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TripAdvisor Launches Special Offers Filter

When booking a hotel, customers seek confidence that they are making the best purchasing decision. Whether that is booking the lowest price or taking advantage of a promotion, on-site messaging that helps a buyer feel confident can help increase conversion rate. TripAdvisor has new functionality live to promote Special Offers […]

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TripAdvisor Teams Up with Snapchat for the Release of Context Cards

Snapchat has grown a lot in its six-year history. From selfies and flower crown filters to spectacles and geolocations, the company reports 173 million active daily users that post three billion snaps per day. And now the app’s latest update, which was announced last week, includes hotel and restaurant reservations […]

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Maintaining Efficiency in a Dynamic Mobile Environment

The Year of Mobile… Again 2017 is on track to see more than triple the amount of metasearch traffic compared to three years ago. To date, mobile devices make up roughly 40% of metasearch traffic, but this number has considerable growth potential. Mobile traffic is trending 25-30% higher in a […]

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Kayak and TripAdvisor Testing New Interfaces

In a competitive space like metasearch, it’s no surprise to see the top players innovate and make changes to gain the most consumer share. Part of this involves consistently testing new interfaces in an attempt to optimize time on site, conversion rate, and plain old aesthetics. We’ve noticed both Kayak […]

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Comparing CPC vs CPA Cost Models

Over the past four years, we have had the pleasure of working with a broad range of advertisers. While the size, budget and campaign objectives vary between brands, there are a few common questions that all advertisers need to answer. One of the more prevalent being, which cost model should […]

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Understanding Price Competitiveness

It may sound like common sense that when searching for the perfect hotel, price matters, but the rate displayed by a hotel advertiser can have a larger impact than simply attracting a customer. In addition to making your ads more attractive to potential customers, being price competitive can lead to: […]

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Proximity Matters: Finding the Closest Hotel

When searching for a hotel, there are many different ways users can search: They can search for a specific hotel or brand name They can search for hotels in a city and narrow down by price and amenities They can search for a hotel closest to an attraction When traveling […]

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3 Fundamental Practices of Metasearch Management

We all know the power of 101 – fundamental knowledge. In practice, what is fundamental leads to advanced applications and continuous pursuit of improvement. Today we wanted to share some fundamental practices of metasearch campaign management that we have always found helpful. Inventory Audit When it comes to updating the […]

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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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