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Mr. Brown

Mark Brown

Sales & Digital Marketing Director, Great Hotels of the World

From seismologist to dotcom entrepreneur, Mark Brown has a wealth of experience in many diverse fields. His main skill, however, is in providing social media, e-commerce, online marketing and customer relation management expertise to businesses of all kinds from small start-ups to companies with multi-million pound turnovers. He has pioneered new recruitment models and methodologies and founded and launched a number of online businesses in different sectors. Mr. Brown is experienced in sales training, management, business analysis, project management, executive search and selection and digital marketing. He has also provided senior level global recruitment services to the telecoms, banking, finance and internet industries, primarily in the emerging markets, Middle East and UK. For the past two years, Mr. Brown has been Strategy Director and more recently Sales and Digital Marketing Director for Great Hotels of the World. He has developed strategic objectives for the different business strands, identified synergies across departments and made an effective change to the sales and business development culture. He has provided subject matter expertise on social media and e-commerce and has further implemented a digital marketing strategy across the organisation. Prior to this, Mr. Brown founded ezezpz llc, a suite of online child-friendly internet applications that enable parents to control and monitor their children online. He also worked as an associate for seven years at Applicado, where he had executive responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business. Mr. Brown worked on new business pitches, quality assurance programs and staff recruitment, mainly placing SAP consultants on contract in the Middle East. He also founded Alchemy Worx, an email marketing agency which targeted blue chip companies with a complete solution. This encompassed e-commerce strategy, implementation, segmentation, content, delivery and tracking.

Mr. Brown can be contacted at 44-0-20-7383-2335 or mbrown@ghotw.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.