TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements

Accommodations, drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top of TripAdvisor search results for travellers searching for a place to stay in your area.

Tips on Measuring the Impact of Your Sponsored Placements Campaign

Tips on Measuring the Impact of Your Sponsored Placements Campaign Get insights on how you can use the updated Campaign Performance report to make Sponsored Placements work harder for you.

The Campaign Performance report helps you measure the effectiveness of your Sponsored Placements campaign so you can drive more traffic. To view your performance report, log into Ads Manager and select the “Campaign Performance” tab. Read on for ways to use the report to maximise value from your advertising campaign:

1. Assess the reach of your campaign

The traveller shopping experience takes time and repeat visits — on average, it spans 40 searches over 89 days.1 Seeing your ad repeatedly over time can influence travellers to consider booking with your property.

Use the number of ad impressions to assess your campaign's reach to travellers who are looking for a place to stay in your area on TripAdvisor. To increase your exposure, opt for a higher monthly budget spend. With a higher budget, your ad will be served more frequently, and more travellers will see your ad. Properties with the “high” budget typically see an average increase of 57% more clicks from potential guests over those who select the “low” budget.2

2. See how often travellers engage with your ad

The click-through rate (CTR) is the best way to measure engagement. Travellers who click on your ad like what they see and want to learn more about your property.

Tips to improve your click-through rate:

  • Ensure your primary photo makes a strong first impression. If you’re a Business Advantage subscriber, select your Favourite Photos as well. These are the first 30 photos guests click through in the photo carousel, so make sure they are high-quality and represent the best your property has to offer.
  • Confirm your amenities are up-to-date to match travellers' searches.
  • Entice travellers with a Special Offer, available to only Business Advantage subscribers.
  • Add Search Links, which allow your website to appear in search results on high profile TripAdvisor pages (available only to Business Advantage subscribers).
3. Track incremental page visits from your ads...

13 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from Your TripAdvisor Listing

13 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from Your TripAdvisor Listing Best practices on how to drive more direct bookings from your TripAdvisor listing page. In our recent “Drive More Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor” webinar, we covered TripAdvisor’s impact on travellers’ booking decisions. In this article we’ll review your TripAdvisor listing page and how you can optimise it to drive more direct bookings. If you’re interested in learning how to optimise your presence on TripAdvisor search results pages, read here. First, let’s review your listing page and why it matters. By the time someone lands on your listing page, you’ve already captured their attention and are a part of their consideration set (the list of properties they’re choosing from). Your goal at this point is to keep these potential guests engaged with your property, provide all of the information they need to make a confident purchase decision and easily connect them to your direct booking channels. For simplicity, we’ve organised these tips based on the layout of your listing, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. We’ve also included a mix of free and premium tips — those tips with an asterisk (*) are features available only to Business Advantage subscribers. To become a Business Advantage subscriber, visit www.tripadvisor.com/BusinessAdvantage. 1. Upload Management Photos Research shows that travellers spend more time on property pages that have at least 30 photos.1 Be sure to upload high quality images that are within our photo guidelines — learn more here. 2. Choose a primary photo...

Sponsored Placements Impressions vs. Clicks Explained

Sponsored Placements Impressions vs. Clicks Explained The difference between Sponsored Placements impressions and clicks — and why both are essential to your campaign. The goal of Sponsored Placements is to drive more traffic to your TripAdvisor listing and ultimately, to drive more business to your property. Sponsored Placements is a performance-based advertising product, meaning you'll only pay when a traveller clicks your ad. However, this doesn't mean impressions aren't important. Let's cover the difference between impressions and clicks — and why both are essential to your Sponsored Placements campaign. What is the difference between an “impression” and a “click”? An impression represents every time your ad is shown to a traveller. Said differently, it is every time a traveller sees your ad. A click, on the other hand, is every time a traveller clicks your ad. Why are Sponsored Placements charged per click and not impression? We built Sponsored Placements on a cost-per-click payment model because we believe owners should pay based on the performance of their campaign. While impressions are important for measuring your visibility, we know that most hotels value the clicks their ads have received and potential guests that have been driven to their business more. What do you mean I’m not charged for impressions?...

