TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements
Accommodations, drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top of TripAdvisor search results for travelers searching for a place to stay in your area.
Tips on Measuring the Impact of Your Sponsored Placements Campaign Get insights on how you can use the updated performance report to make Sponsored Placements work harder for you.
The Ads Performance report helps you measure the effectiveness of your Sponsored Placements campaign so you can drive more traffic. To view your performance report, log into Ads Manager and select the “Ads Performance” tab. Read on for ways to use the Ads Performance reporting to maximize value from your advertising campaign:1. Assess the reach of your campaign
The traveler shopping experience takes time and repeat visits — on average, it spans 40 searches over 89 days.1 Seeing your ad repeatedly over time can influence travelers to consider booking with your property.
Use the number of ad impressions to assess your campaign's reach to travelers who are looking for a place to stay in your area on TripAdvisor. To expand your reach, opt for a higher monthly budget spend. With a higher budget, more travelers will see your ad. Properties with the “high” budget typically see an average increase of 57% more clicks from potential guests over those who select the “low” budget.22. See how often travelers engage with your ad
The click-through rate (CTR) is the best way to measure engagement. Travelers who click on your ad like what they see and want to learn more about your property.
Glossary: Sponsored Placements Performance Report Definitions of metrics included in your Sponsored Placements performance report — and tips on how to use them. It’s now easier than ever to track your campaign’s performance and find places where you can optimize it. Here’s a quick summary of what each metric in the Sponsored Placements performance report includes and what you can do to make improvements: Ad Impressions:
The total number of times your ads appeared in all locations over the course of the time period selected. Think about this as the total reach of your campaign. While not all travelers who see your ad will click it, the increased exposure of your property over time can help get you into more travelers’ consideration sets (the collection of options they’re choosing from). Learn more here.
To increase the number of impressions you receive — and the reach of your campaign — you can choose a higher budget option. While you don’t pay for impressions, your ads will be served more frequently.Click-Through Rate:
This is the total number of clicks you’ve received, divided by the total impressions for the time period selected. This is a good way to measure how engaging your ads are — do they draw travelers in or not?
For more helpful tips on how to improve click-through rate, see our article on “How to Get More Clicks on Your Sponsored Placements.”...
13 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from Your TripAdvisor Listing Best practices on how to drive more direct bookings from your TripAdvisor listing page. In our recent “Drive More Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor” webinar, we covered TripAdvisor’s impact on travelers’ booking decisions. In this article we’ll review your TripAdvisor listing page and how you can optimize it to drive more direct bookings. If you’re interested in learning how to optimize your presence on TripAdvisor search results pages, read here. First, let’s review your listing page and why it matters. By the time someone lands on your listing page, you’ve already captured their attention and are a part of their consideration set (the list of properties they’re choosing from). Your goal at this point is to keep these potential guests engaged with your property, provide all of the information they need to make a confident purchase decision and easily connect them to your direct booking channels. For simplicity, we’ve organized these tips based on the layout of your listing, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. We’ve also included a mix of free and premium tips — those tips with an asterisk (*) are features available only to Business Advantage subscribers. To become a Business Advantage subscriber, visit www.tripadvisor.com/BusinessAdvantage. 1. Upload Management Photos Research shows that travelers spend more time on property pages that have at least 30 photos.1 Be sure to upload high quality images that are within our photo guidelines — learn more here. 2. Choose a primary photo...
Sponsored Placements Impressions vs. Clicks Explained The difference between Sponsored Placements impressions and clicks — and why both are essential to your campaign. The goal of Sponsored Placements is to drive more traffic to your TripAdvisor listing and ultimately, to drive more business from TripAdvisor. Sponsored Placements are performance-based advertising, meaning you'll only pay when a traveler actually clicks your ad. However, the benefits of Sponsored Placements extend beyond the clicks with impressions of your ads. Impressions allow you to increase exposure to travelers who are researching in your area - getting them familiar with your name over their shopping process. What is the difference between an “impression” and a “click”? An impression is every time your ad is shown to a traveler. A click is every time a traveler clicks on your ad. Why are Sponsored Placements charged per click and not impression? We built Sponsored Placements on a cost-per-click payment model because we believe owners should pay for performance, rather than impressions. This means you’re not charged for impressions — if people aren’t clicking your ad, you won’t be charged. What do you mean I’m not charged for impressions?...
