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Mr. Wood

Paul Wood

Vice President of Revenue Management, Greenwood Hospitality

Paul Wood is an innovative and forward thinking leader in the Hospitality field .Mr. Wood began his hospitality career in 1994 and has amassed extensive experience in Revenue Management and Information Technology disciplines. Entrepreneurial by nature, Mr. Wood joined the principals of the fledgling company, Greenwood Hospitality Group in January of 2011 bringing his vast experience in Revenue Management and work experience in the use of mixed-use profit optimization programs, oversight of e-commerce, Global Distribution Systems, Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management Software and Operational knowledge in the hospitality arena. In his role as Vice President of Revenue Management, Mr. Wood directs all Revenue Management and Sales policy, procedure activities, oversees pre-opening and repositioning strategies, implementation of e-commerce programs and enhancement of brand standards and practices. Since joining Greenwood Hospitality Group, the portfolio of Hotels has enjoyed substantial improvements in RevPAR and many of the Hotels within the portfolio have received awards such as the coveted Hotel of the year for the Americas awarded by Marriott International for 2011 and the top sales improvement for the first quarter of 2012 awarded by Crowne Plaza. Prior to his current role, Mr. Wood served as Senior Account Director for Sceptre Hospitality and Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Richfield Hospitality. Mr. Wood expanded the Sceptre and Richfield Revenue Management platform to include hospitality investments and acquisitions. During his 14 years with Richfield and its predecessor companies, Mr. Wood held several key positions. In addition, he was responsible for property management, transitions and client relations within the management portfolio. Mr. Wood is a Certified Revenue Management Executive and a Certified Hotel and Business Acumen. Mr. Wood currently serves on the National Hospitality Sales and Marketing International board for Revenue Management.

Mr. Wood can be contacted at 720-310-2029 x14 or pwood@greenwoodhospitality.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.