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Mr. May

Mike May

President, Spear One

Mike May, CMP, IP, is President and owner of Spear One, a full-service meeting planning and sales incentive company in Dallas, Texas.

Spear One helps Fortune 1000 clients engage their employees and sales channels through group incentive travel, event planning, recognition & incentive programs, and engagement campaigns - with creativity, flexibility, and a commitment to results.

Mr. May's expertise includes creating amazing incentive trips, matching the perfect destination and venue to each group's audience and goals, creative graphic design and communication techniques, and motivational incentive program rules.

Under Mr. May's leadership, Spear One has quintupled in size and expanded its international presence. Spear One has won numerous industry awards, including Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry by Meetings & Conventions magazine and a Motivation Masters Award by Incentive Magazine.

Mr. May is a strong industry supporter serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Incentive Research Foundation, a past member of the Performance Improvement Council of the Incentive Marketing Association, on the advisory board for Incentive Magazine, and a frequent industry presenter.

Mr. May recently published 12.5 Steps to a Perfect Incentive Program, a comprehensive how-to guide packed with 70 pages of incentive tips, actionable advice, and industry research. The Spear One team of meeting planners have also turned out several free e-books focused on group meetings and incentive travel - Meeting Planner Review of All-Inclusive Resorts with candid reviews, ratings, and rankings of their top 36 all-inclusive resorts for groups; the Maui Incentive Travel Guide featuring resort reviews, top group activities, and island fun facts; and The Incentive Travel Guide for Kauai, Lanai, and The Big Island.

Please visit http://www.spearone.com for more information.

Mr. May can be contacted at +1 972-661-6010 or mike.may@spearone.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.