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Mr. Tarasofsky

Jerry Tarasofsky

CEO, iPerceptions Inc.

Jerry Tarasofsky is CEO of iPerceptions Inc, North America's leading web focused attitudinal analytics provider. Its webValidator(R) continuous listening solution "captures the voice" of the online customer helping companies learn more about their customers with metrics that quickly turn learning into action. Using a comprehensive proprietary perceptual framework to evaluate key elements of the visitor experience and predictive algorithms and modeling to identify those attributes that drive satisfaction, the webValidator continuous listening solution turns thousands of data points into easy-to-understand strategic and tactical decision support. iPerceptions' clients in the hospitality sector include such recognized brands as Crowne Plaza, Omni, Savoy, Wellesley, Homestead, Radisson and Holiday Inn.

Mr. Tarasofsky can be contacted at jerryt@iperceptions.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.