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Mr. Pledger

David Pledger

Associate, Full House Hotel Software

David Pledger devised and built the software tools necessary to market his hotel online. Upon retiring he moved the suite of tools to a private company and modified them for general use. Day to day he now oversees their development and their application in the hospitality industry. He is also the editor and contributes to marketing-your-hotel.com, a new blog. Mr. Pledger has been associated with the hospitality industry as a supplier and operator for over thirty years. In 2002 he took over a closed independent hotel in Somerset, England and built it up into a successful accommodation, restaurant and function business, along the way gathering four star awards for accommodation and rosette awards for food. Mr. Pledger also had experience of programming and the internet, born out of building the second largest amusement machine company in South West England. He used this background to build the hotel marketing toolset now called Full House, evolving step by step as internet and mobile technology also evolved. He is in no doubt that the application of technology to marketing his hotel on line and locally was a major factor in the success enjoyed by the hotel.

Mr. Pledger can be contacted at 044 1749 838833 or david@fullhousehotelsoftware.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.