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Mr. Suggs

Blake Suggs

Account Director & Integration Specialist, Range Online Media

Blake Suggs joined Range Online Media in 2005, already having completed a successful career in retail management. He transitioned to agency work and quickly began offering his hands-on expertise and strategic insight to clients representing the travel, retail and energy sectors. Mr. Suggs heads up fully-integrated interactive campaigns and specializes in finding new and innovative ways for clients to reach their target markets and increase revenue online. An expert in cross-tactic strategy, he ensures the successful integration of multiple campaign channels, including paid search, SEO, feeds, media and conversion optimization techniques across his client roster. Mr. Suggs currently offers his strategic insight, campaign creation and implementation oversight to clients including Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Charming Shoppes, Reliant Energy, Wingate by Wyndham, Sears Service Live, Hawthorn Suites and Handango. Mr. Suggs received his B.A. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Suggs can be contacted at 817-509-0348 or blake@rangeonlinemedia.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.