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Mr. Patterson

Robert Patterson

Vice President of Content & Social Strategy, MMGY Global

Robert Patterson is the Vice President of Content & Social Strategy at MMGY Global, the largest integrated travel marketing firm in the world. MMGY, based in Kansas City, Missouri, has over 35 years of travel marketing experience providing research-driven advertising, branding, online marketing, web and mobile development, social media, CRM, and public relations services to travel industry clients. Having founded MMGY's social media department in 2009, Mr. Patterson has spearheaded successful social media strategies for clients including the Colorado Tourism Office, Barbados Tourism Authority and Trump Hotel Collection. Prior to becoming the VP, Content & Social Strategy, Mr. Patterson ran the web analytics department of MMGY where he also provided search engine optimization strategy. With over a decade of travel, tourism and hospitality marketing experience, Mr. Patterson is a skilled practitioner in public relations, web development, search engine marketing and online media. Prior to joining MMGY Global, Mr. Patterson led online strategy for the online travel agency BookIt.com. MMGY Global's social media work has been awarded some of the industry's top awards, including HSAMI Adrian Awards, Travel+Leisure's SMITTY and HOTELS Magazine's Best Use of Twitter Award. Mr. Patterson is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and holds a bachelors degree in public relations and journalism.

Mr. Patterson can be contacted at 816-300-5249 or rpatterson@mmgyglobal.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.