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 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.