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Ms. Wiesenfeld

Nancy Wiesenfeld

Vice Presidentt of Strategic Accounts, iPerceptions

Nancy Wiesenfeld is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts at iPerceptions and is responsible for overall account management, growth, and retention. Managing a team of Strategic Account Managers, she ensures that deep, strategic relationships are developed with our top customers and that iPerceptions' brand footprint is expanded through existing customer networks. Previously, she was Director of Insight where she was responsible for supervising deliverables for all analysis projects in addition to directly managing clients in the Hospitality sector. She joined iPerceptions in 2005 after 15 years in the market research and advertising industries. Beginning her career at Tandemar Research (now iPSOS ASI), Ms. Wiesenfeld was a Data Specialist where her focus was on data synthesis and analysis. Her position grew to Manager of the Data Specialist team, where she oversaw daily operations of the group. In 1997, she joined Research One International, a market research company specializing in pharmaceutical market research. Having a strong base knowledge of data structure and analysis, she worked as a Project Manager - and ultimately Senior Project Manager, where she managed several qualitative and quantitative research projects and provided actionable recommendations in support of brand growth for companies including Pfizer, Merck Frosst, Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough. Having an interest in seeing “another side of the marketing coin”, Ms. Wiesenfeld joined the advertising agency Publicis in 2002 as an Account Director focusing on consumer packaged goods and government policy clients in the healthcare sector. She was involved with the development and success of digital and non-digital communications as well as multi-channel planning, and developed differentiating brand strategies and tactical programs. Offering a rare blend of analytical and relationship-building skills, Ms. Wiesenfeld has achieved exciting company and research turnarounds and is recognized for her success in fostering productivity and team building, as well as her ability to analyze customer data and turn it into actionable client insight.

Ms. Wiesenfeld can be contacted at 877-796-3600 or nwiesenfeld@iperceptions.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.