6 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from TripAdvisor Search Results

6 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from TripAdvisor Search Results Actionable tips to optimise your presence on — and drive more direct bookings from — TripAdvisor search results pages. In our recent “Drive More Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor” webinar, we covered TripAdvisor’s impact on travellers’ booking decisions and how you can influence them. In this article, we explore the importance of search results pages, the types of pages that exist on TripAdvisor and how you can improve your appearance on them. If you’re interested in learning how to optimise your listing page to drive direct bookings, read here. Search Results Pages on TripAdvisor Search results pages are instrumental in helping travellers sort through all of the accommodation options available and find the one that’s right for them. When travellers land on a search results page, they’ve chosen their destination — or at least narrowed it down — and they’re starting to build a list of hotels that will become their consideration set. TripAdvisor has many search results pages across the site. Here are a few examples of common pages a traveller may land on:

  • Traveller Ranked: Properties ranked by the quality, quantity, and recency of traveller reviews — and their consistency over time
  • Best Value: Properties ranked using traveller ratings, confirmed availability from our partners, prices, booking popularity, location and personal user preferences
  • Lowest price: Properties ranked by price — lowest to highest
  • Distance: Properties ranked by their location, with confirmed availability — closest to the centre or location of choice
  • Search optimised pages: Pages designed to address specific searches conducted by travellers — on TripAdvisor as well as on third-party search engines. For example, category pages like romantic or boutique, deals pages or location-based pages., etc.
Your goal on these pages is to get noticed and to convince travellers to add your property to their consideration set. And, while there are many different types of search results pages, the way your property is presented across all of them is very similar. That’s because we’ve invested a lot of time and energy in optimising those pages to deliver the best performance – both for you and for travellers. The benefit is that when you update one element of your listing, you’ll see the impact in how you appear across many search results pages....

How to Get More Clicks on Your Sponsored Placements

How to Get More Clicks on Your Sponsored Placements Top tips to drive more traveller engagement with your ads. Looking to drive more clicks from your Sponsored Placements campaign? Here are some tips to help! 1. Optimise your photo One of the largest and most influential elements of your ad is the primary photo. Choose one that showcases the most unique features about your property — what makes you different from other accommodations nearby. Some clients have reported click-through rate improvements of between 40% and 60% when they updated poor quality images to more compelling ones. Update your primary photo. 2. Update your amenities Amenities are an important part of Sponsored Placements targeting. For example, if a guest selects specific things like "Pool" or "Free Wifi," your ad will only appear if you have those amenities. Decision-driving amenities also appear in your ad. Be sure your list accurately reflects everything you offer at your accommodation. Update your amenities....

10 Reasons to Use Sponsored Placements

10 Reasons to Use Sponsored Placements Top reasons why hoteliers are using Sponsored Placements to drive more traffic for their accommodations. 1. Reach a highly qualified audience TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site with 455 million monthly unique users.1 And 74% of travellers who book directly on an accommodation’s website visit TripAdvisor at some point.2 Increase your exposure to this highly qualified audience with Sponsored Placements. 2. Appear right where travellers are searching Ads appear on high profile TripAdvisor pages including above search results, on local competitors’ pages and more. They’re also available on desktop, tablet and mobile, so they can be seen wherever potential guests are searching. 3. Precise targeting with no extra effort...

Strategies for Managing Your Sponsored Placements Budget

Strategies for Managing Your Sponsored Placements Budget Tips on the most efficient ways to drive traffic to your property throughout the year. Getting to know Sponsored Placements budgets

Sponsored Placements budgets are designed to help you easily manage your campaign from month to month. Your budget is based on two factors - an estimated number of monthly clicks and your property’s cost-per-click (CPC) rate. These two factors combined result in your monthly budget, which is the maximum amount that you could be billed in a month.

You can select from a high, medium or low budget. Each one represents a different level of monthly estimated clicks. Choose one that works for your goals. Or, you can use the custom budget box, if you have a specific budget or click target in mind.

Best practices for managing your budget So, what’s the best way to manage your Sponsored Placements budget? Here are three best practices to keep in mind. 1. Maximise your monthly budget to expand your reach....

Drive More Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Drive More Direct Bookings with TripAdvisor Details

Global tourism has been steadily increasing over the past decade and it continues to trend upwards. Unfortunately, while we're seeing a strong growth in spending — we're also seeing a steady decline in supplier direct share of online hotel bookings.

How can you capitalise on this growth in global tourism and increase your share of direct bookings? There are many tools owners can use but — because of our size, influence and role in travel — we believe TripAdvisor should be at the centre of your direct booking strategy.

Our exclusive on-demand webinar gives your practical tips and tools to start driving more direct bookings with TripAdvisor.

In this webinar we'll cover:

  • TripAdvisor's role in the travel industry
  • How travellers move through the booking funnel on TripAdvisor
  • And, actionable tips — for those just getting started to TripAdvisor experts — for driving more direct bookings at every stage of the booking funnel

The live event is now available on-demand! Sign up now to access the recording (in English only).

*Worldwide Travel Path to Purchase 2017, comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, September 2017
**SiteMinder’s Global Hotel Business Index 2018
***Oxford Economics, 2018

Key Takeaways from the Shopping Phase of the Traveller Path to Purchase

SHOPPING PHASE Key Takeaways from the Shopping Phase of the Traveller Path to Purchase Last Updated: 12 March 2018 As mentioned in the previous article of this series, “An Overview of The Traveller Path to Purchase,” the Shopping Phase is your biggest opportunity to attract the attention of travellers. Here, you’re reaching travellers who have already decided on your destination and are now searching for a place to stay. Your marketing dollars have the opportunity to make a big impact because you’re reaching a targeted audience of travellers with high booking intent. OVERVIEW OF THE SHOPPING PHASE According to comScore research, the Shopping Phase occurs 1-19 weeks before a traveller books their accommodation. During this period of time, travellers are partaking in a number of activities — from searching for hotel information, to reading reviews online and scanning through photos and videos....

