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Ms. Merbach

Sherri Merbach

Managing Director, C-Suite Analytics

Sherri Merbach has extensive experience providing organizational development, executive coaching, leadership development, and consulting services. Ms. Merbach is a change agent creating a sustainable bottom-line impact. She brings her high degree of personal effectiveness plus her accumulated skills and experiences to clients. Known for her ability to connect with both CEOs, leaders at all levels, and front-line employees, Ms. Merbach brings three distinct credentials to her clients. Ms. Merbach is a business executive first, having earned her CPA designation while working with a top-5 global accounting firm and subsequently earning her MBA degree. She then made the non-traditional leap from accounting to human resources with the renowned human resources team at Walt Disney World, training executives at the acclaimed Disney Institute and solving complex organizational development issues across Disney's parks and resorts. Career three leveraged Ms. Merbach's business and consulting experiences where she was an executive leader for sales recruiting and training teams at several leading vacation ownership organizations. She delivers results by leveraging her business-driven skills. For her clients, Ms. Merbach has conducted hundreds of management work sessions, retreats, and coaching sessions with an emphasis on improving employee retention and engagement along with strategic planning, performance management, organizational effectiveness, succession planning, team building, and leadership development. She has designed and implemented leadership, customer service, and sales training programs. Ms. Merbach has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She successfully passed the Certified Public Accountant exam. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in Organizational Behavior, Management, and Accounting from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Please visit http://www.c-suiteanalytics.com for more information.

Ms. Merbach can be contacted at 407-948-0321 or smerbach@c-suiteanalytics.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. 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.