Compared to other industries, the hospitality industry is actually fairly new when it comes to involving digital technology into its everyday marketing. But, despite it being new, such practices have been picking up speed recently. And, with new technologies, apps, and web tools already being developed and at hand, it’s time the hospitality industry embraced digital technology as commonly as other industries have had to. On that note, here are the trends to expect when it comes to marketing trends in the hospitality industry in India:
Content is a strategic point when it comes to digital marketing in the hospitality industry:
A good portion of the traffic generated by the hospitality industry online is organic. And hence, hospitality vendors and entities need to focus on content strategies more than any other digital marketing technique in order to refine and make the best use of their SEO (Search Engine Optimization) potential.
Customers and users don’t want hotel and travel information alone anymore. To gain their interest, they need to provide valuable and interesting content to their target audience via blog posts, videos, and other kinds of engaging content.
Videos are a very popular media of content online:
The video marketing craze is everywhere. And consumers and users love watching videos online – whether they appear on websites, YouTube, or on social media. And the hospitality industry has climbed aboard this wagon as well: To reach their audience, they need to (and will) use videos on various online platforms in order to engage their target audience.
Alternatives need to be found for certain ads due to ad blocking:
Ad blocking for pop-up ads and some other kinds of online ads have been on the rise. And hence, hospitality entities need to be smarter about how they advertise online – as now a good portion of their ads are likely to be blocked. Hence, finding alternative avenues of advertising in order to make up for these “blocked” ads are necessary in order to not miss out on reaching audiences.
Relationship marketing will be the main focus of marketing in the hospitality industry:
As the marketing realm gets more and more digital, it is even more essential that hospitality enterprises connect more personally to their audience. Hence, personalized marketing strategies are going to be a common denominator. And, focussing on relationship marketing will make or break the popularity and reach of hospitality marketing. For, today, connecting to real people personally and forming relationships with your potential and existing customers (i.e., your target audience) is vital to the hospitality entity’s success.
Social media is a top marketing platform for the hospitality industry:
Social media has made a place for itself in the marketing section of every single industry. And the hospitality industry is no exception. In fact, considering the personal nature of this industry and how it ties in to what consumers are looking for on a personal level, it might well be true to say that the hospitality industry needs social media marketing strategies even more than other industries do.
Consumers and users are on social media for most of the day. Plus, users usually prefer the opinions of their peers before anything else. And social media provides just the right avenues for these opinions. Hence, hospitality brands need to have active social media accounts and engage aggressively and tactfully with social media users in order to have a sound digital marketing strategy.
Personalized email marketing works better than bulk mails with no personal names:
Sending emails to your customer base (or even your potential customer base) is a good marketing strategy. However, bulk emails with promotional messages and a “Hello there!” or some other kind of generic address will not be received enthusiastically. Instead, make sure that your emails provide some kind of advantage and value to the customer. And, most of all, ensure that you actually address the customer by name in the emails you send out. They are much more likely to read and react to your email if they see their own name there.
The mobile platform is dominating the hospitality industry:
Mobile device users are constantly on the rise. And, thanks to smartphone technology and the sheer variety of things we can now do on our phone, mobile marketing and m-commerce is as prominent as generic digital marketing and e-commerce. Hence, hospitality enterprises need to optimize their business marketing strategy online to be compatible with mobile devices as well. The hospitality vendor and enterprise will be attracting a deeper pool of customers this way in the currently mobile-dominated digital scenario.
Data analytics will be used to tweak the marketing budget in order to make use of the most lucrative marketing avenues:
Unlike traditional marketing practices, data analytics now allow marketers to determine in real time which channels are bringing in the most revenue and which are costing more than they are making up for. And hence, hotels and other hospitality vendors will be able to refine their marketing strategy so that their marketing budget is focused more on the marketing channels that are the most lucrative and less on the marketing channels that are the least lucrative.
Online content will be optimized for cross-device platforms:
With the sheer variety of mobile devices and platforms available today, hospitality vendors and entities need to optimize their websites, their social media platforms, and any other online platform they have to be compatible with all kinds of Internet-connected devices. In other words, whether a customer is using a smartphone, a tablet, a notebook, or a laptop computer, they should be able to access the online platform with ease.
Instagram is a great marketing channel for hotels:
Thanks to their wide user base and the visually-dominated platform, Instagram is in fact a fantastic avenue for hotels to market on right now. In fact, many hotels and hospitality brands have already developed selfies stations and brand hashtag for this very platform.