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Mr. Schvimmer

Matt Schvimmer

Chief Marketing Officer, Zingle, Inc.

Matt Schvimmer is chief marketing officer for Zingle. He is responsible for marketing initiatives, product management and business development. Mr. Schvimmer and his team help find new ways to improve the Zingle platform and work to increase awareness among the several industries the company serves. Mr. Shvimmer has more than 23 years of industry experience in designing, building, marketing and selling solutions for global organizations. Prior to joining Zingle, he held several executive roles at ServiceNow, most recently as vice president and general manager for the ServiceNow Store. In that role, he was responsible for the product development and commercial success of the ServiceNow Store and its related partner-built applications that run atop the ServiceNow platform. Mr. Shvimmer served as the general manager for the ServiceNow Express Business Unit, and led both the product management and product strategy organizations. Prior to that, Mr. Schvimmer also worked for HP Software, where he was responsible for product management and marketing of the IT Management business. He has led product management and marketing teams in IT Management and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) markets. Mr. Shvimmer holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Florida. Zingle is a two-way, business-and-customer communication software platform that allows businesses to engage with customers in a real-time and personalized way through text messaging – people’s preferred method of communication today. The platform helps businesses increase efficiency, revenue and customer loyalty by providing a quick and simple way to communicate with customers. Millions of messages are sent between businesses and their customers each year using Zingle. Please visit https://www.zingle.me/ for more information.

Mr. Schvimmer can be contacted at 877-946-4536 or marketing@zingleme.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.