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Mr. Fisher

Andy Fisher

Chief Analytics Officer, Merkle, Inc.

As chief analytics officer at Merkle, Mr. Fisher's primary responsibility is driving Merkle analytics innovation, especially in digital, social and media analytics areas. Prior to joining Merkle, Mr. Fisher was the Executive Vice President, Global Data & Analytics Director at Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), where he led the SMG global analytics practice. In this role he built and managed a team of 150 analytics professionals across 17 countries servicing many of the world's largest advertisers. Prior to that role, Mr. Fisher was Vice President and National Lead, Analytics at Razorfish, where he led the digital analytics practice and managed a team of modeling, media data, survey, and business intelligence experts. He and his team were responsible for some of the first innovations in multi-touch point attribution and joining online and offline data for many of Fortune 100 brands. Mr. Fisher has also held leadership positions at Personify and IRI. Andy is an avid traveler having visited more than 100 countries. He also follows the chess world and is the former US high school chess champion. Mr. Fisher holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from University of California Berkeley and a masters degree in statistics from Stanford University.

Mr. Fisher can be contacted at 877-963-7553 or afisher@merkleinc.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.