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Mr. Mullen

Sean Mullen

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer , Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Sean Mullen, chief sales and marketing officer at Noble House Hotels & Resorts, offers a results-driven approach to marketing through 20 years of hospitality industry experience, ranging from sales and catering to marketing and management. His success in branding, positioning, consumer marketing, revenue growth and advertising effectiveness contribute to the growth and development of business and support corporate strategic initiatives. Appointed to the newly-created title of chief sales and marketing officer at Noble House in September 2011, Mr. Mullen oversees a nationwide sales team of more than 45 employees, working to provide targeted, strategic sales support and direction in all market segments. He also oversees strategic direction and implementation in sales, marketing, catering, conference services, reservations sales and national sales. Previously, Mr. Mullen acted as the Noble House Hotels & Resorts corporate director of sales and marketing from 2003 - 2007. Mr. Mullen began his career with Noble House in 2002 at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., as the director of sales and marketing. In this role he developed strong marketing campaigns, repositioned the brand and completed a $54 million transformation. As a seasoned hotel industry executive, with experience in commercial luxury properties and international real estate, Mr. Mullen has incredible expertise in management takeovers, ownership changes, repositioning under performing assets, and expansion and development for high-profile companies such as Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Jack Nicklaus Golf Companies, Fairmont Hotels, Auberge Hotels and Capella Hotels. In addition, he is knowledgable in the opening of real estate developments, from hotels and resorts to clubs and golf courses. Mr. Mullen attended Lafayette College in Eason, Penn., and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics/business with a minor in anthropology and sociology. He grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Seattle, Wash., with his wife and four daughters. Mullen has won multiple industry and corporate awards including: • The Departures Magazine Luxury Marketing Achievement Award 2005 • HSMAI Adrian Awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze 2005 • Nominated as International Hotel and Restaurant Association and HOTELS “Young Hotelier & Restaurateur of the World Award” 1999

Mr. Mullen can be contacted at 425-827-8737 or smullen@noblehousehotels.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.