Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Wohl

Michelle Wohl

VP of Marketing & Client Services, Revinate

Michelle Wohl is the VP of Marketing at Revinate, a San Francisco-based software company that helps hoteliers connect with their guests. 23,000 hotels across the globe rely on Revinate every day to understand how online reviews and social media are affecting their performance. At Revinate, Ms. Wohl is responsible for marketing, public relations and university relations. With almost twenty years of technology marketing under her belt, Ms. Wohl has lived through many great bubbles and technology trends. A true dotcom veteran, she started her career in product marketing at GoLive Systems, creators of the first WYSIWYG Web authoring product for the Mac. The company allowed anyone, regardless of HTML experience, to create a Web page and was at the forefront of Web technology when it was acquired by Adobe in 1999. At Adobe, Ms. Wohl led product marketing for the Web products, and later, Adobe Acrobat. Passionate about helping people communicate better on the Web, she left Adobe in 2004 to join the first social network, Friendster, as the Director of Marketing. A year later, Ms. Wohl left Friendster to pursue her interest in mobile and joined Nokia as head of Platforms Marketing. Based in Helsinki, Ms. Wohl was responsible for marketing the SmartPhone platform to application developers all over the world. She launched multiple development platforms and saw the creation of thousands of applications, from productivity to Location-based to financial. But the winters proved too rough for Ms. Wohl and after returning to the US, she joined Sprout as VP of Marketing. Sprout was one of only eight approved Facebook developers at the F8 conference, the launch of Facebook's development platform. At Sprout, Ms. Wohl worked closely with some of the world's leading consumer brands such as Disney, Coke and Pepsi to develop social media campaigns and strategies. Now back in her hometown of San Francisco, Ms. Wohl enjoys working with hospitality leaders to harness the power of social media and user-generated content. Ms. Wohl graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English and currently serves on the advisory board of Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research.

Ms. Wohl can be contacted at 415-830-3795 or michelle@revinate.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.