Hotel EffectivenessⓇ Achieves Level II Global Support Certification

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This week, Hotel Effectiveness earned Hotel Tech Report’s Level II Global Customer Support Certification (GCSC) for its extraordinary investments into tools, processes and strategies to ensure the ongoing success of its customers with strong scores across the four of the key pillars of the GCSC Rubric including: pre-emptive support, reactive support, coaching and customer validation.

The Hotel Tech Report GCSC certification program analyzes software vendors along critical dimensions of customer support infrastructure in order to help hoteliers minimize risk and maximize positive outcomes when selecting technology partners.  In order to become certified, companies must open their internal systems to Hotel Tech Report for assessment along HTR’s rigorous 34-point GCSC Rubric.

“Customer success as a department is really in the early stages of development relative to other organizational functions like digital marketing or product management in that there's little in the way of clear process standardization.  As a result, most companies scrap together a bunch of different tools hoping to be able to help their customers succeed but often lack a comprehensive airtight strategy and infrastructure.  Hotel Effectiveness breaks this mold with a sophisticated set of carefully interwoven custom built systems that give them a hollistic view of their customers all all times to spot issues before they ever become issues.  Its pretty remarkable to see what's under the hood of the Hotel Effectiveness machine and any hoteliers considering working with Hotel Effectiveness can rest assured that they will be in good hands,” Hotel Tech Report co-founder Adam Hollander.

"We are a company built by hotel people for hotel people. We know that our customers don't aspire to spend more time at a desk, behind a computer screen, so when they have questions or challenges, we want to get these resolved immediately. Our product is designed for ease of use by property-level team members and managers, and our support process is responsive and thorough, enabling our hotels to realize full value from our technology with minimal time and effort." - Mike Martin - CEO @ Hotel Effectiveness

The below GCSC assessment outlines the verified systems and processes that Hotel Effectiveness has in place to educate, train, retain and support customers.

 

Hotel Effectiveness' GCSC Assessment Summary 

  • Rubric Score: 26/34

  • Certification Level: II

  • Customer Orientation: Customer Focused

  • Recommendation: Highly Recommended

  • Support Team Size: 12

  • Support Team Leaders: Kate Detsch, Head of Support

  • Certified Since: October 3, 2019

  • Valid Through: October 3, 2021

  • Support Stack: Hubspot, Zendesk, Delighted, Drip, Jira, Go To Training, Quickbase

GCSC Support Rubric Section I: Pre-Emptive Support 

The Pre-Emptive support pillar of the GSCG Scoring Rubric audits the tools and processes the vendor has in place to provide customers with easy access to self-help resources.  These self-help resources serve as a basis to offer easy troubleshooting as well as to preempt answers to product related questions before they arise providing a more intuitive and seamless experience for clients.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that Hotel Effectiveness has in place for clients:

  • Online knowledge base/help center: Vendor offers a searchable help center for customers to easily find answers to common customer questions.

  • Online training videos: Vendor offers pre-recorded videos that clients can access 24/7 for self-teaching and deeper product knowledge.

  • In-App Tooltips: Vendor offers helpful tips and hints presented when users hover over buttons and UI elements in the interface. (min of 10 in-app tooltips)

  • Implementation documentation/roadmap: Vendor offers clients a visual map of the steps, processes and stakeholders upon onboarding to ensure that all stakeholders are aligned to make the implementation process more seamless.

 

GCSC Support Rubric Section II: Reactive Support 

The Reactive Support Pillar assesses the company's responsiveness to clients and their ability to resolve issues quickly when they arise ensuring prompt response and service to clients.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that Hotel Effectiveness has in place for clients:

  • Transparent process: Vendor has opened up their systems to Hotel Tech Report via screen share to verify their tools and processes in place to deliver customer support.

  • Email support or phone support: Vendor at least one of the traditional methods of customer support channels, email or phone support (additional channels: phone, chat, email)

  • Multi-lingual support: Vendor offers support in the languages where they have active clients

  • Purpose built support and ticket management tool: Vendor utilizes professional customer support software that has functionality to effectively manage support tickets, followup, escalations and analytics.

  • Live Chat support: Vendor offers website or in-app live chat as an alternative customer support channel.

  • Contract SLAs: Vendor has service level agreement (SLA) terms in place in client contracts to guarantee that service levels are upheld.

  • Feature request tracking: Vendor offers the ability for clients to easily submit feature requests and has a methodology in place for escalating high priority features.

 

GCSC Support Rubric Section III: Customer Success & Coaching

While keeping customers happy is commonly thought of by software companies as the top priority, keeping them well informed is of equal importance. The third pillar of the GCSC Rubric identifies the key ways that vendors inform, educate and train their customers to realize successful outcomes with their products.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that Hotel Effectiveness has in place for clients.

  • Managed Services: Vendor offers additional consulting and managed services to help clients maximize their usage of the product.

  • Customer satisfaction monitoring (ex. NPS surveys, CSAT): Vendor has processes in place to regularly monitor customer satisfaction.

  • Product updates/changes (release notes/changelog): Vendor offers easily accessible robust documentation of feature updates and product improvements to educate clients on new ways to maximize usage of the product.

  • Quarterly success check ins: Vendor offers [at least] quarterly customer success check ins to review progress, share best practices and ensure that clients are successful and happy with the product or service.

  • Performance reporting: Vendor offers reporting and analytics to show clients the value of the product or service. 

  • Learning Management System (LMS): Vendor has a Learning Management System in place that offers videos, guided trainings and assessments for customers to be able to expand product knowledge in a structured way over time.

  • Dedicated customer success monitoring software: Vendor utilizes dedicated customer success software to monitor product usage and coach users to succeed with the product.

 

GCSC Support Rubric Section IV: Customer Validation

The GCSC’s 34-point rubric and Hotel Tech Report’s verification of internal tools and processes validate the vendor's systems in place; however, the validation of the success of these tools and processes can most significantly be validated by the unbiased perspectives of real hotelier customers.  This pillar looks at unbiased verified client reviews and satisfaction scores to validate that the processes in place are working in the eyes of customers based on their satisfaction ratings.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that Hotel Effectiveness has in place for clients:

  • Excellent Public Feedback Validation: Vendor shows exemplary client relationships and is a top performer on Hotel Tech Report with more than 50 verified client reviews.

  • 4.5* avg. customer support rating: Vendor has outstanding customer support ratings averaging more than 4.5/5 across all client reviews.

  • Vendor Confidence: The vendor has revealed their private internal customer satisfaction scores to Hotel Tech Report showing high degrees of confidence in their support infrastructure and outcomes which can be a strong indicator of transparency and positive vendor-client relationships.

 

About the Hotel Tech Report Global Customer Support Certification (GCSC)

Support is one of the most critical aspects of the vendor selection process and yet historically there has never been a way to know the quality of a company’s support, until now. Using Hotel Tech Report’s proprietary framework, companies are assessed along four key dimensions: pre-emptive support, reactive support, coaching/success and client validation to provide hoteliers unprecedented levels of transparency to more easily identify top technology partners.

 

For more information please visit: https://partners.hoteltechreport.com/global-support-certification/

 

About Hotel Tech Report

Hotel EffectivenessⓇ is the only complete labor management system designed exclusively for hotels and hotel management companies. Hotel EffectivenessⓇ helps more than 4,000 hotels across more than 70 hotel brands achieve rapid return on investment through matching employee schedules with customer demand. From economy hotels to large convention hotels and luxury resorts, the solution is a fit for all types of properties. To learn more about Hotel EffectivenessⓇ, visit hoteleffectiveness.com.