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Mr. Campbell

Kent Campbell

Chief Strategist & Managing Director, InternetReputationManagement.com

Kent Campbell is Chief Strategist and Managing Director of InternetReputationManagement.com, an online reputation management firm based in California. In addition to management responsibilities, he develops strategies that discreetly alter the way people and companies are perceived online. Mr. Campbell is recognized as a leader in the online reputation management sector, having worked with numerous clients to reverse devastating online attacks. Prior to founding InternetReputationManagement.com, Mr. Campbell was President of Osayso, the parent company of an early stage travel related internet site and unique iPhone application. He was keeper of corporate vision and philosophy, managed fund-raising, oversaw user experience and systems development, and engaged in day-to-day corporate duties including operations and finance. Prior to Osayso, Mr. Campbell merged the company he founded, Evit Caretni Interactive, with Rare Medium, a global, award-winning branding, incubation and services firm. In his most recent role as Vice President and General Manager for Rare Mediumís Los Angeles office, he managed client engagement for clients such as Nestle, Magnetek, Autoland, and LSI Logic. In addition to engagement management, Mr. Campbell managed the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles western hub office and oversight of three western region offices. Before his role as Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Campbell was based in Dallas, Texas as Vice President and National Head of User-Experience Design for Rare Medium, where his duties included oversight of national service delivery, enterprise project management, executive sales support, organizational strategy, and national resource management. Mr. Campbell holds a BA from the Art Center of Design, USA and Europe.

Mr. Campbell can be contacted at 415-233-8767 or k@reputationx.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.