Four Easy Ways to Get Your Website Noticed

You might have a great resort website – design is spot-on, the content well-written, the photos highly pixilated – but viewer-friendly isn’t the same as search-engine-friendly. Luckily, search engines have a variety of ranking factors, many of which only require a quick tweak to content or design. So before you start reaching in your wallet, try these four simple ways to naturally help your website’s search engine ranking.

Read the full article at the VEM Global™ blog.

The Importance of a Well Optimized Website

Have you ever thought of your property’s website as a “storefront” to get people to “walk in the front door” and book? We certainly do here at VEM Global™ and ResortsandLodges. Working within the travel industry it is extremely important to ensure that your website is optimized for the search engines as more and more consumers are researching online. Simply put: having a well optimized website can increase your marketing effectiveness. With search engines like Google having over 200 ranking factors they consider when organizing search results, here is an article from the VEM Global™ blog giving the top 5 search engine ranking factors to pay attention to when optimizing your property’s “storefront.”

Get the full story on the importance of a well optimized website here.

The 5 W’s of Social Media Marketing

What is social media marketing?

A way to market your business using online networking sites to engage, promote, brand and gain relevance with an increasingly online consumer base.

Who uses it?

Consumers have headed up the social media trend thus far. Sites like Facebook and MySpace were originally made for individuals – not companies. But basic marketing reveals that to stay ahead, you have to predict your consumers’ next moves. Companies have not only followed suit, they’ve created a whole new way to market their businesses. And it’s about time considering that social networking sites are growing at unbelievable rates. According to comScore, the number of visitors to Twitter.com jumped 131% from February to March of 2009 – more than 5 million visitors! It’s time for the hospitality industry to jump to the head of the pack.

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Website Grader by HubSpot

Do you know your website’s ‘grade’? Hubspot offers a free SEO service – Website Grader – which gives you an automated evaluation of your website and allows you to compare it to others, i.e. your competitors.

Why is understanding the performance of your website important? If you are familiar with SEO (Search Engine Optimization), you understand that optimizing your website to show up “organically” – at the top of a search engine – is like free advertising. Website Grader evaluates your website based on search engine algorithms, and it breaks down the results so you can decipher what pieces need improvement. (A good article on search engine algorithms can be found from this SearchEngineWatch.com article.)

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Phone Call Tracking – How Does the Dynamic Code Work?

As an advertiser on ResortsandLodges.com you have likely heard of our dynamically tracking phone code. This code is easy to install, does not interfere with your website’s functionality and it can help you capture the full effectiveness of your ResortsandLodges.com campaign! It is sent out by our client services team and they are more than happy to help you understand it over the phone or via email.

Your advertising on ResortsandLodges.com is equipped with a tracking phone number to track all the phone calls the advertising generates for your business. Along with this number, you will get the dynamic tracking code – these two pieces go hand and hand. Consumers that click through from your advertising to your website are very qualified leads and are likely to pick up the phone and call your business. Thus, we want to make sure all of these are tracked as well; this will ensure the accuracy of your advertising’s results. In layman’s terms: adding this simple code to your Web pages means the tracking number from your advertising will display in place of your regular business phone number. Without the code, many of the calls will not be tracked and therefore not credited back to your campaign.

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ResortsandLodges.com Hope Lake Lodge Commercial

Online video is obviously a huge trend right now – see my post Online Video – why it’s key for the hospitality industry for some stats you can’t ignore. We at VEM Global™ have recognized this trend and we developed an exciting video commercial advertising opportunity. Using video footage of your property, we can cut, edit, and produce a high quality 15- or 30-second video commercial that advertises the current deal or promotion of your choice.

Then we can air your commercial throughout our extensive online video network, which includes premiere sites like YouTube (one of the top five most visited sites on the Web). We can run your commercial either pre-roll, mid-roll, and also geo-target to specific areas and audiences.

Below is an example of one of our latest commercials - Hope Lake Lodge & Indoor Waterpark in New York. To learn more about how VEM Global™ can produce and broadcast a video commercial for your property please call 1.866.757.8229 or visit the VEM Global™ video services page.

Hope Lake Lodge & Waterpark in Cortland, NY

Hope Lake Lodge & Indoor Waterpark – Cortland, NY

Your Greatest Marketing Tool, and Five Things to Do with it Now

Maybe you’re familiar with the term “brand.” And if you’re like a lot of people, you’re saying: “I hear a lot about branding and building my brand. But I’m a small or mid-sized resort, hotel or rental property. I don’t have a brand.”

First things first: everyone who does business has a brand. A brand is the common impression that exists in the minds of every customer who has ever stayed with you, talked with you on the phone, seen you online or heard about you from someone else. And maintaining a good brand is much different in today’s online world than it used to be. More than ever, a good healthy brand is your key to long-term success.

This is actually good news. Part of the beauty of online media is that, unlike TV, radio, outdoor or print, your website can – and should – be involved at every step in a customer’s decision-making process. Here’s how you can be more aware of, and take care of, your online brand.

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Search Engine Marketing Trends to Watch

Search Engine Marketing – connecting with your customers at the moment they are looking for your products and services to buy. It is a $16 billion per year industry and there are a plethora of opportunities and trends to follow within the industry. So what do you pay attention to, what do you participate in and what do you spend your time and money on? Here are some suggestions to keep in mind.

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