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Mr. Black

Jon Black

Principal Consultant, Clarabridge

Jon H. Black is a Principal Consultant within the Client Services division of Clarabridge, a SaaS customer experience management (CEM) company. Joining Market Metrix in 2011, Jon was a Statistical Analyst and a Product Manager of Analytics. In 2014, Clarabridge acquired Market Metrix. Mr. Black brought 15 years of management and statistical analysis experience from the hospitality and Internet sectors. He currently uses econometric techniques to perform leading hospitality research and predictive modeling for clients' custom studies and industry publications. Mr. Black consults closely with client executives to detail insight using their customer feedback in order to better manage and grow their businesses. Mr. Black lived 10 years in Turkey, he first became published when writing and editing for the industry/country journals The Oil and Gas Year and The Business Year. He wrote on the Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas and Tourism industries for Kurdistan, Iran, Egypt and Libya (pre-Arab Spring). In the USA, his works and analyses have been featured in the industry periodical Hotel Management, Tnooz, Scholastic News and USA Today. Mr. Black has an M.S. in Financial Economics from Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey and a B.A. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University. He currently lives in San Rafael, CA with his wife and twin 7-year-olds.

Mr. Black can be contacted at 415-526-4643 or Jon.Black@clarbridge.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.