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Mr. Sprigg

Jim Sprigg

Director of Database Marketing & Analytics, Intercontinental Hotel Group

Jim Sprigg is an innovative database marketer with broad quantitative background and focus on integrated multi-channel promotional marketing. In his current role as director of Database Marketing & Analytics at InterContinental Hotels Group, he built, and now leads, a center-of-excellence for targeted marketing composed of 75 individuals located in Atlanta, Manila, and Bangalore who support regional stakeholders throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Middle East. This team supports both the science and the execution of marketing. On the strategic side, Sprigg introduces science to inform customer strategy, including lifetime modeling, enterprise segmentation, high-value guest methodology, lifecycle scoring, conjoint and share-of-wallet estimation. On the execution side, his team delivers personalized content and promotional marketing through email, web and mobile channels via customer segmentation, propensity/response scores, advanced test-and-learn, content arbitration, tailored digital experience and unbiased ROI measures. Sprigg also leads efforts to improve speed and efficiency of marketing processes. As an innovator in his current role, Sprigg piloted, championed and institutionalized the first-ever use of bundled tailored offers in travel industry campaigns, which more than doubled the impact of these campaigns on incremental spend, engagement, share shift, brand trial and retention of guests. In previous roles with UPS, Lockheed and joint military commands, Sprigg made advances in cost-based pricing, actuary/underwriting, effects-based military planning and economic simulation. Although working as an applied industry practitioner, Sprigg is an expert in consumer choice and has co-authored scholarly pieces in Computational Economics, Journal of Consumer Marketing and Marketing Science. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences such as the Direct Marketing Association and Eye-For-Travel.

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Mr. Sprigg can be contacted at 770-604-2788 or Jim.Sprigg@ihg.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.