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Ms. Freud

Johnna Freud

Qualitative Research Moderator, Saul Cohen & Associates

Johnna Freud is a Qualitative Research Moderator with Saul Cohen & Associates, LTD. Her background includes 16 years of experience in focus group moderating, interviewing, group facilitation and project management, involving both consumers and business professionals. The diversity of her experience is reflected in the types of companies with whom she has worked. These include service companies, publishers, consumer package goods firms, retail chains, manufacturers, educational institutions, consulting firms, and advertising agencies. Research objectives have included concept evaluation and refinement, communications and advertising assessment, product repositioning, employee/student recruitment/performance evaluation, and packaging and displays. Since 1987, Saul Cohen & Associates has conducted qualitative marketing research on behalf of a wide array of domestic and international companies. With specific regard to travel and leisure, the company's experience includes hotels, theme vacation destinations, airlines, restaurants and credit card companies. Clients have included Sonesta International Hotels, the Rainbow Room, Williamsburg Virginia, Bermuda Hotel Association, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways, Delta Airlines, USAir, Special Expeditions, the Walt Disney Company, VISA, American Express, New York Mets, Hartford Ballet, and the Massachusetts Department of Tourism.

Ms. Freud can be contacted at 203-322-0083 or scohenqual@aol.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.