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Mr. Rogg

Kyle Rogg

President & COO, Value Place

Kyle Rogg is Value Place's President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the operating performance of each of Value Place's divisions including Value Place Franchise Services (VPFS), Value Place Property Management (VPPM) and the 44 Value Place company‐owned properties. Value Place's 185 franchised and company-owned properties make it the largest economy extended‐stay brand in America. VPPM is one of many high‐quality property management companies which serve Value Place's fifty franchise groups. Jack DeBoer, Value Place's founder and Chairman, added Mr. Rogg and CEO Dan Weber to Value Place's executive leadership team in 2011, to drive Value Place's next phase of franchise and company property growth. Prior to Value Place, Mr. Rogg spent 15 years at CLC Lodging (formerly Corporate Lodging Consultants), the nation's largest negotiator and payment processor of workforce lodging rates, most recently as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Rogg led the development of the company's SMB business line, expanding CLC's customer base from 200 to 50,000 companies, charitable organizations and governmental entities and was a member of the private‐equity backed leadership team, which sold CLC to Fleetcor Technologies in 2009. Mr. Rogg is a graduate of Friends University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas. Founded in 2002, Value Place is the largest economy extended-stay lodging brand in the U.S. Featuring remarkably affordable weekly rates, rigorous cleanliness standards and secure temporary lodging, the brand delivers an unparalleled commitment to the comfort, privacy, and peace of mind of each guest. Value Place currently has 185 locations open in 32 states, providing extended-stay accommodations that are clean, safe, simple, and affordable.

Mr. Rogg can be contacted at 316-631-1370 or franchise@valueplace.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.