Key Digital Marketing Tools For Selling Your Travel Business
In today's fast-paced business world, where competition is fierce, travel entrepreneurs skilled in marketing know that a smart digital marketing strategy is essential for success. In this vast landscape, travel marketing offers numerous opportunities to connect with and engage your audience on your voyage.
Imagine your business as a stately vessel, embarking on a digital odyssey. To ensure a triumphant journey, you will need a well-orchestrated ensemble of digital marketing tools that play a huge part in marketing your travel business and help spread the word. So let's dive into what they are, shell we?
Social Media Marketing
Social media is the guiding light that directs potential customers toward your business. It casts a wide beam, attracting both local and remote travellers all looking for travel inspiration so that they can tick items off of their bucket list. Not being on social media is like not having a foundation: it's the window into you, what you do, how you do it and it's how your clients get to know you too.
Content marketing helps to map out valuable narratives, insights, and guides that lead your audience towards your business's offerings. That could be anything from user-generated content to your favourite hotels around the world; it's your canvas to create and let your audience admire. It's important to have a realistic content marketing strategy that aligns with your business mission, vision and goals as well as understand what you want your audience to know through your content marketing.
When you're consistent and posting with a purpose, those social media followers will turn into travel clients. Ahhh the magic of so-shell media...
Influencer and Affiliate Marketing
Customers referred by others are four times more likely to refer additional customers to your business, and they also exhibit a 37% higher customer retention rate. So just as explorers form alliances during their ventures, collaborating with influencers and affiliates can expand your reach. They act as ambassadors, referring information about your business and their experience to their followers = doubling the audience reach, doubling the potential, and doubling the brand awareness.
Fostering a sense of community mirrors the establishment of a safe harbour. Engaging with your audience cultivates loyalty, encouraging return visits. It's about building a flourishing reef of customers and admirers who continually engage and react to your content. It means they're keen beans and nurturing them can lead to a great reputation as well as of course, sales! For example, spend some time each day for daily engagement. That means:
Responding to comments and direct messages
Engaging with people you follow with post likes and genuine comments
Following accounts that your target audience may also follow
Travel blogs serve as chronicles of your expeditions. They share experiences, fueling inspiration for others to embark on journeys associated with your brand. Sharing both your, client experiences and travel recommendations can be incredibly valuable content for both your current and prospective travel clients. Plus, sharing is caring, right?
Ah, the magic of sending messages in bottles...email marketing helps you to deliver news, promotions, and updates directly to subscribers—a direct conduit of communication with your audience and a tool that can be even more powerful than a post.
A TripAdvisor Listing
86% Of travellers rely on TripAdvisor to boost their confidence in booking decisions. So having a listing on TripAdvisor operates as a beacon for travellers. It helps you be prominent, visible and helps build credibility with a shiny listing that stands out amongst competitors. If you need help setting up, managing and optimising your TripAdvisor listing and/or making it look shell-rific, get in touch to learn more about my TripAdvisor management services.
And there you have it, a pocket guide filled with valuable pebbles and tools for marketing your travel business and reaching a wider audience through social media. I hope this was helpful and gave you some new ideas to try out.
If you'd like to explore these strategies for your travel business, feel free to get in touch for a free consultation.