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January 15, 2017

8 Posts Highlighting the Growth of Mobile in Travel Marketing: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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8 Posts Highlighting the Growth of Mobile in Travel Marketing: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! Just got back from a big trip, so I’m going to skip the big setup and just get you right into these 8 posts highlighting the growth of mobile in travel marketing to kick off your week in style. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, a new Phocuswright research report says that “Mobile Fuels Online Dominance in Europe.” The most impressive stat suggests that 2016 will be the last year that guests made more desktop bookings than mobile bookings. And that’s a really big deal.
  2. On a highly-related note, there’s an Expedia report that says “Mobile Travel Booking is Expected to Keep Rising,” as reported by Duetto. So that big deal is just getting bigger.
  3. Now I’ve been talking about the importance of mobile booking for a really, really long time, but the shift to mobile has taken on increased urgency now that Google will be separating mobile content into a mobile-only index later this year. Fortunately, Search Engine Land has a pretty great checklist to hep you get ready for that.
  4. A post here on the blog from last year took a look at what you can do if you’re not seeing mobile bookings for your hotel, by the way.
  5. While we’re on the topic of mobile, we need to talk a bit more about this “Warning: OTA’s Want to Own Your Guest Every Step of the Way” from last year. According to Mobile Commerce Daily, “Hotels.com Has Introduced New Mobile Concierge” that positions them even deeper into the value chain. Seems that warning is taking on some new urgency of its own.
  6. If you needs some help addressing the challenge posed by OTA’s, you might want to check out these tips on “How the Best Hotels Own the Guest” to grow your business this year.
  7. Content plays a crucial role in helping you own your guest’s experience every step of the way, which is just one reason that, “For Travel Marketers, Content is Still King.”
  8. Alright, Big Thinkers, how about we round-out this week’s list of 8 posts highlighting the growth of mobile in travel marketing with these “10 Great Hotel Direct and OTA Distribution Posts,” this collection of “5 Fast Travel Distribution and Digital Marketing Insights,” and these “6 Sensational Hospitality Digital Marketing Insights” all from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series for you.

Hope you have a great week ahead, Big Thinkers!

If you’re looking for even more hospitality marketing goodness, you might also want to take a moment to review the slides from Tim’s recent seminar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2016: The Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:

Finally, you will definitely want to check out some of our past coverage of the mobile, local, social web and how to make it work for your hotel, including:

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January 14, 2017

9 Nifty E-commerce and Digital Strategy Notes for the New Year: E-commerce Link Digest

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9 Nifty E-commerce and Digital Strategy Notes for the New Year: E-commerce Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! Don’t want to take too much time setting things up today, so instead let’s get right to this list of 9 nifty e-commerce and digital strategy notes for the New Year. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, Fortune reports that this was a “Record-Setting Holiday for Retail: Online Sales Surge to $91.7 Billion,” which, y’know, is a lot.
  2. While we’re talking about e-commerce — though, to be fair, that’s kind of our thing around here — we went ahead and rounded-up this collection of “13 Key Insights About Mobile Commerce, Payments, and Content Marketing” as part of the ongoing E-commerce Link Digest series.
  3. On the content marketing front — see what I did there? — Brand Quarterly explains that “Content Is King… As Long As The Kingdom Is Interested!”
  4. So, speaking of content, check out “Trends for 2017: What Your Content Marketing Strategy Looks Like” from Thinks Out Loud, our weekly e-commerce and digital strategy podcast.
  5. Business Insider put together a list of “The Best and Worst Social Networks, According to a College Student” that’s really cool.
  6. Our own Tim Peter has a post over at Biznology that lists a great set of “New Year’s Resolutions for Digital Marketers” you’ll definitely want to check out.
  7. And while we’re on that topic, you’ll also want to check out this post that asks, and answers, “How Can You Succeed at Digital Marketing Next Year? 17 Great Posts Offer Answers.”
  8. You also won’t want to miss another episode of Thinks Out Loud that looks at “3 Trends Driving Your 2017 Digital Strategy.”
  9. And, finally, be sure to check out these “8 Digital Marketing Insights to Kick-Off 2017 the Right Way,” also from the the E-commerce Link Digest series. It seems like a great way to round out the week, and this list of 9 nifty e-commerce and digital strategy notes for the New Year too, don’t you think?

