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Ms. Lundahl

Maury F. Lundahl

Senior Director, Distribution Strategy, Choice Hotels International

Maury Lundahl is senior director, distribution strategy for worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH). In this role she oversees development and execution of the company's social media strategy. Under her leadership, Choice established a Facebook presence and significantly grew its social audience. Ms. Lundahl is also responsible for the implementation and ongoing evolution of Choice's distribution strategy, including monitoring industry trends, understanding consumer behavior, and facilitating planning and communication across Choice's distribution channels. During her 10-year tenure with Choice, Ms. Lundahl has been instrumental in enhancing Choice's ecommerce platform, identifying and initiating new, innovative and effective content management, channel analysis and communication strategies. In the role of Sr. Director, Electronic Communications and Analysis, she was responsible for the implementation of the company's first enterprise content management system. Prior to joining Choice, Ms. Lundahl served as marketing and ebusiness consultant for Immedient Corporation where she worked with leading brands to develop ecommerce, online marketing and content management strategies designed to drive revenue and generate demand. Ms. Lundahl holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Northern Arizona University.

Ms. Lundahl can be contacted at 602-953-4469 or maury_lundahl@choicehotels.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.