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Hospitality Reputation Marketing: Get Great Reviews

How to be the #3 Rated Restaurant in the USA, An Interview with Asst GM, Hall's Chophouse, Sara Faienza

  • S1E5
  • 38:31
  • January 1st 2021

Did you ever wonder how restaurants like French Laundry, Daniel, and Hall’s Chop House top the charts on review sites like Tripadvisor? 

I recently had the pleasure to experience dining at the #3 rated restaurant in the USA according to the 2020 Best of the Best Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Awards. The service and experience as so warm, welcoming, theatrical, yet completely unpretentious. I loved it even though it is a steak house and I am a vegetarian!

My interview for this episode is Sara Faienza, the Assistant General Manager of Hall’s Chophouse, a lawyer by profession, who could not deny her passion for hospitality.

In this conversation we discuss:

How the culture of the company was built by Bill Hall, who started his career in Hospitality as a busboy and went on to luxury hotels working in Ritz Carlton among other prestigious and guest-centric brands.

Every person who walks in the door is treated like family. Everyone is a VIP. Every day is a special occasion.

How they keep the team happy and focused on their mission of building customers for life who will return and share their experiences with others.

How their reputation, great reviews, and guest experience success allows them to provide generously for their team as well as their community, all while expanding their business empire to new brands and new locations.

By the way, when Sara speaks of SNOB, she is talking about their sister restaurant, Slightly North of Broad. The Hall’s Restaurant Group also includes Rita’s Seaside Grill and High Cotton.

Get Great Reviews! The Hospitality Reputation Marketing Podcast

Welcome to the Hospitality Reputation Marketing Podcast: Get Great Reviews! with Adele Gutman

Adele Gutman's mission is to help hotels, restaurants, and all businesses leverage guest feedback to optimize team performance, create true loyalty, and drive revenue.

A stellar online reputation should never be a footnote to a marketing plan, but should instead take the lead as the foundation of all sales, marketing, and revenue success.

Each week or two, we will spend 20 minutes or more exploring proven best practices, mindsets, techniques, tips, and tools that drive revenue and loyalty businesses, by consistently inspiring 5-Star reviews.

Great reviews are simply an indicator of an agile, guest-centric, well-run business, so we will meet with an array of successful hospitality leaders as we delve into a wide range of topics including:

  • Leadership
  • Branding
  • Culture
  • Communication
  • Compassion
  • Embracing Feedback
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Empowerment
  • Teamwork
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Coaching
  • Hiring
  • Inspiring
  • Training
  • Humility
  • Authenticity
  • Service Innovation
  • Product Innovation
  • Process Innovation
  • Social Media
  • Websites
  • Booking Engine
  • Email Communications
  • Reservations
  • Responding to Reviews and so much more! 

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Adele Gutman Milne, CHBA, CHDM
Host, Speaker, Coach, and Five Star Review Expert

Adele Gutman has been honored as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International for achieving exceptional results, driving revenue through Guest Experience and Reputation Cultivation. Adele is also a former HSMAI Marketing Advisory Board Member.

 During her tenure as Vice President of the Library Hotel Collection, the brand astonished the hotel industry by repeatedly earning the #1 highest guest satisfaction rating of any luxury hotel brand in the world, receiving a 96.1% Guest Satisfaction rating on the Luxury Brand Report, a ReviewPro survey of 2.7 million annual online reviews.

Every property Adele worked with rose to the top of their market for guest satisfaction on review sites like Tripadvisor, including the Aria Hotel Budapest who was named the #1 Hotel in the World on the 2017 Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Awards.

 Now, Adele is happily helping more business managers from all industries from hospitality to healthcare to implement the award-winning, proven methodology she developed over decades, the Five Star Review System.

In this podcast, we will explore together how business leaders from around the world have successfully empowered their teams to deliver the 5-Star service which consistently inspires 5-Star reviews. @inspirefivestars

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