Is social media the reason behind the rapid growth of cruising?

WTM Seminar Report

Social media is an area of marketing and communication that is being used by a large number of travel companies as part of their strategy to engage new customers. Indeed recent research suggests that social media provides a 3:1 return on investment.

One sector of the travel industry that has seen tremendous success and that greatly relies upon engaging new customers for continued growth is cruising.

  • Decline in email use?
  • Social media posts equate to Word of Mouth relay of information/judgements. Travel is inherently a ‘social’ activity and before/during/after people talk to their friends about what is happening. People tend to trust these comments, whether face-to-face or via social media.
  • There are 30 million UK Facebook users, 25% of whom (7.5 million) are over 25 yrs old
  • Fanalyzer measures and ranks UK fan pages – here, travel related http://www.fanalyzer.co.uk/category/65/Tourism-Travel.html
    (KLM has over 4m fans)

The process (very interesting analysis, relevant to any travel related marketing activities) –

  • Dreaming > Planning > Booking > Anticipating > Travelling > Destination > Memories
  • Brands need to behave like publishers, providing relevant, quality, content

Content must

  • Be Useful
  • Be Authentic (on topic, relevant)
  • Be Engaging (interesting, exciting, events)

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