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Ms. Gerhard

Janet Gerhard

Partner & CXO, Inquizo

Janet Gerhard has extensive experience transforming the way organizations understand and manage the customer experience. By analyzing and strategically changing how organizations interact with their customers, she helps clients redefine their growth strategy and customer experience ecosystem to deliver bottom line results.

In addition to the hospitality sector, Ms. Gerhard consults globally with automotive, business services, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, technology and telecommunication companies.

When not focused on intentional experience design and driving customer loyalty through the business of Hospitality Gal, Ms. Gerhard puts her passion for sales to use in an active partnership as a Global Advisor with Challenger Performance Optimization, Inc., working with its diverse client base on commercial transformations.

Prior to the launch of Hospitality Gal, Ms. Gerhard led the Hospitality sector of newBrandAnalytics, a social media intelligence company named the Venture Summit Mid-Atlantic 100 Company of the Year in 2011 and Northern Virginia Council's Hottest VC Backed Company in 2012.

Ms. Gerhard spent the previous nine years with Maritz Research where she used customer lifecycle analytics to help clients capture more customer loyalty. She began her customer experience journey with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. She is extremely well-traveled having visited and worked in more than 30 countries.

Ms. Gerhard launched Inquizo, a contemporary Business Solution Agency to help Fortune 500 companies and start-ups worldwide compete in today's ever changing business environment by disrupting conventional thinking, implementing innovative go to market strategies, and increasing customer loyalty. With the fundamental belief that Curiosity + Creativity = Innovation, Inquizo grows people, businesses and their customers.

Ms. Gerhard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.

Please visit http://www.inquizo.com for more information.

Ms. Gerhard can be contacted at +1 215-518-2425 or janet@inquizo.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.