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Mr. Sharifi

Shahin Sharifi

Lecturer, Macquarie University

Shahin Sharifi is a lecturer at Department of Marketing, Macquarie University. Mr. Shahin holds a PhD in Marketing from Monash Business School in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests are focused in the areas of consumer behavior, judgment and decision making, services marketing, and experimental psychology.

Mr. Shahin has also focused extensively on how emotion influences action and intention, as well has how brand awareness and discounting affect perceptions before, during, and after purchase. His research is frequently focused on the future of marketing, and how the internet and related developments, such as online reviews affect businesses and the perceptions of them.

Mr. Shahin's work has been published in journals, including Journal of Business Research, Computers in Human Behavior, and Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management among others. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of leading marketing journals, and regularly speaks on issues facing the marketing industry. He has taught marketing courses in Iran and Australia, including marketing management and marketing research methods.

Mr. Shahin holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Tehran, and has collaborated with research published in Iran, Australia, and the Republic of Korea. Shahin lives in Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Sharifi can be contacted at +61298509173 or Shahin.sharifi@mq.edu.au

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.