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Ms. Woudenberg

Cindy Woudenberg

Founder, LuCorp Marketing

Cindy Woudenberg founded LuCorp Marketing when people started seeking her out for her 25 years of broad-ranging marketing and sales experience. She has produced results for clients in nonprofit, government, insurance, travel and tourism, healthcare, property management, restaurant, and information technology. She caught the wave of web-based marketing early and has worked in Internet platforms for more than 10 years. Her specialties include market strategy, search engine optimization, public relations, copywriting, and sales development. What makes her expertise really special is the energy, ideas, and personal attention she devotes to each client to craft the right package of services for each client. Ms. Woudenberg is an adjunct professor in the Business Department at Arizona Christian University. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Business Administration and a bachelor's degree in science. She holds a SEO certification and is also a notary public for the state of Arizona.

Ms. Woudenberg can be contacted at 602-363-5054 or cindy@lucorpmarketing.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.