In a world where consumers are increasingly flooded with information and a multitude of options, hotels are striving to find new ways to acquire and build customer loyalty.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Simply put, artificial intelligence is a sub-field of computer science. Its goal is to enable the development of computers that are able to do things normally done by people — in particular, things associated with people acting intelligently.
Do You Know Your Customer?
Travelers expect exceptional customer service. They are requiring a high degree of personalization at every step of the way in their travel.
The future of hospitality holds on knowing your customer in a genuinely personal way. In the past, hotels have focused on creating a differentiated physical place to stay. Today, it is all about creating outstanding and unique experiences from trip planning through to check-out and their return home.It is starting with the first casual visit to the website, presenting personalized options and recommendations, to capturing user preferences and behavior in the process to book a room, leading to the actual guest experience at the hotel, capturing details on the food ordered and usage of other amenities, there is a sea of information that could be intelligently used to create superior guest experiences in the future.
Artificial Intelligence is one of the key elements of Big Data. The motive behind is simple and complex at the same time: to find out as much as possible about a customer by using comprehensive data management to then use the insights in order to meet the customer’s individual needs. Big Bata stands for individuality. The essential resource is data – enormous amounts of data. The more the data, the better. But with all this data you need to create value.
AI, The Secret Recipe
In today’s world, it is almost impossible to catch all the traits that define a customer’s persona through the traditional feedback and survey forms. This is where Artificial Intelligence becomes an infinitely powerful medium to invisibly and unobtrusively capture the zillion data points for thousands of guests and convert these to contextual, analytical, actionable insights to be used for a great experience at every point of the customer lifecycle.
Additionally, as consumers are now accustomed to self-service in and beyond the travel industry through kiosks and apps, there is an accelerated natural evolution with advancements in AI and robotic capabilities to directly deliver guest service in the industry. Use of robots for concierge services, AI assistants powered by IBM Watson and huge travel databases can notify travelers of interesting attractions and sites around their place of stay.
Hotel’s Operations driven by an AI
Hotels of the now and future greatly need a connected platform and ecosystem that is constantly acquiring, contextualizing, processing and analyzing customer data, and turning it into predictive and actionable insights for generating a superior guest experience. Such a process will enable hotels to leverage the data coming from across the front to back offices. Applying AI will allow companies to harness and translate all of this disparate and unstructured data into accessible useful insights in a cost effective way.
Information obtained automatically from bookings, transactions, satisfaction surveys or third party providers, as well as observation data recorded by every member of the hotel staff, are very valuable. This data can be leveraged by hotels for analytics to determine guest personas and create customized services, communications and promotional offers that provide targeted and unique experiences.
With AI help, Hotels would be able to map the total guest journey, both digital and in-person, to identify patterns around guest experience preferences and shortcomings. This can then be used to evaluate and prioritize service sectors for proactive improvement, such as offering options and experiences very individual specific to delight the senses.