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You can also check out these slides and video from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions: Three Key Trends Driving Your Marketing Next Year”:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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January 12, 2017

3 Trends Driving Your 2017 Digital Strategy (Thinks Out Loud Episode 185)

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3 Trends Driving Your 2017 Digital Strategy (Thinks Out Loud Episode 185)

3 Trends Driving Your 2017 Digital Strategy (Thinks Out Loud Episode 185) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about how to lead mobile-focused digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using an Shure SM57 microphone through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 13m 15s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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December 14, 2016

Trends for 2017: What Your Content Marketing Strategy Looks Like (Thinks Out Loud Episode 183)

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Trends for 2017: What Your Content Marketing Strategy Looks Like (Thinks Out Loud Episode 183)

Trends for 2017: What Your Content Marketing Strategy Looks Like (Thinks Out Loud Episode 183) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about how to lead mobile-focused digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using an Shure SM57 microphone through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 15m 37s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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November 18, 2016

10 Excellent Content, Personalization, and Customer Experience Insights: E-commerce Link Digest

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10 Excellent Content, Personalization, and Customer Experience Insights: E-commerce Link Digest

Howdy, Big Thinkers! No big setup this week. Instead we’re going to get your right into this list of 10 excellent content, personalization, and customer experience insights from the past week. Enjoy:

  1. Dan Farrell at CMO.com explains why “An Agile Attitude Is Key To Digital Innovation.” We completely agree, having said on a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud, our weekly e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, “The Simple Truth? Digital is a Mindset.”
  2. Another CMO.com post outlines new research from Gartner that shows “Marketing Budgets On The Rise As CMO Mandate Grows” that you’ll want to note.
  3. What’s included in that mandate? Well, personalization, for one. And Mike Bainbridge at Brand Quarterly looks into this in his post, “Moving From Experience To Data: Why Personalization Is The Key To Brand Success.”
  4. While we’re on the topic of personalization, another recent podcast episode looked at “Why Digital Demands Personalization and Customer Focus” and another recent post on Thinks laid out “9 Must-Read Personalization Insights to Start Your Week Off Right.”
  5. Shifting gears, Joe McCambley from iMediaConnection asks the critical question, “What Is Content Strategy Anyway?”
  6. Why is that so critical? Well, as we noted recently, this represents one of the key “Trends for 2017: Content Takes Center Stage.”
  7. User-generated content often plays a key role in your content strategy, which makes the fact that “70% Of Consumers Will Leave a Review for a Business when Asked”, according to Search Engine Land, important to note.
  8. And why do reviews matter? Well, as we’ve noted before, they often work as “The Single Most Effective Way to Improve Your Brand’s Digital Marketing.”
  9. Of course, getting the ratings and reviews that you’ll want to share with your customers depends heavily on providing a quality customer experience. Fortunately, Sheldon Monteiro wrote a fantastic piece on CMO.com called, “Debunked! 3 Myths About Customer Experience In The Digital Era” that I highly recommend.
  10. Finally, let’s round out this list of 10 excellent content, personalization, and customer experience insights with Matt Weinberger at Business Insider’s report on “Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer’s interview about Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘crazy’ 10-year plan” that you’ll really want to check out when you have a moment.