6 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from TripAdvisor Search Results Actionable tips to optimize your presence on — and drive more direct bookings from — TripAdvisor search results pages. In our recent “Drive More Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor” webinar, we covered TripAdvisor’s impact on travelers’ booking decisions and how you can influence them. In this article, we explore the importance of search results pages, the types of pages that exist on TripAdvisor and how you can improve your appearance on them. If you’re interested in learning how to optimize your listing page to drive direct bookings, read here. Search Results Pages on TripAdvisor Search results pages are instrumental in helping travelers sort through all of the accommodation options available and find the one that’s right for them. When travelers land on a search results page, they’ve chosen their destination — or at least narrowed it down — and they’re starting to build a list of hotels that will become their consideration set. TripAdvisor has many search results pages across the site. Here are a few examples of common pages a traveler may land on:
- Traveler Ranked: Properties ranked by the quality, quantity, and recency of traveler reviews — and their consistency over time
- Best Value: Properties ranked using traveler ratings, confirmed availability from our partners, prices, booking popularity, location and personal user preferences
- Lowest price: Properties ranked by price — lowest to highest
- Distance: Properties ranked by their location, with confirmed availability — closest to the center or location of choice
- Search optimized pages: Pages designed to address specific searches conducted by travelers — on TripAdvisor as well as on third-party search engines. For example, category pages like romantic or boutique, deals pages or location-based pages., etc.
How to Get More Clicks on Your Sponsored Placements Top tips to drive more traveler engagement with your ads. Looking to drive more clicks from your Sponsored Placements campaign? Here are some tips to help! 1. Optimize your photo One of the largest and most influential elements of your ad is the photo. Choose one that showcases the most unique features about your property — what makes you different from other accommodations nearby. Some clients have reported click-through rate improvements of between 40% and 60% when they updated poor quality images to more compelling ones. Update your primary photo. 2. Update your amenities Amenities are an important part of Sponsored Placements targeting. For example, if a guest selects specific things like "Pool" or "Free Wifi," your ad will only appear if you have those amenities. Decision-driving amenities also appear in your ad. Be sure your list is accurate and reflects everything you offer at your accommodation. Update your amenities....
10 Reasons to Use Sponsored Placements Top reasons why hoteliers are using Sponsored Placements to drive more traffic for their accommodations. 1. Reach a highly qualified audience TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site with 455 million monthly unique users.1 And 74% of travelers who book directly on an accommodation’s website visit TripAdvisor at some point.2 Increase your exposure to this highly qualified audience with Sponsored Placements. 2. Appear right where travelers are searching Ads appear on high profile TripAdvisor pages including above search results, on local competitors’ pages and more. They’re also available on desktop, tablet and mobile, so they can be seen wherever potential guests are searching. 3. Precise targeting with no extra effort...
Strategies for Managing Your Sponsored Placements Budget Tips on the most efficient ways to drive traffic to your property throughout the year. Getting to know Sponsored Placements budgets
Sponsored Placements budgets are designed to help you easily manage your campaign from month to month. Your budget is based on two factors - an estimated number of monthly clicks and your property’s cost-per-click (CPC) rate. These two factors combined result in your monthly budget, which is the maximum amount that you could be billed in a month.
You can select from a high, medium or low budget. Each one represents a different level of monthly estimated clicks. Choose one that works for your goals. Or, you can use the custom budget box, if you have a specific budget or click target in mind.Best practices for managing your budget So, what’s the best way to manage your Sponsored Placements budget? Here are three best practices to keep in mind. 1. Maximize your monthly budget to expand your reach....
ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Drive More Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor Details
Global tourism has been steadily increasing over the past decade and it continues to trend upwards. Unfortunately, while we're seeing a strong growth in spending — we're also seeing a steady decline in supplier direct share of online hotel bookings.
How can you capitalize on this growth in global tourism and increase your share of direct bookings? There are many tools owners can use but — because of our size, influence and role in travel — we believe TripAdvisor should be at the center of your direct booking strategy.
