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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 March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.