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You can also check out these slides and video from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions: Three Key Trends Driving Your Marketing Next Year”:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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November 9, 2016

Trends for 2017: Content Takes Center Stage (Thinks Out Loud Episode 181)

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Trends for 2017: Content takes center stage

Trends for 2017: Content Takes Center Stage (Thinks Out Loud Episode 181) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about how to lead mobile-focused digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using an Audio-Technica AT2035 studio condenser microphone through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 13m 9s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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November 4, 2016

8 Exceptional Insights Into the Future of Mobile Commerce and Content Marketing: E-commerce Link Digest

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8 exceptional insights into the future of mobile commerce and content marketing

Howdy, Big Thinkers! We’re going to skip the setup this week and jump straight into this great list of 8 exceptional insights into the future of mobile commerce and content marketing instead. Didn’t think you’d mind. Enjoy:

  1. Brand Quarterly kicks things off with this amazing look at “Getting Content Marketing And Sales Teams On The Same Page” that you really have to see.
  2. Meanwhile, Marketing Charts highlights research with “The Initiatives That Content Strategists Say They’ll Be Rallying Around” over the next year.
  3. We pay attention to these stories because, when it comes to “Content Marketing: We’re All Publishers Now.” To underscore that point, we examined “Why Content Marketing Matters” on Thinks Out Loud, our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, and also recently rounded-up this list of “15 Colossal Content Marketing Insights to Kick off Your Week.” Good stuff all around.
  4. Before we shift gears, be sure to check out these 13 Key Insights About Mobile Commerce, Payments, and Content Marketing from the E-commerce Link Digest series when you get a moment.
  5. Speaking of mobile commerce, Marketing Charts asked “What Factors Are Preventing Consumers From Making Purchases on Mobile Devices?” Usability plays a key role, especially during checkout and payment. More on this, as you might guess, in a moment.
  6. Continuing with the mobile commerce theme, eMarketer had a great podcast episode that explored “Five Mobile Commerce Predictions for 2017” that you’ll really want to listen to.
  7. Since we’re talking about the future, Brand Quarterly also has a thought-provoking examination of “Machine Learning Algorithms: The Next Stage For Successful Marketers.” We’ve looked into that a bit ourselves in this recent round-up of “VR, AI, and UX: 7 Posts Highlighting Top Trends for 2016.”
  8. Finally, let’s close out this week’s list of 8 exceptional insights into the future of mobile commerce and content marketing with a set of “13 Near-Perfect Posts Featuring Future Marketing Trends” from the E-commerce Link Digest series and this Thinks Out Loud episode, “A Quick Postcard from the Future of Digital.” Have a great weekend, everyone!

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You can also check out these slides and video from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions: Three Key Trends Driving Your Marketing Next Year”:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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September 23, 2016

13 Key Insights About Mobile Commerce, Payments, and Content Marketing: E-commerce Link Digest

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13 Key Insights About Mobile Commerce, Payments, and Content Marketing: Man using mobile phone to browse and buy online

Hey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had a great week. We’re going to skip any big setup this time around and instead just offer you this great list of 13 key insights about mobile commerce, payments, and content marketing. Enjoy:

  1. In what is no doubt the most exciting mobile commerce news of the last week, Wired writes, “Who Cares About the New iPhone Camera? The Real Change Is Apple Pay.” As Jeremy Liew said on Twitter: “Apple Pay now works with mobile websites, dramatically decreasing friction for Mcommerce.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
  2. On a related note, CNet reported that “Facebook Messenger’s Bots Will Soon Take Payments.” As with the Apple Pay news, this is a really big deal, reducing friction and helping to drive increased conversion rates for mobile commerce everywhere.
  3. Given these changes, I’m going to have to update this “Quick Snapshot of the State of Mobile Payments” to reflect how these will shift customer behavior and drive greater use.
  4. So we’re ringing in the new, but we’re not really getting rid of the old. According to eMarketer, “Email Continues to Deliver Strong ROI and Value for Marketers” — and strong usage amongst consumers. That’s a really good thing and an opportunity for you to keep building relationships with your customers.
  5. Shifting gears a bit, ABC News explains “Why Apple CEO Tim Cook Prefers Augmented Reality Over Virtual Reality.” Sounds about right to me.
  6. While we’re on the topic, you might want to check out this round-update of “VR, AI, and UX: 7 Posts Highlighting Top Trends for 2016.”
  7. Marketing Land has a great look at “The 7 Pillars of a Healthy Marketing Organization, According to The CMO of GE Healthcare Digital” that’s well worth your time.
  8. Meanwhile, we looked at “How Can You Succeed at Digital Marketing Next Year? 17 Great Posts Offer Answers.”
  9. One great way to succeed at digital marketing is to focus on creating great content marketing. And to help you do that, the fine folks at TopRank put together this post that recommends for “Content Marketing: Answer These 4 Questions in the First 15 Seconds.”
  10. Marketing Charts looked at how companies use content marketing and found that “Blogs and Videos Are the Most Commonly Produced Content Marketing Types.” We might need to add that information to these “15 Colossal Content Marketing Insights to Kick off Your Week.”
  11. Of course, you should check out this podcast episode that uncovers “Why Content Marketing Matters.” At the same time, I’d recommend you remember that “Content Marketing is a Powerful Hammer But Not Everything’s a Nail.”
  12. Snapchat is probably the most dominant driver of the state of content marketing. As Farhad Manjoo noted on Twitter:

