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Mr. Pearson

Bryan Pearson

President & CEO, LoyaltyOne Inc.

With more than two decades experience developing meaningful customer relationships for some of the world's leading companies, Bryan Pearson is an internationally recognized expert and author in the fields of enterprise loyalty and coalition marketing. As President of LoyaltyOne, a pioneer in loyalty strategies and measured marketing, he heads six global enterprises, leveraging the knowledge of 120 million customer relationships over 20 years to create relevant communications and enhanced shopper experiences. A sought-after speaker and author of the forthcoming book The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, Mr. Pearson has presented in North and South America, Europe and Asia at such well-known events as Loyalty World, Card Forum and the Economic Club of Canada. He also is a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the Direct Marketing Association and the Canadian Marketing Association. Mr. Pearson has been quoted in more than 150 U.S. news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a regular contributor to Retail Customer Experience, Customer Think, Creative Match and COLLOQUY and has been widely quoted in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, National Post and Direct Marketing News. In addition, he serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Alliance Data, owner of LoyaltyOne. The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, will be published in May 2012 by the Portfolio imprint of Penguin Group in both the US and Canada. The book draws on Mr. Pearson's first-hand experience in building emotional loyalty in an information age, with insightful stories from the trenches of the data-gathering and marketing communications fields. The Loyalty Leap details strategies for building unwavering customer loyalty while also navigating the minefields of privacy. While other business books address customer service and data as the abstract fruit of technology, only The Loyalty Leap reveals how shopper data can be used as the cornerstone upon which to build intimate customer relationships, leading to profitable growth in the new era of marketing. For information and book pre-orders, visit www.pearson4loyalty.com. Mr. Pearson joined Alliance Data (formerly The Loyalty Group) in 1992, was appointed President of the AIR MILES Reward Program (AMRP) in 1999 and of LoyaltyOne in 2006. Since then, Mr. Pearson spearheaded LoyaltyOne's expansion into South America and the launch of AIR MILES My Planet and AIR MILES for Social Change, growing AMRP to more than 10 million accounts - two-thirds of Canadian households. In 2010, LoyaltyOne earned more than 30 awards for its role as a best employer, its green initiatives, its marketing and its human resources. Prior to LoyaltyOne, Mr. Pearson launched his career in brand marketing at the Quaker Oats Co. of Canada, followed by a position in technology/software at Alias Research Inc.

Mr. Pearson can be contacted at 416-228-6500 or bpearson@loyalty.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.