Category Archives: Mobile
By Tomahawk on
There's no doubt that Facebook for tourism businesses is a major social media channel to create awareness and engagement with travellers and potential guests. Getting your content looking at it's best is vital for creating inspiring first impressions and engagement!
Part of the challenge is getting the resolution (pixel size) right for the various image placements available. This guide for Facebook image and video sizes (based on 2023 Facebook standards) is a handy reference if you regularly create/crop images and upload video to your business page. Bookmark this page to refer back to or click on the image below to save it on your desktop.
Keep reading for full details on all the different image options and sizes in more detail!
By Lez Gunnion on
Embrace technology & AI to help your business succeed in tourism
Love it or hate it, technology offers significant advantages for supporting tourism businesses to promote and sell what they offer in the digital world.
In this article, we'll delve into technology tips, including AI powered tools, for tourism recommended by our digital performance expert, Lez Gunnion. We also share a recording of our Tourism Tech Talks webinar hosted by Lez that covers these strategies along with additional questions from tourism businesses.
1. Something New: AI Chatbots
Chatbots are found on a website as a pop-up that allows visitors to the site to ask questions in a live chat format. They are used to provide automated customer service, answering questions to solve issues, and to...
By Tomahawk on
Every tourism business owner knows that a great website means more direct bookings. So what makes a great website?
We have broken it down to 5 key ingredients for you to focus on to please your potential customers while also ensuring you are pleasing Google too!
It all comes down to great content and ensuring you follow the 5 Stages of Travel, especially in the dream, research, and book stages.
Here are the five MUST HAVEs for any tourism website:
1. Enticing & emotive images & video
Images and video are your number one tool in your toolbox to attract and capture your target audience by creating an emotional connection in that key 3-second moment when your website opens.
A picture speaks 1,000 words, so what words do your images say about your...
By Gina Paladini on
Gina's November presentation to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand delves into the Big Question - will virtual reality help or hinder tourism business?
Virtual reality is the biggest game-changer in our lives since the launch of the iPhone.
The seemingly simple ability to see an image or video in 360 degrees is about to revolutionise the way we live.
Imagine being able to virtually travel anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Fly over the Grand Canyon looking up, down and all around you as if you were really there, or “dive” underwater at the Great Barrier Reef and watch as a turtle swims past you.
Jaunt, a VR technology and content company, claims “You will feel transported directly into the middle of the action. Look anywhere. See...
All we seem to be reading about at the moment is the Google Mobile "Armageddon", the premise that on the 21 April if you are not mobile-friendly your website will be surreptitiously wiped off the face of search.
But it’s not quite all that dramatic. Let’s look at what is actually involved and whether you should be panicking just yet.
WHAT’S SO BIG ABOUT MOBILE?
We've been telling our tourism clients this for some time now: you must invest in a mobile-friendly (ideally responsive) website to succeed online. It’s no longer a “nice-to-have” - it’s a must-have.
- There are 1.08 billion smartphones in the world
- 50% of local search is done on a mobile device
- Nearly half of consumers say they won’t return to a website if it doesn’t load well on mobile
By Tomahawk on
online travel purchasing and distribution trends
Today, travellers are empowered by instant access to information, at any time and on any device be it computer, tablet or on a mobile phone, and while at work or waiting in line for a coffee. So it is easy to understand why over 78% of travel research is now done online.
And it is not just about research but inspiration; 29% of Facebook users claim they have been motivated to book a trip based on a posting they saw.
Internet travel booking revenue has grown by more than 73% over the past five years providing over 50% of a businesses' bookings. A company's online presence can make or break them. But you don't have to take our word for it, see the latest statics from June 2013 about online travel sales