TripAdvisor Insights

Get the latest best practices and research on how to build your business on the world’s largest travel site.

New & Exciting

Popular

Frequently Asked Questions About TripAdvisor for Restaurants

Frequently Asked Questions About TripAdvisor for Restaurants We've put together a comprehensive list of all of our frequently asked questions about TripAdvisor for Restaurants.

Why should I claim my TripAdvisor listing?

Claiming your TripAdvisor listing and registering as a representative of your restaurant is free and allows you access to all aspects of your TripAdvisor page including: editing business details, adding photos, responding to reviews, and more. Claim your listing by visiting the TripAdvisor Management Centre. To protect your business, we may ask for a credit card to verify your identity, but this is only for verification purposes and claiming your business is always free. For full instructions on registering, read our guide.

How do I manage my TripAdvisor listing and make it more attractive to visitors?

Once you’ve registered, you can manage all aspects of your TripAdvisor listing in the Management Centre. The Management Centre is available on both desktop and our mobile app. Simply download the latest TripAdvisor app for iOS or Android and use your phone to respond to reviews, answer questions from potential diners and manage many of your TripAdvisor Premium features. Learn more about the mobile Management Centre here.

To optimise your TripAdvisor listing, read our full guide.

How do I update my restaurant's listing details?

All of your business’s listing details can be updated in the Management Centre. To access this page, head to the Profile menu at the top of the page and click Manage Listing. Here, you can update information on your business including: general information like your name, contact details, your location, hours of operation, cuisine, pricing information, and more.

...

TripAdvisor Popularity Ranking: Key Factors and How to Improve

TripAdvisor Popularity Ranking: Key Factors and How to Improve Learn more about the TripAdvisor Popularity Ranking and get tips for improving your business’s performance. Your TripAdvisor Popularity Ranking is based on user reviews and reflects your standing against other businesses within your geographical location. Your Popularity Ranking is important because the closer you are to the top, the more likely it is that users will see your business when they search your area. Here are the three primary factors that impact your Popularity Ranking, and ways that you can improve: Quality of Reviews Higher bubble ratings positively impact your Popularity Ranking. Set guest expectations before they arrive by making sure any information about your business is up to date and photos accurately reflect your business. Fulfill or exceed those expectations during their stay, and keep those positive reviews rolling in! Quantity of Reviews...

Everything You Need to Know About the TripAdvisor Popularity Ranking

Everything You Need to Know About the TripAdvisor Popularity Ranking Learn all about the TripAdvisor Popularity Ranking algorithm, including how it’s used to rank accommodations, attractions and restaurants, and how it evolves over time. How the Popularity Ranking works The Popularity Ranking is based on the quality, recency and quantity of reviews that a business receives from users — and the consistency of those reviews over time. Quality The bubble ratings that users provide as part of their reviews are used to rank the quality of the experience at each business. All other things being equal, a business with more 5-bubble ratings will rank higher than a business with lower bubble ratings. Recency...

Glossary: Sponsored Placements Performance Report

Glossary: Sponsored Placements Performance Report Definitions of metrics included in your Sponsored Placements performance report — and tips on how to use them. It’s now easier than ever to track your campaign’s performance and find places where you can optimise it. Here’s a quick summary of what each metric in the Sponsored Placements performance report includes and what you can do to make improvements: Ad Impressions:

The total number of times your ads appeared in all locations over the course of the time period selected. Think about this as the total reach of your campaign. While not all travellers who see your ad will click it, the increased exposure of your property over time can help get you into more travellers’ consideration sets (the collection of options they’re choosing from). Learn more here.

To increase the number of impressions you receive — and the reach of your campaign — you can choose a higher budget option. While you don’t pay for impressions, your ads will be served more frequently.

Click-Through Rate:

This is the total number of clicks you’ve received, divided by the total impressions for the time period selected. This is a good way to measure how engaging your ads are — do they draw travellers in or not?

For more helpful tips on how to improve click-through rate, see our article on “How to Get More Clicks on Your Sponsored Placements.”

...

