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Technological advancement has completely revolutionized the concept of travelling round the globe. With the increasing number of travel technology providers, tourism in different exotic destinations gets a boost. Hassle-free and instant in its function, travel apps are the latest trend among global tourists.

Digital marketing is the most sought-after modish trend to promote tourism. Offering promotional deals is a simple way to invite potential customers to travel while segmenting your market to find interests for touring.

Social media marketing has immensely contributed to increase tourist influx in unconventional destinations along with boosting tourism in picturesque locales.Among the 25 major international markets surveyed, Asia ranks top in online travel bookings, mobile searches and mobile bookings.

Asian travellers lead the field when it comes to mobile travel bookings and searches performed, at 33% and 59% respectively, compared to the global average of 25% and 46% respectively.Travellers continue to use the internet for both information and booking.

Travel advertisers need to take full take advantage of the opportunities online advertising offer, as the key component in their marketing strategy.If you are a travel advertiser, then Adform has a range of new and exciting Rich Media formats that will perfectly fit your campaign objectives.

For instance, what should you do when you want to entice travellers to visit a specific island? How can you recreate that beach sensation for them? Check out their Sandstorm format and the revolutionizing Snowball format for a brighter tourism prospect.

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Travel Marketing the Social Media Way

Travel Marketing the Social Media Way

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By Ilya Albert, Published June 27, 2014

You would have looked for their advices on going to places they suggest and booking the accommodation there that they would tell you to be the best for you. The advent of the social media seems to have changed this concept completely.

Making Travel Plans from Social Media

As many as 40% of the travelers use social media for travel inspiration and 42% use it for planning their trip, says Trip Advisor. But what seems to be an important information provided by this travel website is that an overwhelming 76% seems to use social media platforms for sharing their travel experiences, Almost 91% of the travelers who take social media into account post photos there. Besides, many others also use social media platforms to post videos or write ups to share their online friends. Therefore, these experiences are surely going to impress others and influence their decisions in future while going for a trip.

Finding the Best Accommodation on Social Media

Worried how to find the perfect place to stay during your trip? Social media can help you in this process as well. Hundreds of hotels and timeshare companies are advertising on Facebook and other social media platforms. This provides you with the option of finding the best options for staying, which can make your trip an enchanting one. While you can go for luxury hotels, there are also budget options, such as timeshares and bed & breakfast inns, which can help you complete the trip within a short time. Check out different social media platforms for advice from the people who have already treaded the route you are planning to travel.

Social Media as a Travel Best Practice

According to LinkedIn, the integration of social media in the travel industry for marketing has been one of the best practices. More and more travel and tourism companies are engaging these days in the process of social media marketing. In fact, different governments are also engaging in advertising the places in their territories as the perfect travel destinations. Besides, these governments and also a few travel companies are providing different types of offers to the travelers. This is driving more and more people with every passing day to use these social media platforms for making their travel plans.Social Media becoming Important Travel Marketing PlatformTravel companies have already started taking the social media platforms seriously. They are planning special marketing programs on these websites. Many of them are creating pages of their own on social media sites, such as Facebook. They are using these pages to provide information about their offerings. Besides, they are also providing images and videos of these places to make the tourists more interested in them. Hence, many of these companies are finding that a large number of their customers are being mobilized from the social media platforms.

Marketing in the Social Media Groups on Travel

Have you already joined a social media website for making travel plans? Are you worried how to start with the process? You will find quite a few groups, which are engaged in discussions about travel. Join them. You can even ask questions to clarify your doubts or finding the best destinations. This is why many travel marketing companies also join these travel groups on social media. They find these a perfect place to market their plans. When you ask a question, they can answer it and, at the same time, publicize their offerings as well. This is likely to help them increase their business revenues significantly.Like any other process, travel marketing was also growing and transforming over the years. As social media became an integral part of the life, it entered almost all the industries. The travel industry was no exception as well. Social media has been utilized significantly. Hence, it has helped to take the process of travel a significant step forward.

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REPORT: Apps Are Key To Reaching Travelers – AllFacebook

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David Cohen on June 20, 2014 

The way people travel has moved far beyond the days of travel agents and calling cards thanks to rapid advances in mobile technology, and a new report from Facebook and Boston Consulting Group offers a look at how travel marketing needs to change in order to keep pace.

