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Posted on Sep 10th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
In life, old habits die hard. And in blogging, they can be just as difficult to break. If your current campaign isn't generating the traffic and bookings you'd like it to, it's time to identify bad habits so you can break free of your blogging rut and sta...
Posted on Aug 12th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
At the end of July, Google introduced a major change to its local search algorithm, informally nicknamed 'Pigeon.' The update is designed to improve local search results by integrating them more closely with traditional search features and ranking signals...
Posted on Aug 6th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Successful SEO is about much more than keyword rankings. If you want your resort's website to survive algorithm changes, avoid Google penalties, and get noticed on a web saturated with content, here are 5 critical SEO mistakes you need to avoid....
Posted on Aug 5th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Who needs Google? Well, we all do. Ranking for important keywords is an undeniably powerful way to get your resort's name in front of your guests and drive streams of relevant traffic back to your website ready to make a booking. But with Google constantl...
Posted on Jun 25th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Email opens on mobile devices have soared from just 11% in 2011, to a steady 45% of all email opens in 2014. As email opens on mobile grow and grow, desktop and webmail opens are rapidly falling, leaving email marketers who want to reach their audience no...
Posted on Jun 24th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Are you doing everything you can to maximise your social media marketing efforts or merely covering the basics? By taking just 3 simple steps, you can build on your current social media routine, make your accounts work harder for you and bring in greater...
Posted on Jun 24th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Do you know which page gets viewed the most on the average website? Yep, you guessed it " it's the homepage. That's not surprising when you consider: It's probably the oldest page on your site (and has therefore gathered the most inbound links) and its UR...
Posted on Jun 18th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
From social media to blogging and email marketing, there are so many strategies available to improve your resort's online visibility that it's easy to overlook one of the oldest, yet most effective. After all, link building is dead, isn't it? The answer t...
Posted on Jun 18th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
There's no doubt about it: if you want to climb the search results, capture valuable relevant traffic and send it to your resort's website, you have a lot of work to put in. You need to design a strong SEO strategy, implement it successfully into your sit...
Posted on Jun 17th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
The abundance of analytics tools available online have made it easier than ever to measure the impact of content campaigns. But away from valuable metrics like click-through rates, bounce rates and traffic volume, there are other, less tangible benefits o...
Posted on Jun 11th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Email remains one of the very best ways to reach your guests online. But that's only if you're reaching people that actually want to hear from you. Low quality, outdated contact lists will seriously hamper your online marketing campaign, so if you can't r...
Posted on Jun 11th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Up until now you've probably been investing most of your resort's social media energy and resources into building your fan base on Facebook. Now, with Google+ getting bigger and more important by the day, it's time to do the same on Google's own social ne...
Posted on Jun 10th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Google+ does not yet command the colossal membership numbers enjoyed by Facebook and Twitter, but thanks to its close integration into many other Google products, the platform is perhaps more crucial to your SEO success than any of the other social networ...
Posted on Jun 4th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Optimal content length is something which has always been hotly debated among online marketers. Although there are no concrete rules regarding length, there are general guidelines you can use to inform your content creation efforts and ensure you strike t...
Posted on Jun 4th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Polling is a powerful but often overlooked tool than can help you gather feedback for your resort, build a community, create fresh content and even increase your website traffic. Best of all, it can easily be worked into your social media strategy simply...
Posted on Jun 3rd 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Running a successful online marketing campaign is pretty demanding. Most of us are juggling multiple social media accounts, scheduling new content, creating email campaigns, optimising for Google, constantly analysing datathe list goes on. With so much to...
Posted on May 29th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
With most people receiving around 81 emails a day, the average inbox is a pretty crowded place. Sending out highly targeted, carefully crafted messages that offer real value to your guests is essential if you want to compete against this clutter and hold...
Posted on May 29th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
The power social media and blogs have to raise brand awareness is no longer disputed, but what about their power to inspire action? What is the value of all those impressions if your guests aren't following through and making a booking? Working a compelli...
Posted on May 27th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Reviews have an immense impact on your online reputation and a knock-on effect on booking rates. According to recent research from TripAdvisor, as many as 93% of travellers around the world say their holiday decisions are impacted by the reviews they read...
Posted on May 21st 2014 by Bryan Marsh
As we discussed in a recent blog, Google+ looks certain to grow and grow as Google seeks to incorporate the social platform into all its most popular products. Now that Google+ is still relatively 'young', it's a good time to make sure you've mastered its...
