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Mr. Johns

Paul Johns

Chief Marketing Officer , Conversocial

Paul Johns is a recognized industry executive with proven experience in brand storytelling, product marketing, analyst and investor relations. As CMO of Conversocial, Mr. Johns oversees the company's global marketing, branding and public relations activities as the company continues to capitalize on the growing market demand for social-based customer service in the call center. Mr. Johns joined Conversocial in 2014 from Thomson Reuters, where he held multiple senior level marketing roles, including global head of marketing & communication of Financial & Risk, and CMO of the Governance, Risk and Compliance division. Previously Mr. Johns was CMO of Complinet, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010. Earlier in his career, he served as a CMO for a series of young technology startups, bringing them public by defining company strategy, developing advocacy and growing each business through product development, channel marketing, partnerships and acquisitions. These companies include Orchestria (now CA Technologies), Axiom Systems, GenesysLabs and Broadbase Software (now Kana).

Mr. Johns can be contacted at paul.johns@conversocial.com

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. 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.