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Google tests new Hotel rating system grouped by traveler types

Customer experience especially in the digital context is one of the most important topics now and for the future. The importance of easy usability, fast services and personalized content grows steadily and is addressed by many players. Now Google tested a new rating feature for Hotels, which takes these trends into consideration. The feature shows reviews for Hotels based on the type of traveler. For example, search results are categorized by “Couples”, “Families”, “Solo” or “Business”.   This means that customers can much faster identify the rating of the Hotel they would like to book, based on their specific needs and personal preferences. Therefore making the search and booking process a lot easier and more user friendly. Hotels can use ...

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Insights from experimental research on the perception of #DestinationPersonality from the web

MySmark recently started a short experimental research about the perception of #DestinationPersonality from the web. Therefore, two destinations in Ireland were selected and the official online websites of these destinations were used in order to get a first impression of the destination. Most of the Interviewees have never visited the specific destination, which contributed to the concept. During the survey, the participants were able to scroll through one of the websites for one minute. After that the survey began automatically. The destinations chosen for this research were County Clare and County Kerry. The outcome of the research gives some interesting insight. The results show, that the website of a destination is still the most used channel when it comes to ...

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Introducing: The #DestinationPersonality Toolkit

The concept of Destination Personality gains more and more interest in different industries around the world. Especially the Tourism Industry in Europe, which has been steadily growing over the last few years, could make great use of Destination Personality research and its benefits on the marketing of Tourism Destinations (European Travel Commission, 2017). According to an official statistic on statista.com, online marketing channels in particular come into view. Tourism Destinations will further invest most of their marketing budget into online channels. Therefore, it is very important to further enhance the knowledge about the benefits of the concept of Destination Personality throughout the market and encourage the research on this theme. MySmark is in the process of creating a Toolkit for ...

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#BrandPersonality and Human Resources Management

Every big brand has its own spirit or charisma, which works on the emotional side and pulls the people right towards the brand. This is the so called Brand Personality. Through this concept, human personality traits are applicable to brands, making this emotional side better definable. With the help of the Brand Personality scale, an analysis of a brand´s personality can be achieved: A brand´s personality is a very important aspect, which should be carefully considered and evaluated within the brand´s identity and image, because it is the connecting emotional piece between a brand and its customer. Note, however, that a brand´s customer can as well be internal, speaking of the human resources of the brand. These internal customers are ...

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B-sm@rk is one of the 5 finalists of the ITB China travel innovation award in Shanghai

The Chinese Tourism market has been on a rise for the past few years and continues to grow even stronger in the next time. In 2016, the outbound travel market of China reached a new high. 5.13 million Chinese visitors came to Europe and that number is expected to grow up to 5.5 million visitor arrivals in 2017 (China Travelnews). Therefore, China is the place to watch and should be in the focus of the European Tourism industry. The Chinese tourist follows the trend of digitalisation and now books most of his holidays through online channels like apps or websites. Considering this evolution, especially digital travel services can make the most out of this situation and will play a major ...

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Smart marketing for destinations: destination personality

Imagine you would want to book a holiday. Or maybe you have already booked one and want to look for experiences you could do on your vacation. You would start with searching online for a good fit for your needs and wants, which we all know, can be very time consuming, because there is just too much information and too many options to choose from. When you finally make a decision and actually go on that holiday and experience the destination, would you want to revisit or promote that certain destination to your friends and family? The answer to that question is often influenced by a concept called destination personality. It suggests that every place has a certain personality, meaning ...

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A new #DestinationPersonality project has been launched: focus on Chinese tourism

China is the biggest touristic market in terms of flows and expenditure on overseas markets. European destinations have indeed reinforced their position towards this direction, attracting far about 10 million visitors during the whole 2016, more or less the 11% of the total of Chinese tourists in the world. In this sense the year 2018 has been declared the “Chine-Europe touristic year”, as announced by the European Commission’s President, Jean Claude Junker. During the whole 2018 a great focus will be dedicated to the raising attention around the Chinese market, which sees evolving and changing the behaviour of his tourist. European Travel Commission (ETC) looks ahead for the cooperation with the European Commission and other stakeholders of the sector in ...

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Brand Personality – which human traits do you see in your favourite brand?

When you think about yourself, how would you describe your personality? Outgoing, cheerful and adventurous? Or maybe rather the opposite? Now think of your favourite brand. Can you find some of your personality attributes within their image or identity? This is exactly the concept of brand personality. Every brand has a certain, so called, image, which consumers have of it. It is the perceived functional and emotional value of the brand or the product. Because of this image, a consumer might or might not decide to like the brand. Mostly, the brand image somehow reflects either the actual or the ideal self of potential customers. Thus, a brand can make itself much more accessible to its favourable customers by simply ...

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A new research project of #DestinationPersonality about Venice Islands has started

Venice, with its royal charm and beauties, has always been one of the most exclusive touristic destination and millions of tourists every year land in the Venetian Lagoon, noble house of Venice, but not exclusively. If Venice can be considered “the queen” of the Lagoon, there are also other beautiful “court damsels”: Islands of Venice. The Venetian lagoon presents many islands, more or less big, each of those with particular features, culture and history. However their potential is not fully harnessed although they could be interesting places to visit, relax and have fun: from the “genuine” Pellestrina to the “graceful” Lido of Venice, or from the “coloured” Burano and Murano to the “historical” Giudecca, and so on. B-sm@rk Ltd, an ...

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