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Oxford Economics Global Travel Market Study

Oxford Economics Global Travel Market Study Get insights on the size of global travel market and TripAdvisor's impact from "Sizing the Worldwide Travel Economy" study, conducted by Oxford Economics in partnership with TripAdvisor. $5.29 Trillion Value of the 2017 global tourism market 41.9% Growth of global travel market in the past 10 years...

Key Takeaways from the Decision Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase

DECISION PHASE Key Takeaways from the Decision Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase Last Updated: March 12, 2018 The Decision Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase is usually where our hotel partners say they invest the most time and resources. In this phase, travelers are ready to book as compared to the Shopping Phase where travelers are still compiling their consideration sets — the short list of accommodations they’ll choose from (more on influencing travelers in the Shopping Phase here). OVERVIEW OF THE DECISION PHASE

The Decision Phase is when a traveler selects a place to stay and books. During this time, travelers are choosing from their narrowed consideration set that was previously developed in the Shopping Phase. Marketing reach at this point is limited, since travelers have already narrowed in on their choice. But, the travelers who you do reach have a very high booking intent.

Unsurprisingly, price is reported as the most important factor when making a booking decision. In a recent TripBarometer study,* 93% of travelers said price was the strongest booking factor and 72% said finding a good deal was most important to them.

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Key Takeaways from the Shopping Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase

SHOPPING PHASE Key Takeaways from the Shopping Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase Last Updated: March 12, 2018 As mentioned in the previous article of this series, “An Overview of The Traveler Path to Purchase,” the Shopping Phase is your biggest opportunity to attract the attention of travelers. Here, you’re reaching travelers who have already decided on your destination and are now searching for a place to stay. Your marketing dollars have the opportunity to make a big impact because you’re reaching a targeted audience of travelers with high booking intent. OVERVIEW OF THE SHOPPING PHASE According to comScore research, the Shopping Phase occurs 1-19 weeks before a traveler books their accommodation. During this period of time, travelers are partaking in a number of activities — from searching for hotel information, to reading reviews online and scanning through photos and videos....

An Overview of the Traveler Path to Purchase

OVERVIEW   An Overview of the Traveler Path to Purchase Last Updated: March 12, 2018

The traveler’s path to purchase in today’s world is tangled and complex. Travelers are inspired from a variety of sources — from something they saw online, to a billboard on the side of the road, or a story from a friend’s recent trip. With so many different channels, both online and offline, it can be daunting to decide where to invest your marketing dollars.

In an effort to learn how and why travelers book the way they do, we partnered with comScore to understand where travelers go to shop and what inspires their next trip. We consolidated this data in our recent webinar, “Influencing the Traveler Path to Purchase with TripAdvisor” presented by Charles Ballard and Martin Verdon-Roe. We encourage you to watch the full on-demand webinar, but, if you don’t have the time, or are looking for something more scannable, we have just that.

Travelers are inspired from a variety of sources — from something they saw online, to a billboard on the side of the road, or a story from a friend’s recent trip. OVERVIEW OF THE PATH TO PURCHASE The traveler path to purchase is comprised of three phases...

2017 comScore Worldwide Path to Purchase Report

2017 comScore Worldwide Path to Purchase Report Don’t miss out on an in-depth look from comScore into how travelers research and book, and the impact TripAdvisor content has on these decisions. Some key findings in this exclusive report: The average hotel purchaser takes 89 days to purchase, visiting 34 sites and consuming 182 pages The vast majority of first travel searches (73%) are generic with no destination in mind As the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor is visited by 74% of all travelers who later book on a hotel site A staggering 25% of all shopping time is spent on TripAdvisor...

Influencing the Traveler Path to Purchase with TripAdvisor

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR   Influencing the Traveler Path to Purchase with TripAdvisor Details

On average, travelers start researching their trip more than 20 weeks before they actually book — engaging with 34 different travel sites, consuming 182 pages of content, and initiating 40 online searches*.

How can you break through the noise and help travelers choose your property? Our exclusive on-demand webinar showcases the most effective ways you can influence traveler purchase decisions.

The live event is now available on-demand! Sign up now to access the recording (in English only).

*Source: Worldwide Travel Path to Purchase 2017, comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, September 2017

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Tips for Taking Better Property Photos

Tips for Taking Better Property Photos Do-it-yourself advice from professional hotel photographers

If a picture is “worth a thousand words,” are the property photos on your profile telling potential customers what you want them to say? If you don’t have the budget to hire a professional photographer, there are ways to make your own property photos the best they can be.

