Following up from last week’s post that highlights what makes a positive user experience on travel websites, this article will look further into what mistakes brands should watch for on their websites. When designing, or revamping your hotel website, be sure to avoid these mistakes that can cost you direct bookings: • Slow load time … Continue reading Mistakes to Avoid On Your Hotel’s Website
We at ICE Portal have just launched the long-awaited new graphical user interface (GUI) of our visual content management system (CMS.) Hotels, resorts and other travel supplier partners are now being trained in the new system to more effectively manage and distribute their photos, videos and 360-degree virtual tours. We believe that this transition will … Continue reading Simplified Visual Management and Distribution with New ICE CMS
Although a great deal of hotel brands are making a strong push for direct bookings, it is also important to convert OTA consumers. In order to be found/seen in OTA search results, your property will need to rank highly amongst other properties. This rank is determined by OTA content score, and there are numerous factors … Continue reading What Influences OTA Content Score?
In the last few years, photo-sharing social media platform, Instagram, has skyrocketed in popularity. To be exact, Instagram’s user count hit 600 million users in December 2016, providing a huge network of consumers to be influenced and marketed to. This presents a great opportunity to hotel marketers to reach new guests and communicate with existing … Continue reading Why You Should Be Using Instagram to Market Your Hotel
Video is rapidly becoming the most popular way of marketing to consumers. It presents a great opportunity for hoteliers, who can utilize it to show off their property’s rooms, pools, gyms, surrounding areas and more. Using video on your hotel website can increase direct bookings and delivering these videos to OTAs and GDSs can increase … Continue reading Further Evidence that Video is Taking Over the Digital Marketing World
Sources: InvisionStudio, YuMe, Aardvark360, Panomatics ICE Portal helps clients manage and distribute visual content to over 11 million unique visitors a month on 1,000s of travel and local websites around the globe in nine languages. To know more about us visit our social profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+; visit ICEPortal, or give us … Continue reading 6 Reasons to Use 360-degree Virtual Tours (Infographic)
Advertising on Snapchat is not only a savvy way to reach a large audience, but also effective for appealing to the coveted millennial consumer. As of February 2017, Snapchat has 158 million daily active users (DMR.) Of those users, approximately 86% are millennials (Statista.) These high volumes along with the increasing internet traffic coming from … Continue reading How Marriott is Using Snapchat Video Ads
Those who have updated their mobile Facebook app since March 2 may or may not have noticed the new “City Guides” feature, listed among other features in the bottom right hamburger menu. This addition brings users to a page that displays various major cities across the world and shows a count of how many friends … Continue reading What Facebook’s New City Guides Feature Means for Travel Marketers
After previous articles that examined stunning visuals from hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, we now look at the Scandinavian countries. These five properties throughout Norway, Sweden and Denmark offer fascinating visuals that are sure to entice travelers from all over the world. 1. Gorvalns Slott, Jarfalla, Sweden While the photo pictured below … Continue reading 5 Scandinavian Hotels with Alluring Visuals
A quickly emerging trend in the travel industry is using VR (virtual reality) to explore destinations, accommodations and other options available to consumers planning a trip. New research from YuMe goes deeper into consumer interest in VR and 360-degree videos and tells us how they feel about using them before purchasing. These are some interesting … Continue reading How Do Consumers Feel About Virtual Reality?