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Ms. Northfield

Ally Northfield

Managing Director, Revenue by Design

Ally Northfield has spent much of her career traveling the world, creating and developing marketing, distribution and revenue management strategies focused on driving profit for independent hotels, hotel groups and the tourism industry.

As Managing Director of Revenue by Design,  Ms. Northfield leads a team of revenue management specialists focused on delivering business transforming revenue management and distribution solutions within the hospitality sector.

Known for her ability to simplify the communication of complex business processes, Ms. Northfield is the principal author of the Revenue by Design revenue management training programs attended by over 400 hotel companies worldwide.

Revenue by Design's delivery of training, outsource revenue management services and consultancy to hundreds of hotels and accommodation providers worldwide has firmly established the company as an industry leader in the provision of revenue optimizing services.

In addition, Ms. Northfield offers her skills to industry associations and has held board positions with HEDNA, and currently serves as the chair of the revenue management committee for HOSPA, and on the advisory council for HFTP Europe. She is regularly asked to contribute to industry thought leadership discussions and is a published author writing articles for Hotels Magazine and White Papers for HEDNA and ETOA.

Please visit http://www.revenuebydesign.co.uk for more information.

Ms. Northfield can be contacted at +44 44-0-20-7635-6810 or ally@revenuebydesign.co.uk

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.