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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 December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.