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Mr. Ezra

Aron Ezra

CEO, OfferCraft

Aron Ezra is the successful founder of two tech companies, and has a track record of pushing clients and even entire industries toward new technologies. He is an active member of the Las Vegas and San Francisco innovation ecosystems, a Princeton-educated mentor to other entrepreneurs, a board member of many startups, and a prodigious generator of ideas. Aron has been named one of the Most Intriguing People in Las Vegas and one of the Top 10 Rising Business Leaders in the city. Arons first company, MacroView Labs (where he was the founder and CEO), was one of the first mobile app development companies in the world. MacroView's apps were eventually used by millions of patrons at hundreds of businesses around the world. Aron and his team pioneered many techniques that are now industry standard, such as geofencing, contextual push notifications and in-app social games. MacroView was acquired in 2011 for eight figures by Bally Technologies, now Scientific Games. Aron's next venture, OfferCraft, was inspired by a question: "What if we made the unpleasant parts of an organization more fun?" He wondered: What if we made it fun to stand in a checkout line? Or get a physical? Or open a marketing email? Or go to work? Would employees perform better? Would customers spend more? So he hired a mix of top behavioral economists, psychologists, engineers and game developers. Then the team built software that could infuse playful game elements into marketing, HR, operations, finance basically every department. The results were remarkable. This seemingly simple KPI enjoyability has an immense impact on revenues, customer churn, employee turnover, and much more. Today Mr. Ezra is CEO of OfferCraft, and the company has clients in the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Please visit htttp://www.OfferCraft.com for more information.

Mr. Ezra can be contacted at 310-403-3082 or aezra@offercraft.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.