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Ms. Walters

Michele Walters

Co-Founder, Origin World Labs

Michele Walters is Co-Founder and Head of Guest Behavior Analytics for Origin World Labs. Ms. Walters is an expert in the field of Consumer Behavioral Analytics for leisure industries. She has led guest behavioral research projects and departments for some of the world's leading entertainment and hospitality companies including Walt Disney, Universal Studios, and Discovery Communications. She has 16 years of experience supplying customer-centric analytic solutions and predictive models in US domestic, US Hispanic, European and Latin American/Caribbean markets. Ms. Walters holds an MBA and a Master's of Science in Marketing from University of Miami. She is responsible for driving the strategy and execution of Origin World Lab's services. Origin World Labs(OWL) creates the customized analytics models that optimize Pricing, Marketing and Operations for the best companies in Hospitality. Our team creates new value by embedding model-driven intelligence into every hotel managerial process. OWL is a lab of Mathematicians, Behavioral Scientists, Information Technology veterans and a bunch of brilliant, energetic, award-winning statisticians united by our passion for analytics. OWL runs the math that runs the best hotels in the world. Learn more by visiting the website at [www.forsmarthotels.com][1] [1]: http://www.forsmarthotels.com

Ms. Walters can be contacted at 305-303-0284 or

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.