Posted on May 20th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Some rules are made to be broken, and social media rules are no exception. That's not to say you should let chaos reign on your account, but if you're sticking to the following code of conduct too rigidly, you could actually be limiting your campaign's po...
Posted on May 19th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
With 29 million unique visitors on desktop every month, and 41 million on Smartphones, Google+ has doubled in size year over year. Despite these figures, it's still a relatively small social network in terms of membership, not least when compared with Fac...
Posted on May 14th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Even now that most of us have had a few years practice, keeping on top of Facebook marketing can be a challenge. Sometimes it helps to go back to basics and remind yourself of a few of the best practices that can be relied on to drive Likes, comments an...
Posted on May 14th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Engaging with your audience is all about knowing your audience. By using data drawn from Google Analytics, you can find out the key information you need to create strong guest personas for your social media audience, helping you formulate content that is...
Posted on May 13th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Nothing is more important to a successful email marketing campaign than a high open rate. After all, what good is crafting a powerful and personalised message you think your guests will really love, if it simply sits there, unopened once it drops into the...
Posted on May 7th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Your page stats show that people are viewing your blogs, but why aren't they clicking your calls to action? Why aren't they commenting? Most importantly, why aren't they booking? If your guests are failing to engage with your blogs, it's time to identify...
Posted on May 7th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Thanks to its integration with other Google products like YouTube and search results, Google+ provides more opportunities to interact with your audience and drive web traffic than any other social platform. But to drive this traffic, you must first get yo...
Posted on Apr 30th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Last year, Google caused (another) shake up in the marketing world by removing organic keyword data from Google Analytics, replacing it with the words 'Not Provided'. Since then, speculation has been rife that the search company plans to start blocking p...
Posted on Apr 29th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
In an ideal world, all your fans and followers on social media would head straight to your resort's website to find out more about your property, sign up to your mailing list and get ready to book. In reality, most of them need a gentle push. These 3 tips...
Posted on Apr 28th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
The world of Search Engine Optimisation can appear complex and sometimes baffling, so it's not surprising that even in 2014, some people still cling to ideas and practises that are no longer relevant, misjudged or simply obsolete. Listening to these SEO m...
Posted on Apr 16th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Content has become one of the most important ways to reach and build a relationship with your audience in recent years, but developing an effective content strategy isn't easy, even for multinational brands with huge marketing budgets. With Google constan...
Posted on Apr 16th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Social media is constantly evolving, and as we all strive to keep pace, it's inevitable that a few mistakes get made along the way. With this in mind, here are five big social media blunders you might be guilty of, and how to avoid making them again....
Posted on Apr 15th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
When marketers first wised up to the crucial link between content and better search rankings, everyone was trying to create as many new pages to fill their site and share on social media as they possibly could. Unsurprisingly, this lead to the publication...
Posted on Apr 9th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
It's less difficult, and less expensive, to generate a booking from an existing guest than it is to convert someone new, yet this simple fact often gets overlooked in the race to reach a wider audience online. Hotels can retain more guests and save money...
Posted on Apr 9th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Google's accommodation search and comparison service Hotel Finder is slowly but surely gaining momentum in the US, and will create another valuable opportunity for you to promote your resort online when it gets rolled out fully over here in the near futur...
Posted on Apr 7th 2014 by Lee Tester
The world of social media is constantly evolving, and most of us are just trying to keep pace with a steady stream of fresh content to engage our fans. But although focusing on the message is vital to audience engagement rates, it's also important to set...
Posted on Apr 2nd 2014 by Bryan Marsh
You know that positive guest reviews are essential to your property's success, and as we covered in a recent post, the public is becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to spotting hotels' false attempts to accumulate this all-important feedback online....
Posted on Apr 1st 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Photos are one of the most effective tools out there for increasing traffic and driving shares, and now that almost everyone has a Smartphone in their pocket, there's no need to do all the hard work setting up great shots yourself. Each time your guests c...
Posted on Mar 31st 2014 by Bryan Marsh
How much value do your guests place on the opinions of others online? Have they lost trust in review sites or do they still form a crucial component of the booking process? A new study from ITB Berlin and the Worms University of Applied Sciences has looke...
Posted on Mar 26th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Towards the end of 2012, Google began rolling out its one-stop accommodation planning tool Hotel Finder into standard search results worldwide. Two years on, let's take a closer look at how the service has evolved and its impact on the online travel secto...
