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Mr. Black

Jon Black

Principal Consultant, Clarabridge

Jon H. Black is a Principal Consultant within the Client Services division of Clarabridge, a SaaS customer experience management (CEM) company. Joining Market Metrix in 2011, Jon was a Statistical Analyst and a Product Manager of Analytics. In 2014, Clarabridge acquired Market Metrix. Mr. Black brought 15 years of management and statistical analysis experience from the hospitality and Internet sectors. He currently uses econometric techniques to perform leading hospitality research and predictive modeling for clients’ custom studies and industry publications. Mr. Black consults closely with client executives to detail insight using their customer feedback in order to better manage and grow their businesses. Mr. Black lived 10 years in Turkey, he first became published when writing and editing for the industry/country journals The Oil and Gas Year and The Business Year. He wrote on the Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas and Tourism industries for Kurdistan, Iran, Egypt and Libya (pre-Arab Spring). In the USA, his works and analyses have been featured in the industry periodical Hotel Management, Tnooz, Scholastic News and USA Today. Mr. Black has an M.S. in Financial Economics from Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey and a B.A. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University. He currently lives in San Rafael, CA with his wife and twin 7-year-olds.

Mr. Black can be contacted at 415-526-4643 or Jon.Black@clarbridge.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.