How to Add Contact Details to Your TripAdvisor Listing

How to Add Contact Details to Your TripAdvisor Listing Here’s how to put millions of potential guests - nearby and across the globe - one click or call away from booking with you with Contact Details. Your TripAdvisor page can get hundreds or even thousands of visits per year. With a Business Advantage subscription, you can convert this qualified traffic into direct bookings using Contact Details. Contact Details allow you to add critical business information to your TripAdvisor listing, so travellers can connect with you directly. Here’s what you need to know about Contact Details so you can optimise your Business Advantage return on investment. Not a Business Advantage subscriber? Learn more and sign up at www.tripadvisor.com/BusinessAdvantage About Contact Details With Contact Details, travellers on your TripAdvisor page can reach you directly, whether they’re on a laptop, tablet or mobile device. You can display up to three methods of direct contact, including your:

  • Website
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Deals page
  • Packages page
  • A virtual tour
...

6 Free Tools to Get More Reviews for Your Restaurant

6 Free Tools to Get More Reviews for Your Restaurant A key component of your online reputation is a steady collection of recent reviews. Here’s why that’s so important and how to encourage your diners to review you on TripAdvisor.

When it comes to managing your online reputation, one thing you should always be thinking about is how to generate a consistent stream of reviews about your restaurant.

That’s because an average potential diner often reads multiple reviews before making a choice of where to go to eat. We’ve found that diners spend twice as much time on TripAdvisor restaurant listings that have at least twenty reviews, so your first step should be to make sure your restaurant has a healthy volume of reviews.

Even when you’ve generated a large base of reviews, it’s important to keep collecting them. That’s because diners are much more interested in what your restaurant was like yesterday than what it was like six months ago.

Your goal? Strive for building a continuous pipeline of recent reviews. When a restaurant has over forty recent reviews — that is, reviews that are less than six months old — diners are three times as likely to engage with the listing in some way — by looking at the menu, clicking through to the website, or booking online.

Here are six free tools you can use to encourage diners to leave more reviews:

1. Collect Reviews Directly on Your Website

Use your restaurant’s own website to tell potential diners that you’re on TripAdvisor and encourage them to leave reviews.

If you’re tech-savvy (or know someone who is), you can add a personalised review collection widget which will allow your diners to write a TripAdvisor review without leaving your website. You can easily copy the personalised code from here and paste it onto your website.

You can read more about widgets and how to use them here.

At a minimum, mentioning on your website that you love restaurant reviews and including a link to your TripAdvisor listing should encourage diners to write reviews.

...

What Does TripAdvisor Do About Unfair Reviews?

What Does TripAdvisor Do About Unfair Reviews? Business owners and their customers often ask what we do about unfair or malicious reviews. Here we explain our approach...

When reviews are unbiased and honest, they are incredibly useful. For customers, they shine a light on businesses that offer great experiences, service and value; for owners, they help attract new customers to the business and provide valuable feedback on what it does well and where it can improve.

Unfair or malicious reviews have the opposite effect — they are misleading to potential customers and can do unwarranted damage to the reputation of a business.

Broadly speaking, there are two different scenarios in which an unfair review can occur:

  • Scenario #1: A review is submitted by someone who is either biased (you can learn more about how we determine bias here) or did not have a personal experience with the business they are reviewing.  We call these  Fake Reviews.
  • Scenario #2: A review is submitted by someone who did have a personal experience with the business (and is not biased by having a connection with the business), but what their review describes is disputed by the business.  We call these  Contested Reviews.

This distinction is an important one because it guides the way we handle review disputes. Review disputes occur when a business reports a review that they believe to be breach of our guidelines. Once a business reports a review, we then determine whether it is alleged to be a Fake Review or a Contested Review, and take action from there.

So how does TripAdvisor prevent Fake Reviews from being posted to the site?

Fake Reviews have no place on TripAdvisor. We work extremely hard to block them from being posted to the site.

First, we have a set of posting guidelines that all reviews must adhere to. These guidelines are designed to ensure reviews are as relevant and useful as possible. You can read more about our review guidelines here.

To enforce these guidelines, we use a combination of smart technology and a dedicated team of expert moderators.

