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Dr. Barsky

Jonathan Barsky

Partner, Market Metrix

Dr. Jonathan Barsky, PhD co-founder and partner of Market Metrix, is a professor of marketing at University of San Francisco's School of Business and Management and an internationally known consultant and lecturer in the area of customer satisfaction. Professor Barsky is the author of two bestselling books, World Class Customer Satisfaction and Finding the Profit in Customer Satisfaction, and has published more than 100 articles on the subject. His current work on customer satisfaction, including his pioneering work on consumer emotions, has won numerous awards and has been incorporated into the curricula of U.S. business schools. In his role as Vice President of Research Dr. Barsky oversees research and development activities at Market Metrix. This includes the development and direction of research aimed at improving current products and generating ideas for new products and services. He also works closely with customers to review and use existing customer insights to aid in innovation. Peer Reviewed Journals - Barsky, Jonathan. Critical Behaviors and Trends of Casino Customers: A New Segmentation model For The North American Gaming Industry, Global Business Development Journal, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. The Effectiveness of Casino Loyalty Programs - Their Influence on Satisfaction, Emotional Connections, Loyalty and Price Sensitivity, Global Business Development Journal, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Are TripAdvisor Reviews Bogus? The Reliability of User-Generated Reviews. Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. - Are TripAdvisor Reviews Bogus? | The Reliability of User-Generated Reviews from the IABPAD Conference held on July 25-28, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii received a “research award” and was published in the IABPAD journal Chapter in text book - Barsky, Jonathan. Hotel Loyalty Programs. International Encyclopedia Of Hospitality Management, 2nd Edition, 2010. Other publications - Barsky, Jonathan. Balance your feedback strategy. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, August 24, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Casino Customer Attitudes and Behaviors. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, June 17, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Las Vegas vs. Macau. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, March 31, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. What is more important than location in selecting a hotel? Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, January 13, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Can an exciting casino experience change consumers' current gloomy mood? Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, November 12, 2009 - Barsky, Jonathan. Handling Online Reviews-Best Practices Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, August 20, 2009

Dr. Barsky can be contacted at 415-721-1300 or jbarsky@marketmetrix.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.