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Mr. Fisher

Andy Fisher

Chief Analytics Officer, Merkle, Inc.

As chief analytics officer at Merkle, Mr. Fisher's primary responsibility is driving Merkle analytics innovation, especially in digital, social and media analytics areas. Prior to joining Merkle, Mr. Fisher was the Executive Vice President, Global Data & Analytics Director at Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), where he led the SMG global analytics practice. In this role he built and managed a team of 150 analytics professionals across 17 countries servicing many of the worlds largest advertisers. Prior to that role, Mr. Fisher was Vice President and National Lead, Analytics at Razorfish, where he led the digital analytics practice and managed a team of modeling, media data, survey, and business intelligence experts. He and his team were responsible for some of the first innovations in multi-touch point attribution and joining online and offline data for many of Fortune 100 brands. Mr. Fisher has also held leadership positions at Personify and IRI. Andy is an avid traveler having visited more than 100 countries. He also follows the chess world and is the former US high school chess champion. Mr. Fisher holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from University of California Berkeley and a masters degree in statistics from Stanford University.

Mr. Fisher can be contacted at 877-963-7553 or afisher@merkleinc.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.