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Mr. Paddock

Shayne Paddock

Vice President of Product Development & Innovation, TravelClick

Shayne Paddock is a technology and business leader with over 23 years of experience working in the areas of Product Management, Software Development, CRM, Marketing Automation, Guest Profiling, Loyalty Management, Search Engine Marketing, Email Marketing, and Hospitality Systems Integration. He is currently the Vice President of Product Development & Innovation for Guest Management Solutions at TravelClick an Amadeus company, a global provider of innovative cloud-based, revenue-generating solutions for the hospitality industry.

Mr. Paddock's areas of responsibility include Product Management, Customer Engagement, Sales Solutioning, and the overall thought leadership of TravelClick's suite of Guest Management solutions. TravelClick's Guest Management Solutions provide unparalleled insights into guests, giving hoteliers the ability to effectively and continuously engage them at all stages of the guest journey.

Prior to TravelClick Mr. Paddock was the CIO for ZDIrect, a hospitality marketing automation company that was acquired by TravelClick in October of 2015. Before working in the hospitality industry he worked with the search engine Excite.com where he helped build one of the internet's first commercial email platforms in DeliverE, keyword search term marketing, media placement, as well as several other dot com startups all revolving around database marketing.

Mr. Paddock holds a diploma in Business Administration with a major in Information Systems from Algonquin College as well as two patents in the email marketing space with regards to dynamic content and personalization. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Kathie and his son Noah. In his free time he likes to ski, run, hike, coach little league, play hockey, read, and disconnect from WIFI.

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

Mr. Paddock can be contacted at 212-817-4819 or spaddock@travelclick.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.