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Ms. Stevens

Piper Stevens

Director of Social Media, Loews Hotels & Resorts

Piper Stevens is the Director of Social Media at Loews Hotels & Resorts, where she leads the development and management of strategic social media initiatives. She is responsible for driving revenue growth through social commerce and amplifying the brand positioning via social conversation. Prior to Loews Hotels, Ms. Stevens spent several years at Godiva Chocolatier, in various Marketing roles, most recently she was Senior Manager of Brand Communications overseeing multi-channel marketing plans and integrated communication efforts including a Social Media platform that she launched in September 2010. She began her career in Marketing as Product Manager for Rubbermaid Home Products. Ms. Stevens graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Miami University. She enjoys running, writing and traveling and resides in New York City with her husband Sean.

Ms. Stevens can be contacted at 212-521-2585 or pstevens@loewshotels.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.