, NASA/Goddard Incubator board, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Nevada Development Association Advisory Board and the Economical Advisory Board - Office of the Mayor, Baltimore City.

Mr. Ziegler can be contacted at 610-917-3863 or cziegler@suitelinq.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.