Hotel Marketing

Posted on Sep 23rd 2020 by Bryan Marsh
Hotels must communicate with their guests as much as possible, as this kind of engagement builds rapport, trust and loyalty - things that are important for making your brand a trusted name. Particularly, in fact, with unprecedented recent events like the...
Posted on Aug 17th 2020 by Bryan Marsh
On the surface, your brand identity is how you carefully present your business and its overall purpose, but underneath, it's how you make your customers feel - both initially and consistently. Laying the groundwork to create a strong hotel brand will buil...
Posted on Jul 15th 2020 by Bryan Marsh
With travel restrictions in place, borders opening and closing and travellers more cautious than ever about going for a holiday, it's time for hotels to adapt! In fact, the current climate in the tourism industry presents an ideal opportunity for you to h...
Posted on Apr 22nd 2020 by Bryan Marsh
Low hotel vacancy doesn't have to be a bad thing, as it offers the perfect opportunity to reorganise your rooms before getting a photographer in to capture the best features you're trying to sell your guests. Updating your old room photos is guaranteed to...
Posted on Mar 27th 2020 by Bryan Marsh
It's impossible to say when the COVID-19 coronavirus will subside - and whether it will become a thing of the past altogether. China, however, is starting to see the beginnings of their recovery, as other countries follow suit by learning from one another...
Posted on Mar 13th 2020 by Bryan Marsh
As for the hotel industry, the coronavirus outbreak has had a massive impact as travel and crowds are generally avoided, major events are cancelled, self-isolation is encouraged and lockdown is, or is gradually becoming, implemented in countries across th...
Posted on Feb 26th 2020 by Bryan Marsh
Millennials, accepted as those born in the '80s and early '90s, have defined a new way of living; shaping trends, interests and consumer products for peers, brands and Generation Z while existing at the forefront of a fast-paced digital age led by the int...
Posted on Jan 29th 2020 by Bryan Marsh
In little over 10 years, Airbnb has become a multibillion-dollar player in the online travel market, swaying travellers and holidaymakers in its favour with affordable short and long-term accommodation options and an overall unique experience that hotels...
Posted on Dec 30th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In our first blog, Managing Hotel Reviews Part I - Make Guest Experience Your Top Priority in 2020, we detailed the importance of providing the best possible guest experience to generate perfect online reviews. Of course, negative feedback is unavoidable,...
Posted on Dec 16th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Alongside room rates, closely followed by brand name and online images of your hotel, guest reviews play a big part in converting hotel browsers into customers, and generate an overall brand rating that, as we move into a new decade, is no longer possible...
Posted on Nov 29th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
With couples booking surprise retreats, professionals travelling for events and families visiting their loved ones, the festive season can mean a busy time if you're a hotelier, especially when it marks a crucial period during which you can market your na...
Posted on Nov 13th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In the pursuit for health and mental wellness, the bar for hoteliers and resort owners has been raised in terms of guest wellbeing, demanding not only luxury but ways guests can mentally disengage from routine responsibilities, reorganise and enjoy clarit...
Posted on Sep 25th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
After establishing your online marketing strategy, the next big step for your hotel is partnership marketing. By developing a mutually beneficial arrangement with a local business that shares the same values or goals as your brand, you'll be taking your m...
Posted on Sep 18th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
There is a wealth of reasons why video content is on the rise in the world of online hotel marketing: it presents the most eye-catching representation of your hotel, it's superior to photography when it comes to capturing customer attention and it deliver...
Posted on Aug 28th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In addition to hunting for value, more holidaymakers are seeking personalised and individually catered experiences when taking the steps to book their next escape. OTAs can remove the intimacy now highly sought-after by accommodation shopping customers, a...
Posted on Aug 14th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Whether you know it or not, your guests themselves can help you to increase hotel bookings in more than a few exciting ways. When it comes to holiday planning, eyeing customers are paying more attention than ever to past guest experiences, and what they'r...
