Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:37

TrustYou Study Uncovers Travelers’ Online Search and Booking Behaviors

By  [Source: This article was published in hotelnewsresource.com By Katharina Sickora ]

TrustYou, the world’s largest feedback platform, today published the findings of a recently conducted travel industry study. It reveals the relevant and important factors affecting the consumer decision process during one of the main phases of the traveler's journey. The study follows the path to a decision during the traveler’s search for accommodation and evolution of offers, which play a pivotal role leading to the eventual decision to book. The sample for the study consisted of 920 participants of adults over the age of 18, who all must have traveled and booked accommodation online within the past 12 months for business, leisure, or both. The study is available to download for free.

The key findings of the study include:

  • 91% of travelers turn to search engines when looking for a place to stay with the majority 81% preferring to use Google. “Google Search” is travelers’ top most common source of travel inspiration.
  • 77% of travelers search keywords relating to accommodation and/or locations. 57% of travelers search for hotels, 49% search for a location, and 31% search for a combination of the two.
  • A hotel’s TrustScore, or average review rating score, is the second most important factor affecting the booking decision after a hotel’s nightly rate. Furthermore, 88% of travelers sorted out hotels with a TrustScore under three stars, and 32% eliminated those with a TrustScore under four stars.
  • Tracing click-through on Google’s hotel listing, travelers are most likely (20%) to click on the direct link to the hotel’s website and also very likely (10%) to click on review data provided by TrustYou.

Valerie Castillo, Senior Director of Marketing at TrustYou, says: “Knowing the decision-making path of travelers is essential for hotels to target their efforts and position themselves ahead of the competition. Our research emphasizes the importance of reviews in this process, as they account for a vital part of the booking procedure as the second most relevant decision factor after price. Additionally, a higher review score helps hotels to remain competitive and to be shortlisted as a suitable option for the traveler’s stay, without being preemptively eliminated.”

The research shows that hoteliers must consider their presence on Google within their marketing strategies. The majority of travelers turn to Google when seeking travel inspiration, beginning with their accommodation search, and evaluating offerings between multiple hotels. Valerie Castillo adds: “By optimizing a hotel’s presence on Google, more information is available to drive travelers to the hotel website. In the course of the study, 20% of users clicked on the hotel listing’s website. It is, therefore, our advice for hotels to include review information on their websites, such as the Meta-Review and TrustScore, to increase direct bookings.”

TrustYou specializes in guest feedback management and direct hotel messaging, helping hotels to influence the booking decisions of travelers. This is done by obtaining and maintaining a high review score to be selected, increasing the number of reviews for higher credibility and better average scores, and providing review summaries and widgets for a better user experience.

Download the White Paper containing all information and details about the study here for free.

About TrustYou

TrustYou, the world’s largest guest feedback platform, provides hotels with insights to improve their guest experience and market to future guests. Guest feedback informs 95% of booking decisions, and TrustYou’s guest feedback platform incorporates hundreds of millions of hotel reviews, surveys, social comments, and direct messages through SMS, email, Facebook Messenger, and more. This information is analyzed along each step of a traveler’s journey, including booking and pre-stay queries, real-time guest requests, and post-stay feedback, to generate actionable insights for 500,000 hotels. TrustYou’s platform is made up of various components, including TrustYou Meta-Reviews*, verified global review summaries displayed on travel and search sites like Google, KAYAK, and Hotels.com; TrustYou Messaging, real-time guest messaging service; TrustYou Stars, an advanced guest satisfaction survey tool; TrustYou Analytics, the world’s leading online reputation management tool, and the accompanying app TrustYou Radar. PMS, CRM, IBE, and other hotel software providers can make use of TrustYou Connect, a partner program to integrate TrustYou’s guest feedback platform with its products to help their hotel clients positively influence every stage of the guest journey.

*TrustYou Meta-Reviews only contain verified reviews and do not include reviews from TripAdvisor

[Source: This article was published in hotelnewsresource.com By Katharina Sickora - Uploaded by the Association Member: Edna Thomas]

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