When travelers are in the process of selecting accommodations, quality photos will help yours stand apart from the rest. Here are some tips from hotel photography pros, based on techniques they use for their own clients.

Consider Composition

“Spaces with really interesting lighting make for beautiful photographs,” advises Ken Wan, principal of ARC - Architectural Photography in Vancouver. Natural or artificial light work, so long as it’s abundant. “I also think spaces that allow the viewer to imagine themselves there, whether it’s a beautiful room with a view or an outdoor pool, can be really appealing and inviting.”

Conversely, he warns that using people in your images will communicate your property’s target clientele, and could turn off those who don’t fit that look.

All types of accommodations need photo inventories of entire rooms, especially the guest rooms. But there are other images you should incorporate into your portfolio as well.

DO try to include:

  • Candid portrayals of staff acting naturally.
  • Architectural details accentuated by natural light.
  • Lifestyle details (décor, furniture, food), shot in soft light.
  • Night time scenes that look “cozy.”

AVOID these types of images:

  • Staff or guests looking at the camera.
  • Pictures of empty lobbies, hallways, or room doors.
  • Rooms that aren’t tidy or clean.
  • Busy images with too much in them (don’t use a wide angle lens or a panorama view).

"Don’t be afraid to spend time moving furniture until the composition is right. Straighten the sheets on the bed, remove the dustbin, and straighten the pictures on the wall.” - Mark Bolton of Mark Bolton Hotel Photography

Set the Scene

Before you snap the first shot, stage your spaces correctly. Based in London, Mark Bolton of Mark Bolton Hotel Photography shoots hotels all over the world. “Don’t be afraid to spend time moving furniture until the composition is right,” he says. “Straighten the sheets on the bed, remove the dustbin, and straighten the pictures on the wall.”

Also consider the time of day to take advantage of natural light. Early morning on a sunny, clear day is ideal.

Maximize Your Equipment

You don’t need expensive and elaborate camera equipment to take good photos, but you should become familiar with the tools and settings on the camera to enhance the results. Relatively inexpensive accessories are also worth the investment. 

Bolton suggests using a tripod, which facilitates a level shot. “Try to shoot with the camera level so you don’t get dodgy angles, known as converging verticals,” he says. “You can buy a very small spirit level to fit on your camera.”

He also recommends using a small aperture on your camera to get deep depth of focus, which will bring all foreground and background objects equally into focus. Conversely, larger apertures will blur the background. Switch off tungsten lights, and set the ISO values at up to 400 ISO so that you don’t get too much “noise” in the image. A higher ISO number increases the camera’s sensitivity to light.

Wan recommends taking a few test shots and viewing them on a computer. “What looks right in person often looks weird in photographs,” he points out.

Integrate On-Trend Imagery

If you want your property images to feel current, consider the trends in hotel photography. Bolton is seeing a lot of natural light in images, with compositions that pay more attention to lifestyle (décor and cuisine, for example) than the architectural elements. It’s an “editorial feel” that portrays personal interactions, and moments in time that incorporate the senses.

However, trends come and go, as Wan warns, so he advises that you concentrate more about the message you want to communicate. Those lifestyle photographs that show people will be dated after a few years as clothing and hair styles change.

Take the time to create a photo portfolio that lets your property shine. Enticing images send the right messages to the customers you want to attract. 

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How to provide hospitality in a riot zone

How to provide hospitality in a riot zone The first explosion nearly made me drop my wine glass. My fiancé and I were wrapping up a 12-course meal at Restaurant Hachiko when the June 2013 riots in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil began. Across the street from the restaurant, 100,000 people gathered at the state legislative building to demonstrate their discontent over education, healthcare and alleged government corruption.

Within an hour we would be huddled in the middle of the restaurant while blasts rattled the glassware and a torched car outside turned the windows orange. It was shaping up to be the scariest night of our vacation – and our lives. But the wait staff went out of their way to keep us safe, calm and comfortable.

From the perspective of a guest who spent four hours trapped in a sushi restaurant while the country roared outside, here are five tips for providing hospitality in a crisis:

1) Stay calm
Guests, especially those from out of town, will look to you and your staff for how to respond. At Hachiko, the waiters continued the ritual of breaking down the dining room while the protests raged on. The clinking together of glasses and silverware was a soothing accompaniment to the drone of helicopters, firecrackers and screaming.

