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Mr. Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Michael Sullivan is the co-Managing Shareholder of the Orlando office of Greenberg Traurig and is the co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Hotels, Resorts and Clubs Practice Group. Mr. Sullivan specializes in the representation of real estate developers, national hotel chains, lenders and owners in the purchase, development, finance, leasing, operation, management and licensing of hotels, condo-hotels, and resorts. He has extensive experience in the negotiation of both public and private hotel management contracts and has negotiated public/private ventures on behalf of hotel companies and owners with local governments and publicly owned convention centers. He has extensive experience in hotel insolvency proceedings including loan work-outs, foreclosures and bankruptcies. In addition, Mr. Sullivan's practice includes development of complex mixed use real estate developments and the purchase, sale and financing of retirement communities, medical office buildings and senior living communities. Mr. Sullivan received his Juris Doctor degree, with Honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1984 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from Yale University.

Mr. Sullivan can be contacted at 407-420-1000 or sullivanm@gtlaw.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.