Our exclusive on-demand webinar gives your practical tips and tools to start driving more direct bookings with TripAdvisor.
In this webinar we'll cover:
- TripAdvisor's role in the travel industry
- How travelers move through the booking funnel on TripAdvisor
- And, actionable tips — for those just getting started to TripAdvisor experts — for driving more direct bookings at every stage of the booking funnel
The live event is now available on-demand! Sign up now to access the recording (in English only).*Worldwide Travel Path to Purchase 2017, comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, September 2017
**SiteMinder’s Global Hotel Business Index 2018
***Oxford Economics, 2018
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....
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...
6 Tips for Making the Most of Your Sponsored Placements Sponsored Placements drive more highly qualified traffic to your property. Read our top tips below on how to get the most out of your Sponsored Placements campaign.
1. Update your primary photo
First impressions matter. Your primary photo is featured next to your accommodation name in search results and is the first image potential customers will see of your property. Make it count by leveraging our advanced technology which auto-selects your primary photo for you — or, follow our best practices for choosing your own. This new technology based approach uses data to remove the subjectivity of manually choosing a photo and ensures primary photos are optimized for travelers searching for their next place to stay.
Take Action: Opt into our auto-selected primary photo option in the Management Center. Under the Profile menu, click Media Suite > Manage Photos > Primary Photo.
2. Confirm your amenities are up to date
Your amenities are a great way to make your listing stand out. TripAdvisor uses patterns in data to choose the most important amenities to highlight to travelers alongside your listing in search results. All you have to do is make sure your amenities are up to date, and TripAdvisor will do the rest! Travelers can also filter search results by amenities, so it's important to include everything you offer to avoid missing out on potential guests.
Take Action: Update your Amenities in the Management Center. Under the Profile menu, click Manage Listing > Amenities.
3. Add a Special Offer
Your Special Offer will appear along with your property’s name, primary photo and amenities in your Sponsored Placement. So, use it to your advantage! Create a Special Offer that captures the attention of travelers and gives them another reason to choose you.
Take Action: Add a Special Offer in the Management Center. Under the Products menu, click Business Advantage > Special Offers.
4. Maximize your budget
The best way to get your Sponsored Placements seen by more travelers is to maximize your budget. When you set up your Sponsored Placements campaign, you’ll have three budget options — or you can set your own. The higher your daily budget, the more people see your campaign and the more estimated monthly clicks you’ll receive. Our best advice is to adjust your budget as needed based on your current objectives and priorities — read our strategies for managing your Sponsored Placements budget here.
Take Action: Update your budget in the Management Center. Under the Products menu, click Ads > Edit Campaign.
5. Share competitive rates and availability
Travelers on TripAdvisor are looking for places to stay and are ready to book. Make sure you’re giving them everything they need to make their booking decisions, including your best rates & availability.
Take Action: Work with your distribution partners to ensure you’re sharing your best rates and availability with TripAdvisor.
6. Monitor your campaign’s performance
As soon as your campaign is live, you’ll have access to the Sponsored Placements performance report where you can see campaign analytics. Throughout the course of the month, check this page. See how many impressions your ad has received, as compared to the number of clicks. Not happy with your click-through-rate? Try changing up your primary photo or Special Offer. Really happy with your clicks, but still want more? Increase your budget. Your Sponsored Placements performance is up to you, so experiment a little and see what works for your property! Read our tips for managing your campaigns success, using the performance report here.
Take Action: Monitor your campaign’s performance in the Sponsored Placements performance report in your Management Center. To access this page under the Product menu, click > Ads > Ads Performance.
Drive Traffic with TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements for Accommodations Drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top of TripAdvisor search results for travelers searching for a place to stay in your area.
Every day, millions of travelers visit TripAdvisor looking for a place to stay. Capture the attention of these potential customers, and get premium exposure, with Sponsored Placements. With Sponsored Placements you only pay only for the clicks you get — impressions are free! Plus, setting up your campaign takes just minutes. Visit www.tripadvisor.com/AdsManager to get started.