Posted on Mar 26th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Almost every year, the same message can be heard resonating from marketing circles: SEO is officially "dead" or at least changed so fundamentally that it's completely unrecognizable from what it once was. The truth is, search engine optimisation is alive...
Posted on Mar 26th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Sending out an email newsletter is a great way to stay in regular contact with your guests, alert them to new offers, increase engagement and drive booking rates, but if you're not staying on top of the hard data, how can you be sure all your hard work is...
Posted on Mar 19th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
However well you've done your guest persona research, it's not always easy thinking up blog topic ideas that are highly relevant and exciting to your audience each week. Fortunately, within just a few simple steps, you can identify the kind of blog posts...
Posted on Mar 19th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Social media has broken down the barriers between hotels and their guests, allowing properties of all sizes to engage with their audience in a way that is less corporate, more human and more engaging. Whatever your platform(s) of choice, succeeding in the...
Posted on Mar 19th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Where once, someone might share a positive customer service experience over a chat and a coffee with a few friends, people are now taking to social media in their droves to share photos, write reviews and publish their personal experiences with an audienc...
Posted on Mar 13th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Noticed anything different about the Google search results lately? In the last few days the search company has begun rolling out a new design which changes the way organic search results and ads are displayed to desktop users....
Posted on Mar 12th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
You know you need to post to your property's social media accounts regularly to keep your audience engaged, but how often is enough? Is there such as thing as too often? And what's the best time of day to post for maximum results?...
Posted on Mar 12th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
As you know, your resort's blog is one of your most valuable assets when it comes to climbing the search rankings, driving traffic to your website, engaging your audience and increasing bookings. Naturally, you want your blog to perform even better, but w...
Posted on Mar 12th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Adding fresh, interesting and well written content to your property's website on a regular basis is your best chance of climbing the search results pages, engaging your target guests and reaching a wider audience online. Thanks to Google's 'Hummingbird' u...
Posted on Mar 6th 2014 by Lee Tester
eTourism is proud to announce that it is now a certifed Tripconnect Partner. This means that you can list your booking engine results within your Tripadvisor listing page. This is a cost per click program where you bid against other OTAs for the top posit...
Posted on Mar 5th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
With the online travel landscape only becoming more and more competitive, and an array of new marketing tactics appearing almost every week, how do you decide where to focus your efforts to get noticed by your guests in 2014? Here are 3 of the biggest tre...
Posted on Mar 5th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Images generate more engagement across social networks than any other kind of content, which means if you're not already posting pics that resonate with your guests on a regular basis, you're missing out on a ton of shares, likes and website traffic. So h...
Posted on Mar 5th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
As an online marketer, the people that actively engage with your message and spread it on to their wider social community are your biggest asset. Perhaps more than any other social platform, Google+ makes it easy to reach out to these brand evangelists an...
Posted on Feb 26th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Although somewhat overshadowed by social media in the past few years, email marketing is still a fantastic way to engage your guests and drive bookings - just as long as you're doing it right. The key is to ensure you're sending out professional, welcome...
Posted on Feb 26th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Your website is your vehicle to showcase your property. It's likely to form your guests' first impression of your business and has the power to drive more bookings than any other component of your online campaign....
Posted on Feb 26th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
You probably know by now that an effective, well maintained social media presence can boost your property's SEO efforts, but chances are you may not have thought about things from the other angle. In other words, have you stopped to think how you can also...
Posted on Feb 19th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Just a few years ago, search engine optimization and blogging were two very separate spheres of marketing -all that link building and keyword research seemed a world away from the more creatively driven nature of the blogosphere....
Posted on Feb 19th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
With the world of Search constantly changing, and countless new tactics popping up in the marketer's SEO rulebook every month, how do you choose where to prioritise your efforts for maximum results?...
Posted on Feb 19th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Recent research from ShareThis has confirmed a trend that will come as no surprise to most: when it comes to sharing content with friends and family on social media, more people are pushing aside their computers and reaching for their mobile phones instea...
Posted on Feb 12th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
It's happened to all of us. You land on a website ready to purchase. But very quickly, you become confused. How do I navigate the site? Where can I go to see reviews? What steps do I take next to purchase?...
Posted on Feb 12th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Google's innovative and controversial new product Google Glass will be made available to the public later this year. With the launch date imminent, it's time to start thinking about how such technology will impact the way consumers search for and interact...
