Home
Hotel News
BITAC® Events!
Owners Event Nov. 16, 2014 More Info 2 Supplier Spots Left
Food & Beverage Jan. 25, 2015 More Info 6 Supplier Spots Left
Luxury North America Mar. 08, 2015 More Info 1 Supplier Spots Left
  Are you a member? Log In  or  Sign Up
Burba - ALIS
 
Share
Send a summary and link to this article
To Email
Your Name
Your Email
Bot Test
To pass the Bot Test, please type the white text that you see in the gray box. This helps us prevent spammers from abusing the system.
Print Printable Version

The Four Pillars of Hotel Customer Service

Here’s a new way to think about improving your guest experience delivery; anticipation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Mr. Larry Mogelonsky - CHA
bookmark this
Bookmark to: Digg Bookmark to: Del.icio.us Bookmark to: Facebook
Bookmark to: Yahoo Bookmark to: Google Bookmark to: Twitter
We are on Twitter

Every good salesperson or individual working in guest service knows about guest expectations: you must first meet, and then exceed. This presupposes that you are actually able to meet a customer’s expectations, because if you cannot, then it goes without saying that you will disappoint. However, meeting is just okay – mediocre at best. Being okay is not enough. Too many other hotels are already capable of this, so you aren’t differentiating yourself from the herd. By exceeding expectations, you will surprise and delight your guests, both positive sentiments to have for your hotel.

I want you to go one step further, or one pillar further. I want you to anticipate guest expectations – the pinnacle of service in my mind. Think of it as you would a relationship with a person. When you are strangers, wants and needs must be spelled out. When you are acquaintances, expectations are more readily and more accurately met. When you are friends (and not just Facebook friends), not only do you know what’s required to exceed any wants, but you are able to predict what’s actually needed.

The way I like to think about it is in terms of birthday gifts – strangers give cash while true pals give presents that, while not necessarily the most expensive, are always the most thoughtful. Your best friends are the people who you would help out and support in a heartbeat and they would (hopefully) do the same for you. Beyond camaraderie, though, these individuals are also your biggest advocates, spreading your praise when you’re not around. Ask yourself: do any of your guests consider your hotel brand to be a best friend, or at least an organizational equivalent?

While exceeding might surprise, anticipating will definitely leave guests in awe. Although you must always strive to meet expectations, exceeding and anticipating are much harder feats. Here are four suggestions to help move you along in the proper direction:

1. Heighten Internal Communications. Building bridges between departments helps with guest anticipation, as it will allow managers to share ideas and anecdotal trends that they’ve observed through their day-to-day work.

2. Customer Analytics. You can either recruit an outside firm or create a new ‘consumer analytics’ position. The mission is the same: decipher patterns in past guest behavior so that you can better prognosticate future visitor requests. This doesn’t solely have to be an internal data mining activity; incorporate Big Data techniques which encapsulate your competitive set as well as qualitative (or not directly quantifiable) feedback such as TripAdvisor reviews to name one. Analytics also means doing a lot of grunt work on social media to get to know your consumer demographics (age, gender, location) and psychographics (interests, hobbies, motivations)

3. Bold New Tech. While the front-end of many new devices or hotel software kits focus on improving the guest experience, the back-end strategy of capturing more data will inevitably help towards developing relationships with prospective guests. One huge area on the cusp is location analytics – using consumers’ smartphones to see how people move within a space and what specific areas are most utilized (just one exemplary application).

4. Consumer Co-creators. Instead of only relying on company employees to build forecasting models, bring guests in on the ground floor and let them help shape the future of your organization. There are many ways to go about nurturing this process, from surveys on your website to bringing fans onsite and hearing their thoughts face-to-face.

Larry Mogelonsky, P. Eng.
President & Founder
LMA COMMUNICATIONS INC.
416.440.2500
larry@lma.ca
Credit
Larry Mogelonsky CHA    Mr. Larry Mogelonsky - CHA
President and Founder
Owners, Principals, or Partners
LMA Communications Inc.

Bio: Larry Mogelonsky (MBA, P. Eng) is the founder of LMA Communications Inc. (www.lma.ca), an award-winning, full-service hospitality consulting and communications agency. Established in 1991, the company has assisted hundreds of luxury independent and branded properties throughout the world, providing solutions to sales, marketing, operational and digital challenges. Larry is an associate of G7 Hospitality Group as well as a member of Cayuga Hospitality Advisors and Laguna Strategic Advisors. He is also ...
more
Feedback Messaging & Feedback
We welcome your opinion! Log In to send feedback.
Already a member?
Login
Log In
Not yet registered?
Login
Sign Up
Need More Information?
Information
Benefits
 
  RSS Feed
RSS Feed
Policies
Contact Us
Mobile Version