2) Explain to guests what’s happening
Despite the language barrier, the Hachiko staff tried to keep us updated on what was taking place outside the restaurant. When they explained that a car was on fire, it made us feel better to attribute the horrible hissing noise to something concrete. Don’t pretend that everything is fine. Your guests will appreciate your honesty and trust you more for it.

3) Provide context, but don’t get political
Our waiters explained that these were the biggest protests they had seen in years. They gave some background on why people were upset. But they didn’t take a side, which could have led to a debate among the staff or guests. Let the riot be the only source of unrest.

4) Use your local expertise to help your guests
Our waiters called all their cab driver contacts but none would pick us up. They tried to explain an escape route, but it didn’t translate. In the end they asked us to wait for them to finish cleaning up the dining room so we could follow them out safely. We were so moved by their kindness we ended up giving them all hugs and high fives before getting in the cab. You can bet we will recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits Rio.

5) Have an emergency plan
You can’t predict a natural disaster or know whether a peaceful protest will escalate into something more. Keep an eye on current events – including social media – and trust your instincts, closing your business for the night if necessary. Don’t sacrifice your or your guests’ safety for profits. And in addition to following the tips above, always heed the safety instructions from local authorities!

Helen Anne Travis is a writer and marketer who runs the travel blog FromWayUpHigh.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @Helen_Anne.

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Travelers share what great service means to them

Travelers share what great service means to them

If you want to win over guests, you can’t just do the bare minimum.

That’s why popular travel video blogger Kate Thomas asked travelers, “As a hotel guest, what does great service mean to you?”

Based on this video (in English), delivering great service to your guests means:

  • Welcoming guests warmly and checking them in quickly
  • Being attentive to guest needs
  • Giving insider advice on where to eat and what to do
  • Having happy staff who genuinely enjoy what they do
  • Recognizing guests by name
  • Solving any issues quickly

For Kate personally, she’s always impressed by a complimentary cocktail or snack upon her arrival.

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Best hotel service – are you included in the video?

Best hotel service – are you included in the video?

Want a shortcut for finding out what kind of service impresses travelers? Watch these video interviews (in English) from Kate Thomas.

She asked travelers, “What is the best service you’ve received in a hotel?” Here are just a few of their insightful answers:

  • Giving the traveler a cell phone to contact the concierge
  • Going above and beyond to get guests medicine and other needs
  • Providing unexpected delights, such as leaving a treat on the pillow during turndown service
  • Helping solve common traveler issues, such as a lost wallet
  • Sharing tips on the best place to enjoy a local activity or learn a new skill

After you watch the video, ask yourself: “What can I do to provide exemplary service to my guests?” Put those ideas into action and you just might get travelers talking about your property when they’re thinking about the best service they’ve ever received.

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4 opportunities you may be missing, according to TripBarometer

4 opportunities you may be missing, according to TripBarometer

For the hospitality industry, 2014 is shaping up to be a great year.

According to the annual TripBarometer survey from TripAdvisor, 21% of global travelers plan to spend more on their trips this year compared to 2013. International leisure travel is expected to rise 12%, and 85% of travelers surveyed said they’re willing to sacrifice spending in other areas so they have more funds for travel.

Great news, right? Now all you have to do is wait for the bookings to pour in, right?

Well, almost. According to TripBarometer, travelers and hoteliers have different opinions about what’s important.

These conflicts between guests’ wants and proprietors’ perceptions are opportunities. Fill in the gaps below and you can reach, engage and convert more travelers, and gain repeat bookings in the process.

Opportunity #1: Give the people what they want: special offers

My jaw dropped when I read that only 4% of global hoteliers who participated in the TripBarometer survey thought special offers impacted their bookings.

I’m not alone. Almost half of all travelers interviewed agreed that special offers influenced their decision to stay at a hotel, with the majority willing to postpone making a booking until they found a great deal.

Travelers are literally waiting for you to make them an offer - any offer. What can you afford to give? A free night? An upgraded room? Maybe a free breakfast or discounted parking?

Find a way to add a little extra value to your bookings and you’ll get ahead of 96% of your competition.

Opportunity #2: Amenities. Amenities. Amenities!

Only a quarter of hoteliers surveyed for TripBarometer said amenities affected their bookings, while three quarters of travelers said perks like pool access or free Wi-Fi could sway their decisions.