An Overview of the Traveller Path to Purchase

OVERVIEW   An Overview of the Traveller Path to Purchase Last Updated: 12 March 2018

The traveller’s path to purchase in today’s world is tangled and complex. Travellers are inspired from a variety of sources — from something they saw online, to a billboard on the side of the road, or a story from a friend’s recent trip. With so many different channels, both online and offline, it can be daunting to decide where to invest your marketing dollars.

In an effort to learn how and why travellers book the way they do, we partnered with comScore to understand where travellers go to shop and what inspires their next trip. We consolidated this data in our recent webinar, “Influencing the Traveller Path to Purchase with TripAdvisor” presented by Charles Ballard and Martin Verdon-Roe. We encourage you to watch the full on-demand webinar, but, if you don’t have the time, or are looking for something more scannable, we have just that.

Travellers are inspired from a variety of sources — from something they saw online, to a billboard on the side of the road, or a story from a friend’s recent trip. OVERVIEW OF THE PATH TO PURCHASE The traveller path to purchase is comprised of three phases...

7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Sponsored Placements

7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Sponsored Placements Sponsored Placements drives highly qualified traffic to your property. Read our top tips, for all registered owners and paid Business Advantage subscribers on how to get the most out of your campaign.

1. Update your primary photo

First impressions matter. Your primary photo is featured next to your accommodation name in search results and is the first image potential customers will see of your property. Make it count by leveraging our advanced technology which auto-selects your primary photo for you — or, follow our best practices for choosing your own. This new technology based approach uses data to remove the subjectivity of manually choosing a photo and ensures primary photos are optimised for travellers searching for their next place to stay.

Take Action: Opt into our auto-selected primary photo option in the Management Centre. Under the Manage Listing menu, click Photos > Manage Photos > Primary Photo.

2. Confirm your amenities are up to date

Your amenities are a great way to make your listing stand out. TripAdvisor uses patterns in data to choose the most important amenities to highlight to travellers alongside your listing in search results. All you have to do is make sure your amenities are up to date, and TripAdvisor will do the rest! Travellers can also filter search results by amenities, so it's important to include everything you offer to avoid missing out on potential guests.

Take Action: Update your Amenities in the Management Centre. Under the Manage Listing menu, click Amenities

3. Subscribers only: Add a Special Offer

Business Advantage subscribers: Your Special Offer will appear along with your property’s name, primary photo and amenities in your Sponsored Placements. So, use it to your advantage! Create a Special Offer that captures the attention of travellers and gives them another reason to choose you.

Take Action: Add a Special Offer in the Management Centre. Under the Drive Bookings menu, click Post Special Offers.

4. Maximise your budget

The best way to get your Sponsored Placements seen by more travellers is to maximise your budget. When you set up your Sponsored Placements campaign, you’ll have three budget options — or you can set your own. The higher your daily budget, the more people see your campaign and the more estimated monthly clicks you’ll receive. Our best advice is to adjust your budget as needed based on your current objectives and priorities — read our strategies for managing your Sponsored Placements budget here.

Take Action: Update your budget in the Management Centre. Under the Drive Bookings menu, click Manage Campaign.

5. Share competitive rates and availability

Travellers on TripAdvisor are looking for places to stay and are ready to book. Make sure you’re giving them everything they need to make their booking decisions, including your best rates & availability.

Take Action: Work with your distribution partners to ensure you’re sharing your best rates and availability with TripAdvisor.

6. Subscribers only: Add your website link

Business Advantage subscribers: Make it easy for travellers to contact you directly by adding your website link as one of your selected Contact Details. When you do, your website link will appear next to your property name and in your ad placement! It's yet another way to drive more direct booking referrals to your property — right when travellers are searching.

Take Action:Add your hotel website link to your listing in the Management Centre. Under the Drive Bookings menu, click Update Contact Details.

7. Monitor your campaign’s performance

As soon as you activate Sponsored Placements, you’ll have access to the Campaign Performance report where you can see campaign analytics. Use this report to track how many impressions your ad has received, as compared to the number of clicks. Not happy with your click-through-rate? Try changing up your primary photo or Special Offer.

Really happy with your clicks, but still want more? Try increasing your budget. Your Sponsored Placements performance is up to you, so experiment a little and see what works for your property! Read our tips for managing your campaigns success, using the performance report here.

Take Action: Monitor your impact with the Campaign Performance report in the Ads Manager. To access this page under the Drive Bookings menu, click Track Performance.