    That’s not just true for apps. It’s true for all forms of content as this reply shows:

  13. Finally, with all these changes, you might appreciate this “Digital Transformation: A Brief Introduction” guide that we put together for you. Check it out when you get a chance, OK?

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You can also check out these slides and video from my recent webinar, “Digital Marketing Directions: Three Key Trends Driving Your Marketing Next Year”:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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September 18, 2016

8 Exceptional E-commerce and Distribution Insights: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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8 Exceptional E-commerce and Distribution Insights: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Hope you don’t mind if we skip the setup this week and instead just get you right to this list of 8 exceptional e-commerce and distribution insights. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, we’ve got this list of 8 Exceptional Hospitality Digital Marketing Posts from last week’s Hospitality Marketing Link Digest for you.
  2. SiteMinder outlined “3 Keys to an Effective Hotel Distribution Strategy” that works as an excellent companion to this list of “4 Tips to Build Your E-commerce and Distribution Plans.”
  3. Ryan Solutions says that, “When It Comes to Mobile Email Opens, What a (Huge) Difference Two Years Make.”
  4. HotelMarketing.com notes that “With Occupancy High, Hotels Seek to Avoid Online Booking Services.” Good advice. And a reminder of this “Fair and Balanced Look at Balancing Direct and OTA Business” that you’ll really want to check out.
  5. Tnooz offers up “A Few Stats on the State of Digital Travel Marketing” along with some excellent insights on what those stats mean for your property.
  6. Here on Thinks, we took a look at “How to Take Charge of Your Distribution Strategy” and “Why Developing Your Distribution Strategy Matters for your Hotel” for you.
  7. We also collected these “8 Outstanding Lessons from the 2016 HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference” that you’ll want to check out.
  8. And, finally, let’s round out this week’s collection of 8 exceptional e-commerce and distribution insights with some video. Milestone Internet Marketing put up a whole bunch of videos from its 2016 Digital Marketing Conference. While it doesn’t appear to be embeddable, scroll down on the link to watch our own Tim Peter in Milestone’s “Up Close and Personal with Hospitality Industry Experts” panel. Great stuff from Tim and fellow panelist Robert Cole.

If you’re looking for even more hospitality marketing goodness, you might also want to take a moment to review the slides from my recent seminar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2016: The Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:

Finally, you will definitely want to check out some of our past coverage of the mobile, local, social web and how to make it work for your hotel, including:

Tim Peter

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September 15, 2016

The Future of Digital Arrived Last Week (Thinks Out Loud Episode 177)

September 15, 2016 | By | No Comments

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The Future of Digital Arrived Last Week (Thinks Out Loud Episode 177): Woman wearing wireless headphones

The Future of Digital Arrived Last Week (Thinks Out Loud Episode 177) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about how to lead mobile-focused digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using an Audio-Technica AT2035 studio condenser microphone through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 12m 19s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.