Websites are only as good as their search engine ranking. The lower the rank, the less your site will get visited. And the fewer visitors, the less business you gain. Instead of wasting your money on a website that sinks to the bottom, implement these top five ways to optimize your website.
1. Have a unique and keyword-friendly title tag for each page of your website. This is huge – search engines tend to put more weight on title tags, since they’re the first clue to what your website is all about (both to web crawlers and your viewers). Placing a unique title tag on each page shows that each page is valuable enough to stand on its own.
Read the other four ways to optimize your website at the VEM Global™ blog.
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.
Periodically VFM Leonardo emails me with some great videos targeting hoteliers. And since our flagship is ResortsandLodges.com I am always checking these videos out! If you have a chance, watch this 12 minute video on brand awareness. It’s main focal point is that hoteliers need to create VALUABLE CONTENT to help distinguish them from other brands, especially in this hyper-competitive market.
Some key things to remember:
– The average property is viewed 800 times online before they get one booking
– Travel shoppers visit an average of 11 websites during their research
Also, take a look at my previous article “Is your website doing all it can to sell your business?” as this gets into more details on ensuring your website presents your brand in the best manner.
Check out the VFM Leonardo video – it gives great tips!
Let’s face it: now that most travelers are researching their trips via the Internet, your property’s website is essentially your very own “storefront” allowing you to showcase your property and “sell” the potential guest to stay with you. The site must sell not just your features, benefits and services, but your entire brand experience. With the plethora of online advertising opportunities, all leading back to your website – it’s extremely important to ensure your site is “top notch.”