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Mr. Mustarde

James Mustarde

Marketing Director, Twisted Pair Solutions

James Mustarde is the Marketing Director for Twisted Pair Solutions, the leader in critical communications applications for commercial, public sector and defense organizations worldwide. Mr. Mustarde currently manages Twisted Pair's flagship WAVE software which empowers mobile workforces worldwide by delivering secure, real-time collaboration anywhere on any device. WAVE delivers voice, video, location, presence and other forms of data throughout a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, hospitality, construction, utilities and aviation, among others. Most recently, Mr. Mustarde is helping to launch WAVE Connections, a next generation push-to-talk cloud-based service that instantly connects teams of mobile workers using smartphones, tablets and PCs. With WAVE Connections, users can push-to-talk with almost any other device over any 3G/4G or WiFi network for instant, reliable and secure voice communications. As Marketing Director, Mr. Mustarde manages the company's communication and visibility across sales channels. An IP network and computer software industry veteran, Mr. Mustarde has been published across enterprise and vertical trade publications and writes on the benefits of secure and interoperable software-based unified communications for mobile workforces, including features in NetworkWorld, GigaOm, PowerGrid, Utility Products, Emergency Management, Urgent Communications and MissionCritical Communications. Mr. Mustarde has spoken at several key industry conferences including IWCE 2011, helping audiences extend their networks, better leverage existing investments and unify their communications operations. He served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Allied Telesis for a decade prior to joining Twisted Pair. He graduated from City University in Great Britain.

Mr. Mustarde can be contacted at 206-442-2101 or james.mustarde@twistpair.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.