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Ms. Lapierre

Michelle Lapierre

Senior Director of Customer Experience and Social Media, Marriott Rewards

Michelle Lapierre is on the leadership team of Marriott Rewards, voted best hospitality loyalty program with 18 brands in 72 countries and over 48 million members worldwide. She sets the strategic direction for the Marriott Rewards social media channels to drive new member enrollment, engagement, trust, preference and loyalty. Her team is also responsible for representing the voice of the customer inside the company, ensuring focus on enduring relationships and meaningful recognition. Ms. Lapierre is an independent thought leader in the area of human-to-human relationships between consumers, the brands they love and the needs they wish to fulfill. She combines her first-hand experience in hotel operations, account sales and social media marketing with strong research and innovation skills to contribute to Marriott's impressive growth. Ms. Lapierre received her B.A. degree from Michigan State University with a dual major in psychology and sociology; and her Masters in Management at the University of Redlands.

Ms. Lapierre can be contacted at 301-380-3000 or michelle.lapierre@marriott.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.