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Ms. Sewell

Alexandra Sewell

Vice President of Mid-Market & Enterprise Marketing, Comcast Business

As Vice President of Mid-Market & Enterprise Marketing for Comcast Business, Alexandra Sewell is responsible for defining the go-to-market strategies for the enterprise segment with a focus on building and expanding Comcast's Built4Enterprise initiatives. In addition, Ms. Sewell is responsible for developing the marketing strategies to generate subscriber and revenue growth within mid-market and strategic vertical segments. During her career at Comcast, Ms. Sewell has focused on developing innovative product, marketing and public relations strategies that have resulted in significant sales and revenue growth. Most notably Ms. Sewell was responsible for the successful launch of Business Hospitality, a product suite consisting of Ethernet, Internet, Video and Voice services packaged for the Hospitality industry. In addition, she was instrumental in launching the Business Services video product portfolio for small and medium-sized businesses, and she led the Business Services component of Project Cavalry, Comcast's all-digital initiative touching almost every residential and business customer in the Comcast footprint. An industry leader, Ms. Sewell has more than 19 years of experience within the cable industry spanning virtually every aspect of product management, marketing and public relations. In 2014, Ms. Sewell was recognized as one of Fierce Telecom's Women in Wireline, 2014 which honors top women executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry. Prior to joining Comcast's Business Services team, Ms. Sewell held various sales, marketing, public relations and business development positions within the Comcast family of companies. Her previous roles have included: Director of Marketing Solutions for Comcast Networks; Director of Strategic Sales Alliances for Comcast Cable; Director of Marketing and Public Relations for CN8, The Comcast Network; Corporate Marketing Manager & Senior Publicist for QVC, the television shopping network (prior to its sale to Liberty Interactive). Ms. Sewell holds a bachelor of arts from Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the Stadium Management Association (SMA).

Ms. Sewell can be contacted at 877-967-4999 or alex@sewellgardner.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.