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Mr. Olivieri

Kevin Olivieri

Social Media Analyst, TIG Global

Kevin Olivieri is the Social Media Analyst at hospitality-focused digital media agency TIG Global, where he focuses on the development of new media strategies for clientele. Mr. Olivieri's role is based on working with clients to develop innovative social media marketing initiatives, monitoring developments in this fast paced segment, and to weigh, balance and refine strategy to ensure that TIG Globalís clients are consistently maximizing their marketing efforts. Mr. Olivieri's interest in social media was initially sparked by an internship completed during his studies for a short lived internet startup company in the healthcare industry, SameDayDr.com. In this role, he was tasked with creating social media and SEO strategies for the company, leading him to focus on this branch of marketing as a career path. Mr. Olivieri is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC. During his time at American, he had the opportunity to travel with a select group of business students to visit multinational corporations in Central Europe to further understand business processes internationally (including Proctor & Gamble and GE). He graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in International Marketing in Fall of 2009 You can follow Mr. Olivieri on Twitter under the handle @KevinOlivieri and read his blog at gamehaschanged.me

Mr. Olivieri can be contacted at 301-841-4790 or kolivieri@tigglobal.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.