The technology kicks in every time someone submits a review on TripAdvisor. Before the review is posted to the site, it has to go through hundreds of automatic checks which evaluate every aspect of that review. We call these checks our tracking system.

The system will either allow a review to be posted, block a review from being posted, or will send it to our moderation team for human analysis if it suspects the review may be fake.

Even after a review is posted, anyone can still use our reporting tools to request an investigation by our moderation team if they are concerned a review does not meet our guidelines. While the volume of requests we receive to investigate a review is low — less than 1% of reviews are ever reported to us — these reports are incredibly useful and help us enforce the guidelines consistently for all. Business owners can report reviews via the Management Centre (which they can access for free), while travellers can report reviews simply by clicking on the flag icon displayed beneath each review.

To read more about the different types of fake reviews and how we catch them, go here.

To read more about how our tracking system works, go here.

How does TripAdvisor handle Contested Reviews?

While more than 99% of TripAdvisor reviews are uncontested, we know that when a review dispute does occur, it can be a serious matter for those involved. Deciding whether a Contested Review represents fair commentary about a business is a very important task, and one we try to handle as sensitively and as fairly as possible.

This is because a customer’s opinion is subjective — whether service is fast or slow, whether food is tasty or bland, whether the cost offers great value for money or is expensive — all of these things depend on a customer’s expectations.

We strongly believe that every traveller has a right to express their opinion, good or bad, based on their own expectations of what the experience should deliver.

We also know that if you are a business owner or member of staff it can be incredibly frustrating when you feel a criticism you’ve received in a review is unfair.

Any business can contest a review by using our reporting tools. Contested Reviews are then assessed by our moderation team, who determine if the review breaches our guidelines and therefore whether it should be removed or not.

If our moderation team concludes that a review meets our guidelines, it will remain posted. In these circumstances, there are still a number of steps a business can take to lessen the impact of a Contested Review, including posting a response that gives their side of the story. Indeed, we strongly believe not only in the customer’s right to express their opinion, but also in the business’ right to reply. We call this feature a Management Response.

You can learn more about the ways in which a business can respond to a Contested Review here.

To learn more about how our tracking system catches fake reviews, watch this video.

...

6 Free Tools to Get More Reviews for Your Restaurant

6 Free Tools to Get More Reviews for Your Restaurant A key component of your online reputation is a steady collection of recent reviews. Here’s why that’s so important and how to encourage your diners to review you on TripAdvisor.

When it comes to managing your online reputation, one thing you should always be thinking about is how to generate a consistent stream of reviews about your restaurant.

That’s because an average potential diner often reads multiple reviews before making a choice of where to go to eat. We’ve found that diners spend twice as much time on TripAdvisor restaurant listings that have at least twenty reviews, so your first step should be to make sure your restaurant has a healthy volume of reviews.

Even when you’ve generated a large base of reviews, it’s important to keep collecting them. That’s because diners are much more interested in what your restaurant was like yesterday than what it was like six months ago.

Your goal? Strive for building a continuous pipeline of recent reviews. When a restaurant has over forty recent reviews — that is, reviews that are less than six months old — diners are three times as likely to engage with the listing in some way — by looking at the menu, clicking through to the website, or booking online.

Here are six free tools you can use to encourage diners to leave more reviews:

1. Collect Reviews Directly on Your Website

Use your restaurant’s own website to tell potential diners that you’re on TripAdvisor and encourage them to leave reviews.

If you’re tech-savvy (or know someone who is), you can add a personalised review collection widget which will allow your diners to write a TripAdvisor review without leaving your website. You can easily copy the personalised code from here and paste it onto your website.

You can read more about widgets and how to use them here.

At a minimum, mentioning on your website that you love restaurant reviews and including a link to your TripAdvisor listing should encourage diners to write reviews.

...

9 Common Review Express Concerns

9 Common Review Express Concerns Answers to the most frequently asked Review Express questions.

1. What’s the cost for Review Express?

Review Express is free for all businesses listed on TripAdvisor. You just need to be a registered owner or manager for your property. 

2. Why is Review Express better than sending my own email?

Review Express is a free and easy way to collect feedback from guests. You’ll benefit from co-branding with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. You’ll have access to the Review Express dashboard, which provides clear, accurate results for each of your campaigns. There’s also a reminder email that’s automatically sent to guests who don’t respond – making it even easier for you to get more reviews. 

