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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 March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.