You know technology is becoming more advanced by the day when the expression ‘when pigs fly’ doesn’t really seem all too far-fetched anymore. Hundreds of years from now, our descendants’ understanding of the Theory of Evolution will have slightly changed from apes evolving into humans and will relate more to the Nokia 5510 and whatever genius technology Apple has on offer at the time.
Travel marketers are required to change with the times in order to stay ahead of the game which is quite tough, but luckily for us, there’s one thing that stays constant and that’s content marketing. Content marketing is all about continuous interaction with customers through the use of valuable and relevant content.
Here are our Top 5 tips on how travel agents can get started:
There’s no point in trying to pull engaging content out the bag without first getting to know your audience and understanding their needs. Do this by getting to know them personally, conducting surveys and analysing the results, keeping your eyes peeled for customer engagements and/or attending travel events. Or better yet, throw one yourself!
WOW yourself and your audience
Planet Earth is the perfect portfolio of Instagram-worthy pics so travel agents have the upper hand here. Remember to share content as a business that you would be proud to share as an individual. If you’re truly proud of it, your readers will be too. Look at your connection on social media as the beginning of a relationship rather than a lead or potential sale. This will help to build a network of repeat visitors to your website and other platforms.
Get a style going
Not all travel agencies provide the same service. Some specialise in specific destinations or activities, while others accommodate for those travelling to a particular region of the world.
Consider what makes your brand unique and use this information to create a style which can be depicted through free travel content and an impressive website. For example: Specialise in scuba-diving? Get the GoPro and go scuba diving!
No one likes a pusher
Customers like to shop around without the pressure of being pushed into making a purchase. And why wouldn’t they? Trips can get pricey. Work on engaging your audience with destination specific content and remember that they are reading your travel blogs for a reason. Customers will come to a decision only when all of their questions have been answered so make sure your content ticks all the boxes.
Make the most of your content
Optimise search engines by doing your research beforehand, making sure it is of decent length and using key words to draw in your audience. Creating one decent blog per week is more effective than one rushed blog per day.
Utilise social media in every way you can – it is one of the greatest marketing tools of our generation! Encourage your followers to interact with you through shared images, videos and blogs. Entice your subscribers by sending great content straight to their inbox and urge them to share it with their connections. That’s what social media is for, right?