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Mr. Watson

Scott Watson

Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, M3 Accounting + Analytics

Scott Watson graduated from the University of Arkansas and has since built a direct sales, sales management, and sales and marketing career that has spanned three decades focused specifically in the financial software and technology industries.

Mr. Watson finds tremendous value in matching the needs of hoteliers to the solutions and resources provided by M3. This approach allows M3 to help their customers succeed by driving financial performance, visibility and transparency.

Mr. Watson leads M3's sales and marketing teams in an effort to achieve short-term objectives and increase awareness of the M3 brand, while working as a member of the executive team to help develop long-term strategies that will ensure M3's continued growth and expansion as a global company. Since joining the company, M3 has realized consistent record growth and the customer base has grown by almost 100%.

As Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing for M3, Mr. Watson has been happy to accept invitations to participate as a panelist at The Americas Lodging Investors Summit (ALIS), to speak on the value of hosted technology solutions at HITEC (The Hospitality Industry Technology Exhibition and Conference) and to sit on the Advisory Board for Missouri State University's College of Hospitality Leadership.

Mr. Watson is currently spending time in the U.K. in preparing M3 for their global launch. Mr. Watson's time at the University of Arkansas coincided with the last two years of Lou Holtz's tenure as Head Football Coach. One of Mr. Watson's favorite quotes comes from Coach Holtz. “Ability is what you're capable of. Motivation determines what you do with those abilities. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Mr. Watson can be contacted at 770-531-3730 or Scott@m3as.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.