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Mr. Campbell

Chris Campbell

Chief Tracking Officer, Review Trackers

Chris Campbell is the founder and Chief Tracking Officer of Review Trackers, a B2B software and service company dedicated to helping enterprises, organizations, and businesses with multiple locations monitor and manage online reviews. Review Trackers is powered by proprietary data collection technology that aggregates and centralizes data from all major online review sites, including TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp, Citysearch, and Foursquare. The company was selected as an Innovative Web Technologies finalist for SXSW Interactive Accelerator 2013, chosen as an SMB Future Digital Marketing Star by BIA/Kelsey, and selected as one of the top 20 companies in Start-Up Chile, Latin America's premier capital network and entrepreneurship hub. An online marketing strategist with extensive tech entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Campbell founded Review Trackers in early 2012 with the vision of making the company the premier provider of all consumer-generated review data. Before Review Trackers, he successfully developed marketing campaigns for the United Nations, Dell, University of Chicago, Nissan, Pep Boys, and Jamba Juice, among many others. He won the 2009 DePaul University Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and his work has appeared on Forbes, USA Today, Ad Age, Tech Crunch, The Next Web, and Crain's Chicago Business. Mr. Campbell is also a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend, having organized and participated in over 30 events in cities around the world, with a finger always on the pulse of the global entrepreneurial community.

Mr. Campbell can be contacted at 866-854-7670 or info@reviewtrackers.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.