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Mr. Friedman

Peter Friedman

CEO and Chairman, LiveWorld

Peter Friedman is the CEO and Chairman of LiveWorld, and the author of The CMO's Social Media Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide For Leading Marketing Teams in the Social Media World, from which this article was excerpted. Connect with him @PeterFriedman. Peter Friedman is a social media expert and veteran marketing professional. Over the span of 30 years, Peter has provided global brandswith strategic social media counsel and developed hundreds of socialmedia programs across the globe. Some of these programs include AppleLink, the industry-wide social network for Apple Inc.; the MINICooper Members Lounge; Unilever Dove Campaign For Real Beauty; HBO's character-driven website community; the American ExpressMembers Project, and Facebook and Twitter programs for one of the world's largest retailers. In 1997 Peter founded the social content marketing company LiveWorld and secured more than $100 million in private funding. He then led the company to its IPO in 1999, added hundreds of employees, and maintained course through multiple market crashes, recessions, and resurgences. Prior to founding LiveWorld, Peter served as vice president and general manager of the Internet Services Division at Apple Inc. where he oversaw the creation and management of social media services for AppleLink™, eWorld ™, AOL, and Salon. During his 12-year tenure with Apple, Peter also managed its Business Systems Marketing and product line management within the Macintosh division. Peter's insights on the social media space can be found on many blogs and media outlets across the web including The Huffington Post and Social Media Monthly. He is also the author of “The CMO's Social Media Handbook, A Step By Step Guide For Leading Marketing Teamsin the Social Media World”—a practical tool kit and crash course in social-media-theory that helps big-brand marketing leaders learn how to strategize and execute a long-term social media plan in order to create dialogue and deepen customer relationships Peter Friedman earned his MBA from The Harvard World”—a practical tool kit and crash course in social-media-theory that helps big-brand marketing leaders learn how to strategize and execute a long-term social media plan in order to create dialogue and deepen customer relationships. Peter Friedman earned his MBA from The Harvard Business School and bachelor's degree in American History from Brown University.

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Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.