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Mr. Teso

Chris Teso

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Chirpify

As founder and CEO of Chirpify, Chris Teso invented "in-stream transactions", enabling instant marketing and commerce conversion from a single action on social media. Mr. Teso founded Chirpify in 2011 to help brands create a currency exchange between social media and their loyalty programs to drive member acquisition, engagement, spend, and customer lifetime value. Based in Portland, OR, Chirpify is founded on the belief that the future of marketing is providing utility to consumers. Right now customers measure brands based on just how much utility they provide. With ever decreasing time and attention spans, consumers will be loyal to those brands that save them time, engage in the moment, and make doing business with them easier across all channels. At Chirpify, Mr. Teso works hand-in-hand with leading hoteliers, retailers and CPG companies to create strategies and supporting programs that deliver greater utility to today’s consumer while increasing customer advocacy, earned media and new customer acquisition. Mr. Teso is an experienced orator and writer on the topics of social media marketing, loyalty marketing, engagement loyalty, and chatbots as they pertain to building brand loyalty. As a result, he is a frequent speaker, having presented at events such as The Future of Payments, Under The Radar, TechFestNW, and The Future of E-commerce conferences. His writings on these topics have appeared in a wide variety of trade publications, including SocialMediaExaminer, MarketingProfs, VentureBeat, and more. Prior to Chirpify, Mr. Teso founded theGood, an ecommerce and lead conversion advisory focused on delivering more revenues, customers, and leads for its clients. He has a history of entrepreneurship co-founding and serving in leadership positions guiding business strategy and direction. An educated designer, and autodidact software engineer, Mr. Teso has spent most of his career in the advertising industry as Digital Creative Director, in between founding three companies in the past 16 years. Mr. Teso Teso has been recognized for his work, having received a Communication Arts Award of Excellence, an Emmy, Clio, Mobius, Webby, and an Andy Award. Mr. Teso also serves as a Corporate Council Member of the Oregon Humane Society and volunteers with Pet Partners, a national leader in demonstrating and promoting animal-assisted therapy, activities and education. Please visit http://www.chirpify.com for more information.

Mr. Teso can be contacted at 503-208-3068 or chris@chirpify.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.