Posted on Feb 5th 2014 by Lee Tester
We all know that optimising your website's content and design is a key component of any successful SEO strategy. But it's also possible to dominate the search rankings with off-site content that you control or at least influence, while at the same time im...
Posted on Feb 5th 2014 by Lee Tester
How much does your social media community really like you? Facebook's Insight platform for businesses can help you find out. The feature offers a range of data that can help you assess the likeability of your property's brand so you can plan ways to bette...
Posted on Feb 4th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
What do hotels and resorts need to do to get the best results on Facebook? New research from Inside Facebook offers a couple of interesting insights. The study looked at the Facebook campaigns of over 2000 holiday properties, encompassing a total of 114,...
Posted on Jan 29th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
If, following our recent blog post about Yahoo, Bing and SEO, you've decided to go ahead and dedicate a little more time to these 'alternative' search engines, this is the post for you. Worried about finding time to incorporate two more search engines int...
Posted on Jan 29th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
When you hear the words "search engine," what's the first name you think of? Chances are your answer is Google, and with good reason. The company has become synonymous with search, boasting a 67% share of the global market and an impressive 6 billion sear...
Posted on Jan 28th 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Speculation is rife that Expedia has been penalised by Google, losing an estimated 25% in its search visibility. It is thought that the search giant has come down hard on the major travel website thanks to evidence the company was using a paid links schem...
Posted on Jan 23rd 2014 by Bryan Marsh
A recent study by Google and Nielsen has revealed that almost three quarters of mobile users make enquiries using a search engine when using their devices to complete a purchase. It therefore goes without saying that if you haven't done so already, implem...
Posted on Jan 22nd 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Maintaining a blog isn't just about writing great content; it's about encouraging a dialogue with your audience. The comments section is the ideal place to encourage your guests to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions, but with so many spammers out th...
Posted on Jan 22nd 2014 by Bryan Marsh
Now that we're a few weeks into the New Year, have you stopped to think about where you'd like to take your property's marketing campaign in the coming 11 months? Taking time to reassess your efforts will keep you focused on everything you need to achieve...
Posted on Dec 18th 2013 by Administrator
SEO has changed radically in the last few years, but many businesses are still inadvertently limiting their ranking potential by relying on ineffective, outdated techniques that at best do nothing, and at worst, are actively penalised by Google. Here are...
Posted on Dec 18th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Back in September, Google unveiled Hummingbird, an algorithm adjustment which overhauled the way search results are ranked and sent waves across the marketing world. Around 90% of search inquiries are affected by the change, which moved the focus away fro...
Posted on Dec 17th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
The most successful businesses on Twitter do much more than simply spam their followers about how great they are. They use the platform to listen to their customers, check up on the competition and engage in helpful and meaningful conversations that demon...
Posted on Dec 11th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
When your guests are scouring the web for the perfect property for their next holiday, great hotel photography catches their eye and gets them daydreaming about their break. But what visuals are most likely to get travel shoppers pulling out their credit...
Posted on Dec 11th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Your resort's website is the best tool at your disposal for driving online bookings, and as you know, SEO plays a crucial role in making sure as many of your guests as possible actually land on it. Good SEO isn't just about driving high volumes of traffic...
Posted on Dec 10th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Have the rules and regulations surrounding Facebook contests caused you to shy away from trying them in the past? Not long ago the social network quietly updated its promotions policy, making it possible for businesses to run contests on their own timelin...
Posted on Dec 4th 2013 by Administrator
Pinterest has just introduced a brand new way for its users to pin the things that interest them in the form of 'Place Pins'. This new kind of pin has been designed primarily to cater for the increasing number of travellers that use the social platform, a...
Posted on Dec 4th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
If you want to dominate search results, you need to make sure your main social profiles and pages, as well as your website itself, rank highly. One of the best ways to help these pages climb the rankings is through building links, both from external websi...
Posted on Nov 27th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Christmas is just around the corner, and as people begin to decorate their homes for the season, it's time to think about how you can change up your resort's Facebook strategy to promote engagement and spread some festive spirit. Here are four simple idea...
Posted on Nov 27th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
TripAdvisor recently announced that content from its vast portfolio of hotel reviews will now appear in the Bing search results pages. Bing will reportedly now serve up property reviews, ratings and photos, as well as TripAdvisor's price comparison tool i...
