Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Frank

Tema Frank

CEO, Frank Reactions

Tema Frank, Chief Instigator at customer experience consultancy Frank Reactions, has been pioneering online success for hotels and other businesses since 2001. She has over 30 years' experience in marketing, customer service, user experience testing and business strategy.

Ms. Franks clients have ranged from small B&Bs in France to large organizations like Expedia, Travel Alberta, Sabre Holdings, Cruise Ship Centres and the Alberta Motor Association. Using social media techniques before social media existed, Ms. Frank built an international panel of 75,000 mystery shoppers using no paid advertising. Her company's ground-breaking approach of having large numbers of prospective customers do usability testing of websites from their own computers changed the way websites are evaluated and gives clients great insight into how to increase web sales conversions.

Ms. Frank hosts the weekly Internet radio show (podcast), Frank Reactions on Customer Experience, which discusses how companies can meet (and exceed) the ever-increasing customer service expectations in our social media era. The podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and at her website.

Ms. Frank speaks at conferences internationally, and has taught Digital Marketing at the University of Alberta, at the Universite de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour in France, Grant MacEwan University, and in short courses for companies and government departments.

Ms. Frank's recently released second book, PeopleShock: The Path to Profits When Customers Rule, is an Amazon bestseller. Based on interviews with over 150 business leaders, the book argues that as more becomes automated, what's left for human interaction becomes even more important. Using case studies she shows how profitable customer experiences, come from improving relationships and processes for all the people involved, from suppliers to your front line to customers and beyond.

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

Ms. Frank can be contacted at 1-866-544-9262 or tema@frankreactions.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.