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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 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.