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Mr. MacDougall

Jesse MacDougall

Creative Director of Strategy and Brand Development, ICRAVE

As the Creative Director of Strategy and Brand Development at innovation and design studio ICRAVE, Jesse MacDougall has provided creative vision and leadership for projects of all shapes and sizes including building up boutique brands like The Little Beet in New York. He has created roll-out brands for public companies like Hilton and STK. He has also been the driving force behind comprehensive hotel projects like the Sir A'DAM hotel in Amsterdam opening in 2016. Mr. MacDougall has also been responsible for reinventing cancer care delivery for Memorial Sloane Kettering's new patient facilities in NYC. Recently, Mr. MacDougall has been working to master plan new neighborhood developments in Miami and Washington, D.C. His team is also working with one of the world's leading food management companies to identify shifts in higher education and reimagine college campuses for the class of 2030. Previously he was Senior Design at Puccini Group where he led the branding and design of notable hospitality projects. Some of these include the renovation of The Georgian Terrace a historic hotel, restaurant, and residential tower in Midtown Atlanta. Prior to Puccini, he managed store planning and design at global luxury jewelry brand David Yurman. At David Yurman he managed the design and execution of over 100 in-store boutiques, 10 flagship stores, and a handful of multi-million dollar exhibition projects around the world. An expert in strategy, hospitality and experience design, Mr. MacDougall has been interviewed by Wallpaper* and Sleeper Magazine, and has spoken on many Hotel Business and Hospitality Design panels.

Please visit http://www.icrave.com for more information.

Mr. MacDougall can be contacted at 212-929-5657 or jesse@icrave.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.