3. How do email permissions work?

Prior to uploading guests’ e-mail addresses to Review Express, you must let each guest know that they’ll receive an email from TripAdvisor asking for feedback about their recent experience at your property. It’s your responsibility to obtain permission for TripAdvisor to e-mail them on your behalf and maintain a record of their consent. In accordance with new privacy laws, if a guest questions the review request email from TripAdvisor, we’ll refer them back to you to confirm their consent. You’ll need to be able to show that you made a full disclosure to the guest about the Review Express email and obtained their consent to share their email address with TripAdvisor. This is also important because guests who are expecting to receive the e-mail are more likely to respond.

4. What happens with my guests’ email addresses when I use Review Express?

When the email addresses are received they are run through our Review Express filters. First, addresses of recipients who have elected not to receive emails from Review Express are removed. Then, addresses that have received Review Express emails from you in the last 30 days, and those that have written a review of your business in the last three months, are removed.

Your Review Express email is sent to the remaining addresses and responses are tracked in the dashboard. If there’s no response within 7 days, and you’ve chosen to send a reminder email to guests, TripAdvisor will send a follow up email on your behalf. At that point, the addresses remain stored in a TripAdvisor server, so results of the campaign can continue to be tracked in the dashboard and future email campaign lists can be properly filtered.    

5. How does TripAdvisor protect my guests’ information?

Email addresses provided to TripAdvisor through Review Express are stored separately and securely. Access is limited to specific people on the TripAdvisor team.

6. Does TripAdvisor use these email addresses for other purposes?

No. TripAdvisor recognizes the value and importance in protecting your guests’ information. Email addresses submitted for Review Express are not used for any other purpose. They are not subscribed to general TripAdvisor email campaigns, or tracked for anything other than reporting on your Review Express dashboard.

7. If I provide my guests’ email addresses, will they automatically become TripAdvisor members?

No, we do not automatically create memberships for Review Express email recipients. However, a user will need a TripAdvisor membership to write a review of your property. When users decide to submit reviews, they can choose to register on the site or log in to their existing accounts and then adjust account settings in relation to receiving future emails from TripAdvisor.

8. Can I accidentally over-email my guests with Review Express?

Only one initial Review Express email and one reminder email can be sent to each guest per visit to your property, within a 30-day time period. The reminder email is only sent if you elect to use that feature and your guest hasn’t already written a review about your property.

If you’re using automated Review Express, we’ll also compare any incoming addresses from your hospitality technology provider with your campaign history to ensure your guests aren’t double-emailed. This is important because you should still use manual Review Express to send emails to the people who don’t book through your technology providers.

9. Can I be selective and only send Review Express emails to guests who are likely to write positive reviews?

You should ask all guests for permission to email them, and send Review Express emails to everyone who consents. Selectively emailing guests who are most likely to write positive reviews is considered a fraudulent practice and may result in penalties for your property. For more information, click here. Keep in mind – properties are often surprised by the amount of positive feedback they receive … after all, the average TripAdvisor review rating is 4.12 bubbles out of 5.1


  • 1. TripAdvisor internal data, January 2014
Last Updated: 20 June 2018

How This Seattle Restaurant Increased Revenue By 30% with TripAdvisor

How This Seattle Restaurant Increased Revenue By 30% with TripAdvisor NUE, a Seattle restaurant, recently rose to the top spot on TripAdvisor's popularity-based rankings. Here’s how they did it and how TripAdvisor has helped them increase their booking traffic and revenue by 30%.

Welcome to Nue, Seattle

If you walk through the doors at Nue, you’ll be immediately transported to another continent. Which continent? That depends on the menu that day.

United by their love of travel and food, Uyen Nguyen and Chris Cvetkowich, co-owners, showcase unique and interesting dishes you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the United States.

