The travel journey begins long before the bags are packed. With so many dreamy vacation options out there — and an array of ways of discovering those options — how do travelers today decide where to go on their next trip?
The holiday season is a time of reflection, and as we look back over the past year, we are humbled by the wonderful partners we have had the pleasure of working with as 2016 was the year for exciting innovation and creativity. We thank our partners for being open to push the boundaries of digital marketing with us. Our bets paid off, and our partnerships were recognized by the best in the industry with numerous industry awards granted for these campaigns in 2016. Even more importantly, we have built lasting and impactful relationships and driven proven results for our partners’ businesses.
For online travel shoppers, the purchase journey is complex. From the inspiration, research and consideration phases to the booking phase, the process may include many twists and turns while navigating online travel information, OTA, hotel and airline sites, and more. With an understanding of the intricate online booking journey, brands can connect with travelers and influence their purchases.
This week at the annual Expedia Partner Conference in Las Vegas, our Expedia Media Solutions team hosted a Learning Lab, where we shared insights about online traveler behaviors from custom studies we did with third-party research firms as well as learnings and success stories from a few of our marketing partners, including Destination BC, Visit Britain and The Cape Los Cabos and introduced the new Expedia brand campaign.
We have the pleasure of working with some amazing partners in the travel and non-travel industries, and this week at Expedia’s annual partner conference in Las Vegas, we presented our annual partner awards to campaigns launched in North America and Latin America that demonstrate excellence in digital marketing.
CNN defines a bleisure traveler as someone who puts the “fun” in a business trip. While we tend to agree, we wanted to dig in further to find out more about this segment of travelers who add an extra day (or more) to a business trip for leisure purposes – something many of us have likely done on many occasions. We know (firsthand even) that many business travelers turn their trips into “bleisure” trips, but why? What type of traveler is doing this, and what influences their decision to do so?
Social media measurement has evolved drastically since brands first forayed into Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms. So, has your approach changed too?
The digital audience in Canada may be smaller than that in the UK and U.S., but Canadian consumers are highly engaged. Collectively, they spend 148 billion minutes per month interacting with digital content, and 70% are consuming digital travel content.
Travel is a large — and growing — sector in the United States. In 2015 alone, American travelers logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes, according to the U.S. Travel Association. We know Americans are traveling, but we also wanted to know how they are consuming digital travel content, what influences their travel decisions, and how marketers can best reach and influence them.