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87 - Is Voice Search Finally Killing SEO?

Increasingly, travelers are turning to voice search on their smartphone or voice assistant for the answers to their queries. In this week’s episode of the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast, we break down these changes, what it means for your hotel, and give you some proactive tips to ensure that you’re prepared for the SEO-volution. With all of the changes that Google has made over the past 5 years, SEO has been dead more times than Kenny from South Park but it’s still driving significant traffic...


86 - 10 Things You Need For A Successful Hotel PPC Strategy

These are in no particular order of importance, but they are some of the most important things you should be doing to optimize your AdWords account. We take over a lot of PPC accounts that clearly aren’t following these best practices. Here are 10 things you should be doing to run a successful PPC account. SHOW NOTES:


85 - ADA and WCAG 2.0 For Hotel Websites: What You Need To Know

Is your hotel website accessible by everyone? If not, it should be and we’re going to tell you why and precisely what you need to do in this week’s Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast. SHOW NOTES: http://www.fueltravel.com/blog/fuel-hotel-marketing-podcast-episode-85-ada-wcag-2-0-hotel-websites-need-know/


84 - Why Won’t TripAdvisor Answer These 3 Questions?

Welcome to the TripAdvisor conspiracy theory episode where we’re going to cover all the strange and unusual things we are seeing from the world’s largest review and hotel shopping platform. Since the beginning of 2018, we have been noticing some very odd behavior from the TripAdvisor results, customer service response time, sales rep strategies, and overall communication. What is most odd is that we have found communication from TripAdvisor to us, our clients, and industry partners has...


82 - What Hotels Need To Know About GDPR Before It’s Too Late

In this episode, we dig into all things GDPR and try to lay out exactly what you need to know and do prior to the May 25th deadline. There’s a lot of information and misinformation floating around about GDPR and we try to cut through the noise and break it all down Fueligan style. SHOW NOTES:


80 - Hotel Booking Data Reveals Surprising Consumer Mobile Behavior

There are so many sources talking about mobile data, but do the numbers all add up? What exactly does the data mean and how can hoteliers take action? In this episode, we dig into Fuel’s own data and compare it to data published by other folks in the industry to see if we can help you make sense of it all. Find out what we learned. SHOW NOTES: http://www.fueltravel.com/blog/fuel-hotel-marketing-podcast-episode-80-hotel-booking-data-reveals-surprising-consumer-mobile-behavior/ SHOW NOTE


78 - Your Hotel Isn’t Ready For The Second Mobile Tipping Point

Has the world not realized yet? Mobile is a big deal and you need to be doing everything you can to cater to the consumer’s desire to book on mobile. In this episode, we look at a recent white paper from Criteo and also dig into some of our own data to show just how close we are to becoming a mobile-first industry. SHOW NOTES: http://www.fueltravel.com/blog/fuel-hotel-marketing-podcast-episode-78-hotel-isnt-ready-second-mobile-tipping-point/


76 - Don't believe the hype about Blockchain or Voice Search...Yet

There is a lot of buzz in the hotel industry about both blockchain and voice search. While both are undoubtedly going to have a major impact on society, the Fueligans have a lively discussion about both of these 'megatrends' and analyze the likely impact that they will have on the average hotelier in the next twelve months. Do you need to drop everything you're doing and jump on board the hype train? We think not. SHOW NOTES:


75 - Is SEO Finally Dead In 2018? Listen And Find Out.

We’ve been hearing that ‘SEO is dead’ for the better part of the last 4 years. While it’s certainly true that the value of SEO has become harder to understand and that the tactics employed to accomplish search ranking continues to evolve, we believe that SEO is far from dead and that it should remain a very important part of your overall hotel marketing strategy. In this episode, we go through a very basic SEO checklist that you should pay attention to in 2018. FULL SHOW NOTES:...