Read our frequently asked questions below to learn more about Sponsored Placements and how they can drive more traffic to your property.What are Sponsored Placements Sponsored Placements is the newest advertising solution available to accommodation owners. Sponsored Placements puts your property right in front of potential guests looking for places to stay in your area. These ads drive high quality traffic to your business by appearing above search results, on local competitors' listings, and on other high-profile shopping pages across TripAdvisor. How does it work? Sponsored Placements appear on all devices, giving your property premium exposure on the world's largest travel site. Your ads are targeted to a highly qualified audience of TripAdvisor travelers actively searching for places to stay in your area. This means you’re driving the right travelers to your property — just as they’re making booking decisions....
Free or Premium? A Guide to Marketing on TripAdvisor TripAdvisor offers a suite of marketing tools for hospitality businesses. Many are free but a few premium features are available for a fee. Do you know which are which?
Looking for ways to drive more business? TripAdvisor offers a variety of tools to help. There’s something for everyone, but you must be registered for your property’s Management Center to have access.
Let’s start by looking at the free tools available to any accommodation, restaurant or attraction listed on TripAdvisor. These tools are always available in the Management Center:
Properties with at least 1 photo see 138% more engagement than properties with no photos.1
Property page tools
Control the major elements of your TripAdvisor property page through the "Manage Listing" tab in the top menu. Add photos to attract traveler attention, update your amenities, and complete other administration tasks here as well.
Over 60% of travelers say Management Responses make them more likely to book.2
Review management tools
Under "Reviews" in the top menu, you'll find all of the tools you need to manage, measure, and respond to new reviews. Try Review Express to encourage more reviews.
Nearly 90% of travelers say reviews are influential in choosing where to book.3
Free marketing tools
Get help marketing your business under "Marketing Tools" in the top menu of the Management Center. Showcase your reviews with the TripAdvisor Traveler Reviews App for your Facebook page, TripAdvisor Social Media Buttons, and widgets to display your awards and reviews on your website. Finally, request a TripAdvisor sticker for your property, so guests know you’re listed on the world’s largest travel site.4
Want free marketing tips, industry research, helpful guides and more? Visit www.tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights or in the Management Center, under the "Help & Settings" tab in the top menu, select "TripAdvisor Best Practices."
Accommodation & restaurant providers can enhance their TripAdvisor listings and attract even more travelers with some additional tools that are available for a fee. There are no premium tools available for attractions at this time.
Solutions for accommodations
- Business Advantage: Industry-leading tools to better market your business to millions of potential guests, differentiate from competitors, impact booking decisions, and measure and improve your online reputation.Visit www.tripadvisor.com/business/BusinessAdvantage to learn more.
- Instant Booking: Now, travelers can click the “Book on TripAdvisor” button to reserve a hotel directly on the site. Potential guests are more willing to book when they know they can purchase right on TripAdvisor.5 Instant booking gives your hotel an easy way to claim these bookings. Learn more here.
- Sponsored Placements: Drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top of TripAdvisor search results for travelers searching for a place to stay in your area. Sponsored Placements are risk-free — meaning you pay only for the clicks you get and you can cancel at any time. Sign up today at www.TripAdvisor.com/business/sponsored-placements.
Solutions for restaurants
- TripAdvisor Premium: Get the competitive advantage your business needs with TripAdvisor Premium for Restaurants. Upgrading to Premium gives you exclusive access to powerful subscriber-only tools including Storyboard, Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here, Favorite Reviews, and exclusive data & insights. Learn more here.
- TripAdvisor Ads: Drive traffic to your TripAdvisor listing by promoting your restaurant in exclusive sponsored placements to a targeted audience of diners searching for a place to eat in your area. Learn more here.
- 1. TripAdvisor data, July 7 - August 7 2014, tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/n2507/bookings-and-traveler-engagement-driven-management-actions
- 2. PhoCusWright, “Custom Survey Research Engagement,” prepared for TripAdvisor, December 2013.
- 3. TripBarometer, April 2014, Global Edition: tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/n2200/tripbarometer-april-2014-global-edition
- 4. comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide,
- 5. TripAdvisor internal data
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....
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 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."...
