Category Archives: Get Booked

Hack My Stats! Using Google Analytics Rev Up Sales

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Google Analytics for Tourism

In tourism, we have the luxury of selling “fun.” Total piece of cake, right? No need for super detailed marketing, because who in the world doesn’t like fun?!

While it seems simple in theory, tour and hospitality marketing takes a great deal of planning and strategy. There’s a lot of competition, a ton of noise in targeted publications, and countless visitor profile types to keep track of.

So where does one start? 

Begin with Data

To break through and create an action (i.e. sales), you’ll need to set goals for messaging. The types of goals depend largely on what you already have going for your brand…. But more importantly, where you can improve.

Ask yourself, what is your biggest traveler market segment? Where do they come from? Do they book on mobile or desktop? How...

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Decoding TripAdvisor: An Advanced Guide to Rankings

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Rank High on Tripadvisor

When it comes to online sales, TripAdvisor may be tourism’s answer to Amazon. By highlighting social proof, offering booking immediacy through 3rd parties, and utilizing various tactics for user engagement, the website has become a high ranking, widely used portal for people across the globe to plan holidays.

Just how popular is TripAdvisor? Well on average, the site gathers 390 million unique visitors per month. Per Alexa.com, the site ranks 82nd for all sites within the United States.

Conversion rates sit at about 6%, so by very simple calculations, that comes out to 23.4 million people making an action on the site monthly!

Clearly, collaborating with TripAdvisor can be a lucrative venture for tour and travel based businesses. TA makes this pretty easy, with a management...

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The Power of the Female Traveler

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The majority voice of travel is now more powerful than ever. She’s the female traveler, and her fist full of dollars packs a serious punch.

The female dollar,” “the gatekeeper,” “the adventure traveler” – referred to by various monikers for her value in group, family, and solo travel, her nature as a planner is intrinsically tied to revenue potential in tourism. Her collective opinion can make or break a travel business. She’s ascended to absolute power in trip planning and she rocks a size 12 dress.

If your business has roots in tourism, make sure there’s a marketing strategy in place speaking directly to women. Why? Because the value is mind blowing.

Dollar Power

Women make up the bulk of travel’s target market. According to Forbes, this segment makes 80% of travel...

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4 Steps to Engage Your Market Through Social Media

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Social Media For Tourism

Social media may feel daunting some days, but there are a few tricks to get your messages to the right people likely to book!

1. Create Content

This is perhaps the greatest challenge of a successful social media account. Think of it like a television “channel.” No one will tune in if you don’t have any shows for them to watch! Content works best when you educate and inspire. Each post should have something useful or interesting to share, and a beautiful image.

Before you make each post, ask yourself “would I want to read this if [my competitor] posted it?” Take photos, share news and interesting information, and create visuals that could easily belong in a glossy magazine to represent your brand.

2. Collect Data and Use It

Know Your Customers!

Demographics go far...

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5 Surefire Ways to Increase Year-Round Bookings

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Perhaps you have plenty of bookings during the high season, but what can you do to ensure bookings flow all year, through shoulder and low season? Here are five proven tactics that will keep your bookings rolling in every season.

1. Responsive site

To ensure year-round bookings, first you must get the basics right. According to eMarketer’s latest estimates of travel research in 2016, 51.8% of all travellers who book trips online will do so using a mobile device.

That means your accommodation, whether you’re a small two-room B&B or a large resort, must have a responsive website site that can be viewed on any size device.

2. Powerful Booking Engine

Another fundamental key to increasing your online booking lies in the system you use – namely, your booking...

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Why Newsletters Work!

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There can be some negativity around email newsletters; we all receive too many of them and yes, some can become tedious and often ignored. However, don’t be too quick to dismiss newsletters as being wrong for your business – when done well they can be very effective at bringing high quality traffic to your website. High quality traffic that wants to buy from you.

Pug reading newspaper

Firstly, consider that you are talking to an audience who has already told you they want to receive news from you. These people have admitted they are interested in your product or service. At Tomahawk we often see healthy website traffic from newsletters on our clients’ Google Analytics accounts – low bounce rates and a high amount of time spent on the website. So, whilst there will always be a percentage who don’t...

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