If you’ve been around the travel industry in the past few years, you know that travelers are increasingly going online to research their vacations. A search engine is one of the most popular places to start that research – this is why Search Engine Marketing is so important. And with the millions of results that are being displayed from most searches, it’s even more important to ensure your website is coming up in the top of the results.
Learn more about Search Engine Marketing – in this Search Engine Marketing Basics article.
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.
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.)
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.
Search Engine Optimization: If you have a website you’re sure to have SEO on your radar, but have you really gotten into why it’s so important? Let’s start with some key facts brought to you by EcomBuffet.com:
• More than 8 out of 10 Internet users look on search engines to find
information and the products or services they want to buy.
• Pay-per-click (PPC) costs are rising (over 37% higher from last year
to this year Q1).
• 63% of the top natural (organic) listings get click throughs.
• Natural (organic) search results convert 30% higher than PPC.
• 11.8% of Google traffic will click on a site in the second page of
While Google currently has about 200 factors in their algorithms that determine what placement your site will show up in within search results, in this post I want to start with keywords and the components you need to think about when writing content to improve your website’s search engine rankings.
Quick! Stop what you are doing and think about it: what was the last thing you Googled? Now ask yourself this: when was the last time someone Googled you?
This morning I Googled “st. paul restaurants” because I am planning to meet a close friend for Happy Hour tonight. We considered dining at La Grolla Italian Restaurant where, to quote my friend, “the Ravioli di Granchio looks delish!” (but after viewing the menu and considering our tight budgets) we decided on a more casual venue called The Liffey Irish Pub.
In a matter of minutes, Google helped me make my evening plans quickly and effortlessly. This is second nature for my friends and me, who have been using Search Engines to help guide us into the scary world of adult decision-making for the past six years or so. “There are 3-4 billion searches per day for information on Search Engines in the U.S.,” of which I personally make around 7 or 8 every day! Have you Googled in the past 24 hours?