How an Independent Hotel Chain in Europe Increased Direct Bookings by 150% Central Hotel and Forum Hotel in Bulgaria drive more traffic to their websites with TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements. Background Travelers' Choice winner Central Hotel and Certificate of Excellence holder Forum Hotel are jointly-owned independent boutique hotels in Sofia, Bulgaria. Hear how Zhivko Zhelyazkov, Hotel Manager, has increased direct bookings at both properties with TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements. Challenge Because fewer travelers visit Sofia in the winter, demand for Central and Forum Hotels is much lighter. As Zhelyazkov notes, "January and February are difficult months, and we are very focused on driving more direct reservations during that period." Solution...
Case Study: Derby Hotels Collection Boosts Bookings by 25% with Sponsored Placements How the Derby Hotels Collection maximizes visibility with TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements to compete effectively in a challenging market. The Derby Hotels Collection is a family-owned, 14-property hotel chain based primarily in Barcelona. We recently caught up with David Martinez i Urgell, who leads the group’s Digital marketing and eCommerce strategy, to learn how he leveraged TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements to compete more effectively in a challenging market: Challenge: Competition for Fewer Travelers Tourism in Barcelona, Derby’s primary market, is expected to decline in 2018, particularly during the low season. Anticipating this downturn in travel, Martinez knew he needed something different to compete with larger hotel chains for fewer travelers. "We knew it was going to be a hard season because of the difficult economic situation in the market," Martinez says. "We also know most travelers don't know about our hotels until they start searching a specific location and discover us through TripAdvisor or OTAs."...
How Kings Inn Uses TripAdvisor to Reduce Reliance on OTAs Kings Inn increases traffic with TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements and drives conversions with Business Advantage. Kings Inn operates affordable and family-friendly properties in San Diego and Anaheim, California. We chatted with Richard Espinoza, Director of Sales and Marketing, to find out how he's driving more traffic and conversions by leveraging each properties' presence on TripAdvisor. The value of TripAdvisor "Of all the things that lead guests to my door, TripAdvisor and our website are the main sources," says Espinoza. "We get an amazing amount of traffic from TripAdvisor compared to social media, search engines, and OTAs." He continues, "The number one value of TripAdvisor is that those guests really know who we are. They choose us after they have shopped and considered many options. When they arrive, they have high expectations and are prepared to love our property and services. TripAdvisor is a guest pre-qualifier."...
How This Sorrento Hotel Increased Direct Bookings by 20% in 40 Days Grand Hotel Aminta Owner, General Manager and Marketing Strategist Gianfranco Acampora shares top tips for marketing his Sorrento boutique hotel
We recently spoke with leading hotelier and marketing expert Gianfranco Acampora, Owner and General Manager of the Grand Hotel Aminta in Sorrento, Italy — who shared these important insights into digital marketing best practices for hotels:
Can you tell us about the Grand Hotel Aminta and your role at the property?
The Grand Hotel Aminta is one of the largest hotels in Sorrento, set on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples with a commanding view of the city. Today, my brother and I divide management of the hotel’s operations. I’m focused on the Sales, Marketing and Guest Registration aspects of the business.
Can you provide more details on the seasonality and customer demand for the Aminta?
The Aminta is one of the only hotels in the area that’s open year-round, but it’s really a summer resort. Busy season is April to October, and low season is November to mid-March — with the exception of New Years’, thanks to the amazing fireworks display here in Sorrento.
Today, the vast majority of our customers come from the United Kingdom. We also work with a lot of Americans and Canadians.
You’ve been marketing your hotel online for many years. Can you tell us more about your strategy and how it’s evolved over time?
I’ve always been very interested in digital marketing — it’s not only my job, but also my hobby and passion. We were the first property in Sorrento to launch a website back in 1995, and the hotel has always done well in organic search. As others have started to move online, we’ve tried different things to maintain our competitive advantage like advertising with search engines and OTAs.
We quickly found that it’s quite hard to reach our target customers with search engine ads. There’s too many competitors bidding on top keywords and it’s really hard to be ranked first. However, TripAdvisor’s often among the top organic search results for those terms. Plus, guests often tell us that they actually found us on TripAdvisor. So, we evolved our strategy to be very focused on marketing on that site.
Can you say more about the searching behavior of your guests?
