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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 866-544-9262 or tema@frankreactions.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.