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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 December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.