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Dr. Barsky

Jonathan Barsky

Partner, Market Metrix

Dr. Jonathan Barsky, PhD co-founder and partner of Market Metrix, is a professor of marketing at University of San Francisco's School of Business and Management and an internationally known consultant and lecturer in the area of customer satisfaction. Professor Barsky is the author of two bestselling books, World Class Customer Satisfaction and Finding the Profit in Customer Satisfaction, and has published more than 100 articles on the subject. His current work on customer satisfaction, including his pioneering work on consumer emotions, has won numerous awards and has been incorporated into the curricula of U.S. business schools. In his role as Vice President of Research Dr. Barsky oversees research and development activities at Market Metrix. This includes the development and direction of research aimed at improving current products and generating ideas for new products and services. He also works closely with customers to review and use existing customer insights to aid in innovation. Peer Reviewed Journals - Barsky, Jonathan. Critical Behaviors and Trends of Casino Customers: A New Segmentation model For The North American Gaming Industry, Global Business Development Journal, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. The Effectiveness of Casino Loyalty Programs – Their Influence on Satisfaction, Emotional Connections, Loyalty and Price Sensitivity, Global Business Development Journal, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Are TripAdvisor Reviews Bogus? The Reliability of User-Generated Reviews. Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. - Are TripAdvisor Reviews Bogus? | The Reliability of User–Generated Reviews from the IABPAD Conference held on July 25-28, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii received a “research award” and was published in the IABPAD journal Chapter in text book - Barsky, Jonathan. Hotel Loyalty Programs. International Encyclopedia Of Hospitality Management, 2nd Edition, 2010. Other publications - Barsky, Jonathan. Balance your feedback strategy. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, August 24, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Casino Customer Attitudes and Behaviors. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, June 17, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Las Vegas vs. Macau. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, March 31, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. What is more important than location in selecting a hotel? Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, January 13, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Can an exciting casino experience change consumers’ current gloomy mood? Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, November 12, 2009 - Barsky, Jonathan. Handling Online Reviews–Best Practices Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, August 20, 2009

Dr. Barsky can be contacted at 415-721-1300 or jbarsky@marketmetrix.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.