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Mr. Robinson

Marcus Robinson

Chief Experience Officer, Monscierge

Marcus Robinson is a veteran international entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the American, European and South African telecom and software industries. During his tenure abroad, Robinson was the Managing Director for multiple companies, including Amcat EMEA and UK Digital. As the Managing Director of Amcat, he spearheaded their launch into Europe, and successfully grew the brand into a market leader in under 5 years. It was during this time, pursuing global markets for Amcat, that he recognized a significant challenge facing the hospitality industry - both the smartphone revolution and the advent of social media altered the way hotels would need to communicate with travelers. Using technology throughout the entire travel lifecycle became imperative as guests’ expectations of hotel-utilized technology was growing faster than hotels could implement solutions. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Robinson founded the hospitality technology firm Monscierge. Monscierge is a global company helping hotels and travelers connect for a better travel experience. His idea was to build technologies and strategies born of an innovative culture that was focused on being easy to use, scale, and do business with - all while still maintaining affordability. Mr. Robinson and his team have spent the last five years working side-by-side with hotel employees and staff to develop tools that meet real day-to-day challenges for those in the hospitality industry. His philosophy of learning directly from the client has nurtured a culture of collaboration throughout the entire company. Initially launching the product line with touchscreen lobby devices, Mr. Robinson’s idea was to provide a sense of comfort to travelers from all over the world by delivering trusted local information through the same technology hotel guests expect and use throughout their daily lives. Today, the Monscierge suite touches every phase of the guest journey, from planning to post-stay, and is available in hotels around the world on smartphones, tablets, web, and lobby digital signage.

* Editor notes: It would be nice if Monscierge paid their advertising bills.

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at 888.426.5730 or marcus.robinson@monscierge.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.