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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 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.