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Ms. Wenzl

Megan Wenzl

Associate Editor, ReviewTrackers

Megan Wenzl is the Associate Editor for ReviewTrackers, an award-winning customer feedback software that helps businesses transform the customer experience. The platform collects review data to surface customer insights that enable brands to listen, comprehend and make data-driven decisions about what their customers truly need or want. As a writer who is naturally curious, Ms. Wenzl is constantly seeking out news on the latest industry trends and market movement. Ms. Wenzl has a strong passion for creating and circulating stories that raise questions and move others to seek new answers - to think outside the box. With her Associate Editor role at ReviewTrackers, Ms. Wenzl is primarily responsible for honing the voice of the brand through insightful writing that is based off of data and creative logic. Ms. Wenzl has an extensive writing background. She's written about a range of different topics including customer experience, customer service, online reviews, productivity, leadership, and root beer floats. Beyond her work on the ReviewTrackers blog, Ms. Wenzl has contributed to a wide variety of external publications. Ms. Wenzl has been published in Eater Chicago, Sprout Social, Toast, and MLive/Muskegon Chronicle. It was her experience at MLive that helped her learn valuable communication skills. She has a master of arts degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. While earning her bachelor of arts degree in history from Western Michigan University, she worked for the student newspaper, where she learned how to write for a public audience. Ms. Wenzl continues to develop her writing and storytelling skills at ReviewTrackers. While the medium will continue to change, Ms. Wenzl will always have a passion for writing. Please visit http://www.reviewtrackers.com for more information.

Ms. Wenzl can be contacted at 866-854-7670 or megan@reviewtrackers.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.