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Mr. Turner

David Turner

President and CEO, Parallel 6

Parallel 6 CEO/President David Turner has been in the high-tech industry for more than 20 years with 15 years of leadership experience operating software as a service and managing technology and support teams around the world. He is currently the CEO/President of Parallel 6, a leading multi-channel, mobile technology platform provider and creator of Captive Reach. The Captive Reach technology platform influences consumer behavior, enhances brand recognition and builds strong client-customer relationships via the mobile handset. Mr. Turner has worked abroad with teams in Shanghai, China, traveling back and forth frequently up to 15 times per year. There he worked with key technology executives, clients, and partners in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Parallel 6, Mr. Turner worked in Silicon Valley where he held many roles including the Vice President of Operations at Liberate Technologies, Vice President of Operations at DemandTec and Vice President of Technical Operations at MobiTV. Additionally he has served in multiple capacities as a Board of Director for technology companies both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Turner is a former US Marine and US Veteran. He is fluent in Spanish and conversationally adept in Mandarin. He holds a BS in Economics and a MS in Information Systems from Louisiana State University.

Mr. Turner can be contacted at 858-598-4604 or dturner@parallel6.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.