EyeforTravel Social Media for Travel in Europe 2011: Conference Review

This week, EyeForTravel held their European Online Marketing and Social Media in Travel 2011 conference in Amsterdam. A couple themes came up again and again in presentations….

Using customer knowledge for customization and personalization

Amazon.com knows a lot about you, and uses this to present relevant offers and sell more efficiently. Hotels and travel companies are sitting on a similar goldmine of data. Are you using it? How could you use it to communicate with and serve your guests?

Incentivizing customer advocates

There was a lot of attention around incentivizing your brand advocates to share information that leads to a sale. Do you have a program in place to recognize and reward your brand ambassadors?

Using social media as a part of day-to-day operations

I served as the judge for Simpliflying’s excellence in social media awards, and the presentations we reviewed spanned everything from KLM’s publicity campaigns – painting faces of their fans on the plane and surprising customers who checked in on Foursquare – to using QR codes to share airport construction progress. Activities like these can gain a lot of attention, but are typically not something you can repeat. The winners we selected – including citizenM – were using feedback from customers on the social web as a key component of their day-to-day operations and decision making. Setting up systems and processes that enable that is crucial for long-term success.

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