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Digital Trends to Watch for Hospitality Marketing

As digital channels continue to disrupt more and more areas of everyday life, hospitality marketing is facing changes to its models, as well. That’s according to Modern Restaurant Management, who explains that digital travel sales are expected to hit $198 billion in 2018.

With more than 140 million adults slated to research their travel plans online, and half of those expected to do so via their smartphone or mobile device, agility and responsiveness in digital channels continues to become increasingly important for hospitality marketers. While print and promotional physical marketing materials remain crucially important, supplementing those streams with digital is now a foundational competency for marketers.

Here are five of the top trends in digital hospitality marketing.

Digital Channels Are of Primary Importance

As we mentioned above, digital travel sales are expected to reach $198 billion this year. That’s 140 million travelers primed and ready to engage with digital marketing campaigns. Through the entire buying journey, digital is now crucial each step of the way.  According to MRM, 71% of travelers use digital to plan their trip; 79% use digital channels to shop for their travel accommodations; and 83% use digital to actually book their trips.

What’s more, research shows that 61% of travel marketing spend is now committed to online channels. By working with a partner to optimize their digital marketing campaigns, hospitality marketers can capture an enormous amount of business.

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To Win Younger Travelers, Leverage Search Engines

Search engines like Google and Bing are how most of us begin our quests for information these days, and travel planning is no exception. Research shows that 63% of travelers use a search engine at some point in their trip planning. However, search engine marketing is especially effective with younger shoppers.

As many as 57% of travelers ages 18-34 use search engines specifically to check accommodation prices, and 50% of those same travelers are able to recall the travel ads they see on search engines. Compared to just 36% for overall consumers, search engine marketing is a key piece for hospitality marketers.

Smartphone Use Is Rising

As smartphones become more powerful and prevalent, they are impacting every business vertical, including hospitality marketing. Recent studies suggest that 43% of consumers use a smartphone to search for travel accommodations. But when we segment that out into age groups, it becomes quickly apparent that Millennial and Generation Z shoppers have made smartphones an integral part of their buying journey. For shoppers ages 18-34, as many as 78% use their smartphones while traveling (an excellent opportunity for promotional on-site targeting), 67% use their smartphones to plan their trips, and over one-quarter (27%) use their smartphones to actually book their accommodations.

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Visual Content Matters More Than Ever

Travel has always been a very visually appealing industry, and leveraging visual marketing materials is paying big dividends for hospitality marketers. 51% of consumers report that the visual imagery in travel marketing materials influences their decision to book. Not only are images influential, but they stick with shoppers memories much more effectively. 49% of travel shoppers recall a compelling visual image, compared to just 41% who recall a promotional price, and 37% who recall a targeted ad. If you can partner with a supplier who can keep production costs low and manageable, the ROI on visual marketing can be enormous.

Personalized Loyalty Programs Are a Critical Piece

Loyalty programs are a powerful way for hospitality brands to establish repeat customers and renewable revenue streams. In return, loyalty customers expect personalized experiences. 55% of travel loyalty program members acknowledge that program membership influences their decision-making process, so marketers would be wise to leverage it. But how? By offering truly personalized experiences, made possibly by an agile and efficient marketing supply chain.

In fact, travel loyalty program members are more likely to share personal information in exchange for custom-tailored offers, click-through on personalized online advertising, and recall personalized online ads from travel brands. These loyalty members want hospitality brands to leverage the wealth of information they know about the member to offer him or her truly unique, personalized experiences that are custom-tailored to his or her preferences.

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Digital Marketing for Healthcare: Conquering the Future

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The healthcare industry, and marketing in general, are undergoing a digital revolution. As many hospitals and healthcare providers scramble to re-establish their brands in the face of rampant restructuring, mergers, and rapidly shifting healthcare laws, the need to stand out from the competition and create an ongoing dialogue with their patients and customers is becoming more critical than ever.

That’s why digital healthcare marketing is so promising: it offers clever and unique new ways for savvy marketers to stay top-of-mind with their customers. That’s according to Stewart Gandolf at Healthcare Success, who explains that because of its benefits, “digital marketing is almost always our first choice for doctors and hospitals.” Let’s take a deeper look at why.

Reasons for the Digital Revolution in Healthcare

The Internet is no longer an add-on, or a nice-to-have capability. It has become “healthcare’s front door,” as Gandolf explains, for several key reasons.

