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Mr. Pledger

David Pledger

Associate, Full House Hotel Software

David Pledger devised and built the software tools necessary to market his hotel online. Upon retiring he moved the suite of tools to a private company and modified them for general use. Day to day he now oversees their development and their application in the hospitality industry. He is also the editor and contributes to marketing-your-hotel.com, a new blog. Mr. Pledger has been associated with the hospitality industry as a supplier and operator for over thirty years. In 2002 he took over a closed independent hotel in Somerset, England and built it up into a successful accommodation, restaurant and function business, along the way gathering four star awards for accommodation and rosette awards for food. Mr. Pledger also had experience of programming and the internet, born out of building the second largest amusement machine company in South West England. He used this background to build the hotel marketing toolset now called Full House, evolving step by step as internet and mobile technology also evolved. He is in no doubt that the application of technology to marketing his hotel on line and locally was a major factor in the success enjoyed by the hotel.

Mr. Pledger can be contacted at 044 1749 838833 or david@fullhousehotelsoftware.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.