Key findings from “Travel Goes Mobile,” according to a post on the Facebook for Business page, were:

  • Mobile should be integral and central to your marketing strategy. People spend the majority of their time online using their mobile devices, yet most travel companies haven’t reflected this shift in their marketing and business strategies.
  • The proliferation of applications will become increasingly prevalent in a mobile-driven world. As people spend more time on their smartphones and tablets — primarily via apps — travel companies have vast opportunities to communicate with new and existing customers during every phase of the travel journey. From becoming inspired, dreaming about where to go because of an ad, a post, or a picture, to planning, booking, experiencing, reflecting, and sharing, digital and mobile technologies enhance these experiences.
  • Sophisticated apps enable travel companies to foster loyalty with new and existing customers. Apps provide direct lines of communication; they help determine intent and add brand value over the long term.

Facebook Global Head of Travel Strategy Lee McCabe, co-author of the report, wrote in the Facebook for Business post:

This paper reveals the extraordinary role mobile can and will continue to play in travel and the tremendous value it can add to travel companies’ and travelers’ experiences alike. Importantly, this paper highlights the urgent need for travel companies to develop sophisticated apps, which, when combined with rich data and sophisticated targeting capabilities, allow for personalized marketing at scale. The ability to perfectly time and tailor messages is very powerful from a business standpoint — for both brand and direct response-related objectives.

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What are the top 5 B2B marketing trends in tourism? – eTurboNews.com

May 19, 2014

bwbPARIS, France – On the day before the opening of IMEX Frankfurt, one of the biggest trade shows for the international meetings, incentive travel and events industry, TextMaster shares insight on the top five B2B marketing trends that have an impact on tourism brands.

In 2014, businesses need to look at what they are communicating to customers, but also how. According to Thibault Lougnon, CEO of TextMaster, there are five key factors that will shape B2B marketing this year.

Is there a difference in the type of content that resonates with B2C and B2B audiences?

THIBAULT LOUGNON: These two types of customers are like apples and oranges; in B2B, the goal of published content is to help the audience on a professional level. That is why webinars, white papers, case studies and blog articles are the most effective content for reaching this type of customer.

How can content marketing be integrated into the rest of the business?

LOUGNON: Technology has become a crucial component in B2B marketing in the tourism sector. Publishing platforms can be integrated with CRM systems and measurement tools, making it possible to obtain qualified leads and measure engagement.

How should businesses adapt their marketing strategies?

LOUGNON: B2B content, such as white papers, are an investment that take time and money to create. It’s important to have a clear strategy so that resources are used efficiently and a social strategy for getting the most exposure out of each published piece.

Mobile has had an impact on B2C marketing, but has it affected the B2B sector?

LOUGNON: B2B customers in the travel sector are doing just that – travelling. They’re accessing information through mobile devices, meaning that it is crucial that all web content is optimized for mobile viewing.

How has global content marketing evolved?

LOUGNON: We’re seeing businesses go beyond replicating their content in different languages to creating unique content that is relevant to each geographic market.

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WIT – WEB IN TRAVEL : Facebook money-grab will boost rise in “owned” online media in travel industry

Posted on 12 May 2014 

DislikeTravel industry marketers need to be aware of the alarming changes underway at Facebook as it limits organic distribution in favour of paid-for posts, cautions Bronwyn White (pictured below left), co-founder of MyTravelResearch, a market research and marketing firm specialising in the travel, tourism and aviation industries.

“Due to changes at Facebook less than 4% of your company’s fans are now likely to see your company’s news and updates on Facebook. The change in strategy means that Facebook is diminishing your organic reach in favour of paid advertising. It is therefore time for tourism promotion bodies to start building their own online assets — and not acting as tenants without rights on Facebook,” she said.

“What many in the travel industry did not understand was that we were effectively acting as a tenant on rented space not a freeholder. The landlord could come along at anytime and increase the rent or start charging you for amenities. And if you can’t afford the increase, you might have to move out, use less space or have fewer amenities.”

White said that at first, entry costs were low (or non-existent) for social media and impact was high. Facebook provided an easy and quick way to build a tourism brand and a following online. With tourism being a cash-poor sector, this social platform was a panacea. But with posts now reaching as few as 4% of a company’s Facebook fans it wad  time for tourism entities to diversify away from it. and build an online presence that tourism bodies own and fully control.

White gave four recommendations for destinations and tourism companies to achieve that:

Create an awesome, informative website or blog with  images, videos, and the right tone of voice. Make sure it breathes your brand, which means knowing what your brand is and stands for.

