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Mr. Pledger

David Pledger

Associate, Full House Hotel Software

David Pledger devised and built the software tools necessary to market his hotel online. Upon retiring he moved the suite of tools to a private company and modified them for general use. Day to day he now oversees their development and their application in the hospitality industry. He is also the editor and contributes to marketing-your-hotel.com, a new blog. Mr. Pledger has been associated with the hospitality industry as a supplier and operator for over thirty years. In 2002 he took over a closed independent hotel in Somerset, England and built it up into a successful accommodation, restaurant and function business, along the way gathering four star awards for accommodation and rosette awards for food. Mr. Pledger also had experience of programming and the internet, born out of building the second largest amusement machine company in South West England. He used this background to build the hotel marketing toolset now called Full House, evolving step by step as internet and mobile technology also evolved. He is in no doubt that the application of technology to marketing his hotel on line and locally was a major factor in the success enjoyed by the hotel.

Mr. Pledger can be contacted at 044 1749 838833 or david@fullhousehotelsoftware.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.