73 - The Hotel Industry's New Year Wish List for 2018

Hoteliers - If you had one hotel marketing related wish, what would it be? We asked. You responded. Here are some of the best answers we received from hoteliers and industry experts. We break them down and have some fun in the festive episode of the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast. SHOW NOTES:


72 - 10 Marketing Lessons Your Hotel Can Learn From Star Wars Quotes

In a shameless effort to newsjack the hysteria revolving around the release of Star Wars The Last Jedi, the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast this week is trying to draw comparisons between the galaxy far, far away and hotel marketing. Listen to find out how well we did. SHOW NOTES:


71 - The Things You Must Do Before Your Hotel Opens

Congratulations on your new hotel or resort adventure! Though inevitably a bit stressful, opening a new property is undoubtedly an exciting task. Of course, you wouldn’t ever build and open your new property and just hope people show up. Rather, you will want to have a marketing plan in place to effectively promote your property in advance to generate interest and demand. FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.fueltravel.com/blog/fuel-hotel-marketing-podcast-episode-71-things-must-hotel-opens/


70 - What Happens When Phone Agents Act Like Your Website?

In this episode of the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast, the Fueligans take a tongue in cheek look at what life would be like if we treated our phone reservations like we treat our website visitors. Let’s face it, a hotel’s website is one of the most important investments a property can make. It influences almost every booking in some form or fashion. And yet, we still live in a world where folks take a set-it-and-forget-it approach to their website. Despite more than 50% of direct bookings...


69 - 5 Simple Marketing Psychology Hacks To Increase Direct Bookings

Reducing friction in the booking process can happen one of two ways. Either you remove the roadblocks and make the booking process more streamlined, or you apply forward pressure through the funnel by using psychology tactics that persuade people to do what you need them to do. That’s what we’ll be discussing in today’s episode. Simple things you can apply to your website and booking engine that will have a dramatic impact on conversion rate and the number of direct bookings. SHOW NOTES:...


68 - Top 8 Travel Trend Predictions For 2018

In this week’s episode of the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast, we break down Booking.com’s top 8 travel predictions for 2018. Looking for inspiration for your 2018 travel? Facilitating reservations for more than 1,500,000 room nights each day, the experts at Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, have combined customer insights from over 128 million real guest reviews with research from 19,000 travelers across 26 countries...


67 - 6 Common Analytics Mistakes You May be Making

What’s worse than bad analytics data? Not knowing you have bad analytics data! Today we are going to cover some common horrifying pitfalls that wreak havoc in your analytics data, making it a bloody mess. SHOW NOTES: http://www.fueltravel.com/blog/fuel-hotel-marketing-podcast-episode-67-6-common-analytics-mistakes-may-making/


66 - Does Your Hotel’s Marketing Sit On A Throne Of Lies?

Does your hotel website and the online shopping experience accurately reflect the on-property experience? Or, are you a cotton headed ninny muggins who tricks unsuspecting guests into staying with you, only to disaapoint them and have them never return to your property? Hopefully you are the former rather than the later. In this Elf-inspired episode of the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast, we break down some of the biggest mistakes that hotels make by not accurately representing their product...


65 - Does Your Hotel Have The Right Booking Engine?

All hotels and resorts are striving to make the most out of their marketing dollars. Hotels will spend countless dollars and hours finding the right audience, the right marketing channels and setting the perfect bait to bring in a new guest. Many are great at setting the bait, but fail to make sure the trap will work. That’s what we’re going to discuss on episode 65 of the Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast. We are going to dive in and determine if you are using the right PMS and right booking...


64 - Secrets To Becoming A Hotel Advertising Pro

Google has defined 4 stages of travel, which encompasses everything from the initial spark in which someone decided they might want to take a trip all the way through the process of a guest sharing their vacation photos and experiences online with friends and family. “I want to get away moments” - dreaming moments “Time to make a plan moments” - planning moments “Let’s book it moments” - booking moments “Can’t wait to explore moments” - experiencing moments In our new guide (available at...


63 - How To Make Your Hotel Website More Effective By Answering Questions

Why do hotels need a website? Essentially, your website’s job is to close the uncertainty gap, which results in the casual shopper becoming a customer. In order to close the uncertainty gap, your website must anticipate and answer questions that the shopper is likely to have during the research and purchase process. So, why do the vast majority of shoppers not convert to bookers? Conversion rate on a leisure hotel’s website can be 1-5%. Meaning between 95-99% of website visitors are not...


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