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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 January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.