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Bigmouthmedia Online Travel Report

Bigmouthmedia Online Travel Report

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The bigmouthmedia Online Travel Report from 2009 is a detailed survey of digital marketing from the travel vertical - it included nearly 40 of bigmouthmedia's travel clients and over 100 travel companies from Tnooz's database.
The bigmouthmedia Online Travel Report from 2009 is a detailed survey of digital marketing from the travel vertical - it included nearly 40 of bigmouthmedia's travel clients and over 100 travel companies from Tnooz's database.

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 Online Travel Report 2010
Understanding Online Travel Marketing TrendsIncluding Budgeting, Channel Shifts, Opportunities & Challenges Travel Companies Face
November 24, 2009by Anneli Ritari
Executive Summary
 The economic climate put travel companies under pressure in 2009, and the industry is predicting slow recoveryin 2010. The market place challenges caused by the economic climate are still perceived to be the key obstacles,and the key market opportunity is expected to be continued growth of online travel sales, meaning the web hasnever been more important to the travel industry. An average 50% of total marketing budgets were allocated tothe online channel in 2009 by the companies taking part in our survey. This figure is set to grow to 57% in 2010,and it's official that online spend will receive the lion’s share of budgets. Paid search was allocated 33% of budgets in 2009, but the growth of the channel is becoming more stagnant as travel companies are shiftingbudgets to social media and search engine optimisation. Online growth will require competitive digitalstrategies, which provide opportunities for growth but also pose key challenges - these include social media,cross-channel synergy and innovations. Other key challenges listed by the companies surveyed includedconsolidated measurements and reporting, and implementation of multivariate testing.
 
 Bigmouthmedia Online Travel Report 2010 (Copyright bigmouthmedia 2009) Page 2 of 10
Marketing Budget Allocation & Online Advertising Spend
 A key objective with the travel survey was to understand how large shares of travel companies' budgets areallocated to online spend, and how this differs between different sub-verticals. We found that:
 
 The total online marketing share of budgets has increased steadily in the last few years, from 39% in2008 to 50% in 2009 and 57% in 2010 (see figure 1).
 
Villa and holiday rental sites have the largest share of online marketing budgets at 90%, followed by 85%for both OTA and Comparison and meta search engines (see figure 2).
 
 
Ferry and train companies have the lowest share of marketing budgets allocated to online spend, with25% and 30% respectively (see figure 2).
 
 
In 2009, Paid search received the highest portion of online budgets with an average 33%, followed bySEO 18% and Display 17% (see figure 3).
 
 
In 2010, the majority of respondents will increase spend on Social Media & Online PR and Search EngineOptimisation (SEO) (see figure 3).
 
Figure 1 - The percentage of total marketing budget allocated to online marketing
Figure 2 – Budget allocation by channel and sub-vertical in 2009
 The category ‘other’ was primarily defined as comparison and meta search engines and partnerships.
 
 Bigmouthmedia Online Travel Report 2010 (Copyright bigmouthmedia 2009) Page 3 of 10
Figure 3A – Budget allocation by channel in 2009 for the whole travel verticalFigure 3B – Budget allocation by channel in 2009Figure 4 – Change in online budget allocation in 2010

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