Hoteliers, it’s time to take a good look at your accommodations and prioritize what, if any, improvements can be made. You don’t need to install an Olympic swimming pool or hire a full-time masseuse. Little things like free bike rentals, in-room hair dryers, or a complimentary cookie at check-in can go a long way.

The most popular perks among travelers who participated in the TripBarometer survey were free Wi-fi (an absolute must), free breakfast and free taxi or shuttle service.

Perhaps you already offer all of the above, or you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to upgrade or add new features. In that case, make a point of highlighting all your offerings to guests before, during and after their stay. This can be done on your website, with in-room signage, and in a post-checkout email campaign.

As pointed out in a previous post, calling attention to new and existing amenities increases the likelihood travelers will not only notice them, but also mention them in reviews.

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Opportunity #3: Boost your bookings with online reviews

Almost 90% of travelers said online reviews affected their booking decisions, while only 64% of hoteliers surveyed thought reviews mattered.

Personally, I have never ever made a booking without researching what other customers have to say about the hotel first, and I won’t stay anywhere that doesn’t have at least a handful of positive reviews.

Take time to ensure your profiles on review sites like TripAdvisor are up to date and then encourage your guests to share their experiences. You can do this with signage, or in that post-checkout email we mentioned earlier.

A basic profile on TripAdvisor is free. All it takes is a little bit of time to reach and engage 90% of potential customers. We’re out there looking for you!

Opportunity #4: Treat guests like superstars. (And know it matters.)

My jaw dropped again when I saw barely a third of hoteliers surveyed thought guests’ experiences affected repeat bookings. Even writing that sentence feels strange.

Look at it from our perspective. Travel planning is hard. Finding the perfect hotel takes time. If we’ve already had a great experience with an accommodation or brand, why would we stay anywhere else?

In this year’s TripBarometer survey, 86% of travelers said they would consider returning to a hotel they enjoyed staying at in the past. And just think, those people have friends, family and colleagues. Your customer service and brand experience has ripple effects. Don’t take that for granted.

Hoteliers, we’re traveling more than ever. Update that TripAdvisor profile, offer us a deal and throw in a few perks, and we’ll be back for more.

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Social media success stories

Social media success stories A closer look at several award-winning hotel campaigns

Today, effective social media marketing means more than just posting on Facebook or Twitter once a day. Creativity is key to: maintaining frequency in a crowded online space; interacting with and building your customer base; creating a buzz and – potentially – making a message go “viral.”

When Travel + Leisure magazine launched its SMITTY (Social Media in Travel and Tourism) awards two years ago, hotels and resorts worldwide shared their success stories of social media campaigns, both big and small. A look at the varied programs from these 2013 award winners’ programs offers insight into what works online to capture consumers’ attention.

The Four Seasons won the SMITTY award in the “Overall Hotel Chain” category. The strategy, pushed through on both Facebook and Twitter, was to offer guests authentic recommendations from local hotel staff on things to do and see in each destination, as well as location-based tips and deals. Individual Twitter handles for 84 properties offer specific information on, for example, London, Bangkok, Mexico, Sydney, and New York.

The Four Seasons also won in a second category for “Overall Individual Hotel, Global.” The company used social media to create excitement about the opening of its property in Toronto. On Facebook, the campaign began 30 days in advance, with daily spa giveaways. On Twitter, a live “tweet up” was held during the hotel’s ribbon cutting ceremony, which any Twitter user could follow by searching for the stream with the #FSNewEra hashtag.

Several SMITTY awards were granted for campaigns in specific media channels. The award for Best Facebook Timeline” was given to Fairmont Hotels. The company’s posts highlight individual properties with jaw-dropping photography, encourage conversation and engagement with leading questions, promote deals and discounts, and offer itinerary ideas in specific destinations.

Award winners weren’t only large chains; recognition was rewarded to individual properties, as well. The W New York Times Square was the winner in “Best Contest/Giveaway” category, for creating the first-ever Instagram photography exhibit. The brand, known for great design, asked Instagram users to capture design images in their city, including architecture, street art, and interiors. To be entered into the contest, the users had to follow the @whotelsnyc account, and tag the images with #WDESIGN. This stream of similarly-indexed images became a digital version of a photo exhibit.

