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Mr. Vallauri

DJ Vallauri

Founder and CEO, Lodging Interactive

DJ Vallauri, Founder & President of Lodging Interactive, has been proactive and successful in all his social media initiatives over the last five years through CoMMingle.

Mr. Vallauri saw the void of participation on social media from individual hotel properties and in 2010 CoMMingle was born. Through his insightful projections, CoMMingle has become a successful division of Lodging Interactive solely dedicated to social media marketing, social customer service and reputation management for the Hospitality Industry.

Every industry's social media needs are different and Mr. Vallauri understands the needs and challenges faced by hotels. Recently, he has led the charge on two new initiatives that take social media to a different level.: Ask DJV Video Series - Weekly video series on YouTube and cross-pollinated to other social networks authentically. Each week Mr. Vallauri offers suggestions, tips, advice, shares knowledge and answers questions from hospitality leaders. The topics range from social media, social customer service, reputation management and the social ecosystem of a hotel. He is sharing his knowledge and giving back to an industry that gave so much to him. Social Voices - A 24/7/365 Social Customer Service & Engagement platform to assist the hospitality industry with its online customer service needs.

Mr. Vallauri's focus had been on how Millennials are using social media. Social Media has embraced the customer service experience between the consumer and the business. No longer just a marketing media, but a true representation of a social voice where a hotel can influence its reputation, add a human touch, connect with past/present/future guests and participate in discussion.

Mr. Vallauri provides the overall company direction and continues to develop leading technology products and services for the hospitality industry. He has held sales, marketing and business development positions with companies such as Meridien Hotels, Reed Travel Group, American Airlines' - AMR Information Services, Cendant's subsidiary WizCom International and Prime Hospitality Corp. In addition, he founded two e-commerce businesses, which he subsequently sold in early 1999.

Mr. Vallauri also serves on the HSMAI Greater New York chapter Advisory Board as the Director of Social Media.

Mr. Vallauri can be contacted at 877-291-4411 ext 704 or dj@lodginginteractive.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.