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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 February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.