A personalized service
Consumers now expect more from brands than ever before – and hospitality is no exception. Businesses have an opportunity to provide unique experiences for their guests in 2022.
For many hospitality organisations the first touchpoint with their customers is email marketing. It provides the opportunity to offer their guests that little something extra – from offers on their birthday and recommendations based on previous orders to loyalty schemes. Another touchpoint is social media. These channels, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, are also an excellent tool to personalize your customers’ early-stage experience with your brand. From here, you’ll have the ability to run competitions, communicate directly with your customers and hear constructive feedback on new products, menus or services.
However, marketing alone isn’t enough. In a post-Covid world, customers want to feel connected, immersed, and excited by their experience every time they enter a venue. An example of an organisation who pride themselves on their unique customer offering – from the food to the ordering system – is Marugame Udon. However, any operator we work with now faces the same reality – the customer experience that your staff deliver is paramount.
When you consider these early-stage touchpoints, there are many areas of training and tool adoption required. It’s why we believe that the upskilling of staff in core customer personalization skills shouldn’t just sit with the marketing team or front of house staff but should be rolled out across the entire organisation.
Some key training areas which you may wish to consider include:
- Mission and values
- Technology and process adoption
- Why customer personalization matters, and how individuals can contribute
In a world where talent attraction and retention is the new battleground, technology investment must match what is spent on customers. It is the only way to tackle this new exciting world.
Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword. It’s a concern for many, and it’s impacting where some consumers decide to take their business in the future.
Deloitte’s latest research around consumer attitudes towards sustainability showed that 61% of all UK consumers are trying to reduce their use of single-use plastic2. In addition, 45% of consumers are trying to buy more locally produced goods, while 49% are buying more seasonal produce.
With these growing statistics in mind, hospitality operators should consider their sustainability policies in 2022. Operators must remember that empowering staff around sustainability is not just stating you are sustainable. You have to train them and show them that the whole company embodies the values. To do this, try setting achievable goals and initiatives that can be communicated by your team to your customers.
Venues will also need to take into account the large socio-economic barriers to people adopting a more sustainable lifestyle. It’s a good idea to carry out some audience research before committing to your next steps.
Whether you decide to only source locally produced goods or eradicate plastic straws from the bar, one thing is certain: consumer attitudes towards sustainability are changing. Those that commit now will reap the benefits of an evolving customer mindset.
Hotels are now expected to implement a range of virtual and augmented reality functions. From guest facial recognition and gamified virtual reality to translation solutions, international travelers are expecting more from their stay than ever before. And they want to be able to access these additional features from the comfort of their smartphone.
Tourists can increasingly use augmented and virtual reality to learn more about their destination and gain more insights about the world around them – a great addition to any concierge offering!
Attensi is witnessing operators pushing the boundaries of customer-facing technologies. And now this approach must also be applied to developing your greatest asset – your people.
In conjunction with revolutionizing how they interact with customers, hotel operators we work with are also revolutionizing their labor model. Multi-skilled team members, who can operate across the restaurant, reception, spa and room service, can now dynamically progress through pay grades and take control over their shifts.
If the virtual world is where your guest experience is heading, this must also be the direction of your training too. Providing a safe to fail virtual environment for you to learn, make mistakes, and develop core customer-centric competencies is at the heart of our training.
The future of hospitality is finally looking brighter. Out of the pandemic, we now have a true mindset shift, where technology is at the heart of change. This will drive the acceleration of growth and connectivity with customers. But remember, the customer is only one side of the equation.
Technology must also be used to drive change with your people, empowering a new workforce who will lead the charge. After all, it’s your people who will drive and shape the potential of this great industry.
Attensi is here to support you in putting yourself at the cutting edge of hospitality and leisure training.
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