Sure, so we were bidding on search terms like “Sorrento Hotel with Pool.” Guests today tell us they usually do an initial query on a search engine for a term like “Sorrento Hotels,” but then there are just too many search results that are difficult to sort through. They quickly find TripAdvisor and use the site to do more specific research to find a property that meets their needs. Effectively, TripAdvisor becomes the search engine that’s used within a destination that guests use to find hotels, restaurants, etc.
What’s your strategy for working with TripAdvisor, specifically?
TripAdvisor is currently our most effective marketing tool. For example, with the new Sponsored Placements, the Aminta can appear above search results for Sorrento. That’s been so important for us. The ad drives traffic to us and people are able to contact us directly via our Business Advantage links. I’ve found it’s saving me commission costs because people are contacting us directly or booking on our website.
How has Sponsored Placements performed for you?
We’ve been very happy with the product. We continue to test it, but so far we’ve seen a 20% increase in direct bookings in 40 days. The tool is fantastic, is really easy to use, and the cost is minimal relative to the return on investment we’re seeing. Customers from this channel also seem to be quite valuable — they’re booking longer stays and above average room types.
What will your strategy be for using Sponsored Placements moving forward?
There are three budget options for Sponsored Placements. During the busy season - when our property is full - we’ll probably scale back to the lower budget option, but still run a campaign. It’s important to always maintain visibility for future bookings. Through the rest of the year — particularly in January and February as people start to plan for the summer — we’ll use one of the higher budget options to drive more traffic to our property.
What would you say to other hoteliers who are considering Sponsored Placements?
It’s definitely something you should try. The tool is easy to use … there are no keywords to choose or bids to set. Just choose what you want to spend on a daily basis, set it up and forget it.Last Updated: February 22, 2018
Dubrovnik Hotel Uses TripAdvisor to Drive Visibility & Bookings How Berkeley Hotel & Spa uses Sponsored Placements to stand out in a highly competitive market.
Berkeley Hotel & Spa is a 24-room, family-owned hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia. General Manager Katarina Elez has been focused on building Berkeley’s online presence to encourage more travelers to book directly on the property’s website. Read on to learn how she’s crafted a successful online marketing strategy:
A TripAdvisor Focus
When Berkeley Hotel first opened, Elez quickly determined that she needed to focus her marketing efforts online, particularly on TripAdvisor. "We were one of the first hotels in Dubrovnik on TripAdvisor, since our opening in 2007," she explains. "We’ve always used TripAdvisor extensively, and it’s one of the best things that could have ever happened for our business."
This commitment to online marketing via TripAdvisor continues to benefit Berkeley Hotel, even today. Elez says, "We’ve been able to increase our visibility to travelers searching our destination because we’ve had a strong, consistent presence on TripAdvisor from the start. We have always been among the top 15 properties in Dubrovnik."
Maximizing Visibility to Travelers
As a small 3-star hotel in a city dominated by 5-star hotels with larger marketing budgets, Elez has to be smart with her marketing investments in order to maximize visibility.
"Our guests are coming to us from huge markets like the UK, US and Australia," says Elez. "With our budget, we’ve found it’s really difficult to use tools like AdWords to reach and influence these travelers."
Elez recently invested in an enhanced website that is closely integrated with her channel manager. This allows her to track all of her booking sources — and evaluate what’s driving them. After experimenting with various marketing tools, Elez has found success by leveraging Berkeley Hotel’s already strong presence on TripAdvisor.
In January, Elez upgraded Berkeley Hotel to a Business Advantage Preferred Access subscription because she was looking for a way to increase booking referrals to her website.
"We’ve just finished a renovation and will use the Preferred Access features—like Storyboard and Favorite Photos—to show off these enhancements to travelers," Elez says.
She also uses the Special Offers feature to gauge Business Advantage’s impact on her bookings.
"We post a TripAdvisor exclusive offer and carefully track how it comes back to us. We found that people who booked through our website mention it, and it shows up on bookings from OTAs as well, so we know that travelers went to our TripAdvisor page at some stage."
Once Business Advantage was in place, Berkeley Hotel started using TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements. Elez says, "We know TripAdvisor guests are more confident and more likely to book directly. So, our goal is to use Sponsored Placements to get more guests to book directly on our website, and increase occupancy and ADR during the high season."
