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The Impact of Natural Disasters on Digital Marketing

When natural disasters strike, they can leave massive devastation in their wake. In 2018, there have been 11 natural disasters that have totaled over $1 billion each in damages. The wildfires in California are the most recent event to capture attention across the country and pose a threat not only […]

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How the World Cup Influenced 2018 Summer Travel Trends

This past year, we’ve seen some striking changes in summer travel trends. While traditionally favored destinations like the US, Canada, the UK, France, and the Mediterranean continue to attract a steady stream of vacationers, new regions are rapidly increasing in popularity. One reason for this shift seems to be the […]

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Golden Week: China’s Biggest Holiday for Travel

There are two major holidays in China that most Chinese make big travel plans for. The first is the Spring Festival, which coincides with China’s Lunar New Year and when millions of people travel to spent time with their families. The second major holiday is China’s National Day. It’s often called […]

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New Report: How Global Events Impact Travel

Travel trends across the globe are constantly in flux due to a variety of different factors including: Socio-economics – including shifts in exchange rates like those seen in the U.K. after the Brexit decision; The draw of different types of popular events, such as the Olympics and FIFA World Cup; […]

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The Trends Defining Millennial Business Travelers

Business travelers are a notoriously mercurial and diverse demographic, and as we’ve explored in previous posts, they can be tricky to target due to their vastly divergent booking protocols and preferences. Adding to these challenges is the fact that millennials are poised to claim their place as the predominant corporate […]

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How to Prepare for Spring Break Bookings

In the next few weeks and all throughout March, schools across the US will be closing their doors for spring break vacation. There is usually a two-week traffic spike right in the middle of that period as a surge of last-minute bookers start to make plans and bookings. Popular spring […]

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The Year of the Dog: Digging into China’s Booking Trends

As a Taiwanese immigrant now residing in the US, I personally get into the “holiday spirit” during this time of the year. If you’ve heard that 2018 is the “Year of the Dog,” you may already know that another side of the globe is currently celebrating Chinese New Year, which […]

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Aspirational Travelers and New Year’s Resolution Demand

Every year, millions of people around the globe ring in the New Year and set new goals for themselves filled with optimism. Though weight loss and quitting bad habits are often top of mind when we think about common New Year’s resolutions, more general or vague goals like “try something […]

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The Impact of Christmas on Metasearch Performance

Christmas is an important time of the year for digital advertisers, and there is no shortage of importance when it comes to metasearch performance during Christmas. With Christmas signaling the last week of the year, it’s important to keep a close eye on performance to ensure your properties spend to […]

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Driving Bookings with Amenities

We are always looking for the best ways to improve our clients’ metasearch performance. With a growing number of properties participating, it can be difficult to stand out. While price, reviews, location and convenience remain the most important considerations for travelers, a study recently conducted by TripAdvisor identified that 77% of consumer booking decisions are influenced by the available amenities. Amenities serve as a value add for customers. The more discerning travelers will not even consider a property if the right amenities are not available.

Think of it this way, participating in metasearch is a lot like competing on The Bachelor. One customer has the choice of dozens of beautiful properties vying for their attention. All of them hoping to earn that coveted rose (in this case booking) and save themselves from elimination. So how do you stand out? Is it by being the easiest or cheapest option? This will definitely earn you a lot of attention, but it doesn’t often lead to a long term relationship. Everyone knows that the winner will be the one that “gets” the bachelor on a deeper level and can satisfy all of their needs. So how can your hotel win the rose? Attractive amenities may be the answer.

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