15 Nov 2011

Travel brands admit confusion over social, mobile and search strategies

A recent EyeforTravel survey of over 500 APAC travel brands shows that despite 68% of companies claiming to have deployed mobile and social media initiatives, more than half admit that they are unsure how to ‘define, achieve and measure success’
The overwhelming majority recognised that it was vital to experiment and invest significant resources in both social and mobile roadmaps but equally apparent were a lack of practical know-how and a fear of failure.

The diaspora of social media platforms, languages and analytical tools across the APAC was a common pitfall, or as one respondent puts it

For all its potential, social media keeps me up at night.. It feels a little bit like jumping in at the deep-end without arm-bands and being expected to swim like Michael Phelps

And yet, some brands are making good gains and even ROI through such experimentation;

Airlines have already started driving distribution through social media - be it Delta selling tickets through Facebook or jetBlue clearing distressed inventory through flash-sales on @jetBlueCheeps. To sustain the growth in the number of fans and activity, airlines need to dedicate significant resources and execute well on the strategy, to make social media work for the business," says Shashank Nigam, CEO of SimpliFlying, a leading airline brand strategy firm.

It’s a similar story with mobile; 85% of respondents claimed that mobile is an essential strategic consideration in 2012, but in stark contrast only 24% had clear-cut strategic roadmaps and budgets in place. Lack of resources and knowing where to invest (apps, HTML5, Android vs. iOS, smartphone or Tablet?) were the most cited obstacles.

Whilst these results are perhaps unsurprising, what they do reveal is a fundamental gap in know-how and best practice. Companies realize the importance and potential benefits but are unsure how to deploy and execute ‘successful’ social and mobile campaigns.

Read more...Eye for Travel