Not yet running a Sponsored Placements campaign? Sign up at www.tripadvisor.com/AdsManager.

Last Updated: 13 December 2017

Sponsored Placements: Answers to Your Commonly Asked Questions

Sponsored Placements: Answers to Your Commonly Asked Questions Drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top TripAdvisor search results for travellers searching for a place to stay in your area.

Every day, millions of travellers visit TripAdvisor looking for a place to stay. Capture the attention of these potential customers, and get premium exposure, with Sponsored Placements. With Sponsored Placements you only pay only for the clicks you get — impressions are free! Plus, setting up your campaign takes just minutes. Visit www.tripadvisor.com/AdsManager to get started.

Read our frequently asked questions below to learn more about Sponsored Placements and how they can drive more traffic to your property.

What are Sponsored Placements Sponsored Placements is the newest advertising solution available to accommodation owners. Sponsored Placements puts your property right in front of potential guests looking for places to stay in your area. These targeted ads drive high quality traffic and exposure for your business by appearing above TripAdvisor search results, on local competitors' pages, and on other high-profile shopping pages across all devices. Who is seeing my ad? Sponsored Placements are designed to automatically target travellers who are looking for an accommodation like yours. Your ads are targeted to a highly qualified audience of TripAdvisor travellers actively searching for places to stay in your area, for dates when you have availability. Sponsored Placements targeting gives you confidence that you're not wasting impressions, or clicks, on travellers searching in other locations, or searching for dates when your rooms are already filled. Plus, our targeting is automatically adjusted when someone changes their search parameters. So, if someone adds additional search filters (like narrowing their results to only B&Bs with a pool), your ad will only show if you are a B&B with a pool. Your property must match all of the traveller's search parameters, for your ad to appear....

Free or Premium? A Guide to Marketing on TripAdvisor

Free or Premium? A Guide to Marketing on TripAdvisor TripAdvisor offers a suite of marketing tools for hospitality businesses. Many are free but a few premium features are available for a fee. Do you know which are which?

Looking for ways to drive more business? TripAdvisor offers a variety of tools to help. There’s something for everyone, but you must be registered for your property’s Management Centre to have access. 

Free Tools

Let’s start by looking at the free tools available to any accommodation, restaurant or attraction listed on TripAdvisor. These tools are always available in the Management Centre:

Properties with at least 1 photo see 138% more engagement than properties with no photos.​1

Property page tools

Control the major elements of your TripAdvisor property page through the "Manage Listing" tab in the top menu.  Add photos to attract traveller attention, update your amenities, and complete other administration tasks here as well. 

Over 60% of travellers say Management Responses make them more likely to book.2

Review management tools

Under "Reviews" in the top menu, you'll find all of the tools you need to manage, measure, and respond to new reviews.  Try Review Express to encourage more reviews.

Nearly 90% of travellers say reviews are influential in choosing where to book.3

Free marketing tools

Get help marketing your business under "Marketing Tools" in the top menu of the Management Centre. Showcase your reviews with the TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews App for your Facebook page, TripAdvisor Social Media Buttons, and widgets to display your awards and reviews on your website. Finally, request a TripAdvisor sticker for your property, so guests know you’re listed on the world’s largest travel site.4 

TripAdvisor Insights

Want free marketing tips, industry research, helpful guides and more? Hotel managers and operators can visit www.tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights and restaurant owners can visit TripAdvisor For Restaurants. You can also find information in the Management Centre, under the "Help & Settings" tab in the top menu, select "TripAdvisor Best Practices."

Paid Tools

Accommodation & restaurant providers can enhance their TripAdvisor listings and attract even more travellers with some additional tools that are available for a fee. There are no premium tools available for attractions at this time.

Solutions for accommodations

  • Business Advantage: Industry-leading tools to better market your business to millions of potential guests, differentiate from competitors, impact booking decisions, and measure and improve your online reputation.Visit www.tripadvisor.com/business/BusinessAdvantage to learn more.
  • Instant Booking: Now, travellers can click the “Book on TripAdvisor” button to reserve a hotel directly on the site. Potential guests are more willing to book when they know they can purchase right on TripAdvisor.5 Instant booking gives your hotel an easy way to claim these bookings. Learn more here.
  • Sponsored Placements: Drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top of TripAdvisor search results for travellers searching for a place to stay in your area. Sponsored Placements are risk-free — meaning you pay only for the clicks you get and you can cancel at any time. Sign up today at www.TripAdvisor.com/business/sponsored-placements.

Solutions for restaurants

  • TripAdvisor Premium: Get the competitive advantage your business needs with TripAdvisor Premium for Restaurants. Upgrading to Premium gives you exclusive access to powerful subscriber-only tools including Storyboard, Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here, Favourite Reviews, and exclusive data & insights. Learn more here.
  • TripAdvisor Ads: Drive traffic to your TripAdvisor listing by promoting your restaurant in exclusive sponsored placements to a targeted audience of diners searching for a place to eat in your area. Learn more here.

