Editorial Board   

Mr. Edwards

Brandon Edwards

President, Tax Credit Co.

Brandon Edwards is president of The Tax Credit Company (TCC), a leading independent national provider of tax incentive consulting, administration and technology. Mr. Edwards is an expert in high-value tax incentive programs including Enterprise Zones, National Hiring Incentives and Research & Development Tax Credits. He is passionate about maximizing tax incentive opportunities for clients and takes pride in delivering customer-focused solutions that unlock material value for clients. Mr. Edwards' expertise includes generation and utilization of tax incentives, audit defense, technology design and integration, business process design and automation, government relations and business development. Mr. Edwards is a speaker and instructor on tax incentive programs sponsored by government agencies, business groups, community organizations and accounting societies. He has represented his industry with testimony before members of the California State Senate. Mr. Edwards holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Edwards can be contacted at 818-286-0338 or bedwards@taxcc.com

Coming up in June 2020...

Sales & Marketing: Technology Rules

It is impossible for any hotel to develop an effective sales and marketing plan that doesn't include a wide-ranging digital strategy. Online platforms have impacted virtually every aspect of their business, due to major changes in how Internet users research, plan, and book their hotel visits. As a result, a successful plan includes generating traffic through the use of a hotel website, social media, email and a myriad of other digital marketing technologies. One such strategy uses data collection and automation technology to create personalized content to individual customers. The goal of personalization marketing is to engage potential customers by communicating with them as individuals - to establish a more personal relationship - as a way of encouraging them to visit a property. Video marketing is also extremely important. Showing someone authentic video from a specific location is immersive and engaging, and video is still the preferred way for customers to interact with a hotel brand. Voice and Visual Search are increasingly in demand, as consumers are moving away from typing queries into a search engine. Instead, they can simply speak their request into their phone, and find and book a hotel without ever typing a word. Similarly, other platforms allow consumers to search visually for almost any image, and find out pricing information, shopping comparisons and how-to-buy - all from the app. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is also becoming popular. The ability of chatbots to answer simple questions or fulfill requests 24/7 is undeniably appealing. In addition, A.I. seems best positioned to qualify leads that can be later nurtured and closed by a human sales expert - all at a fraction of the cost of a traditional support team. The June Hotel Business Review will examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating these innovative technologies into their operations.