Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Tocguigny

Yvonne Tocguigny

Chief Creative and Strategy Officer, Archer Malmo

In 1980, Yvonne Tocquigny launched her company, Tocquigny (TOH-KEY-KNEE), and from its inception, the digitally minded creative shop has focused on transforming brands. Adweek, B2B and Clutch have all named Tocquigny a top agency, honors reflective of the shop's work for clients such as CITGO, Jeep, Dell, Hitachi, USAA and Caterpillar. Collecting and building a talented team of makers, thinkers and doers — all working within a company culture that complements the uniqueness of Austin — Ms. Tocquigny is regarded as a forward-thinker in the industry, one who looks beyond the norm to reach goals and objectives. Ms. Tocquigny has become a business trailblazer, a leading marketer, a sought-after speaker, a respected writer and a mentor to many. In 2015, Archer Malmo, a leading brand communications agency based in Memphis, approached Ms. Tocquigny to consider an acquisition. Learning that Archer Malmo shared many of Tocquigny's philosophies and values, and understanding that the combination of the two shops would better serve the agency's clients, Ms. Tocquigny made the bold move to join forces. Despite the change of the company name, the agency's work for clients in Austin and throughout the country remains the same, as have Ms. Tocquigny's responsibilities. She continues to advise companies on topics such as digital marketing strategies, branding, messaging, business planning and ways to structure marketing organizations. Yvonne and her senior staff continue to be responsible for generating business for the Austin office. As Creative and Strategy Officer of Archer Malmo, Austin, Ms. Tocquigny remains a popular columnist for the Austin Business Journal and is a frequent speaker for groups of CEOs across the country, international Six Sigma organizations, CEOs in the banking and finance industry and groups of startup entrepreneurs. Recently, Yvonne presented at BMA15, the largest B2B marketing conference in the world. Ms. Tocquigny is a Founding Partner and mentor for The Capital Factory, an incubator for startup companies that draws business talent from across the country. She is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council for the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas and a member of the Advisory Board of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Please visit http://archermalmo.com/ for more information.

Ms. Tocguigny can be contacted at 512-532-2800 or Yvonnet@archermalmo.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.