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Mr. Teso

Chris Teso

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Chirpify

As founder and CEO of Chirpify, Chris Teso invented "in-stream transactions", enabling instant marketing and commerce conversion from a single action on social media. Mr. Teso founded Chirpify in 2011 to help brands create a currency exchange between social media and their loyalty programs to drive member acquisition, engagement, spend, and customer lifetime value. Based in Portland, OR, Chirpify is founded on the belief that the future of marketing is providing utility to consumers. Right now customers measure brands based on just how much utility they provide. With ever decreasing time and attention spans, consumers will be loyal to those brands that save them time, engage in the moment, and make doing business with them easier across all channels. At Chirpify, Mr. Teso works hand-in-hand with leading hoteliers, retailers and CPG companies to create strategies and supporting programs that deliver greater utility to today's consumer while increasing customer advocacy, earned media and new customer acquisition. Mr. Teso is an experienced orator and writer on the topics of social media marketing, loyalty marketing, engagement loyalty, and chatbots as they pertain to building brand loyalty. As a result, he is a frequent speaker, having presented at events such as The Future of Payments, Under The Radar, TechFestNW, and The Future of E-commerce conferences. His writings on these topics have appeared in a wide variety of trade publications, including SocialMediaExaminer, MarketingProfs, VentureBeat, and more. Prior to Chirpify, Mr. Teso founded theGood, an ecommerce and lead conversion advisory focused on delivering more revenues, customers, and leads for its clients. He has a history of entrepreneurship co-founding and serving in leadership positions guiding business strategy and direction. An educated designer, and autodidact software engineer, Mr. Teso has spent most of his career in the advertising industry as Digital Creative Director, in between founding three companies in the past 16 years. Mr. Teso Teso has been recognized for his work, having received a Communication Arts Award of Excellence, an Emmy, Clio, Mobius, Webby, and an Andy Award. Mr. Teso also serves as a Corporate Council Member of the Oregon Humane Society and volunteers with Pet Partners, a national leader in demonstrating and promoting animal-assisted therapy, activities and education.

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

Mr. Teso can be contacted at 503-208-3068 or chris@chirpify.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.