Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Pearson

Bryan Pearson

President & CEO, LoyaltyOne Inc.

With more than two decades experience developing meaningful customer relationships for some of the world’s leading companies, Bryan Pearson is an internationally recognized expert and author in the fields of enterprise loyalty and coalition marketing. As President of LoyaltyOne, a pioneer in loyalty strategies and measured marketing, he heads six global enterprises, leveraging the knowledge of 120 million customer relationships over 20 years to create relevant communications and enhanced shopper experiences. A sought-after speaker and author of the forthcoming book The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, Mr. Pearson has presented in North and South America, Europe and Asia at such well-known events as Loyalty World, Card Forum and the Economic Club of Canada. He also is a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the Direct Marketing Association and the Canadian Marketing Association. Mr. Pearson has been quoted in more than 150 U.S. news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a regular contributor to Retail Customer Experience, Customer Think, Creative Match and COLLOQUY and has been widely quoted in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, National Post and Direct Marketing News. In addition, he serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Alliance Data, owner of LoyaltyOne. The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, will be published in May 2012 by the Portfolio imprint of Penguin Group in both the US and Canada. The book draws on Mr. Pearson’s first-hand experience in building emotional loyalty in an information age, with insightful stories from the trenches of the data-gathering and marketing communications fields. The Loyalty Leap details strategies for building unwavering customer loyalty while also navigating the minefields of privacy. While other business books address customer service and data as the abstract fruit of technology, only The Loyalty Leap reveals how shopper data can be used as the cornerstone upon which to build intimate customer relationships, leading to profitable growth in the new era of marketing. For information and book pre-orders, visit www.pearson4loyalty.com. Mr. Pearson joined Alliance Data (formerly The Loyalty Group) in 1992, was appointed President of the AIR MILES Reward Program (AMRP) in 1999 and of LoyaltyOne in 2006. Since then, Mr. Pearson spearheaded LoyaltyOne’s expansion into South America and the launch of AIR MILES My Planet and AIR MILES for Social Change, growing AMRP to more than 10 million accounts – two-thirds of Canadian households. In 2010, LoyaltyOne earned more than 30 awards for its role as a best employer, its green initiatives, its marketing and its human resources. Prior to LoyaltyOne, Mr. Pearson launched his career in brand marketing at the Quaker Oats Co. of Canada, followed by a position in technology/software at Alias Research Inc.

Mr. Pearson can be contacted at 416-228-6500 or bpearson@loyalty.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.