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Mr. Brader

Reto Brader

Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Business Development, Barix AG

Reto Brader is VP of Worldwide Sales & Business Development at Barix AG, a Zürich, Switzerland based manufacturer of Audio over IP solutions, codecs and IoT devices for the Audio/Video, broadcast, security, retail and hospitality markets. Barix offers expertise and tailored solutions for system integrators that need to implement audio communications and control for a variety of applications in a cost effective professional way. Since joining Barix, Mr. Brader has assisted many small and large companies in implementing an audio distribution strategy while consulting small and large hotel and retail chains in particular. Mr. Brader brings 20 years of international experience in sales, marketing and sales development in the audio, video and datacom technology space. He holds a Master's degree in Business and Administration (MBA) from University of Alberta; and a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from Fachochschule Brugg/Windisch. Mr. Brader is an expert on digital content distribution technologies, and has served at a speaker at recent audio-video industry events including the ISE conference in Amsterdam. Before joining Barix, Mr. Brader worked as a Sales Manager at IMS, where he helped customers improve their communications and management efficiency through innovative, user-friendly software-defined solutions. Before that, Mr. Brader held high level positions at Utah-Scientific, a broadcast equipment supplier where he served as Director of Business Development for three years; and Pixelmetrix Corp., where he served as General Manager of Regional Offices for nearly a decade. He began his career with Alcatel and Hewlett Packard in Switzerland and Canada as Product Manager, where he spent nearly five years. Please visit http://www.barix.com for more information.

Mr. Brader can be contacted at 414-343-32211 or sales@barix.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.