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Mr. Rosser

Drew Rosser

VP of Business Development, Whiteboard Labs

Drew Rosser joined Whiteboard Labs in March of 2000 then known as Webvertising, to primarily focus on iHotelier CRS sales to hotels. After the sale of iHotelier to TravelCLICK in 2003 Mr. Rosser became the Director of Operations for the iHotelier division of TravelCLICK. Mr. Rosser started his hotel career in Orlando, Florida in 1990 then moved to Atlanta after accepting a position at Holiday Inn's Corporate Flagship Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, as the Assistant Guest Relations Manager. He was then promoted to Guest Relations Manager at another Holiday Inn property in the Atlanta area. Mr. Rosser's hotel operational background coupled with his technological experience gives him a unique insight to how a hotel or hotel chain should manage their online presence and electronic distribution. This covers everything from the hotel's Web site, to the booking engine, SEO and best practices in terms of revenue management for a hotel's overall distribution methodology. Working for a technology development firm, Mr. Rosser's experience level also includes product development, Web based application development, Software as a Service (SaaS) business model and new product launch. Mr. Rosser sits on the Board of Directors for Linx Technologies and Force 10. Both are technology based firms dealing with enterprise level systems for the spa and hotel industries.

Mr. Rosser can be contacted at 713-333-9944 or drosser@whiteboardlabs.com

Coming up in June 2020...

Sales & Marketing: Technology Rules

It is impossible for any hotel to develop an effective sales and marketing plan that doesn't include a wide-ranging digital strategy. Online platforms have impacted virtually every aspect of their business, due to major changes in how Internet users research, plan, and book their hotel visits. As a result, a successful plan includes generating traffic through the use of a hotel website, social media, email and a myriad of other digital marketing technologies. One such strategy uses data collection and automation technology to create personalized content to individual customers. The goal of personalization marketing is to engage potential customers by communicating with them as individuals - to establish a more personal relationship - as a way of encouraging them to visit a property. Video marketing is also extremely important. Showing someone authentic video from a specific location is immersive and engaging, and video is still the preferred way for customers to interact with a hotel brand. Voice and Visual Search are increasingly in demand, as consumers are moving away from typing queries into a search engine. Instead, they can simply speak their request into their phone, and find and book a hotel without ever typing a word. Similarly, other platforms allow consumers to search visually for almost any image, and find out pricing information, shopping comparisons and how-to-buy - all from the app. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is also becoming popular. The ability of chatbots to answer simple questions or fulfill requests 24/7 is undeniably appealing. In addition, A.I. seems best positioned to qualify leads that can be later nurtured and closed by a human sales expert - all at a fraction of the cost of a traditional support team. The June Hotel Business Review will examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating these innovative technologies into their operations.