Category Archives: Google

Why your tourism business needs Google My Business

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Google My Business (GMB) is a free tool that can boost your business allowing you to manage how your business appears on Google Search, Google maps and more. 

GMB is packed with features that allows you to share vital information about your tourism business acting like a "mini-website". Quickly share your contact details, images, reviews and even include a social media style interactive Q&A where you can directly engage with users. 

It is a powerful booster for your Local Search Engine Optimisation. Think about it, when people search for a place to stay or activity to do that is near them, they're usually very close to making a booking.

If you haven’t already set up and verified your Google My Business Account and engaging with GMB every week like you would your social media,...

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Are you ready for Google's Parallel Tracking Rollout?

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A big change is coming on 30 October: Parallel Tracking.

When AdWords (now Google Ads) was first launched it used what is called "linear redirect tracking". When an ad is clicked Google loads several components such as the Google Ads click tracker, the tracking URL and often some other tracking URLs before the customer gets to your landing page. In other words, the customer goes through one or more redirects after they click your ad.

While most users don’t even notice this happening, Google says that the delays of "hundreds of milliseconds" actually has a negative impact on campaign performance.

Parallel tracking, on the other hand, sends customers directly from your ad to your intended URL while click measurement happens in the background in a parallel process (customers are...

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Eye-Tracking Study Confirms Importance of Google AdWords and SEO Combination

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Over the last few years, Google's search display has evolved substantially - and user behaviour is following suit. In 2005, Meditative researchers said that heatmap studies indicate user interest is all about the the “Golden Triangle”. By 2014, the model has shifted to the “elongated F”. 

The “Golden Triangle” from Meditative’s Eye-tracking study

The “Elongated F” became the new norm for 2014

Only three years after the release of the latest heatmap, we now face another great change. Google evolved the search results yet again by adding the business listing to brand name hotel searches. Underneath that are results from a meta search tool to show prices, reviews and other relevant information.

This begged Travel Tripper to question if the Elongated F still...

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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Google AdWords - Our Top 5 Tips

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A market gamechanger since it boomed on the scene over the last decade, Google AdWords is unparalleled for revenue generation. Harnessing the power of the mighty AdWords can seem like a daunting task, particularly if you have little to no experience with paid online advertising. Then, once thrust into de facto campaign set-up and management, the tourism business owner can find themselves into a spiral of spending money without generating any leads or engagement

To avoid that “money down the drain” feeling, we have compiled a list of best practice tips for search engine marketing:

1.  Choose your battles wisely.

What is the goal you are trying to achieve through AdWords?  For example, if the proverbial “bums on seats” are your ultimate business goal, an offer-led, punchy...

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Mobile & AMP: Speed is the Name of the Game

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When it comes to mobile browsing, speed is the number one consideration for users. Expectations are high, but many seem to be missing the mark. On average, load time for retail mSites is at 7.083 seconds according to Mobile HTTP Archive

The focus on images has been counterproductive to improving speed. Over that last few years, mobile page sizes have grown drastically with the average page served to mobile increasing by 203% since 2011. And the consequences are severe. Did you know that every second of delay from the first second of loading costs money? RadWare and Kissmetrics have published information on the impact of loading time to the bottom line. Some of the most important findings of the research include the following figures:

  • 11% decrease in pageviews
  • 7%...

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Google Earth VR: Adding an Exciting New Dimension to Travel

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It’s much like a scene from a sci-fi movie. Pull down the VR system over your eyes and experience virtual travel like you’ve never seen before.  Feel the scale of the Eiffel Tower against the backdrop of the glistening arrondissements of Paris or cast the golden glow of sunrise on the Florence Cathedral in Italy.

What started as an effort to help people anywhere in the world explore the rest of the planet ten years ago, has gone through many leaps and bounds over the years. Google Earth currently has over 2 billion downloads and hundreds of realistic 3D renderings of major landmarks. Today, Google is introducing a whole new way to see the world.

The virtual reality version is now available for free on the HTC Vive, letting anyone with the device hover over their dream...

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