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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 February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.