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Mr. Brooke

Peter Brooke

Founder, Blue Interactive Agency

For the last 16 years Peter Brooke has been involved with a number of local and international organizations seeking his expertise in developing an online digital presence. Now a global digital professional, Mr. Brooke has experience in business development, digital media strategy, mobile strategy, online advertising, social media planning and the commercializing of digital properties.

Mr. Brooke has built a digital marketing professional services practice for Blue Interactive Agency, taking it from humble beginnings to a multi-million dollar, successful, award-winning company. Despite his strong digital background, he enjoys engaging with a variety of individuals, aware of the importance of maintaining people relationships in the business environment in order to be truly successful.

Prior to founding Blue Interactive Agency, Mr. Brooke developed online marketing strategies for Citrix Systems, Inc., MCI WorldCom and Diageo.

Mr. Brooke serves on several advisory boards for a number of local foundations and charities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  His specialties include online hotel marketing, data analysis, online digital strategy, project management, creative design management, search engine marketing, pay per click, search engine optimization, online marketing, direct marketing, lead generation, web marketing, natural search, paid search, Google AdWords, social media marketing (brand protection and promotion), email marketing, affiliate marketing and e-commerce.

Follow his Tweets on Twitter - https://twitter.com/peterbrooke Read his weekly blog: http://www.blueinteractiveagency.com/seo-blog/

Mr. Brooke can be contacted at 954-779-2801 or peter.brooke@speaktoblue.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.