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Ms. Tristano

Jodie Tristano

Business Development Manager, Technomic, Inc

Jodie Tristano currently serves as Business Development Manager at Technomic, Inc., a Chicago-based research and consulting firm that focuses on food and foodservice. Technomic provides industry intelligence, forecasts, data and training support to operators, manufacturers, distributors and others allied to the field. Ms. Tristano brings more than 20 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing within the hotel, resort and convention industry. During her career, she has represented many prominent brands including Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Westin/Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Benchmark Hospitality International. More recently, Ms. Tristano served as Account Services Director, Convention Sales and Marketing for McCormick Place in Chicago, the largest convention center in the United States. With broad industry capability, Ms. Tristano has managed all group market segments including corporate, association, government and social, earning top sales performance awards with both Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Ms. Tristano spearheads Technomic's growth initiatives in the Lodging Industry through her efforts in developing the Global Lodging Practice encompassing consumer, industry and market research reports and services. Technomic's Lodging Practice provides clients with a wide range of consulting services such as operational audits, strategic planning, and concept development and positioning; consumer studies on topics including hotel food and beverage consumption, brand preferences, amenity importance and campaign effectiveness; and online resources that track and measure company performance, menu development and more. Holding a degree in Hospitality Management, Ms. Tristano is an active industry leader, having served on many committees with prominent organizations including the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Ms. Tristano can be contacted at 708-205-1427 or jtristano@technomic.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.