Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Armbruster

Dennis Armbruster

Vice President and Managing Partner, LoyaltyOne Consulting

As Vice President of LoyaltyOne Consulting Dennis Armbruster leads the development of innovative, analytics-driven loyalty strategies for clients throughout North America. He has more than two decades of consulting experience in the retail, financial, airline, hospitality, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors and is an expert in CRM and customer-centric strategy, operation and implementation. He draws from his extensive background to direct a team of internationally recognized practitioners working with companies across the business spectrum, including Walgreens, Hertz, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Tim Horton’s, Kellogg’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Visa International. By looking at loyalty from an enterprise-wide perspective, Mr. Armbruster helps cultivate LoyaltyOne Consulting’s leadership in sophisticated analytics, financial modeling and concept innovation to develop breakthrough initiatives in customer strategy and experience design. The solutions Mr. Armbruster and his team deliver are grounded in deep consumer insights and custom-tailored to create new economic opportunities. In addition to his role as Vice President of LoyaltyOne Consulting, Dennis is also COLLOQUY’s Editor-at-Large where he oversees the editorial direction of the COLLOQUY’s resources devoted to the global loyalty-marketing industry. Prior to his role at LoyaltyOne Consulting, Mr. Armbruster developed his loyalty marketing acumen with Carlson Marketing Worldwide, rising to the position of Vice President, Customer Loyalty and CRM. Dennis is also a former Partner at Peppers and Rogers Group. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Business Development for Lifetouch Inc., where he guided the photography company’s rapid retail expansion across the U.S. Mr. Armbruster also currently sits on the board of the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation called ‘MarketingEDGE,’ which works to educate, develop, grow and employ students in the field of marketing. Please visit http://www.loyalty.com for more information.

Mr. Armbruster can be contacted at 416-228-6500 or darmbruster@loyalty.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.