Eggplant president urges web audits

It’s important for businesses to identify and remove “single points of failure” (SPOFs) from websites. That’s the message from Alex Painter, president of a website speed and performance testing company, Eggplant, to travel aggregator TravelMole.

In listing the issues which impact a website’s performance Painter addressed links and content that slow down connectivity and download speeds. He advised ensuring “static assets have long cache lifetimes” and getting “rid of non-essential content”.

Painter said, “If there is anything on your site that is redundant, get rid of it. It’s the excess baggage to your customers’ serene and speedy journey. Newer features are added more often than older features are removed, building up the number of unused scripts and styles. A full audit of your website or even just your key pages may not be possible at short notice, yet a brief check of the source code will most likely reveal some content that is not needed and could be removed.”

His bottom line is that spot checks and audits will make your site perform better and optimize conversion from clickers to customers. That applies to individual travelers as well as the corporate market. Is your web presence resonating for you or costing you business because of dated and/or irrelevant content? When was the last time your content was updated, fact-checked and read to see if it is on message?

Destination Doctor does affordable web audits for properties, destinations and venues.

 

 

 

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Buyer consolidation is the travel disruptor

The head of Accor Hotels recently spoke about travel industry disruptors. He noted that these new global brands started with a blank sheet of paper and built on new technology that is better than had been used in that industry by people who decided they were going to conquer the world.

He observed that all the ‘old economy’ companies were burdened by standards and habits driven by legacy operations. Ninety percent did not invest in technology when they should have.

We are obsessed by numbers and “scale” or scaling up. It’s more, more, more. Two staggering numbers are 35,000 and 42. One study found that the typical North American adult makes 35,000 decisions a day! No wonder we’re exhausted by the end of it. Obviously, not all of these decisions are significant, but their volume has contributed to the concept of “decision fatigue”. Anyone who has had to research travel on the web knows that feeling.

Another study found that the typical U.S. traveler will visit 42 websites before booking a holiday.

These numbers suggest that decisions are based on significant volume of information which is sourced very briefly. If you notice on-line commercials, you’ll see that traditional 30- and 60-second commercials have been replaced by 4-, 5- and 15-second video messages.

This is disruptive information gathering and decision-making. And that puts pressure on corporate messaging.

Hand-in-hand with this disruption is the change in the booking chain. Thanks to mergers, acquisitions and collaborations, buyers are getting bigger.

Just in April 2018:

  • Bed Banks’ getabed and roomsXML merged;
  • Apple Leisure Group and The Mark Travel Corporation joined their dozen brands, which include Apple Leisure’s AMResorts, Apple Vacations, Travel Impressions, Unlimited Vacation Club, Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations, United Vacations and Trisept Solutions;
  • And Booking.com reached their five millionth listing of homes, apartments and other alternatives accommodation. Bookings.com make an average million bookings a day!

This disruptor growth, plus the volume of travel-related websites, blogs and posts puts pressure on travel sellers to sharpen their messages to withstand volume bullies and fleeting eyeballs.

There’s no point in having the latest technology if your message is tired, inaccurate and incomplete. Hotels, venues and destination management organizations can’t throw information on the web and expect it to work year-after-year without change, updating and refinement. Destination Doctor audits sites to ensure they work for the corporate market. We also consider the appeal and effectiveness for the F.I.T. market.

We focus on site content and organization. Our goal is to work within the existing site structure and design, so that content changes are quick, affordable and practical. You update, refresh and refurbish your properties, why not your messaging? Contact us.