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Mr. Armbruster

Dennis Armbruster

Vice President and Managing Partner, LoyaltyOne Consulting

As Vice President of LoyaltyOne Consulting Dennis Armbruster leads the development of innovative, analytics-driven loyalty strategies for clients throughout North America. He has more than two decades of consulting experience in the retail, financial, airline, hospitality, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors and is an expert in CRM and customer-centric strategy, operation and implementation. He draws from his extensive background to direct a team of internationally recognized practitioners working with companies across the business spectrum, including Walgreens, Hertz, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Tim Horton's, Kellogg's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Visa International. By looking at loyalty from an enterprise-wide perspective, Mr. Armbruster helps cultivate LoyaltyOne Consulting's leadership in sophisticated analytics, financial modeling and concept innovation to develop breakthrough initiatives in customer strategy and experience design. The solutions Mr. Armbruster and his team deliver are grounded in deep consumer insights and custom-tailored to create new economic opportunities. In addition to his role as Vice President of LoyaltyOne Consulting, Dennis is also COLLOQUY's Editor-at-Large where he oversees the editorial direction of the COLLOQUY's resources devoted to the global loyalty-marketing industry. Prior to his role at LoyaltyOne Consulting, Mr. Armbruster developed his loyalty marketing acumen with Carlson Marketing Worldwide, rising to the position of Vice President, Customer Loyalty and CRM. Dennis is also a former Partner at Peppers and Rogers Group. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Business Development for Lifetouch Inc., where he guided the photography company's rapid retail expansion across the U.S. Mr. Armbruster also currently sits on the board of the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation called 'MarketingEDGE,' which works to educate, develop, grow and employ students in the field of marketing.

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Mr. Armbruster can be contacted at 416-228-6500 or darmbruster@loyalty.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.