  • 1. TripAdvisor data, July 7 - August 7 2014, tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/n2507/bookings-and-traveller-engagement-driven-management-actions
  • 2. PhoCusWright, “Custom Survey Research Engagement,” prepared for TripAdvisor, December 2013.
  • 3. TripBarometer, April 2014, Global Edition: tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/n2200/tripbarometer-april-2014-global-edition
  • 4. comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide,
  • 5. TripAdvisor internal data
Last Updated: 10 January 2018

How a Spanish Hotel Company Uses TripAdvisor in Its Rebranding Strategy

How a Spanish Hotel Company Uses TripAdvisor in Its Rebranding Strategy See how Selenta maximized visibility for SOFIA Hotel to get more traffic and jump-start its online reputation.

Selenta Group manages nine properties in various Spanish cities. We spoke with Silvia Sutter, Online Traffic Manager at Selenta, to find out how she has increased visibility and traffic for SOFIA Hotel with TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor as part of the rebranding strategy

Rebranding Selenta's properties has been a huge undertaking that began last year and taken months of planning and preparation. "We transformed the company and rebranded as a whole, and are now working on repositioning our properties as luxurious and high-end," says Sutter.

The goal? Growing visibility and traffic to all nine properties. Says Sutter, "We want to expand our market and reach more US travellers — since the majority of our guests are traditionally from Spain and the United Kingdom."

Sutter turned to TripAdvisor to market the re-launch of SOFIA Hotel, a property Selenta has recently renovated. "TripAdvisor is an important marketing channel because this source of traffic raises our overall performance and travellers from TripAdvisor are more likely to convert," she says. "We updated SOFIA's TripAdvisor listing page with our new name, photos, and other information to not only promote the renovations, but also reset guest expectations."

Increasing visibility with Sponsored Placements

To get more exposure for SOFIA in the competitive Barcelona market, Sutter uses Sponsored Placements. "We decided to try Sponsored Placements to increase SOFIA's visibility and brand awareness. The additional exposure from Sponsored Placements puts the property in front of more travellers who are searching for a place to stay in Barcelona," she says.

SOFIA has gained more visibility and traffic. "The results have been great: Sponsored Placements has performed so well for SOFIA that all nine Selenta properties now have active campaigns to increase their exposure," says Sutter. "On average, these ads have generated over 50,000 impressions for each property in 6 weeks to highly targeted travellers."

And that visibility is paying off: "We've driven more traffic to the SOFIA website, creating leads that ultimately convert. Since starting Sponsored Placements, booking referrals for SOFIA have increased," continues Sutter.

SOFIA's online reputation cycle has also accelerated. "The uplift in visibility has jump-started our online reputation cycle for SOFIA, which has helped it to be ranked in the top 10% for accommodations in Barcelona," Sutter says. "As more guests stay at SOFIA, they write reviews and post photos, restarting the cycle of inspiring potential guests to pick our property."

Sutter plans to run Sponsored Placements all year. "If conversions continue increasing thanks to Sponsored Placements, we'll always run our ads as our rebranding progresses. The ads have helped me reposition our properties, drive more traffic to our websites, and get more bookings," she says.

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How a European Hotel Group Uses Content Marketing to Reach Travellers

How a European Hotel Group Uses Content Marketing to Reach Travellers 25hours Hotels increases visibility, raises brand awareness, and drives incremental revenue with TripAdvisor. 25hours Hotels is a group of 13 properties scattered across Germany, France, and other European countries. See how Alexander Schuster, Head of Digital, influences travellers to book one of their properties using content marketing and TripAdvisor.

A focus on content marketing

To build relationships between customers and the 25hours brand, Schuster uses content marketing. "We choose to focus on content marketing instead of solely relying on promotions, discounts, or packages. Content allows us to tell a larger story about how guests don't just stay at our hotels. They can have a fun, relaxing, immersive adventure at our hotels, which are designed to embody the city and neighbourhood they're in," he says. "Our photos and videos reinforce our brand. Our blog for each hotel offers local insider knowledge."

Reaching travellers on the customer journey with TripAdvisor

Schuster offers relevant information to travellers while they're shopping for a place to stay on TripAdvisor, a major marketing channel. "The customer journey has many touch points, and we need to reach travellers at the right time on the right channels. So, we amplify our content on TripAdvisor, Google, social media, and other marketing channels to capture travellers' attention and provide a compelling, consistent story," he says. "I use TripAdvisor to increase our visibility, highlight the 25hours brand, and get more direct bookings."

Working with TripAdvisor, Schuster supplements his content strategy by highlighting traveller review content and responding to those reviews. "Travellers check reviews, which makes TripAdvisor an important part of the customer journey. We respond to these reviews — not only offering our view, but also showing how we care about and feel responsible for our guests," he says.

