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Mobile Growth in Q2 and Traveler Surveys

Mobile Growth in Q2 and Traveler Surveys

Mobile spendingMobile Growth drives Q2 Spending

A new study from Kenshoo shows an explosion in mobile targeting for digital marketing. some of the more interesting takeaways from the study found:

  • 167% increase in Q2 spending compared to the previous year for paid social ads
  • 51% increase over the same period last year in paid social spend
  • 12% decrease in the cost per click compared to Q1 2015
  • 45% quarter-over-quarter increase in social clicks & a 129% increase year-over-year
  • 44% increase in social click-through rates compared to the first quarter and 535% year-over-year

Clearly, the role of mobile continues to grow and more and more marketers are exploiting its benefits for their businesses and clients.

Travelers to Brands: “Get to know us better!”

While many (50%) business and leisure travelers are unwilling to share personal information with brands, many still expect location-based offers tailored to their interests. While it may be easy to brush off these people as being unwilling to participate, it may stem from getting burned by brands before.

Boxever surveyed more than 500 U.S. business and leisure travelers and found many responded saying that they had seen no benefit of giving up personal information to brands previously – but were eager to experience benefits from doing so!

While geo-targeted and personalized offers are not commonplace in the travel industry just yet, it becomes clear that these types of offers must become more of a priority for brands wishing to develop closer relationships with customers while obtaining their data.

Millennials Like the Good Life

When it comes to air travel, millennials are more willing to pay for premium conveniences. That’s according to OAG’s FlightView, which conducted a study of 2,339 travelers last month.

A whopping 60% of millennials said they would be willing to pay a premium for services related to technology, like high-performance Wi-Fi or in-flight television displays with data on connecting flights.

Additionally, it looks like millennials REALLY don’t like their stuff to go missing. More than half of the millennial respondents said they would dish out extra money for RFID enabled real-time baggage tracking and 37% would pay for priority baggage claim.

Data such as this for a generation entering the workforce, obtaining jobs and finally enjoying travel with the recession at its end is invaluable to brands looking to attract a generation eager to see the world.

Michigan Bicycle Tourism Marketing Plan Unveiled

Michigan Bicycle Tourism Marketing PlanAs Michigan becomes more and more friendly to bicyclists, the opportunity to reach out to another kind of tourist presents itself. Seeing this opportunity, the Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan Promotion, Marketing and Communications Implementation Committee, coordinated by Dr. Sarah Nicholls of Michigan State University, created a report to identify and analyze the role bicycling tourists can play in Michigan’s economy. The initial report and data that was collected was developed into an actionable marketing plan that the Michigan bicycle community can utilize to target this tourism segment.

The marketing plan covers three main objectives that represent the following areas – Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, a Comprehensive Online Portal and Education Initiatives to help tell the stories of biking in Michigan.  The plan also includes tactical recommendations that the industry will be able to being implementing immediately.  The plan will also serve as a template for future initiatives with other tourism industry niches.

We’re proud to share the completed report with you below and to announce that it will be presented and handed out at the 2015 Pure Michigan’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Grand Rapids during a session on Monday, March 23rd.

Michigan Bicycle Tourism Marketing Plan