Posted on Nov 26th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Once upon a time, travel enthusiasts planned their adventures by sticking pins in a wall map. Now, thanks to image-based social media platform Pinterest, they have a convenient, visually appealing 'virtual pinboard' to share their holiday plans and dreams...
Posted on Nov 21st 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Want to know what the online travel marketing industry has in store for 2014? Here are three key trends we think you should look out for Mobile Travel At the end of last year, Google Travel estimated that around a quarter of all search engine queries rela...
Posted on Nov 20th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Great SEO isn't just about ranking highly for those carefully chosen keywords and phrases anymore. It's about making sure you have the right content and technical strategies in place to get taken seriously by Google and get in front of as many of your gue...
Posted on Nov 19th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
It has only been ten months since Twitter introduced its video sharing service Vine, and in this short time the app has gathered more than 13 million users worldwide. Vine allows users to get creative with the video cameras on their Smartphones to create...
Posted on Nov 13th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
If you've ever daydreamt about sitting back and letting someone else do all your marketing for you, implementing a marketing automation system could be the answer. Well, almost. Marketing automation software doesn't actually make the work of your resort's...
Posted on Nov 13th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Google's 'Hummingbird' switch up has made it more important than ever to continually create high quality content to get noticed in search results and drive traffic to your resort's website. Great content is an extremely effective tool for driving traffic...
Posted on Nov 12th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Twitter has come a long way since the days when simply posting a few lines of text and a link to an image or blog post was the limit of its marketing capabilities. Perhaps in response to the soaring popularity of image-based social media, the site has rec...
Posted on Nov 7th 2013 by Lee Tester
Nothing beats hitting 'publish' on a new blog post, but even when the new content is finished and up on your site, there's work to be done to maximise its reach. This simple post-publication action plan will help you get more out of each blog you publish....
Posted on Nov 5th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Social media has become an essential component of every business's digital marketing toolbox. Used effectively, it's one of the best tools at your disposal for generating buzz around your resort, promoting guest engagement and driving bookings. If your so...
Posted on Nov 5th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Mobile web usage is at an all-time high and most businesses know that a mobile strategy is an essential component of a successful online presence. Building a mobile-friendly version of your resort's website is the first step, but what happens next? This c...
Posted on Nov 1st 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Search engines see the number of links directing to your website as a strong indication that your content is worth linking to, and therefore worth ranking highly on the search results page. However, increasingly, it's not just the sheer volume of links to...
Posted on Oct 30th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Your guests have a constantly expanding library of opinions about your property right at their fingertips in the form of TripAdvisor, Google's Hotel Finder, Yelp and a host of other review sites. As we discussed in a recent blog post, it's virtually impos...
Posted on Oct 28th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Thanks to TripAdvisor's Travel Affiliate Program, content from the world's number one travel site now gets in front of more than 300 million people worldwide, making guest reviews of your resort more readily available than ever. This easy access to a weal...
Posted on Oct 24th 2013 by Lee Tester
YouTube has stepped up their analytics reporting over the last few months and now offers a more useful range of reports to help you assess your channel's performance. The insights contained in these reports can be used to hone your video marketing strateg...
Posted on Oct 24th 2013 by Lee Tester
Social media remains the most effective way to connect with droves of potential guests around the world while strengthening engagement with repeat guests and showing off the more human side of your resort. If you feel that your current campaign isn't work...
Posted on Oct 22nd 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Last month, Google created waves in the marketing world with "Hummingbird," its most significant algorithm change for over a decade. With the new algorithm, Google has shifted the focus away from a search system based almost entirely on keyword matching t...
Posted on Oct 17th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
The transactional or 'Thank You' email is an automated message triggered when your guests make an online booking or complete a specific action such as signing up to your mailing list. These are one of the most effective kinds of marketing emails for impro...
Posted on Oct 16th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
One of the most significant changes of Google's recent Hummingbird update is that data scraped from websites is now being displayed on the results page alongside traditional search results content. Now, each time a user makes a search enquiry, Google will...
Posted on Oct 16th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Just before its 15th birthday, Google unveiled one of its biggest and most significant algorithm overhauls yet. The update, nicknamed Hummingbird, is the search company's latest move designed to deliver a higher quality service to its users. How the updat...
Posted on Oct 9th 2013 by Bryan Marsh
Getting specific when it comes to SEO can be a very profitable strategy. By ranking highly for keywords related to your resort's particular niche, your website will attract higher quality traffic and generate more bookings than ever before. Decide on Your...