"One of the things at the core of our passion is that anytime we travel, we see such diversity in food. But here, the same dish is always featured," explains Nguyen. "The analogy I would make is that in the U.S., you would see a lobster roll if you travelled to New England and clam chowder when you’re in San Francisco, but when you go abroad for American cuisine, you just see burgers and french fries. Why is it that other items aren’t being featured? We wanted to introduce people to [new] food."

This approach introduces Seattle residents to traditional global dishes, like South African Bunny Chow or Romanian Mamaliga. Their goal? To attract curious eaters like themselves — as well as local immigrant communities yearning for tastes from home. "When we featured Romanian Mamaliga, we met the Romanian community [in Seattle]," says Nguyen. "Someone even brought their mom all the way from Vancouver to try this dish because they were honored that [we] would feature their home cuisine."

That’s where TripAdvisor comes in. "It’s my #1 choice [as a review platform for my business] because I can really appreciate customers who are out there seeking the experience of different cultures," says Nguyen. "When I travel to other countries, I use TripAdvisor. I wanted to really focus on that platform because I wanted to engage the traveller [since] our whole concept is built around travellers."

The Challenge: Starting a Restaurant from Scratch

Starting a restaurant is always a challenge, and it was no exception for the husband-wife pair. "At the beginning, we had to work to earn every single customer that worked through the door," says Nguyen.

Part of that was putting in the work to manage Nue’s online reputation, including uploading Management Photos, responding to reviews, and updating their business hours. "When we started being more intentional in answering all the little questions TripAdvisor asks for us to fill in, we saw a major increase in engagement from our customers clicking on things," says Nguyen.

Managing their listing also helped them drive more reviews from customers. Says Nguyen, " I noticed that once we had better pictures, we started driving a lot more reviews."

The Results

...

Influences on Diner Decision-Making

Influences on Diner Decision-Making More consumers than ever use and trust online review sites and social media for recommendations on where to eat – both at home and while travelling. Our latest survey examines the impact of today's most popular digital marketing channels and what factors influence diner decision making.

Overview

Today’s restaurant operators have a lot on their plates. Between dinner rush, managing employees, and calculating inventory, it's hard for owners to find time to market their business. And on top of that, the world of digital marketing is more complex than ever, making it increasingly difficult to pick where and how to invest scarce resources when attempting to efficiently reach the right customer.

In fact, in the 2017 TripAdvisor Restaurant Marketing Study, the majority of global respondents reported spending less than 10% of their time promoting their business.

But what online channels influence a customer to choose where to dine?

More consumers than ever use and trust online review sites and social media for recommendations on where to eat – both at home and while travelling. Recent surveys also show that restaurant operators overwhelmingly believe that managing their online reputation has become an essential part of running their business.

With this in mind, TripAdvisor’s latest survey examines the impact of today’s most popular digital marketing channels and what factors drive diners into a restaurant, inclusive of reviews, photos, and owner engagement with an increasingly mobile consumer.

The new CVENT survey, which analysed the dining behaviors of more than 9,500 consumers across key markets in the US and Europe, revealed that TripAdvisor is overwhelmingly regarded as the most influential online dining resource compared to Google, Facebook and Yelp. See methodology below.

TripAdvisor: An Essential Dining Resource for Travellers and Locals

It’s no surprise that online reviews play a huge role in influencing consumer dining decisions. The vast majority of respondents reported basing a dining decision off of an online review, with up to 72% in some markets also noting they have been influenced by restaurant photos. Specifically, most respondents reported that TripAdvisor dining content has influenced them to try a new restaurant.

Online Reviews Influence Dining Decisions

Online Photos Influence Dining Decisions

TripAdvisor Inspires Diners to Try New Restaurants

The survey also found that diners, both locals and travellers, use TripAdvisor as a restaurant discovery site with the majority of respondents stating they have opted to dine at a restaurant as a result of a TripAdvisor ranking, review, rating or award.

Dining decisions based on TripAdvisor

...

Oxford Economics Global Travel Market Study

Oxford Economics Global Travel Market Study Get insights on the size of global travel market and TripAdvisor's impact from "Sizing the Worldwide Travel Economy" study, conducted by Oxford Economics in partnership with TripAdvisor. $5.29 Trillion Value of the 2017 global tourism market 41.9% Growth of global travel market in the past 10 years...