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Mr. Cerrone

Bob Cerrone

Director of National Accounts - Hospitality, Ferguson

Bob Cerrone, Ferguson's Director of National Accounts - Hospitality, is responsible for leading Ferguson's Hospitality strategy and discovering and implementing new opportunities within the segment.

Mr. Cerrone, a nearly 40-year veteran of the plumbing industry, launched Ferguson's Hospitality division in 2006. Under his leadership, Ferguson Hospitality has grown into a talented group of more than 100 associates comprised of national account managers and the Hospitality Renovations Team.

Ferguson's Hospitality Renovations Team understands the needs of the specialty contractors that operate in the Hospitality Renovations market and how they do business. They provide product expertise to contractors, owners, hotel brands and purchasing groups on a large bundle of products and facilitate on-time delivery for renovation projects, typically working on compressed schedules.

Ferguson's Hospitality division serves many different customer segments: ownership groups, management companies, renovation contractors, purchasing companies, and independent and branded hotels throughout the U.S. Their product inventory addresses a broad range of hospitality needs: plumbing, lighting, appliances, HVAC, janitorial and sanitation supplies.

Additional support services include: a National Sales Center which is staffed by a highly experienced team of associates with deep knowledge of Ferguson's hospitality products and a 24/7 Express Response Commercial Water Heater Program which delivers hot water heaters onsite, directly to the location of installation within about two hours of a service call.

Mr. Cerrone can be contacted at 954-520-5965 or bob.cerrone@ferguson.com

Coming up in June 2020...

Sales & Marketing: Technology Rules

It is impossible for any hotel to develop an effective sales and marketing plan that doesn't include a wide-ranging digital strategy. Online platforms have impacted virtually every aspect of their business, due to major changes in how Internet users research, plan, and book their hotel visits. As a result, a successful plan includes generating traffic through the use of a hotel website, social media, email and a myriad of other digital marketing technologies. One such strategy uses data collection and automation technology to create personalized content to individual customers. The goal of personalization marketing is to engage potential customers by communicating with them as individuals - to establish a more personal relationship - as a way of encouraging them to visit a property. Video marketing is also extremely important. Showing someone authentic video from a specific location is immersive and engaging, and video is still the preferred way for customers to interact with a hotel brand. Voice and Visual Search are increasingly in demand, as consumers are moving away from typing queries into a search engine. Instead, they can simply speak their request into their phone, and find and book a hotel without ever typing a word. Similarly, other platforms allow consumers to search visually for almost any image, and find out pricing information, shopping comparisons and how-to-buy - all from the app. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is also becoming popular. The ability of chatbots to answer simple questions or fulfill requests 24/7 is undeniably appealing. In addition, A.I. seems best positioned to qualify leads that can be later nurtured and closed by a human sales expert - all at a fraction of the cost of a traditional support team. The June Hotel Business Review will examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating these innovative technologies into their operations.