Empowered Patients

More than any other time in history, the Internet has given consumers across all industries the power to browse, compare, and shop – all without ever leaving their homes. The same goes for healthcare, where a compelling and dynamic digital presence can make the difference between a patient choosing you or going to a competitor.

Mobile Is Everywhere

The rise of web-connected smartphones and tablets means that your patients are digitally connected anywhere and everywhere. From a marketing standpoint, this presents limitless opportunities to connect with them, and to offer customizable experiences with a high level of responsiveness.

How Healthcare Organizations Can Leverage Digital Marketing

With digital marketing capabilities becoming more sophisticated each day, here are some of the top ways healthcare organizations can and should be leveraging this digital revolution.

Mobile Is Urgent, and So Is Healthcare

The nature of healthcare notifications – that is, that they are often urgent, important, and critical – lends itself very well to digital and mobile. You can provide a superior patient experience, and even improve medical outcomes, by ensuring that your patients can receive their notifications via mobile, where they are likely to respond the fastest.

Digital Is Highly Personalized

If you’re looking to set yourself apart based on the superiority of your patient experience, digital is for you. Thanks to technology like cookies and digital tracking, your messaging and content can be highly segmented and personalized for your patients, so they receive the messages that speak directly to their needs, while feeling like a greater priority to your organization.

Analytics and Brand Awareness

Digital marketing provides highly accurate real-time analytics that shows you exactly who engaged with what messages, and which tactics are the most effective compared to others. In this way, you know exactly where to spend your marketing budget to maximize your ROI, and you get proof-positive of the brand-building effect of your efforts. For marketers struggling to prove attribution, this can be a critical component to success.

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There’s no way around it: the digital revolution is here for healthcare marketing. By embracing it, and working with a trusted partner who can reliably execute your marketing strategy on-time, on-budget, and with minimal waste, healthcare organizations can stand out from the crowd and win more patients.

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Retailers and Consumer Brands: The Digital Divide

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The rise of ecommerce giants like Amazon has begun to shake up the way retailers think about their relationships with consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands, and with their customers.

That’s according to L.E.K. Consulting, who explains that there is a growing “digital divide” in the consumer products world, wherein brands wish to adopt a direct-to-consumer (D2C) model, but are hesitant to do so because of concerns about their digital strategy and retail channels. Here are some of the most important areas of focus for brands looking to establish an effective digital strategy.

Different Consumers, Different Strategies

Not all advertising is effective for all buyers. Similarly, not all digital experiences appeal to all consumers or are right for all brands. Brands shifting to digital are wise to apply the same granular level of segmentation to their digital target audiences that they would to in-store shoppers. The marketing efforts that appeal to certain demographics will still appeal; they simply need to be “digitized.”

For example, Huggies, the diaper brand, designed its online rewards club to heavily feature educational materials for first-time parents, who comprise a large portion of its buyers. Burberry, the luxury fashion label maintains online communities where customers can share chic pictures of themselves sporting the iconic coats.

Similarly, home remodeling and interior design brands have begun to leverage virtual and augmented reality apps to allow customers to more fully visualize the brand’s products in their own homes. Digital should be responsive to your customers. It should fit who they are, and what they want.

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Digital Should Add Value

Digital is about more than just ecommerce. It’s about adding a unique twist to your brand’s offerings that add substantial value for your customers.

To generate a new revenue stream from the resale of its used goods, for example, clothing company Patagonia created a stand-alone website where loyal customers can swap secondhand gear at a discount, and trade-in used gear back to the brand for gift certificates. Automaker Subaru, on the other hand, closely monitors its consumer lifecycles, and coordinates the delivery of highly-targeted promotions and advertisements that speak directly to their owners’ needs, whether it’s time for an oil change, or to renew a lease.

New Technology in Marketing

New technologies mean new opportunities to create engaging, compelling experiences for customers.

In addition to the interior design examples listed above, retailers and consumer brands are using in-store technology in dynamic ways. Fashion label Rebecca Minkoff, for example, uses wireless communication to send clothing items to dressing rooms, help customers locate different sizes and styles, and show stock availability in nearby stores. Some cosmetics retailers, meanwhile, are using apps that allow clerks to scan customers’ skin tones and deliver perfect makeup recommendations. These brands are using technology to provide better customer experiences.

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Digital is rapidly evolving from a luxury to a core competency for most brands. By partnering with a trusted expert, you can leverage the promise of a new digital future to create compelling customer experiences and realize a greater return on your marketing investments.

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