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Mr. Allison

David Allison

Founder, The Valuegraphics Database

Human Behavior Expert and Values Thinking Pioneer David Allison is a bestselling author, an international speaker, and an advisor in a wide variety of industry sectors and disciplines. His research helps organizations all over the world engage and influence their target audiences as much as 8X more powerfully than possible before.

He is the Founder of The Valuegraphics Database, the first global record of what we all care about, created from a half-million surveys in 152 languages and 180 countries. Valuegraphics measures what everyone on earth values, wants, needs and expects, and can determine exactly what buttons to push to trigger specific behaviors from any group of people, anywhere on earth.

As the Pioneer of Values Thinking, a decision-making process centered on the shared values of an audience, he is a tireless advocate for disrupting demographic profiling. The Valuegraphics Database proves conclusively that demographic stereotypes have no place in any organization, especially during this increasingly divisive moment in history.

His most recent book, We Are All the Same Age Now, was a #1 best-seller within 24 hours of its release, and INC Magazine named it one of the top ten Leadership Books of the year. Kirkus Reviews called it "a genuinely original contribution to marketing literature." Douglas Coupland says "Mr. Allison can see the patterns in the noise and tell us what the real signal is." Dorian Carroll, the VP of Mobile Shopping for Amazon says "Mr. Allison knows how to understand, reach and motivate target audiences more effectively and efficiently." Inc Magazine named his book one of the top ten Leadership Books of the year.  

Please visit http://www.valuegraphics.com for more information.

Mr. Allison can be contacted at +1 604-786-0152 or david@valuegraphics.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.