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Mr. Sockell

Jonathan Sockell

Product Marketing Manager, Medallia

Jonathan Sockell is Product Marketing Manager at Medallia, the global leader in SaaS Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions. At Medallia, Mr. Sockell serves as the conduit between the business needs and challenges of Medallia's global client base and Medallia's CEM technology offering. Mr. Sockell manages the hospitality, retail, and automotive verticals, and works to uncover the latest consumer insights to guide technological development efforts to where the marketplace is headed, so Medallia's clients can continue to deliver world-class customer experiences by leveraging SaaS technology. Currently, Mr. Sockell leads a quarterly hospitality roundtable with Medallia's hospitality client base, where he presents on the latest customer experience trends and facilitates client discussion on how hotels can leverage technology to better engage with customers. Recent presentations have included best practices for taking action on social media, engaging hotel guests on mobile through in-the-moment feedback, and strategies to increase guest feedback response rates by using text analytics to reduce survey questionnaires. Prior to joining Medallia, Mr. Sockell held marketing and data analysis roles at Asurion and Tapjoy to drive new product development. Previous to that, Mr. Sockell held research and sales positions at Fisher Investments and at Bloomberg. He also co-founded ForwardPro Partners to create hyper-targeted marketing campaigns for high-net-worth investment firms to increase lead flow and assets under management. Mr. Sockell has a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Sockell can be contacted at 650-321-3000 or jonathan@medallia.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.