Given that Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most seasonal markets, she also thought that Sponsored Placements would drive even more traffic ahead of the high season. As there’s limited demand during low season, Berkeley can’t make up for missed opportunities.
"As guests get closer to booking, they become more price sensitive. Boosting our visibility creates opportunities to influence guests to choose our 3-star property, since our prices are lower than those of the 5-star properties that dominate Dubrovnik."
"It’s definitely cost effective to pay for the Sponsored Placements clicks and have guests book directly with us," says Elez. "We like that our ad appears at the top of the list. Repetition is important, especially given the shopping patterns in our market. Even if they don’t click right now, more people will remember us as an option. Then, when they do click, they’re more likely to book."
Elez plans to continue leveraging Sponsored Placements as a key part of her online marketing strategy. "We take a long-term view on our investments. We’ll continue to track the number of clicks, website traffic and confirmed number of direct bookings from Sponsored Placements over the next six months. So far, our bookings for this season have been quite strong," says Elez.Last Updated: March 12, 2018
How This Bangkok Hotel Tripled Its Clicks in a Month Best practices for marketing on TripAdvisor from a boutique hotel in Bangkok.
The 32-room Bangkok Loft Inn is a 7-time TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winning boutique hotel, with a "cozy atmosphere and contemporary style" in the Thonburi section of Thailand’s capital city. It’s currently listed as #10 on the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice list of Best Bargain Hotels in Thailand.
Recently, Marketing Manager Kantapong Tanachotevorapong shared some of the property’s strategies for success, which include a strong commitment to guest service, increasing visibility through online solutions like TripAdvisor and use of Sponsored Placements to drive traffic and occupancy.
A Commitment to Guest Service
"We focus on providing the best possible experience for our guests," says Tanachotevorapong, who is responsible for the hotel’s marketing strategy. "We believe this will motivate them to come back to us - again and again."
As of February 2018, 94% of the property’s 1500+ reviews are "Very Good" or "Excellent," reflecting this strong commitment to guest service. Reviews consistently mention the welcoming and helpful staff and that the team is always smiling, friendly and willing to jump right in if there’s a problem that needs solving.
Tanachotevorapong indicates that this commitment to service influences future bookings. He says, "Guests often book with us initially via one of our OTA partners. However, once they’ve stayed with us - and gotten to know our staff - they tend to book through our direct channels for future trips."
Gaining Visibility with TripAdvisor & Other Online Resources
Bangkok Loft Inn has partnered with TripAdvisor for several years and has been a Business Advantage subscriber since 2012.
"We were one of the first hotels in Bangkok to really use online solutions to build our business. A big part of that has been working with TripAdvisor. Today, most of our guests find us on TripAdvisor," says Tanachotevorapong. "We heavily promote our awards, and offer competitive pricing, so we get a lot of visibility on the site."
Despite that success, Bangkok Loft Inn is facing a challenging marketplace with lots of new market entrants, particularly larger chain properties.
"Those new hotels are also very invested in online marketing. We’re finding it’s increasingly more difficult to stand out from the crowd in our online channels," explains Tanachotevorapong. "To help drive occupancy from our target market, we’re trying lots of new things this year, including focusing on both social media and content marketing."
Using TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements to Drive Occupancy
"TripAdvisor has always been a great partner, and we’ve been very happy with Business Advantage, so when they came to us with the Sponsored Placements opportunity, we knew we had to try it," says Tanachotevorapong.
TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements are designed to put accommodations in front of travelers who are actively searching TripAdvisor for places to stay in the area. Learn more about Sponsored Placements.
Bangkok Loft Inn signed up for a campaign in the mid-range Sponsored Placement budget. The results? In its current campaign, Bangkok Loft Inn is seeing about a 300% increase in clicks from potential guests searching in the Bangkok market for a hotel.
"We’ve noticed an increase in the performance of our Business Advantage, as well as with our distribution partners," says Tanachotevorapong. "We’re seeing an increase in bookings overall."
"Sponsored Placements are a great opportunity -- even for smaller hotels," he continues. "It’s easy to use and is a good tool to help attract attention to your property and helps guests select your hotel from the many they can choose."Last Updated: March 6, 2018