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Mr. Varma

Gaurav Varma

Product Marketing Manager, Milestone Inc.

Gaurav Varma is a Product Marketing Manager at Milestone, Inc., a leading provider of digital marketing software and services for hospitality, retail, banking and finance with headquarters in Silicon Valley, CA. Over the years, Milestone has developed effective and successful digital marketing solutions that drive revenue and return on investment for its clients including; award winning products such as Content Management System (CMS 6.0), Local Listings Platform (Milestone Local), Online reviews management software (Milestone Reviews), Social Media Marketing Software (Milestone Social), Digital and Competitive Intelligence Software (Milestone Insights), and a Cloud based Integrated Digital Marketing Analytics Platform (Milestone Insights). Mr. Varma is responsible for driving product pricing, positioning and packaging with customers; helping build marketing materials to support all stages of a product sale; developing and improving Milestone's marketing collateral, presentations, materials, and tools used by Milestone's direct sales force; providing training and support for the Sales team and leading the annual sales training; developing leadership content; enhancing brand and increasing brand awareness; generating leads through marketing efforts; and supporting the Sales team and Client Services team. Mr. Varma serves in a leadership capacity to promote Milestone's products and services, including strategy development, technical implementation, optimization, reporting and analysis, and information technology management. Mr. Varma has extensive experience working in the luxury hospitality industry and specializes in Digital Marketing, CRM, Loyalty and Revenue Management with brands such as Oberoi Hotels & Resorts & Trident Hotels. Mr. Varma holds a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Information Technology.

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

Mr. Varma can be contacted at 408-200-6949 or gaurav.v@milestoneinternet.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.