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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 September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.