Create content that helps customers at every stage on the path to purchase, from providing a trigger to travel to somewhere they can share feedback everywhere

Make it easy for customers and potential customers to book on your website. According to Tourism Research Australia, less than half of tourism businesses can do instant confirmation bookings on their websites while 10% do not even take email requests via their websites.

Create your own database that you own and control where you can communicate with your list.

She said social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ still have a role to

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play in promoting a company’s blogs and videos. However, it is not advisable to build your entire marketing strategy on a platform that can suddenly be beyond your financial reach. There are free or cheap alternatives to Facebook, such as Google+, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

“It is time to move out of your rented space, get your own place and focus on building your own online real estate portfolio. Once you have done that, add to it on a regular basis, renovate occasionally to freshen up and regularly promote your hard work.”

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Amadeus to Showcase connected, personalised and sustainable travel solutions at ATM 2014 |

Tuesday, April 22 – 2014 @ 09:34

Amadeus-182x212Amadeus, a technology partner for the global travel industry, has announced its 13th consecutive annual participation at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the Middle East’s premium travel and tourism exhibition. ATM 2014 is set to run from 5 – 8 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Amadeus’ new corporate branding and identity, ‘Let’s shape the future of travel’ will be on spectacular display at ATM 2014. Amadeus will additionally leverage its presence at the region’s definitive travel exhibition to establish effective collaborations with customers and partners towards positively and sustainably impacting the travel landscape.

Exhibiting at stand TT6020 in the Technology Hall at ATM 2014, Amadeus will introduce visitors to its latest range of travel technology products and solutions aimed at empowering travel partners to ‘Connect, Serve and Manage’ their business. In addition, the travel-technology expert will highlight solutions designed to meet the demands of the next generation traveller, a key focus area for the industry today.

The solutions include enhancements to its market leading mobile platforms and technological solutions that enable travel agents to go online and corporations to provide self-service travel tools. Amadeus’ new traveller alert technologies will also be on display along with a Social Media Suite that enables travel agencies to engage more actively with their customers.

Antoine Medawar, Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, Amadeus, said: “To the amadeus new logo on bluenext generation traveller, connectivity, personalisation and sustainability are paramount, and as service providers in an end-user driven industry, we need to be geared to meet these demands. Amadeus has been working relentlessly over the years to observe, understand and anticipate the changing end-user dynamics that directly impact travel trends.

“Our research has enabled us to design comprehensive solutions that equip the industry to serve their customers in a mutually satisfying and sustainable manner. ATM 2014 provides the ideal opportunity for Amadeus to showcase our portfolio of avant garde travel technology solutions that enable our customers to stay well ahead of the competition in an increasingly dynamic trade environment.”

Amadeus will host a press conference on Day 2 of ATM – Tuesday, 6 May – to highlight its Travel Intelligence and Big Data Tools. Given the relevance of market intelligence for all types of travel agents, Amadeus will demonstrate the integration of its leading Big Data technologies into the travel agency environment for improved decision making and productivity. Senior company executives will also share significant travel trends with the media.

As part of its participation at ATM 2014, Amadeus will also conduct two seminars on 6 and 7 May, gathering customers, travel industry players as well as the media. Headlined ‘Big Data and Advertising’, the first seminar will focus on ways to leverage Big Data to rapidly obtain market insights, and subsequently optimise promotional spending by utilising all available platforms.

The second seminar, ‘The Future of Online Travel in MENA’, will provide an overview of the online travel landscape in the MENA region, and share insights gained via Amadeus’ new travel intelligence tool. Visitors to the Amadeus stall at ATM 2014 will also receive a sneak-peek of Amadeus’ soon-to-be published research paper ‘The Future of Travel in the GCC’.

An event with high regional relevance, Arabian Travel Market 2013 witnessed a participation of more than 8,473 exhibitors and over 21,000 visitors, 77% of them from the GCC countries. ATM 2014 will serve as a perfect platform for Amadeus to reinforce its position as a leader in the global and regional travel market with the purpose of shaping the future of travel.

Contact:

Tara Basrur

APCO Worldwide

+971 4 369 2831

Anushka Kadam

APCO Worldwide

+971 4 361 5435

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Flybe targets rail and road competitors in new strategy | News | Marketing Week

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 | By Branwell Johnson

Regional airline Flybe is implementing a brand and marketing strategy overhaul across all customer touchpoints.

