Every year we are thrilled to be part of IPW, one of U.S. Travel Association’s (USTA) largest events focused on driving international visitation to the United States. We were busy at the show this year, and had the opportunity to meet with our partners, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), hoteliers and travel brands (140 of them to be exact) to talk about what’s next in digital marketing and share ideas and best practices to continue to increase travel to the U.S.
Texas is a competitive market, so to break through the clutter Visit San Antonio (VSA) took an innovative, interactive approach to digital advertising that would showcase the wealth of activities and experiences the destination offers leisure visitors.
VSA, in partnership with Proof Advertising, teamed up with Expedia Media Solutions to create the first domestic tourism campaign featuring 360-degree video content within Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)-compliant banner ad units.
Launching today, the “My Day in San Antonio” campaign prompts people to engage with 360-degree video footage within the ad units; by clicking on hotspots within the video, users can discover a variety of San Antonio locations and experiences. As users engage with the hotspots and explore the content, the banner ad is transformed into a “choose your own travel adventure” quiz in which viewers can plan their perfect day in San Antonio. After interacting with the ad and creating their perfect San Antonio adventure, users will be delivered a personalized itinerary based on their choices and can enter to win a trip to San Antonio.
All 360-degree video content interactions and engagements happen within the IAB-compliant banner ads, breaking the boundaries digital advertising campaigns were previously constrained by. It provides a fluid experience as the user doesn’t need to leave the site to experience the 360-degree ad content. The ads are powered by patent-pending panamorphic technology developed by Advrtas that facilitates total ad responsiveness to multiple mobile phone sensors including the gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer. They are also full screen capable and play in all browsers and in app across all platforms and devices.
Advrtas, the world’s first 360-degree and virtual reality marketing and advertising solution, was chosen as the technology vendor for ‘My Day in San Antonio’, as it’s the first to be able to offer this immersive video capability to advertisers.
The campaign is designed to increase market share against competitive destinations within Texas, particularly San Antonio drive markets. It will run through September and is live across all Expedia, Inc. sites in the U.S. and select sites in Mexico, including Travelocity, Hotels.com and Expedia.com.
With the New Year in full swing, looking back can help us move ahead more effectively as travel marketers. Traveler behaviors and preferences throughout 2016 gives us a hint of what lies ahead, helping to identify opportunities for the coming year.
Last week, I was in New York for Advertising Week 2016 with some of the biggest and brightest minds in advertising, so it’s no wonder I came home with some new insights and takeaways. From panel discussions to networking events, here are some of the top takeaways I gathered for digital marketers and advertisers as we think about what works and what is next.
We had a great time last week at U.S. Travel Association’s ESTO, hosting a Learning Lab for attendees with a deep dive into our research and case studies from our leading destination marketing organization (DMO) campaigns. We talked last week on the blog about our traveler insights from our Learning Lab, and this week we want to share our key takeaways from attending sessions and networking with industry experts throughout the ESTO event. A few insights we picked up include: