Marketing has traditionally been rather focused on unidirectional communication, with little listening beyond marketing research or conversations in the sales meetings. As long as the competition is fiercer than ever, and the market audience is overwhelmed with thousands of marketing messages every day, it is necessary to make this strategy evolve towards a more interactive communication that works on persuasion and tailoring the conversation.
The online marketing of a DMC (incoming travel agency or similar) can adapt many ideas from other industries to design a sales funnel that gets and engages leads in the smartest possible way, mainly through offering Travel Guides. This article explains what to take into account when integrating Travel Guides within your marketing strategy.
Even if I am always stressing the importance of storytelling as the key marketing strategy for destinations, tourism marketing content needs to go beyond stories, to offer all the information that prospect visitors may need to know when planning their trip, and also during their stay, among other considerations. This article explains all the variables to take into account for an effective content marketing strategy.
Marketing is not always about bold creativity, but also taking advantage of the social conversations about the destination and turning them into a funny and appealing claim to visit the destination. This article provides many examples of marketing campaigns with Pop culture or social conversations as the starting point from where they were created.
Despite the effectiveness of the conventional marketing tools such as the booking websites and collaborative platforms, marketing innovation is attainable to all business -no matter their size- and it pays off! It is all about imagination.