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Mr. Morse

Steve Morse

General Manager, Travel & Hospitality, ClickSquared

Steve Morse is the General Manager of the Travel and Hospitality vertical at ClickSquared. With more than twelve years of experience in entrepreneurial environments, Steve has a proven track record of helping companies position and grow their solutions increasing retention while decreasing overall costs. In this role, Morse counsels clients on the strategic direction, design and implementation of marketing and communication programs to build long-term relationships with customers. He works closely with ClickSquared's travel and hospitality clients throughout North America and Europe. Before joining ClickSquared, he was the Vice President of Demand Generation Products at Marketsoft and the Vice President of Marketing at Elity Systems. Morse also headed Product Marketing at EasyAsk and led the definition and launch of the industry's first synchronized search, navigation, merchandising, and analytics solution. The solution was ultimately purchased by Lands' End, Ann Taylor, GAP, and Lillian Vernon. Prior to this, Morse was the Vice Presidnet of Product Marketing at Xchange, a pioneer in analytical CRM applications. Morse is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Morse can be contacted at 781-487-7569 or smorse@clicksquared.com

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.