Articles for ‘content’

Shifting of Distribution Costs: from GDS fees to CPC

Mardi 1 mars 2011 by Julia

Internet is actually perceived as an economic and liberator distribution channel regarding to GDS. However, the cyclic effects of the travel industry are returning to the fore and the web is contributing to the installation of new monopoles. We are passing from a situation where GDS were the unique access point to offers to a situation where the web is becoming this new unique access point. Here is a short historical recap that would help you to better perceive the cyclic aspect and the stake of the current situation. The GDS era From the 80s until the beginning of the 2000s, the GDS have been... 

Cartographic search: a leading tool to answer all the traveller’s needs

Mercredi 15 décembre 2010 by Julia

All the players related to the tourism sector offers maps based on Google, Bing, Mappy, ViaMichelin… However, most often these maps are only used to localise a place (an hotel, a monument, an agency…). Therefore this is quite restrictive regarding to the traveller’s needs and the possibilities offered by the touristic sector. Indeed, travellers need information, inspiration, and some help to plan their travels… A cartographic tool as a map can answer all these needs and at the same time help a company to differentiate it-self from the others. A map as an entry point in the search... 

The last improvements in Google’s search results that impact the travel industry

Mercredi 17 novembre 2010 by Julia

These past few months Google has released several new functionalities that will improve the search process from a user point of view but that can strongly impact the travel industry. In fact, these new functionalities are supposed to help the user to find exactly what he is looking for, but they are also impacting his decision process. They bring more information in the search results and use more suggesting technologies. So the decision that is usually done when the user visits the first page of a site, now takes place at an earlier time (directly in Google). Instant previews Instant previews... 

SEO and Web 2.0, strategies that must be considered together

Samedi 1 mai 2010 by Julia

It is now undeniable that web 2.0 is not a simple trend. In the USA, Facebook overtook Google in March (see graphic), and in Europe the tendency is the same (93% growth of the number of Facebook accounts in France, March 2010; and 50% of users that connect every days). Then, Web 2.0 is not a new isolated tool to be added to the marketer’s weapons. It is a real evolution of the Internet that brings new behaviors, and that contribute to build a bridge between off and on-line world. Moreover, Web 2.0 is often described as an obscure part of the web for search engines. Indeed, this content is hardly... 

Foursquare: a valuable concept for all the travel industry players

Lundi 5 avril 2010 by Julia

Launched in 2009, Foursquare is a location-based, social networking application. It differentiates from other apps of that kind (Yelp, Loopt, Dismoiou…) by its badges system which brings a playful side. This entertaining aspect is having an impact on user’s motivation, so that turns the application in an interesting tool to engage customers. Depending of his main field of activities, several usages can be possible and imaginable for a travel industry player:  to broadcast information, to launch a marketing campaign, to guaranty travelers’ security… Foursquare main features First, to perceive...