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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 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.