Posted on Jul 31st 2019 by Bryan Marsh
While written descriptions and compelling SEO content will deliver the details and lift your website up the search engine rankings, impressive hotel photography is the driving force that will make your visitors' eyes pop before sending them to the booking...
Posted on Jun 29th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
It's easy to fall behind when it comes to accumulating and keeping an eye on customer feedback, but hearing what guests have to say about your hotel can be the difference between losing customers and lifting your brand to new and improved heights. In find...
Posted on May 30th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
At eTourism, we're committed to optimised hotel website design and powerful online marketing strategies that generate exposure and increase direct bookings. If you're as keen as we are about getting customers to book direct, take a look at our list of pre...
Posted on May 22nd 2019 by Bryan Marsh
While the OTAs will pull in your hotel's broader audience - yes, a worthwhile strategy if you want to maintain a busy occupancy - it's still no reason to put your feet up and ignore the greater benefits of convincing customers to book direct. Maximising r...
Posted on Apr 30th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Social media is busier than ever and if you're not using it to market your hotel, you're missing out on a serious opportunity to build a close online relationship with customers that will boost your hotel's popularity, inspire trust and see an exponential...
Posted on Mar 1st 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In a travel market that's more competitive than ever, the way your hotel's brand makes guests feel can mean the difference between winning repeat bookings or losing out to a competitor. Every key marketing touch point in the booking journey is a chance to...
Posted on Jan 31st 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Where will travel take us in the coming 11 months? From the latest advances in digital payments to ongoing concerns about data security, here are 3 of the leading trends expected to make their mark on 2019. The Evolution Of Payment Cash payments are on th...
Posted on Jan 18th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Every independent hotel wants to boost its retention rates. Loyal, repeat guests play a crucial role in driving direct bookings, increasing revenue and generating free word of mouth marketing in the form of reviews and referrals. So how can you retain mor...
Posted on Jan 16th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
As we ease into 2019, it's the perfect time to turn over a new leaf (or 3) and think about your hotel's marketing goals for the coming 12 months and the tactics, strategies and best practices you're going to use to achieve them. When it comes to deciding...
Posted on Dec 1st 2018 by Bryan Marsh
As your guests start to plan their Christmas and New Year getaways, it's time to plan how your hotel can capitalise on the seasonal travel market and maximise revenue this holiday season. With competition as fierce as ever, your property needs to fight ag...
Posted on Oct 26th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
The evolution of the digital landscape is rapid and unstoppable. As a marketer you either adapt to emerging trends, technology and strategies or your brand gets lost in the noise. Now that 2018 is drawing to a close, it's a good time to look ahead to the...
Posted on Oct 12th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
The ultimate aim of any hotel's website is to wrestle traffic away from the OTA's and drive direct bookings. Unfortunately, many properties are driving a steady stream of travellers to their websites only to fall at the final hurdle. If you're seeing high...
Posted on Sep 20th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Competing against Expedia, Booking.com and the other major online travel agents for travellers' attention and bookings is an ongoing battle for all hoteliers. These OTAs are masterfully designed to convert holiday browsers into room bookers within just a...
Posted on Aug 6th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
No matter how much the rest of the digital marketing landscape evolves, Google's domination over search remains constant. As of last month, the company accounted for a whopping 90.20% of all mobile searches and 72.21% of those made on desktop. Google's un...
Posted on Jul 27th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Online shoppers are notoriously impatient, in fact, even a delay as small as one second can cause a sharp decline in page views, conversions and consumer satisfaction rates. And since Google includes site speed among one of the many factors its uses to de...
Posted on Jul 10th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
No matter what stage of the holiday planning journey they're at, when guests land on your hotel's website, you want them to complete an action. Sign up for your property's email newsletter, make an enquiry, share your content or make a booking. When it co...
Posted on Jun 14th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
No hotelier really needs to be reminded of the essential role reviews play in the holiday shopping process. But just in case you do, the latest stats show that a massive 95% of guests browse the opinions of other travellers before booking a trip, with Tri...
