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Why Hotels Need Modern Optimization and Management Platforms

Karen O'Neill | November 7, 2019

By Karen O'Neill, President-Americas at Knowcross The writing is on the wall: across industries today, it simply does not pay to be resistant to change. Not only do customers, or in the case of hospitality, guests, expect more from the brands they give their business to, staff expect more as well. For hotel staff, their job is entirely ruled by the delivery of service; their role exists to assist the property in running smoother, all the while ensuring each guest enjoys their stay. In many cases, this can be a complex job. Guests are increasingly particular, expectations for requests are hasty, and pivotal touch-points are often exacerbate...

How Hotels Can Overcome the 3 Worst Guest Pain Points

Karen O'Neill | October 16, 2019

By Karen O'Neill, President-Americas at Knowcross There is little debate that guests today are more 'experience-loyal' than 'brand-loyal,' and guest experience is quickly becoming a far more influential factor in building guest satisfaction, revenue, and loyalty. Yet, many hotels are blowing it with long lines, slow responses, maintenance issues, poor service quality control, and unhelpful or uninformed staff. Another problem lies in that many guests will say nothing, then follow up their stay with a rant on social media or a damaging review on TripAdvisor. So how can hoteliers readily anticipate and remedy the common pain points experi...

Hoteliers, Are You Offering the Highest Level of Service?

Karen O'Neill | September 12, 2019

By Karen O'Neill, President-Americas at Knowcross In this time, better known as the ‘Age of the Customer,’ what differentiates companies like Apple, Amazon, Zappos from the rest? The simple answer would be their never-ending efforts to exceed customer service expectations and create memorable, ever-lasting experiences. When it comes to the hospitality industry, while there is no shortage of sentiments that should guide a hotelier’s approach to success, there is one which arguably stands above the rest: great hospitality is defined by exceptional service. A recent Walker study, states that by the year 2020, customer experience will...

The Key to More Productive Staff? Technology That Was Built for Them in Mind

Karen O'Neill | September 3, 2019

By Karen O'Neill, President-Americas at Knowcross In the world of hospitality, hoteliers are faced with the dual responsibility of providing for their guests while also ensuring their staff has all the tools required to deliver an exceptional guest stay. As the need for innovation continues to evolve in order to enhance guest experience, the staff experience should also find itself on a similar, transformative path. To successfully adapt to the constantly evolving hotel landscape and meet guest demands, hoteliers must leverage effective service quality and optimization technology. However, while vetting prospective platforms, it’s imp...

The Tipping Point for Innovations in Vacation Rental and Timeshare Technology

Karen O'Neill | July 22, 2019

By Karen O'Neill As Malcolm Gladwell points out, “Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push—in just the right place—it can be tipped.” This rings especially true for the vacation rental and timeshare market which simply isn’t what it used to be. With the emergence of the sharing economy came the subsequent digitization of rental processes and later, the creation of the original vacation rental listing site, VRBO, in the late 90s. Fast forward to today, and the digital rental marketplace is not only alive and well — but utterly transformed. Airbnb and Hom...

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