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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 June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.