Posts tagged with Expedia

VisitBritain and Expedia launch campaign to target US travellers

On the back of Brexit, tourists have been making the most of the pound’s sharp decline in value. 

In July, visits to Britain were up 2% YoY, and combined with the fact that Americans spent £3bn here last year – it appears to be the ideal time to target travellers from overseas.

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An in-depth analysis of how Expedia converts visitors into customers: Part two

A few weeks ago Econsultancy published the first half of my in-depth look at how Expedia converts visitors into customers.

Part one looked at traffic from organic search and direct type-ins, while this article concludes my analysis with a look at traffic from PPC and social (organic and paid).

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An in-depth analysis of how Expedia converts visitors into customers: Part one

$5.73bn in revenue. Nearly $400m in profit. And a market cap of over $15bn.

That’s Expedia in a nutshell.

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84% of travel businesses have a digital transformation function

Only 16% of travel and hospitality companies lack a team responsible for digital transformation.

That's according to data from a survey of more than 170 senior digital marketing and ecommerce executives, part of our Digital Trends in the Travel and Hospitality Sector Report, published in partnership with Adobe.

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Google brings hotel booking to search

The transactionalization of search continues.

The latest market to be targeted by the world's largest search engine, Google: hotel booking. 

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Can Emojis in page titles increase Google CTRs?

Companies spend lots of time and money trying to climb the ranks of the SERPs, but fully maximizing how many people click on your results can be a difficult undertaking.

In an apparent effort to do just that, online travel giant Expedia is employing an unusual tool: Emojis in some of its page titles. 

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10 essential features for mobile travel sites

Looking for a break on a mobile? Gosh your commute must be especially arduous today.

Here’s some help: a guide to the most convenient features available on mobile travel sites, which could possibly help you find your way to pleasant pastures a lot quicker and also highlight some great design for other mobile commerce designers.

Ben Davis gives excellent advice on features needed for great mobile commerce design in general, which I’ll be using here, but skewing it towards features more suited to travel sites. 

For this feature I’ll be taking a look at a range of travel sites all optimised for mobiles: EasyJet, Ryanair, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Secret Escapes, Voyage Prive, Expedia, Mr & Mrs Smith, Laterooms and Skyscanner.

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How the travel industry uses email marketing

Because I’m a sucker for punishment, two weeks ago I signed up nine different travel websites in order to see how each company uses email marketing.

Here are the sites I chose: Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Secret Escapes, Voyage Prive, Expedia, Mr & Mrs Smith, The Weekenders and Skyscanner.

I’ll be looking at the frequency of emails, the use of subject lines, the email content itself, special offers, editorial voice, personalisation, relevance… All of the many tools that a company can utilise to coerce the recipient to open up an email or even engage with it.

Will this be the equivalent of leaving a skylight open during a storm, or your front door open during a riot?

Let’s take a look at my inbox, to see how it looks right now, two weeks after sign up. Please note, in a rare moment of sensible thinking, I set up a different email address to do this.

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Negative SEO: still taboo or becoming an accepted practice?

It can sometimes get a bit murky in the digital marketing world, with slander, extortion and Google penalties all potential weapons for practitioners of negative SEO.

This article aims to look at the current state of negative SEO, its place in the industry, how search engines are reacting/might react and significantly, ways to proactively detect negative SEO.

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Six ways travel brands are using social for content strategy

If content is king, then social is definitely queen. With a fast growing digital society that loves to post and boast, social media has become a fundamental tool in a content marketer’s kit.

And for the travel marketers, social has been a gift. Done well, a great campaign can far outreach any traditional marketing activity in terms of audience and influence.

Social, no longer seen as a bolt-on channel, has become an integral part of travel marketing, from PR, reputation management to customer engagement. And in many ways, it's also the voice of the brand. 

Virgin Atlantic’s ‎director of brand & customer experience, Reuben Arnold says: 'Social media helps us demonstrate our personality and what we’re about'.

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Mobile checkouts: which of the top 20 retailers have upgraded in the past year?

This time last year I looked at the mobile sites for the UK’s top 20 retailers to see which offered the best checkout process.

I found that there were a number of common flaws, such as forced registration, but in general the standard was quite high.

However I was also surprised to see that eight of the retailers were still relying on desktop sites. 

As 12 months has now passed I thought it would be interesting to see whether the situation had changed at all and find out which retailers have made an effort to upgrade their sites.

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Eight brands that crowdsourced marketing and product ideas

Nissan has just announced a new marketing campaign that uses its social channels to allow fans to help customise and name a one-off version of the Juke Nismo.

The campaign, which is fronted by ex-F1 driver Johnny Herbert, asks fans to contribute ideas for the kind of technology that should be incorporated into the car using the hashtag #Jukeride.

The idea is to use digital technology to help Nissan's professional driver's improve their skills, while also allowing the brand's social community to get involved with the development process.

A key part of the campaign involves a companion remote control helicopter that takes off from the roof of the car and tracks the driver's performance while also providing unique footage of motorsports events.

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