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  1. Travel Agencies Aggressively Targeting Hotel Brand Name Keywords in PPC [Study]

    In fact, on Bing, nearly one in every nine SERPs had an online travel agency (referred to as an “OTA” in the study) in the No.position in the paid search results for a hotel brand name search. But BrandVerity conducted a study to see just how many...

  2. Using Web Analytics for PPC Optimization: Advanced Techniques

    In the early stages of vacation rental shopping, people might start out by searching for really broad keywords like “summer travel ideas,” “beach vacation spots,” etc. If you’re just looking at conversion data in the PPC engines, broad keywords...

  3. PPC & Mobile Marketing Tips from Q1 2012 Industry Analysts

    Barnette advises marketers, especially in retail and travel, “.should invest in developing mobile and tablet search strategies that include sufficient testing so they can learn how to best utilize these growing channels to reach their campaign goals.

  4. Non-Google Link Strategy: An Example of Stealth Link Marketing

    A business located on the Florida coast sells scuba (diving) charters, training, travel services, and one day dive trips to ship wrecks. My prior column "Link for People, Not Search Engines," was met with a few favorable responses and responses...

  5. Business Listings: What’s the Crowd Appeal?

    Although crowdsourcing local business content online can be a quick and perceived easy task for some local search platforms and businesses, particularly in vertical categories like restaurants and travel, there are many reasons why it should not...

  6. Searcher Intent: Why Vertical Search is Now Giving Ground to Core Search

    With continued acquisitions of vertical search providers like Google’s acquisition of ITA for travel search or Zagat for restaurant reviews, the core search engines appear focused on this type of searcher intent and I would expect their results...

  7. U.S. Hotel Industry Could Be Losing $1.9 Billion From Branded Search Terms

    The leisure travel industry spends $1.8 billion annually in online advertising, with 46 percent allocated to search advertising, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). In fact, MarkMonitor found that Online Travel Agents accounted for...