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Ms. Shimota

Deanna Shimota

Director of Marketing, Sajan, Inc.

Deanna Shimota has more than 13 years of progressive marketing management experience, holding several strategic positions at global organizations such as The Connection, Ceridian and Concur. In 2010 she joined Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system technology. Since Sajanís inception in 1997, its teams of localization professionals have been creating custom solutions for companies in several industries, with unique specialization in the travel and hospitality arena. Ms. Shimota leads a marketing team that is on the front lines of gauging client needs and creating on-point content regarding the real-time nature of the hospitality industryís marketing localization requirements. This includes time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications, loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. In response to the explosive localization needs within this industry, Sajan has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in localizing fast-changing content for global hotels, airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, web-based hotel reservation companies and more. During her tenure at Sajan, Ms. Shimota has reinvigorated existing programs and built from scratch several initiatives that have proven highly successful. With her forward-thinking, metrics-driven leadership, she continues to increase company visibility and drive growth of new business globally across the organization. Ms. Shimota holds a degree in marketing communications and an advanced degree in technical communications. Her specializations include creative planning, strategy design and implementation on a global scale, and building and launching programs that foster ever-increasing brand awareness. She finds great satisfaction in leading efforts to educate companies on expanding their global brand presence and ensuring that their messaging resonates with markets around the world.

Ms. Shimota can be contacted at 715-426-9505 or dshimota@sajan.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.