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Mr. Gilley

Jeremy Gilley

Director of Sales and Revenue, Glenwood Hot Springs

Jeremy Gilley has served as Glenwood Hot Springs' director of sales and revenue since Nov. 2011. His extensive background in tourism and hospitality has helped position the mineral hot springs resort as an increasingly popular choice for domestic and international visitors seeking destinations with wellness options. Prior to arriving at Glenwood Hot Springs, Mr. Gilley was the director of revenue at the historic Hotel Colorado, another venerable Glenwood Springs property where he helped contribute to a 26 percent increase in occupancy levels. Mr. Gilley graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Since 2003, he has worked in the hospitality industry in Oklahoma and Colorado building relationships with key corporate, travel and tour companies and growing revenue through a variety of avenues including trend forecasting, yield management and marketing and budgeting strategies. His current focus is on developing business strategies aimed at international markets in Europe and Japan. “An awarding-winning spa combined with the growing interest in the benefits of mineral spring hydrotherapy has enabled Glenwood Hot Springs and the Spa of the Rockies to gain traction with a customer base that values wellness leisure travel,” said Mr. Gilley. Mr. Gilley's responsibilities encompass the entire Glenwood Hot Springs property including the 107-room Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club, the Sport Shop and the Grill. The property relies on his skills to develop sales strategies, target and initiate action plans to secure new and enhanced revenue opportunities, build community relations, as well as for promotions, special events and internal staff sales training. Mr. Gilley also acts as the marketing liaison with outside marketing and public relations firms.

Mr. Gilley can be contacted at 970-945-3324 or jgilley@hotspringspool.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.