Posted on May 19th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
What motivates travellers and inspires them to book? In the crucial early stages of travel planning it's not amenities, room sizes and air conditioning, but the prospect of exciting and enriching experiences; a break from the norm, an escape. During this...
Posted on May 8th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
From news to YouTube tutorials, Snaps to Instagram Stories, Vine and endless cat clips, video is the most popular form of content on the internet. In fact, it's expected to account for as much as 82% of all internet traffic by 2021. For marketers, video...
Posted on Apr 19th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
The seemingly unshakeable grip of the online travel agencies has long been a point of contention for hoteliers trying to maximise profits from online bookings. But how do they do it? Beside the obvious factor of low rates, one of the key reasons for the s...
Posted on Apr 3rd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
In an industry that's all about creating aspirational experiences, images sell better than words ever can. Investing time and resources to ensure your website features carefully selected, high quality photos of your hotel will pay dividends when it comes...
Posted on Mar 23rd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Few can dispute the importance of social proof in the travel industry. When planning their breaks, almost all online holiday planners are influenced by the opinions of other travellers when it comes to choosing where to travel and stay. While review sites...
Posted on Mar 15th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
At a time when older generations are tightening their purse strings, adventure-hungry millennials are spending more on travel than ever. Unsurprisingly, it's OTAs that are seeing most of this increased spending, with data revealing that more than 50% of t...
Posted on Dec 1st 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone in a whirlwind of consumer excitement and spending. It's now time to think slightly further down the road, adopt new tactics and target procrastinating guests still considering a last minute festive break....
Posted on Nov 3rd 2017 by Bryan Marsh
One of the biggest shake ups in SEO in recent years has been the arrival of voice search. Thanks to mobile personal assistants and technologies such as Amazon Echo and Corona, consumers can quickly and conveniently find what they're looking for online wit...
Posted on Oct 12th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Making use of audience generated content on social media offers a uniquely compelling way to communicate your hotel's story, gain the trust of your guests and drive traffic and bookings. Thanks to Facebook's news feed algorithm update of 2016, it has also...
Posted on Aug 18th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Repeat guests are your most valuable asset. They are cheaper to market to, provide a reliable source of revenue and are likely to provide plenty of word of mouth recommendations. So how do you turn more of the travellers checking into your property for th...
Posted on Jul 12th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
In an online market dominated by online travel agents with steep commission rates, every hotel wants to increase the number of bookings made directly through their property's website. Here are 5 ways to wrestle control away from the OTA's and maximise rev...
Posted on May 10th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Representing the percentage of visitors who land on your website only to leave before checking out any other page, bounce rate is one of the few metrics you really don't want to increase. A high bounce rate often indicates that a page offers a poor user e...
Posted on Apr 20th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Whatever else changes in the online marketing world, reviews will continue to form an integral part of the hotel shopping process for your guests. More than half of travellers around the world won't even consider booking a hotel before reading what previo...
Posted on Mar 22nd 2017 by Bryan Marsh
For most hotels, online travel agents are a necessary evil. Like it or not, they're the first port of call for most travellers researching their breaks online, and if your property is not listed you're going to miss out on a huge amount of exposure. But w...
Posted on Mar 15th 2017 by Admin
If you really want to capture your audience's attention online, you need to add video to your marketing mix. Few other forms of content have the power to excite and inspire your guests so effectively, with Google data revealing that up to 42% of online tr...
Posted on Feb 8th 2017 by Admin
The competition for your guests' attention online is fiercer than ever, and one thing's for sure; if other local hotels are doing a better job reaching them than you are, your booking rates are going to suffer. So, how do you know if your competition is s...
Posted on Oct 4th 2016 by Bryan Marsh
Large chain hotels have been using carefully designed loyalty programs for decades, and the OTAs have followed suit with their own discounts and promos designed to retain more guests. Yet, for small hotels and resorts with just one location, such schemes...