More revenue with Business Advantage

Schuster draws in travellers by showcasing his content and optimising the 25hours Hotels’ TripAdvisor listing pages with Business Advantage. "We can entice travellers in the booking funnel on TripAdvisor search and our listing page when they're considering our properties and prices," he says. "We're able to test and optimise different Business Advantage features. For example, we post Cover Photos and Favourite Photos that best represent our hotels, and then we check the photo engagement rate in the Analytics Suite to see what works in drawing in even more travellers."

He also uses Business Advantage to connect with travellers directly. "With Contact Details, we can put the right communication channels—our website, phone number, and email—on TripAdvisor. We're able to drive travellers to our website, have them book directly, and not lose them to OTAs — it's easy for them get in touch with us," says Schuster. "Another way we incentivize travellers to book directly with us is we run Special Offers with an advanced, lower booking rate that they can redeem on our website."

Schuster notes that all 25hours properties have Business Advantage because of its ability to grow the 25hours brand and business. "Business Advantage is beneficial — it shows a return on advertising spend, and we drive incremental revenue for all our properties," he adds.

Increased visibility with Sponsored Placements

To maximise his reach to travellers and drive more traffic to 25hours, Schuster decided to try Sponsored Placements. "Relying on search for travellers to find our properties isn't effective. With Sponsored Placements, we expand our visibility to travellers who are already on the customer journey, especially when they're searching within a dedicated city, but don't have a specific brand in mind," he says. "The five properties that tried out Sponsored Placements each received over 100,000 impressions on average in two months — meaning they were seen 100,000 more times than if we didn't have Sponsored Placements.”

Sponsored Placements has also helped Schuster get more booking referrals. "In addition to the increased visibility, Sponsored Placements create leads so more travellers make bookings at our hotels. We saw a 20% boost in booking referrals on average. We also saw an increase in page visits to our five properties' TripAdvisor listing pages," he says.

Seeing the benefits of Sponsored Placements, Schuster believes the ads are a worthwhile investment. "Sponsored Placements is valuable because I'm able to raise awareness of the 25hours brand at multiple touch points of the customer journey. Every click means that travellers are engaged and interested — If travellers see our ad, it's highly likely they'll be back later with high intent to book with us," he says.

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Success Story: A Jaipur Hotel Uses TripAdvisor to Drive Inbound Marketing

Success Story: A Jaipur Hotel Uses TripAdvisor to Drive Inbound Marketing Learn how the Royal Heritage Haveli attracts travellers with Sponsored Placements and converts them with Business Advantage. The Royal Heritage Haveli is a small family-owned boutique hotel that won the Travellers’ Choice award for multiple years in Jaipur, India. See how Shambhavi Singh, the Haveli Director, uses TripAdvisor as an instrumental part of her inbound marketing strategy. Challenge: Maximising the busy season

Singh strives to get as many travellers to book as possible during the busy season. "Our busy season is short so it's crucial that we make the most of it. It's hard to fill rooms during the off-season because it's very hot in Jaipur," says Singh.

Many other local accommodations providers are pursuing a similar strategy. "It's challenging to stand out among our competitors in Jaipur. We're a small business that competes with well-known hotels for a limited number of travellers who visit during the busy season. So, we need to differentiate ourselves from properties similar to ours," she says.

Solution: Using TripAdvisor to drive inbound marketing "To address this challenge, I use inbound marketing to attract, convert, close, and delight guests, and TripAdvisor is crucial to my strategy," Singh says. "Inbound marketing creates awareness among travellers, and it builds trust and credibility for the Haveli."...

How a New Lisbon Hotel Is Succeeding on TripAdvisor

How a New Lisbon Hotel Is Succeeding on TripAdvisor Corpo Santo built a strong online reputation and amplified that success with TripAdvisor Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements. Corpo Santo Hotel is an independently-owned historic hotel that became a top Traveller Ranked property in Lisbon after opening in 2017. We caught up with General Manager Pedro Pinto to learn about his strategies for success. Building a strong online reputation

Building a great online reputation starts with providing great service. To achieve this, Pinto has invested in staff and constant improvements: "Our strategy is to provide exceptional service and delight guests with new things. Great staff is key so we're careful about who we hire and regularly communicate the feedback we receive," says Pinto.

He then encourages guests to share their experiences with other travellers on TripAdvisor. "We work to outperform ourselves instead of our competitors, always focusing on service and reviews. It's not only about providing a quality experience, but also a commitment to using TripAdvisor to get the word out about Corpo Santo," he shares.

Through a commitment to building Corpo Santo's online reputation with guest reviews on TripAdvisor, Pinto has been able to attract guests — and he continues the cycle with fresh review content. "We encourage guests to write reviews with Review Express," Pinto says. "Guests love our hotel so they're keen to share their experiences — for many, it's even their first review. People who read these reviews arrive excited to stay at our hotel and are then inspired to write us a review after their stay."