Social media, when used for public service initiatives, have the added benefit of doing good while raising exposure for a hotel or brand. There was a tie in the SMITTY Awards category for Best Social Media Use For Public Service.” Kimpton Hotels utilized its Facebook account to run a contest to give three U.S. military families a free stay over Christmas. During Hurricane Sandy, the InterContinental Barclay in New York City served as a site for relief efforts, sharing news and updates through its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

So, how will your business use social media in 2014?

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How a European Hotel Group Uses Content Marketing to Reach Travelers

How a European Hotel Group Uses Content Marketing to Reach Travelers 25hours Hotels increases visibility, raises brand awareness, and drives incremental revenue with TripAdvisor. 25hours Hotels is a group of 13 properties scattered across Germany, France, and other European countries. See how Alexander Schuster, Head of Digital, influences travelers to book one of their properties using content marketing and TripAdvisor.

A focus on content marketing

To build relationships between customers and the 25hours brand, Schuster uses content marketing. "We choose to focus on content marketing instead of solely relying on promotions, discounts, or packages. Content allows us to tell a larger story about how guests don't just stay at our hotels. They can have a fun, relaxing, immersive adventure at our hotels, which are designed to embody the city and neighborhood they're in," he says. "Our photos and videos reinforce our brand. Our blog for each hotel offers local insider knowledge."

Reaching travelers on the customer journey with TripAdvisor

Schuster offers relevant information to travelers while they're shopping for a place to stay on TripAdvisor, a major marketing channel. "The customer journey has many touch points, and we need to reach travelers at the right time on the right channels. So, we amplify our content on TripAdvisor, Google, social media, and other marketing channels to capture travelers' attention and provide a compelling, consistent story," he says. "I use TripAdvisor to increase our visibility, highlight the 25hours brand, and get more direct bookings."

Working with TripAdvisor, Schuster supplements his content strategy by highlighting traveler review content and responding to those reviews. "Travelers check reviews, which makes TripAdvisor an important part of the customer journey. We respond to these reviews — not only offering our view, but also showing how we care about and feel responsible for our guests," he says.

More revenue with Business Advantage

Schuster draws in travelers by showcasing his content and optimizing the 25hours Hotels’ TripAdvisor listing pages with Business Advantage. "We can entice travelers in the booking funnel on TripAdvisor search and our listing page when they're considering our properties and prices," he says. "We're able to test and optimize different Business Advantage features. For example, we post Cover Photos and Favorite Photos that best represent our hotels, and then we check the photo engagement rate in the Analytics Suite to see what works in drawing in even more travelers."

He also uses Business Advantage to connect with travelers directly. "With Contact Details, we can put the right communication channels—our website, phone number, and email—on TripAdvisor. We're able to drive travelers to our website, have them book directly, and not lose them to OTAs — it's easy for them get in touch with us," says Schuster. "Another way we incentivize travelers to book directly with us is we run Special Offers with an advanced, lower booking rate that they can redeem on our website."

Schuster notes that all 25hours properties have Business Advantage because of its ability to grow the 25hours brand and business. "Business Advantage is beneficial — it shows a return on advertising spend, and we drive incremental revenue for all our properties," he adds.

Increased visibility with Sponsored Placements

To maximize his reach to travelers and drive more traffic to 25hours, Schuster decided to try Sponsored Placements. "Relying on search for travelers to find our properties isn't effective. With Sponsored Placements, we expand our visibility to travelers who are already on the customer journey, especially when they're searching within a dedicated city, but don't have a specific brand in mind," he says. "The five properties that tried out Sponsored Placements each received over 100,000 impressions on average in two months — meaning they were seen 100,000 more times than if we didn't have Sponsored Placements.”

Sponsored Placements has also helped Schuster get more booking referrals. "In addition to the increased visibility, Sponsored Placements create leads so more travelers make reservations at our hotels. We saw a 20% boost in booking referrals on average. We also saw an increase in page visits to our five properties' TripAdvisor listing pages," he says.

Seeing the benefits of Sponsored Placements, Schuster believes the ads are a worthwhile investment. "Sponsored Placements is valuable because I'm able to raise awareness of the 25hours brand at multiple touch points of the customer journey. Every click means that travelers are engaged and interested — If travelers see our ad, it's highly likely they'll be back later with high intent to book with us," he says.

