Editorial Board

Mr. Earwaker

Steve Earwaker

Vice President, Medallia, Inc.

Steve Earwaker is Vice President and a member of the executive team at Medallia, Inc., a Customer Experience Management (CEM) provider headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. An expert in CEM solutions, he has overseen the development of Medallia’s customer experience measurement and management solutions in hospitality, financial services and business-to-business. Recently, he has been leading the company’s global expansion efforts. Over the past decade, Mr. Earwaker has worked with many of the global top-ten hotel companies, helping them design, deploy and manage customer experience measurement and loyalty tracking systems. His background in enterprise software, statistical analysis and advanced marketing research solutions has provided additional value in developing these programs. Mr. Earwaker has a unique ability to simplify and apply customer insights to address strategic business problems, and years of experience applying this knowledge to bring value to leading global brands. He also led the design and development of Medallia’s competitive tracking for the hotel industry, the Consumer Hotel Usage and Behaviors product offering. This continuous tracking program follows the consumer usage and loyalty of 80 competitive hotel brands and offers on-demand analysis and insights. Mr. Earwaker has a unique combination of skills and experience: a strong academic and operational foundation in consumer research, two decades of experience applying that knowledge commercially, and an understanding of how to leverage technology to improve customer loyalty and drive bottom-line ROI. Prior to Medallia, Mr. Earwaker held leadership positions at several enterprise software and consumer research companies, where he developed large customer satisfaction and loyalty tracking programs for Fortune 100 clients in automotive and financial services industries. An early adopter of online research techniques, he pioneered the implementation of online customer satisfaction research, online conjoint/pricing, online product concept testing, and online market segmentation research. Mr. Earwaker is a certified customer experience management professional (GCEM certification), a certified market research professional (CMRP designation), and a formally trained survey researcher. He holds a Masters degree in Statistics from the University of Waterloo.

Mr. Earwaker can be contacted at 650-321-3000 or info@medallia.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.