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Dr. Mitchell

Brian Mitchell

Principal, Mitchell Performance Systems

After completing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney, Brian Mitchell spent several years in clinical practice. Moving into retail consulting with the Mandev International group he became President of the North American, Asian, and Australian operations, and a sought after international speaker on the subject of retail sales productivity. He also pioneered performance management systems within a major football code. In the mid-1990's Dr Mitchell established Mitchell Performance Systems (MPS), consulting to the consumer packaged goods industry. The company worked with industry leaders in the US and other regions, on techniques to improve sales and negotiation performance within field force and account management teams. This experience has also been applied to improving revenue and profits in restaurant Food & Beverage. He has completed three books on wine, in collaboration with Evan Mitchell - including the 2009 US Praeger hardcover The Psychology of Wine, now released in a revised eBook edition for Apple and Kindle ([www.psychologyofwine.com][1]). A joint paper to the 7th International WineHealth conference on the generational dangers facing the wine industry, led to the establishment of Love & Wine, a digital creative agency for wine producers. MPS is now actively involved in research and development of consumer marketing strategies for the Millennial generation, based on psychological principles. [1]: http://www.psychologyofwine.com/

Dr. Mitchell can be contacted at brian@loveandwine.com.au

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.