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Mr. Tatum

Tyler Tatum

Marketing Strategy Consultant,

Tyler Tatum is driven to help clients maximize their potential with the best marketing strategy at the least overall cost. In his past venture as General Manager of Project Planet, Mr. Tatum had the opportunity to pursue a passion for the environment, while driving the company to be a dominant force in the hotel industry. The focus was saving his clients tens of millions of dollars in operational cost, while reducing their overall environmental impact by hundreds of millions of gallons of water. In order to maximize participation in the program, Mr. Tatum had to create excitement among hotel staff and guests while maintaining the best overall guest experience. During his tenure with Project Planet, Mr. Tatum increased participation in the program by over fifty percent. He also launched three new regional designs, which lead to stronger market penetration in coastal and mountainous areas. In a joint effort he worked with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to promote the program to over 200 hotels.

Mr. Tatum can be contacted at 404-783-0923 or TylerTatum@Bellsouth.net

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.