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Ms. Fruend

Melissa Fruend

Partner, Global Solutions, LoyaltyOne

Melissa Fruend has over 20 years of expertise in leading the development of consumer loyalty and CRM strategy solutions with specific emphasis on the research and strategies for Millennials. As a Partner at Global Solutions, she is responsible for the Loyalty and CRM Strategic Consulting focus in our practice. She manages a team of consultants and business analysts who offer innovative loyalty strategies to improve customer engagement through increased customer identification that impacts revenues for brands. Industry expertise includes High Frequency Retail, Specialty Retail, Quick Service Restaurant, Grocery, Travel and Hospitality, Entertainment and Financial Services. Recent client relationships include Domino's Pizza, Abercrombie & Fitch, Caribou Coffee, Darden Giant Eagle, E-Bay, PetSmart, Alaska Airlines, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Tim Horton's, and Darden Restaurants. Ms. Fruend has held leadership positions with other marketing leaders such as Maritz Loyalty Marketing, DDB and CrowdTwist, in addition to her five + years at LoyaltyOne. Her extensive loyalty background coupled with comprehensive client relationship skills insures brands are delivered quality loyalty expertise based in analytics. In addition to her LoyaltyOne clientele, Ms. Fruend has had the pleasure of working on both consumer and business to business projects with many Fortune 500 companies including Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Kimberly Clark, Village Roadshow and Walgreens. A frequent contributor on the topics of loyalty and CRM, Ms. Fruend can be found most recently in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, London Times via Raconteur, Direct Marketing News, and Colloquy. Her next speaking engagement will be at the CRMC 2017 conference in Chicago this June.

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

Ms. Fruend can be contacted at 416-552-4513 or mfruend@loyalty.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.