It is unveiling a multimillion pound marketing campaign focusing

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on “time-saving travel”, including television spots, alongside a website overhaul and the introduction of purple as a colour it can “own”. The colour will be introduced across the airline’s collateral, such as uniforms.

Chief commercial officer Paul Simmons says that the company has revisited its heritage to find the “product truth” that will give Flybe a strong positioning, personality and way to engage with fliers.

“It is necessary because very few people know what we do. Now we have a very focused proposition. We were a brand most people had heard of but nobody knows what we stand for.”

He says that as Flybe has no airline competitors on 80 per cent of its routes the marketing will target road and rail users and champion the airline’s speed to destination.

A new strapline “From A to Flybe” is being rolled out with creative executions that show how speedily Flybe can transport you to a destination. There are three TV spots with calls to action for business and leisure travellers and they will be supported by other channels, including social media. The campaign has been devised by The Corner.

The branding refresh and communications are underpinned with a ‘60:60 Guarantee’ product that will give passengers a £60 credit towards their next flight booked within 60 days if, through the fault of the airline, their flight arrives more than 60 minutes late.

Simmons says: “No-one else can do this – not BA, Ryanair or easyJet – because their on-time performance is not good enough”.

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Travel marketeers losing millions by ignoring data | News | Breaking Travel News

Each year tourism departments in governments, companies and associations spend millions of tax payer dollars on market research and insights relating to the travel and tourism industry. Unfortunately, much of this effort is wasted. Why? Well there are several reasons.

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First, National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) often do not have the resource to take the market research process one step further and distribute the findings to regional tourism organisations and the local travel industry. Full reports and findings are often lengthy and in a technical language. The reports are often difficult for people who are not marketing specialists.

Such reports, some of them very good indeed, are generally published on NTO websites. And there they sit. Unfortunately, even if they are aware of the research, travel industry marketeers tend not to have the time or the skill set to trawl through the research and extract the gems—the valuable insights. That is a shame because these insights have the potential to transform their tourism business.

The challenge is for hotel, tour operator or destination marketing organisations to get their hands on transformative insights – insights that can increase revenue and visitor numbers. The marketeers need to understand the report’s implications, and then create an effective campaign that is based on real market conditions. Most importantly, they need to incorporate the voice of the customer.

The good news is, strategically useful money-saving data is plentiful. For example, MyTravelResearch recently created a practical report titled “8 Key Insights On China.” The paper was put together by collating publically available reports from entities such as Tourism Australia, Visit Britain, McKinsey, and the Canadian Tourist Commission. We then made the paper available in an easy format that provided actionable insights. Such insights are designed to make marketing campaigns truly effective.

After 50 years collectively in the travel business, it is clear to us at MyTravelResearch that the tourism industry is so time poor that marketing planning and research takes a back seat. As a result, smaller, provincial and upcountry destinations and operators are not armed with the insight and tools that they need to implement strategic and tactical marketing.

When it comes down to it, as an industry, it is our job is to put the voice of the customer – the tourists (remember them?) – into the decision making process. We take pride in the fact that MyTravelResearch.com has been doing that successfully in Australia for many years.

We now have our sights set on Asia Pacific to complement our ongoing Australia campaigns. We’re now in a position to increase your visitation or spend from, for example, Chinese tourists or Indian honeymooners. Or perhaps you want to target the Australian weekend family market. Or bring more association meetings to your resort. It’s all possible. But first, believe us, you should seriously consider outsourcing your market research department.

via Travel marketeers losing millions by ignoring data | News | Breaking Travel News.

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How Social Media Marketing Can Boost a Destination’s Business Profile | International Meetings Review

Marketing Challenges International (MCIntl) recently released a white paper that outlines the social media marketing landscape for global destinations in the meetings and conventions industry. Digital and social media are now complementing and, in some cases, replacing traditional marketing strategies due to cost-effectiveness, expansive reach, and the ability to target specific audiences based on preference.

“The market is evolving so rapidly that we have to keep monitoring it”, said Michel Couturier, President, MCIntl. “We took an in-depth look at the social media landscape and extracted strategies for our global clients. We know that research and face-to face meetings are key to success for a destination, but applying effective social media tactics can also enhance the marketability of a destination.”

Using social media as a marketing tool for global destination promotion is standard practice for the leisure market, he said, but convention bureaus have been slower to adopt these new tools. In a phone interview with International Meetings Review, Couturier noted several destinations that have done well with implementing social media with their convention marketing.

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