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Ashish Gambhir Joins HotelExecutive.com as Contributing Editor to the Hotel Business Review

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 19, 2011 - HotelExecutive.com, the leading online hotel industry business resource is pleased to announce that social business intelligence expert Ashish Gambhir has joined the journal as a contributing editor to the publication's primary business journal, the Hotel Business Review. (online at http://www.hotelexecutive.com/business_review).

Mr. Gambhir is Founder and Executive Vice President of newBrandAnalytics (www.newbrandanalytics.com), the industry’s only social business intelligence platform proven to help operating and marketing executives turn real-time social customer insights into actionable information. Harvesting a depth and breadth of customer feedback unmatched by other platforms, newBrandAnalytics solutions deliver the tools, research and analysis required to distill a real-time, 360 degree view of social guest satisfaction data. His company is helping leading hotel executives generate the social business intelligence to improve guest satisfaction, increase guest count and drive revenues.

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Prior to founding newBrandAnalytics, Mr. Gambhir was a leader and top performer at Deloitte Consulting in the Strategy & Operations practice where he focused on new media projects. Post Deloitte, he incubated the social business intelligence idea with his hospitality and business intelligence co-founders while earning his Master of Business Administration at the Johnson School at Cornell University, where he also collaborated with several leaders from the School of Hospitality.

“I look forward to serving as a contributing editor to the Hotel Business Review and bringing to its readers my expertise in social business intelligence,” says Gambhir. “Since a hospitality company's results are so highly influenced by consumer generated messaging and feedback online, I trust my insights will add a new resource to the valuable and timely industry information the publication provides.”

“We are delighted that Ashish will be providing cutting-edge information on turning social guest satisfaction feedback into actionable data to Hotel Business Review readers." said Benedict Cummins, CEO and Founder of HotelExecutive.com, the publisher of the Hotel Business Review. "newBrandAnalytics is a leader of social business intelligence solutions for the hotel industry and we are excited to connect Ashish with our readers through the Hotel Business Review. The social media platform is constantly changing, and with a plethora of social media experts providing information online it's important to recognize the key players and have confidence that their advice is golden. newBrandAnalytics is one company hoteliers need to follow." he concluded.

About newBrandAnalytics

newBrandAnalytics is the leading provider of social business intelligence solutions. It's flagship offering, Social Guest Satisfaction, is the first solution that mines credible guest feedback from social media and synthesizes it into the richest customer insight to equip brands, regions, and units with the actionable insight needed to improve guest satisfaction and loyalty, increase revenue, and drive sustainable bottom-line results. Social Guest Satisfaction was built directly with leading hospitality companies. Hundreds of customer satisfaction-focused hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality organizations rely on newBrandAnalytics for the comprehensive intelligence needed to drive guest count, improve customer experience, and increase revenue. The newBrandAnalytics suite of industry-specific solutions is currently available to hotels, restaurants, spa & fitness, and food & beverage companies. The company will be releasing industry specific solutions to other service-intensive industries, including retail and healthcare. The scope of the firm’s social business intelligence platform includes Social Guest Satisfaction, Social Marketing Intelligence, Social Advertising Intelligence, and Social Competitive Intelligence. (www.newbrandanalytics.com)

About the Hotel Business Review

For nearly 15 years, the Hotel Business Review journal has been a leading online resource for hotel executives, providing white papers on best practices in hotel management and operations. With a dedicated board of more than 300 contributing editors - some of the most recognizable names in hotels - the Hotel Business Review maintains a progressive flow of exclusive content every week, so that owners, operators, senior executives, investors and developers can stay informed on the constant changes in the hotel industry. To subscribe click on http://www.hotelexecutive.com/subscribe

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Hotel Sales & Marketing: The Shift to Digital is Leading the Way
Hotel Sales & Marketing departments have been dramatically transformed in recent years. Advances in technology have prompted changes in consumer buying habits, and these professionals have had to adapt to keep up. Like so many other facets in the industry, the shift to digital is leading the way. An established online presence provides marketing professionals with more direct interaction with their guests; the capacity to collect more detailed information about them; and an increased ability to share their brand stories. These endeavors can be accomplished through website usage but increasingly, social media is assuming a larger role in the digital mix. Social media has moved marketing into a new era. Hotels that offer a good product, at a good value, and consistently deliver that product and price, will benefit from thousands of people who view positive comments on travel review sites. Online reviews continue to be a popular way for users to determine which companies they can trust. And though online marketing may have changed how professionals connect with and convert customers, they still need to focus on traditional marketing channels as well - ones that are cost-effective; protect price integrity; and which generate the most bookings. Some of the larger chains are employing efforts that feature both a top down (global) and bottom up (local) approach to ensure that new business is generated from the greatest number of sources. These include the use of loyalty programs, monthly e-mail newsletters, brand identity tools, advertising campaigns tailored to specific regions, regional marketing co-op programs, and business-to-business marketing campaigns. The November Hotel Business Review will examine some of these critical issues and explore what some sales and marketing professionals are doing to address them.