It's time to throw away previous models of online distribution! Tomahawk Director and tourism marketing expert Gina Paladini presents the drastic changes in online distribution for tourism, and how your business can stay ahead of the curve.
Can you believe that more than half the year has already gone by? With only 5 months left in 2016, it’s time to ask yourself if you’ve done everything you can to market your travel website to the right audience. If not, now is the time to try these 5 sure fire strategies to boost your website performance:
Optimize your images
The number one selling feature of any travel-related website is photos. Some may say an image-heavy website is bad for SEO. We beg to differ. Images can be optimized with keywords using the alt tags and with proper naming conventions. These are also crawled by Google Bots and are displayed in both the Image Search results and the Universal results page. As a pro tip: submit an image sitemap in your Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) to get...
New Orleans, Louisiana is a gorgeous city fueled by tourism and known for spectacular events including Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and Second Lines. The city had an extra reason for celebration recently as the U.S. Travel Association brought down their annual IPW travel show for the first time in 14 years.
As the largest travel show in the nation, IPW connected tourism and hospitality sellers with thousands of buyers and journalists from 73 countries across the globe!
This very VIP event will generate revenue for years to come and it served as an excellent venue to network with industry movers and shakers.
Local tourism professionals came together in a huge movement to highlight the city's hospitality, world class attractions, and unique culture. Tomahawk USA's Director of...
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...
Usability, visual design and functionality are the three key elements that determine the success or failure of a website. It’s not just about making the website look pretty - use design to effectively guide a user through a path and make an impression of your brand upon the customer.
Our website for Tika Tours is a great example of how space can be used effectively to direct a users focus on important elements.
Space is one of the most important elements of design because it dictates everything from flow to readability to colours and layout. Every design needs space to breathe. For example, a user would never see your ‘Book Now’ button if it was cluttered with 10 other elements around it.
Our website for Touch of Spice shows how a consistent grid...
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.
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...