Editorial Board   

Ms. Ellis

Maricha Ellis

VP of Marketing & Sales Operations, Stericycle Environmental Solutions

Maricha Ellis is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations of Stericycle Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of environmental and regulated waste management solutions. In this role, Ms. Ellis directs the development of Stericycle Environmental Solutions product/service strategies, tactics and revenue. She provides leadership, direction and management of marketing personnel, including new business development and product management, vertical marketing, digital strategy, brand and marketing communications, public relations and events. Her responsibilities also include developing and implementing strategic marketing plans, marketing metrics and data analysis to support and drive the business. Additionally, she monitors the market and regulatory environment to identify trends, shifts and opportunities; directs internal communication to incite growth activities and directs external communication through various channels/mediums to gain positive awareness impact. Ms. Ellis brings over 15 years of global strategy, product management and marketing experience. She leverages a broad technical, commercial and business background. Prior to joining Stericycle, Ms. Ellis consulted and held leadership positions as Director of Americas Marketing for Honeywell, Director of Market and Channel Programs and Business Manager for Belden and Product Management and Sales Roles for Rexnord Industries. Ms. Ellis has had significant experience in product management including driving new product commercialization processes and comprehensive voice of customer programs. Her background also includes improvements in sales forecasting and operations, strategy planning and deployment, branding, and P&L management. During her career, she has served in various roles, such as Manufacturing Engineer, Product Design Engineer, Account Manager, Product Manager, Director of Marketing, and Americas Marketing Director. Stericycle Environmental Solutions delivers a comprehensive portfolio of environmentally responsible, flexible and cost-effective offerings to help hospitality customers with any hazardous waste management needs. Stericycle Environmental Solutions combines its proven experience with customized solutions to meet the unique needs of each hotel property. Please visit http://www.stericycleenvironmental.com/ for more information.

Ms. Ellis can be contacted at 844-836-0848 or mellis@stericycleenvironmental.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.