Pinto also uses Management Responses to make a lasting impression on past guests and influence potential guests to choose his hotel. "Collecting reviews doesn't guarantee success. We respond to reviews, personalizing our responses and thanking guests," says Pinto. "We also show how we're incorporating feedback to improve. For example, we replaced windows that let in too much noise and then contacted each guest who mentioned the noise to let them know the enhancements we made based on their feedback."

Capitalizing on success with Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements

"With all of our reputation management activity, we've been climbing the Popularity Ranking for Lisbon. We saw from our analytics that 40% of our traffic was coming from TripAdvisor. We wanted to grow our traffic and get more guests so I purchased Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements," says Pinto.

Using Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements together helps Pinto amplify Corpo Santo's presence on TripAdvisor. And the results exceed what he had hoped for. "It’s like winning the lottery. The traffic to our website has grown by 500% with both products. Sponsored Placements has expanded our reach — we've received roughly 69,000 impressions in 6 months with the ads and gotten more clicks to our property listing," Pinto explains. “And thanks to Business Advantage, our direct bookings have increased — and we're achieving a 90% occupancy rate."

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Case Study: Derby Hotels Collection Boosts Bookings by 25% with Sponsored Placements

Case Study: Derby Hotels Collection Boosts Bookings by 25% with Sponsored Placements How the Derby Hotels Collection maximizes visibility with TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements to compete effectively in a challenging market. The Derby Hotels Collection is a family-owned, 14-property hotel chain based primarily in Barcelona. We recently caught up with David Martinez i Urgell, who leads the group’s Digital marketing and eCommerce strategy, to learn how he leveraged TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements to compete more effectively in a challenging market: Challenge: Competition for Fewer Travellers Tourism in Barcelona, Derby’s primary market, is expected to decline in 2018, particularly during the low season. Anticipating this downturn in travel, Martinez knew he needed something different to compete with larger hotel chains for fewer travellers. "We knew it was going to be a hard season because of the difficult economic situation in the market," Martinez says. "We also know most travellers don't know about our hotels until they start searching a specific location and discover us through TripAdvisor or OTAs."...

How This Sorrento Hotel Increased Direct Bookings by 20% in 40 Days

How This Sorrento Hotel Increased Direct Bookings by 20% in 40 Days Grand Hotel Aminta Owner, General Manager and Marketing Strategist Gianfranco Acampora shares top tips for marketing his Sorrento boutique hotel

We recently spoke with leading hotelier and marketing expert Gianfranco Acampora, Owner and General Manager of the Grand Hotel Aminta in Sorrento, Italy — who shared these important insights into digital marketing best practices for hotels:

Can you tell us about the Grand Hotel Aminta and your role at the property?

The Grand Hotel Aminta is one of the largest hotels in Sorrento, set on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples with a commanding view of the city. Today, my brother and I divide management of the hotel’s operations. I’m focused on the Sales, Marketing and Guest Registration aspects of the business.

Can you provide more details on the seasonality and customer demand for the Aminta?

The Aminta is one of the only hotels in the area that’s open year-round, but it’s really a summer resort. Busy season is April to October, and low season is November to mid-March — with the exception of New Years’, thanks to the amazing fireworks display here in Sorrento.

Today, the vast majority of our customers come from the United Kingdom. We also work with a lot of Americans and Canadians.

You’ve been marketing your hotel online for many years. Can you tell us more about your strategy and how it’s evolved over time?

I’ve always been very interested in digital marketing — it’s not only my job, but also my hobby and passion. We were the first property in Sorrento to launch a website back in 1995, and the hotel has always done well in organic search. As others have started to move online, we’ve tried different things to maintain our competitive advantage like advertising with search engines and OTAs.

We quickly found that it’s quite hard to reach our target customers with search engine ads. There’s too many competitors bidding on top keywords and it’s really hard to be ranked first. However, TripAdvisor’s often among the top organic search results for those terms. Plus, guests often tell us that they actually found us on TripAdvisor. So, we evolved our strategy to be very focused on marketing on that site.

Can you say more about the searching behavior of your guests?

Sure, so we were bidding on search terms like “Sorrento Hotel with Pool.” Guests today tell us they usually do an initial query on a search engine for a term like “Sorrento Hotels,” but then there are just too many search results that are difficult to sort through. They quickly find TripAdvisor and use the site to do more specific research to find a property that meets their needs. Effectively, TripAdvisor becomes the search engine that’s used within a destination that guests use to find hotels, restaurants, etc.

What’s your strategy for working with TripAdvisor, specifically?

