Have you included these essential pages on your website
Earlier this year I helped to judge the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence accommodation categories. Going through the entries is always interesting. It’s a good way to see the latest trends.
This year two web pages were seen as particularly important.
Some businesses performed well, with excellent entries, but if they lacked these two pages we scored them much lower.
Why? Because the world has changed and we all need to keep up with customer expectations.
You’ll be asking which pages
Harnessing that Back to School feeling
New pens, notepad, clean desk. Good intentions. Freshly scrubbed face, newly cut hair.
Actually my hair isn't even properly brushed today. But the thought is there: that 'back to school' feeling is in the air.
Is there a way you can use this to strengthen your tourism business?
It's many years since I went to school and quite a few since my daughter was there, but I still get the back-to-school feeling. It's a good excuse for some new stationery, but it also galvanises me into action plannin…
Click, click, click - why you need to take more photos
How does your business and local area look at the moment?
Everywhere I look I see beautiful (mainly blue) skies, blooming gardens, lush green trees, fresh produce and happy visitors.
Now’s a good time to take photos.
Not just now and then, not just a few but of everything, everywhere, whenever you can!
I'll suggest how you can use these images in a moment.
First of all though, I really want to stress: any spare moment, when you’re taking a quick break, when you see something beautiful, wh…
A lesson from Rolls Royce about offering value for money
What’s selling a Rolls Royce got to do with promoting your small business?
I’ll explain in a moment.
I’ve no idea whether this story is true or not, but it’s a great illustration that could help you show potential visitors that you offer exceptional value for money - whether you charge a little or a lot.
The story goes that Rolls Royce decided to stop exhibiting at car shows and to take a stand at private jet shows instead. As advertising supremo, Rory Sutherland said, “when you’ve been look…
Adapt your marketing - fill gaps and attract last minute bookings
This year has been a strange one for the tourism industry. Some incredibly busy periods, followed by gaps in demand. Strong bookings for times that are usually less popular, and yet empty weeks at peak season. Flurries of advance bookings, and then many very last minute bookings.
It's unsettling and leading to a lot of concern: a roller-coaster ride of optimism and pessimism.
So what can you do?
It's tempting to simply discount and hope for the best. After all, many people are struggling a…
Delete: a quick easy way to improve your website
How much patience do you have? How busy are you? Do you have a lot of free time?
If your answers to those questions were 'not much, very and no', join the club. It's how most people will answer.
So if we want to help people book or visit our businesses, we need to make it very easy for them.
I often make suggestions for the kind of information and inspiration you should ideally have on your website. But there's a caveat: you can't just keep adding to your website without removing something,…
Positive trends for UK hospitality
This week I've been judging the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence (accommodation) and noticed some positive trends:
1. Good businesses really are memorable, with stand-out appeal: independents manage to do this well, and some chains are trying to find better ways to differentiate individual properties. Some businesses have made significant investments in their properties, but it's not just about cash - creativity and guest-focus really count.
2. Since last year's judging panel, it seems that…
Three quick tips = big difference to your website
I've recently spent a LOT of time looking at tourism business websites. I'm one of the judges for the VIsitEngland Awards for Excellence and have been sifting through countless application forms and then double-checking the look, feel and contents of websites.
Considering these are some of the best tourism businesses in the country, it's been frustrating to see how many websites are not as good as they need to be to impress potential visitors.
The best websites aren't necessarily the most ex…
Stop the scroll
We want people to scroll - to find our posts and information. But then we want them to stop. We need visitors to stop scrolling long enough to take in the reasons why our areas and businesses are worth visiting. We need them to stop scrolling so they can choose us.
We need visitors to absorb essential information on our websites, and visitors don't always have the patience to scroll all the way down your pages to find what they're looking for.
The answer: use really compelling information and…
TLDR - what it means for your business
Have you noticed the letters TLDR or TL;DR on social media recently? If you haven't, now I've pointed it out you probably will. It's everywhere!
TLDR means Too Long - Don't Read.
It's an abbreviation used just before a quick summary of a longer post or article. The idea is that we're all so busy we like to find shortcuts. So the TLDR is for anyone in a hurry. Some people will read the full version, but only if they think it's worth it - the summary gives the rough gist, and can entice further …