In 2014 at Google’s annual I/O conference, they announced that you should switch your site over to HTTPS for the possibility of a minor ranking boost. We believe that this may help slightly, but the bigger question is whether or not the switch is right for you.
What is the main difference in marketing cost and the cost of using OTAs from a hotelier’s perspective? IMEG client data shows there is a 10% – 15% difference in the cost to generate an online booking with marketing strategies versus using a OTA. The average OTA fee to generate a online reservation is between 18% – 25% depending on your relationship with the OTA.
A recent article written by the Knoxville News Sentinel makes accusations that the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge made no use of social media to warn residents and visitors of the Gatlinburg wildfires. I wanted to chime in and complete this story because most people are unaware of this and just assume that social media is a great way, in today’s time, to communicate with people. First, I will preface by saying that it may not have hurt anything to have posted on social media as a city to the community. But is it really that important they did or did not post to social media? NO! Here are a few reasons why: