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Mr. Lomanno

Mark Lomanno

Executive Board Member, newBrandAnalytics

Mark V. Lomanno is an Executive Board Member at newBrandAnalytics. In that role he not only serves on the company's Board of Directors but also has taken an active role in the management of the company. In that capacity, Mr. Lomanno will help shape the company's strategic direction, creating and enhancing new customer satisfaction research solutions and building relationships with hospitality brands, owners and operators. Mr. Lomanno is the former President and Chief executive officer of Smith Travel Research (STR), the hotel industry's global authority on current trends in supply, demand, occupancy and room rates. Under Mr. Lomanno's 15 years of leadership, the company grew from a U.S. firm to the most respected name in global hotel benchmarking. Prior to leaving STR, Mr. Lomanno co-authored “Distribution Channel analysis: a Guide for Hotels”, the definitive study on the lodging industry's on-line environment. Mr. Lomanno serves on the advisory board of the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University and the University of Delaware's school of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, is an active member in the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and is a named Conti Professor at Pennsylvania State University. Because of his in-depth understanding and knowledge of current industry issues, Mr. Lomanno is asked to give numerous speeches at industry conferences, industry seminars and company meetings throughout the year. He is also a frequent lecturer at the School of Hotel administration at Cornell University. Mr. Lomanno has published numerous articles in industry publications across the major news outlets.

Mr. Lomanno can be contacted at 202-654-7053 or mark@newbrandanalytics.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.