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How Miramar Brings In Over 150 Diners Per Night With TripAdvisor

How Miramar Brings In Over 150 Diners Per Night With TripAdvisor Restaurant Miramar, a seaside restaurant in Mallorca, Spain, sees more than 150 diners per night during the summer season. Here’s how they use TripAdvisor Ads and TripAdvisor Premium to build their brand and keep their restaurant busy all year long.

Welcome to Restaurant Miramar, Mallorca

Nestled under a grove of palm trees, this seaside restaurant boasts more than great food. If you dine at Restaurant Miramar, you’ll find yourself sipping wine while watching the sun set slowly over Port D’Alcudia.

Located on the Paseo Marítimo, Restaurant Miramar serves tasty and authentic Mediterranean cuisine to locals and travelers from around the world. And they’ve been doing it as a family since 1871.

The restaurant has more than 600 reviews, an average bubble rating of 4.5/5 and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. In high season, the business has 30 employees who deliver an impeccable dinner service to over 150 diners each night. The rest of the year, the restaurant focuses on lunch service and weekend meals.

The Challenge: Standing Out in the Crowd

Mallorca is one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe — not just for travelers from other countries, but for Spanish tourists, too. “Our biggest challenge is to make our restaurant known [to locals and to tourists], and to know the characteristics that differentiate us from the other establishments around,” says Jaime Solé, Miramar’s General Manager. “We are looking to stand out in Alcudia by offering high-quality food and the best service to our customers.”

But with hundreds of restaurants for diners to choose from, how do they do it?

Miramar focuses on their brand to set them apart. “To reach this goal, we are committed [to using] TripAdvisor and TheFork daily. We have been [using] these two portals for the last three years.”

How They Use TripAdvisor

“We made an important effort to publicize our restaurant," says Solé. "We have enabled online reservations and we highlight the reviews that we think are most interesting, which we can easily do with the tools provided by TripAdvisor Premium and Ads packages.”

TripAdvisor Premium helps Miramar manage their brand and put their best foot forward. Storyboard gives them the opportunity to make a great first impression with potential customers visiting their TripAdvisor listing. “The image carousel is very interesting and visual,” says Jaime Solé. “The ability to highlight [our Favorite Review] is a tool that has helped us showcase great diner feedback. We can choose a review that truly reflects our food offerings and our service.”

TripAdvisor Ads serves as a great compliment to their listing, enabling Miramar to attract diners from around the world. “TripAdvisor Ads have allowed us to be in a prominent position,” confirms Solé. “As a result of using Ads, we have managed to reach [customers in] new markets that may never previously have found our restaurant,” Solé says.

The Results

“These two tools to improve our online marketing have increased visits to our restaurant — that, for us, is the best benefit.”...

Success Story: A Jaipur Hotel Uses TripAdvisor to Drive Inbound Marketing

Success Story: A Jaipur Hotel Uses TripAdvisor to Drive Inbound Marketing Learn how the Royal Heritage Haveli attracts travelers with Sponsored Placements and converts them with Business Advantage. The Royal Heritage Haveli is a small family-owned boutique hotel that won the Travelers’ Choice award for multiple years in Jaipur, India. See how Shambhavi Singh, the Haveli Director, uses TripAdvisor as an instrumental part of her inbound marketing strategy. Challenge: Maximizing the busy season

Singh strives to get as many travelers to book as possible during the busy season. "Our busy season is short so it's crucial that we make the most of it. It's hard to fill rooms during the off-season because it's very hot in Jaipur," says Singh.

Many other local accommodations providers are pursuing a similar strategy. "It's challenging to stand out among our competitors in Jaipur. We're a small business that competes with well-known hotels for a limited number of travelers who visit during the busy season. So, we need to differentiate ourselves from properties similar to ours," she says.

Solution: Using TripAdvisor to drive inbound marketing "To address this challenge, I use inbound marketing to attract, convert, close, and delight guests, and TripAdvisor is crucial to my strategy," Singh says. "Inbound marketing creates awareness among travelers, and it builds trust and credibility for the Haveli."...

How a New Lisbon Hotel Is Succeeding on TripAdvisor

How a New Lisbon Hotel Is Succeeding on TripAdvisor Corpo Santo built a strong online reputation and amplified that success with TripAdvisor Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements. Corpo Santo Hotel is an independently-owned historic hotel that became a top Traveler Ranked property in Lisbon after opening in 2017. We caught up with General Manager Pedro Pinto to learn about his strategies for success. Building a strong online reputation

Building a great online reputation starts with providing great service. To achieve this, Pinto has invested in staff and constant improvements: "Our strategy is to provide exceptional service and delight guests with new things. Great staff is key so we're careful about who we hire and regularly communicate the feedback we receive," says Pinto.

