Of all the sectors in the economy, none is affected by digital trends as much as hospitality. Most customers in this industry are social travelers and tourists, who spend a lot of hours online researching places to visit, hotels to book, and restaurants to dine in. Therefore, digital marketing has become the best way to get in touch with potential customers, establishing a brand, and developing a group of loyal customers.
The options and potential are endless, and with the right strategy and technology (and a little imagination!) – hospitality can harness the power of digital to create marketing magic.
At ERA, we are experts at controlling and optimising costs in Digital Marketing whilst still reaching and engaging with target audiences effectively.
Here are 5 obstacles we help clients overcome:
- Limited Budgets: Many hospitality organizations have limited budgets for marketing, and digital marketing can be expensive if not managed properly.
- High Competition: The hospitality industry is highly competitive, and digital marketing is a key way to stand out in the marketplace. However, it can be difficult to compete with larger organizations that have more resources.
- Demonstrating Return on Investment (ROI): Hospitality organizations need to see a positive ROI from their digital marketing efforts.
- Rapidly Changing Landscape: Digital marketing is constantly evolving, and new platforms and technologies are emerging all the time. Hospitality organizations need to stay up-to-date with these changes to remain competitive.
- Targeting the Right Audience: Effective digital marketing requires targeting the right audience with the right message.
And here are some of the benefits:
- Increased visibility: Digital marketing enables hospitality businesses to increase their online visibility and reach a wider audience. By optimizing their online presence through search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, email marketing, and other digital marketing techniques, businesses can increase their chances of being discovered by potential customers.
- Improved customer engagement: Digital marketing allows hospitality businesses to engage with their customers in real-time and provide personalized experiences. Social media platforms, for example, enable businesses to respond to customer inquiries and feedback, showcase their products and services, and build relationships with their customers.
- Enhanced brand reputation: By consistently optimizing their digital marketing strategies, hospitality businesses can build and maintain a positive brand reputation. A strong online presence and positive reviews from satisfied customers can go a long way in establishing trust and credibility among potential customers.
- Increased revenue: Effective digital marketing can drive traffic to a hospitality business’s website or physical location, resulting in increased revenue. By leveraging various digital marketing channels to promote their products and services, businesses can attract more customers and generate more sales.
Customizing and gratifying customer needs based on their experiences, preferences, interests, and behavior is of paramount importance to hospitality businesses who seek to gain a competitive advantage.