TripAdvisor is currently our most effective marketing tool. For example, with the new Sponsored Placements, the Aminta can appear above search results for Sorrento. That’s been so important for us. The ad drives traffic to us and people are able to contact us directly via our Business Advantage links. I’ve found it’s saving me commission costs because people are contacting us directly or booking on our website.

How has Sponsored Placements performed for you?

We’ve been very happy with the product. We continue to test it, but so far we’ve seen a 20% increase in direct bookings in 40 days. The tool is fantastic, is really easy to use, and the cost is minimal relative to the return on investment we’re seeing. Customers from this channel also seem to be quite valuable — they’re booking longer stays and above average room types.

What will your strategy be for using Sponsored Placements moving forward?

There are three budget options for Sponsored Placements. During the busy season - when our property is full - we’ll probably scale back to the lower budget option, but still run a campaign. It’s important to always maintain visibility for future bookings. Through the rest of the year — particularly in January and February as people start to plan for the summer — we’ll use one of the higher budget options to drive more traffic to our property.

What would you say to other hoteliers who are considering Sponsored Placements?

It’s definitely something you should try. The tool is easy to use … there are no keywords to choose or bids to set. Just choose what you want to spend on a daily basis, set it up and forget it.

Last Updated: 22 February 2018

Dubrovnik Hotel Uses TripAdvisor to Drive Visibility & Bookings

Dubrovnik Hotel Uses TripAdvisor to Drive Visibility & Bookings How Berkeley Hotel & Spa uses Sponsored Placements to stand out in a highly competitive market.

Berkeley Hotel & Spa is a 24-room, family-owned hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia. General Manager Katarina Elez has been focused on building Berkeley’s online presence to encourage more travelers to book directly on the property’s website. Read on to learn how she’s crafted a successful online marketing strategy:

A TripAdvisor Focus

When Berkeley Hotel first opened, Elez quickly determined that she needed to focus her marketing efforts online, particularly on TripAdvisor. "We were one of the first hotels in Dubrovnik on TripAdvisor, since our opening in 2007," she explains. "We’ve always used TripAdvisor extensively, and it’s one of the best things that could have ever happened for our business."

This commitment to online marketing via TripAdvisor continues to benefit Berkeley Hotel, even today. Elez says, "We’ve been able to increase our visibility to travelers searching our destination because we’ve had a strong, consistent presence on TripAdvisor from the start. We have always been among the top 15 properties in Dubrovnik."

Maximizing Visibility to Travelers

As a small 3-star hotel in a city dominated by 5-star hotels with larger marketing budgets, Elez has to be smart with her marketing investments in order to maximize visibility.

"Our guests are coming to us from huge markets like the UK, US and Australia," says Elez. "With our budget, we’ve found it’s really difficult to use tools like AdWords to reach and influence these travelers."

Elez recently invested in an enhanced website that is closely integrated with her channel manager. This allows her to track all of her booking sources — and evaluate what’s driving them. After experimenting with various marketing tools, Elez has found success by leveraging Berkeley Hotel’s already strong presence on TripAdvisor.

Business Advantage

In January, Elez upgraded Berkeley Hotel to a Business Advantage Preferred Access subscription because she was looking for a way to increase booking referrals to her website.

"We’ve just finished a renovation and will use the Preferred Access features—like Storyboard and Favorite Photos—to show off these enhancements to travelers," Elez says.

She also uses the Special Offers feature to gauge Business Advantage’s impact on her bookings.

"We post a TripAdvisor exclusive offer and carefully track how it comes back to us. We found that people who booked through our website mention it, and it shows up on bookings from OTAs as well, so we know that travelers went to our TripAdvisor page at some stage."

Sponsored Placements

Once Business Advantage was in place, Berkeley Hotel started using TripAdvisor Sponsored Placements. Elez says, "We know TripAdvisor guests are more confident and more likely to book directly. So, our goal is to use Sponsored Placements to get more guests to book directly on our website, and increase occupancy and ADR during the high season."

Given that Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most seasonal markets, she also thought that Sponsored Placements would drive even more traffic ahead of the high season. As there’s limited demand during low season, Berkeley can’t make up for missed opportunities.

"As guests get closer to booking, they become more price sensitive. Boosting our visibility creates opportunities to influence guests to choose our 3-star property, since our prices are lower than those of the 5-star properties that dominate Dubrovnik."

The results?

"It’s definitely cost effective to pay for the Sponsored Placements clicks and have guests book directly with us," says Elez. "We like that our ad appears at the top of the list. Repetition is important, especially given the shopping patterns in our market. Even if they don’t click right now, more people will remember us as an option. Then, when they do click, they’re more likely to book."

Elez plans to continue leveraging Sponsored Placements as a key part of her online marketing strategy. "We take a long-term view on our investments. We’ll continue to track the number of clicks, website traffic and confirmed number of direct bookings from Sponsored Placements over the next six months. So far, our bookings for this season have been quite strong," says Elez.

Last Updated: 12 March 2018

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