Editorial Board

Mr. Dutton

Geoff Dutton

Co-CEO, Kipsu

Geoff Dutton is a serial entrepreneur and Co-CEO of Kipsu, a company devoted to enhancing customer experience through new communication channels. Kipsu, a company he co-founded in 2010, has developed into the market leader in text based engagement solutions for the hospitality market and is today working with many of the hospitality industry leaders to make dramatic improvements in guest satisfaction scores, improve standing amongst social media sites, reduce franchise penalties, drive repeat business and improve market position. Mr. Dutton and his team at Kipsu have developed a proprietary system for anticipating customer engagement opportunities, crafting messaging to engage guests at the “point of pain,” and maintaining guest engagement pre and post the service experience. Mr. Dutton previously co-founded MXAPP, a company focused on mobile marketing in the restaurant industry. Kipsu is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is serving hospitality leaders throughout the United States. Mr. Dutton can be contacted at (507) 254-6428 or Geoff@kipsu.com. Mr. Dutton holds a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Dutton can be contacted at 507-254-6428 or geoff@kipsu.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.