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Ms. D'Agostino

Monika D'Agostino

Chief Consultative Sales Officer, Consultative Sales Academy

Monika D'Agostino is a key business analyst with international expertise, specializing in consultative selling and elevating the reputation of sales and its practitioners. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to the states in 1994 where she quickly embraced the fast-paced business environment without losing sight of her European roots and remembering that in the end it is people who matter. Her career started in public relations and after a couple of years co-managing a PR agency in New York she stumbled upon the sales profession, selling PR measurement to top marketing people. Her lack of sales experience actually served as an advantage and since then Monika's sales experience has been a fun and rewarding journey. Ms. D'Agostino's passion is sales and helping companies understand that embracing solution selling will not only help their reputation, but also provide a safe and sound environment for sales and customer service reps to be successful. Recently, her company The Consultative Sales Academy where she acts as the Chief Consultative Sales officer launched the Consultative Sales Certification Program to help sales and client facing people embrace, utilize and optimize a consultative sales approach. Her main expertise lies in helping companies break into new markets, industries and identifying decision makers for their service offering. Due to her heritage, she brings a lot of international knowledge to her portfolio, which is important to companies who want to spread their wings internationally. The business environment in Europe is still fundamentally different to that in the US and knowing the cultural nuances is crucial to the success of a project. Ms. D'Agostino's approach is very strategic and bottom-line oriented. Even when she brings public relations into the mix, she makes sure that it is not self serving but contributes to the end result and the bottom line. Goals will be identified and the results will show an increase in business, understanding your market better, and/or expanding your service offering. Ms. D'Agostino was recently featured in the Sales Excellence Magazine and in The Measurement Standard.

Ms. D'Agostino can be contacted at 203-299-1645 or monikad@consultativesales.net

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.