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Mr. Kall

Rob Kall

President, Bookt LLC

Rob Kall, President of Bookt LLC, is a 'technopreneur' at heart. He founded Bookt (www.bookt.com ) in 2007 to fill a large void in the global vacation rental industry, drawing upon his 12+ years of experience in developing and implementing some of the most sophisticated (and visited) real estate and property websites in the world. Mr. Kall is a master of emerging web technologies, especially as they are applied to the travel industry, as well as behavioral targeting and engagement, deciphering marketing trends into widgets and applications, and online distribution hubs beyond the GDS. Mr. Kall has designed and led the implementation of Remax.com - # 2 Real Estate Site in US (was #10 at project start), designed and led the implementation of LeadStreet, a CRM and Lead management system used by over 70,000 RE/MAX agents - Has delivered over 5M leads to RE agents in less than 2.5 years, and designed the architecture for the First National MLS Search Enabled Brokerage web portal for Help-U-Sell. Mr. Kall also has a successful track record as an entrepreneur. In 2001 he co-founded RECHANNEL, a real estate technology company, where he laid the groundwork for the REMS platform used by 5 of the largest real estate companies in the world (RE/MAX, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA & Sotheby's International Real Estate). In 2004 RECHANNEL was sold to eNeighborhoods where Mr. K"all was VP of Web Development until 2007. Mr. Kall has Bachelors degree in Computer Science from University of Boras, Sweden.

Mr. Kall can be contacted at 800-941-0868 or rob@bookt.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.