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Ms. Evans Parker

Deborah Evans Parker

Principal, Deborah Evans & Associates, LLC

Deborah Evans Parker is the founder and principal of Deborah Evans & Associates and has created and designed, developed, consulted, marketed and managed select destination, resort and day spas and salons throughout her career. With over twenty - five years of hands on spa experience and a proven track record. Ms. Evans is a dynamic visionary and recognized industry leader in planning, programming, marketing and public relations and successful management of hotel and spa operations. As a perpetual student, spa chef, licensed massage and spa therapist, author, educator and spa aficionado, Ms. Evans has developed a unique background and expertise in spa cuisine, massage and spa therapies, fitness and outdoor recreational programs and holistic health. Combined with expertise in strategic business development, branding and imaging, retail development and management, staff development and team dynamics and sales and service training. Ms. Evans is a highly sought after spa and salon consultant, providing expert advice to both new and existing spas. Seeing both a need and an opportunity, Deborah launched her new spa and salon distribution company in 2010 and now represents ten quality spa and salon brands in the national US market. Ms. Evans oversaw the development and repositioning of two leading destination spas, Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas and Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah. Serving as General Manager of both of these "top ten" spas, Evans oversaw the re-tooling of "Bermuda Inn" to "Lake Austin" and "National Institute of Fitness" to "Red Mountain Spa". Sensing a need and an opportunity in the industry, Evans developed and conducted a spa management training program and founded her spa consulting business in 1995 and was selected to develop The Grand Floridian Spa at Disney World in Orlando, Florida as her initial project. As a spa industry expert, Ms. Evans has been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of publications and by most leading spa, health, and beauty and travel publications. Ms. Evans has served on The International Spa Association Board of Directors and Foundation Board. She currently serves as President of the Spa Consulting Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants and is dedicated to setting ethical standards and certification for spa consultants. She is a member of the International Spa Association, The Institute of Management Consultants and The Manufacturer Agents National Association.

Ms. Evans Parker can be contacted at 901-221-8283 or deborah@devansassociates.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.