Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Sprigg

Jim Sprigg

Director of Database Marketing & Analytics, Intercontinental Hotel Group

Jim Sprigg is an innovative database marketer with broad quantitative background and focus on integrated multi-channel promotional marketing. In his current role as director of Database Marketing & Analytics at InterContinental Hotels Group, he built, and now leads, a center-of-excellence for targeted marketing composed of 75 individuals located in Atlanta, Manila, and Bangalore who support regional stakeholders throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Middle East. This team supports both the science and the execution of marketing. On the strategic side, Sprigg introduces science to inform customer strategy, including lifetime modeling, enterprise segmentation, high-value guest methodology, lifecycle scoring, conjoint and share-of-wallet estimation. On the execution side, his team delivers personalized content and promotional marketing through email, web and mobile channels via customer segmentation, propensity/response scores, advanced test-and-learn, content arbitration, tailored digital experience and unbiased ROI measures. Sprigg also leads efforts to improve speed and efficiency of marketing processes. As an innovator in his current role, Sprigg piloted, championed and institutionalized the first-ever use of bundled tailored offers in travel industry campaigns, which more than doubled the impact of these campaigns on incremental spend, engagement, share shift, brand trial and retention of guests. In previous roles with UPS, Lockheed and joint military commands, Sprigg made advances in cost-based pricing, actuary/underwriting, effects-based military planning and economic simulation. Although working as an applied industry practitioner, Sprigg is an expert in consumer choice and has co-authored scholarly pieces in Computational Economics, Journal of Consumer Marketing and Marketing Science. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences such as the Direct Marketing Association and Eye-For-Travel. Please visit http://www.ihgplc.com for more information.

Mr. Sprigg can be contacted at 770-604-2788 or Jim.Sprigg@ihg.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.