Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Marion

Dale Scott Marion

Founder, SpareCash

Dale Scott Marion is an entrepreneur and founder of SpareCash, an application for Android and iOS devices that uses caches (of digital cash) to transform marketing into a scientific discipline. His career includes executive-level and consultative positions with a diverse array of businesses, from start-ups and recently incubated companies to Fortune 500 corporations worldwide. In addition, Mr. Marion's previous efforts involving design and award-winning branding campaigns give him an insider's perspective about the power of marketing and technology. This wisdom is at the forefront of Mr. Marion's leadership on behalf of SpareCash, as he is a strong advocate for the practice of marketing-as-an-adventure. Dynamic and exciting, from conception to execution, this strategy enables businesses – including those in the hospitality industry – to connect with people in a fun and measurable way. The insight these plans produce, which hoteliers and marketing professionals can observe in real-time, are invaluable. Mr. Marion emphasizes these points – namely, the need to mobilize consumers and guests, who have mobile devices – with his customary passion, both in print and at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. A champion of scientific marketing, enhanced by proprietary technology and respect for people’s inherent curiosity, Mr. Marion works closely with companies to customize this new – and effective – approach to consumer engagement.

Mr. Marion can be contacted at 949–484-4951 or dale@sparecasapp.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.