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Mr. Brown

Mark Brown

Sales & Digital Marketing Director, Great Hotels of the World

From seismologist to dotcom entrepreneur, Mark Brown has a wealth of experience in many diverse fields. His main skill, however, is in providing social media, e-commerce, online marketing and customer relation management expertise to businesses of all kinds - from small start-ups to companies with multi-million pound turnovers. He has pioneered new recruitment models and methodologies and founded and launched a number of online businesses in different sectors. Mr. Brown is experienced in sales training, management, business analysis, project management, executive search and selection and digital marketing. He has also provided senior level global recruitment services to the telecoms, banking, finance and internet industries, primarily in the emerging markets, Middle East and UK. For the past two years, Mr. Brown has been Strategy Director and more recently Sales and Digital Marketing Director for Great Hotels of the World. He has developed strategic objectives for the different business strands, identified synergies across departments and made an effective change to the sales and business development culture. He has provided subject matter expertise on social media and e-commerce and has further implemented a digital marketing strategy across the organisation. Prior to this, Mr. Brown founded ezezpz llc, a suite of online child-friendly internet applications that enable parents to control and monitor their children online. He also worked as an associate for seven years at Applicado, where he had executive responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business. Mr. Brown worked on new business pitches, quality assurance programs and staff recruitment, mainly placing SAP consultants on contract in the Middle East. He also founded Alchemy Worx, an email marketing agency which targeted blue chip companies with a complete solution. This encompassed e-commerce strategy, implementation, segmentation, content, delivery and tracking.

Mr. Brown can be contacted at 44-0-20-7383-2335 or mbrown@ghotw.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.