Are you missing a revenue-generating opportunity?
When you first start a business it’s relatively easy to promote it and attract attention: you’re offering some fresh and people are curious.
After a little while though things get a bit ‘samey’ and marketing is harder. Visitors get used to what you offer. There’s even a chance of becoming invisible or not keeping up with visitor trends.
There’s a solution. A solution that can generate interest and additional revenue.
Yet very few business owners do this.
Visitors are constantly looking for s…
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…
Marketing even when you're busy
You may be too busy with guests to do any marketing now, but it’s a great time to lay some simple foundations for the future.
Here are five things it’s worth doing to help promote your business, especially when busy.
1. Don’t forget to ask for reviews or testimonials. Write down any lovely things people say, and keep them someone safe to use in your marketing later.
2. Make a note of all the questions people ask, before and during visits. What do people not know, that you’d expect them to kno…
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…
Promote your business using the 'information gap'
If I say that I can tell you '3 easy ways to increase your profits', what's your response?
The cynical ones among you might think it's too good to be true, but most people are curious and want to know more. You might think that you pretty much know everything there is to running a successful tourism business, but a little part of your brain will still want to know more, just to double check.
This is 'information gap curiosity': the idea that most humans want to find out more when they think …