Editorial Board   

Mr. Gambhir

Ashish Gambhir

Co-founder , newBrandAnalytics

Ashish Gambhir is Co-founder of newBrandAnalytics, the industry's only social business intelligence platform proven to help operating and marketing executives turn real-time social customer insights into actionable information. Harvesting a depth and breadth of customer feedback unmatched by other platforms, newBrandAnalytics solutions deliver the tools, research and analysis required to distill a real-time, 360 degree view of social guest satisfaction data. His company is helping leading hotel executives generate the social business intelligence to improve guest satisfaction, increase guest count and drive revenues. Prior to co-founding newBrandAnalytics, Mr. Gambhir was a leader and top performer at Deloitte Consulting in the Strategy & Operations practice where he focused on new media projects. Post Deloitte, he incubated the social business intelligence idea with his hospitality and business intelligence co-founders while earning his Master of Business Administration at the Johnson School at Cornell University, where he also collaborated with several leaders from the School of Hospitality. newBrandAnalytics is the leading provider of social business intelligence solutions. It's flagship offering, Social Guest Satisfaction, is the first solution that mines credible guest feedback from social media and synthesizes it into the richest customer insight to equip brands, regions, and units with the actionable insight needed to improve guest satisfaction and loyalty, increase revenue, and drive sustainable bottom-line results. Social Guest Satisfaction was built directly with leading hospitality companies. Hundreds of customer satisfaction-focused hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality organizations rely on newBrandAnalytics for the comprehensive intelligence needed to drive guest count, improve customer experience, and increase revenue.

Mr. Gambhir can be contacted at ashish@newbrandanalytics.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.