Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Coloccia

Jane Coloccia

President & Chief Creative Officer, JC Communications, LLC

Jane Coloccia is the President & Chief Creative Officer of JC Communications, LLC, a boutique agency specializing in communication for the travel, lifestyle, and food industries. She began her career on the editorial side as Assistant Travel Editor of Modern Bride Magazine where she developed a keen sense of what editors like and dislike when being pitched by a PR professional. With more than 20 years of experience in working with everything from big brand name hotels to independent resorts and small inns, Ms. Coloccia knows the hospitality business inside and out. In fact, she is probably the first and only public relations executive who has received the Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME) designation from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. Ms. Coloccia's expertise also includes a stint at The Leading Hotels of the World as Director of Communications, which helped to solidify her luxury hospitality marketing skills. She has won a variety of awards for her writing and public relations campaigns including from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and also the New York chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Her biggest concern about hospitality marketers is complacency — when hoteliers think they can just sit back and wait for the business to come to them rather than embracing every tool at our disposal to touch the consumer every way they can. Ms. Coloccia is a member of trend guru Faith Popcorn's Brain Reserve Talent Bank and also blogs on travel as the New York Luxury Travel Examiner. Ms. Coloccia's writing has been published in a wide variety of trade and consumer magazines, she has been called upon to speak at many industry conferences on various marketing and communications topics, she provides training for companies who seek to develop the marketing communications skills of their mid and senior-level managers, and she is also a pop-culture author. She has written a non-fiction book, "Confessions Of An Online Dating Addict," and is currently at work on a second book as well as a screenplay.

Ms. Coloccia can be contacted at 310-456-4631 or jane@jcccommunicationsllc.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.