He then encourages guests to share their experiences with other travelers on TripAdvisor. "We work to outperform ourselves instead of our competitors, always focusing on service and reviews. It's not only about providing a quality experience, but also a commitment to using TripAdvisor to get the word out about Corpo Santo," he shares.

Through a commitment to building Corpo Santo's online reputation with guest reviews on TripAdvisor, Pinto has been able to attract guests — and he continues the cycle with fresh review content. "We encourage guests to write reviews with Review Express," Pinto says. "Guests love our hotel so they're keen to share their experiences — for many, it's even their first review. People who read these reviews arrive excited to stay at our hotel and are then inspired to write us a review after their stay."

Pinto also uses Management Responses to make a lasting impression on past guests and influence potential guests to choose his hotel. "Collecting reviews doesn't guarantee success. We respond to reviews, personalizing our responses and thanking guests," says Pinto. "We also show how we're incorporating feedback to improve. For example, we replaced windows that let in too much noise and then contacted each guest who mentioned the noise to let them know the enhancements we made based on their feedback."

Capitalizing on success with Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements

"With all of our reputation management activity, we've been climbing the Popularity Ranking for Lisbon. We saw from our analytics that 40% of our traffic was coming from TripAdvisor. We wanted to grow our traffic and get more guests so I purchased Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements," says Pinto.

Using Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements together helps Pinto amplify Corpo Santo's presence on TripAdvisor. And the results exceed what he had hoped for. "It’s like winning the lottery. The traffic to our website has grown by 500% with both products. Sponsored Placements has expanded our reach — we've received roughly 69,000 impressions in 6 months with the ads and gotten more clicks to our property listing," Pinto explains. “And thanks to Business Advantage, our direct bookings have increased — and we're achieving a 90% occupancy rate."

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How This Seattle Restaurant Increased Revenue By 30% with TripAdvisor

How This Seattle Restaurant Increased Revenue By 30% with TripAdvisor Nue, a Seattle restaurant, recently rose to the top spot on TripAdvisor's popularity-based rankings. Here’s how they did it and how TripAdvisor has helped them increase their booking traffic and revenue by 30%.

Welcome to Nue, Seattle

If you walk through the doors at Nue, you’ll be immediately transported to another continent. Which continent? That depends on the menu that day.

United by their love of travel and food, Uyen Nguyen and Chris Cvetkowich, co-owners, showcase unique and interesting dishes you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the United States.

"One of the things at the core of our passion is that anytime we travel, we see such diversity in food. But here, the same dish is always featured," explains Nguyen. "The analogy I would make is that in the U.S., you would see a lobster roll if you traveled to New England and clam chowder when you’re in San Francisco, but when you go abroad for American cuisine, you just see burgers and french fries. Why is it that other items aren’t being featured? We wanted to introduce people to [new] food."

This approach introduces Seattle residents to traditional global dishes, like South African Bunny Chow or Romanian Mamaliga. Their goal? To attract curious eaters like themselves — as well as local immigrant communities yearning for tastes from home. "When we featured Romanian Mamaliga, we met the Romanian community [in Seattle]," says Nguyen. "Someone even brought their mom all the way from Vancouver to try this dish because they were honored that [we] would feature their home cuisine."

That’s where TripAdvisor comes in. "It’s my #1 choice [as a review platform for my business] because I can really appreciate customers who are out there seeking the experience of different cultures," says Nguyen. "When I travel to other countries, I use TripAdvisor. I wanted to really focus on that platform because I wanted to engage the traveler [since] our whole concept is built around travelers."

The Challenge: Starting a Restaurant from Scratch

Starting a restaurant is always a challenge, and it was no exception for the husband-wife pair. "At the beginning, we had to work to earn every single customer that worked through the door," says Nguyen.

Part of that was putting in the work to manage Nue’s online reputation, including uploading Management Photos, responding to reviews, and updating their business hours. "When we started being more intentional in answering all the little questions TripAdvisor asks for us to fill in, we saw a major increase in engagement from our customers clicking on things," says Nguyen.

Managing their listing also helped them drive more reviews from customers. Says Nguyen, " I noticed that once we had better pictures, we started driving a lot more reviews."

The Results

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