Thursday, February 29, 2024

Boosting Direct Bookings Using Hotel Website Personalization

Providing your visitors with that perfect offer to drive direct conversions

In today’s digital world, website personalization is no longer a trend, but an expectation. Consumers want to have a one-of-a-kind online experience, tailored to their tastes and likings. Think of the user experience offered by Netflix and Spotify. These online platforms have developed advanced technology to ensure their content is hyper relevant based on the preferences of each user.

Today, thanks to The Hotels Network software and its advanced personalization tools, hotel brands too are able to customize the website experience and deliver potential guests a singular online journey that boosts direct reservations.

In case you are not familiar with The Hotels Network (THN), THN is a full-stack direct channel platform that offers hoteliers like you the ability to personalize the user experience, tailoring messages and offers to each individual to boost conversion rates. Working with 12,000+ hotels worldwide, the company offers a unique targeting system that lets you easily segment users and automatically display hyper-relevant content and promotions to maximize direct revenue.

In this article, we’ll show you how to personalize the hotel website experience by walking you through five tried-and-tested tactics used by THN client hotels that will boost your direct bookings this 2022.

1. Engage with Visitors Coming from Instagram

Welcome layer promoting offer towards instagram traffic

It’s no secret that Instagram is one of the most effective channels to grab the attention of potential guests but it’s often difficult to convert these lookers into bookers. So why not try to better leverage this traffic? When a visitor lands on your hotel website coming from your social media channels, make sure you provide a personalized experience to gently nudge them towards a direct booking.

A warmly worded welcome with an exclusive discount for those instagrammers has proven to be a particularly effective message. Don’t be afraid to play around with these messages, keep testing new ideas, and see what works for you. Plus, this could be applied to any of your social media channels and online campaigns you’ve got on the go, so let that imagination flow!

2. Reward and Recognize Returning Visitors

Smart note offering exclusive offer to returning visitors

Generally speaking, potential guests will visit your website several times before booking a stay. It’s therefore important to provide a unique experience on each website visit to offer customers what they are looking for in a way that converts.

The initial visit is usually for discovery, the perfect moment to grab the visitor’s attention, and keep it! During this first stage, you should effectively communicate your hotel’s unique selling points – if you’ve got an amazing spa or a terrace with the best views of the city, highlight them at this first point of contact.

And for those who are returning to your website, offer them a little something special to nudge them towards a direct booking. And while we’ve all seen it before, the offer countdown clock really does work. A little sense or urgency can go a long way in terms of driving users down the booking funnel.

3. Tailor your Website Messages to Each User Profile

Offer targeted based on CRM data

The information that a hotel keeps on their membership database is incredibly valuable. Not only does it provide information on a member’s demographics, but often their preferences as well. By tailoring the messaging of your website based on that information, you’ll be able to elevate and personalize your booking experience for returning guests, significantly increasing the likelihood of more direct bookings.

Picture this: a visitor arriving on your website, logging in, and seeing an exclusive deal applicable for Gold members, exclusively targeted towards those guests who have used the golf course during a previous stay. The offer is a weekend package that includes a free golf lesson and discounted rates for hiring clubs. Highly tempting!

Using today’s technology, it is not only possible but simple to do just that. Powered by THN, CRM Targeting enables hotel brands to apply advanced targeting rules based on user profile data. Discover how you can combine this powerful tool with THN’s behavioral targeting to create a totally personalized website experience.

4. Upsell Personalized Packages Based on Specific Searches

Upselling offer promoting wine facilities

Upselling is something we should all be very familiar with, and is a great opportunity to increase your hotel’s average booking value. In today’s world, guests expect more than just a stay. They crave meaningful experiences that foster connections to people and places. So why not offer them that?

Create exclusive packages that include some of the most unique offerings your property has and tailor them to specific booking dates, lengths of stay, and even number of travelers if you’ve got a larger group on the books. Perhaps your hotel is located in the fabulous Tuscany, the land of delicious food and wine. What about offering private wine tours to those potential guests looking for a 2 adult stay. Tempting, huh?

These attractive activities and initiatives can really grab the attention of potential guests and boost your occupancy levels. What’s more, by ensuring your messages are displayed when the search matches the established criteria, you’ll ensure you show the right offer to the right visitor at the right time.

5. Maximize Revenue Using Predictive Personalization

The concept of improving the user experience and increasing hotel revenue simultaneously by leveraging technology is known as Predictive Personalization. It’s a two step process that incorporates machine learning to better understand user behavior followed by the automated presentation of personalized content and offers for that specific individual.

Taking this approach enables you to dynamically display the most relevant offers based on each user’s likelihood to book. You can bid farewell to unnecessary discounts for high-intent users and say hello to higher conversion rates for those that need an extra push to finalize that booking.

So there you have it, five highly effective ways to personalize the website experience to ensure you maximize conversions on your hotel website. With these tactics, making sure you get the right offer in front of the right audience at the right time couldn’t be easier. What’s more, by implementing them in creative and unique ways that suit your brand and client base, you will be able to engage more visitors and convince them that your property is the ideal choice for their next stay.

12,000+ hotels worldwide, from independent properties to leading brands including Minor Hotels, Barceló and One & Only Hotels, are already leveraging THN’s technology to personalize their hotel website experience. Want to jump onboard? Speak with one of our direct booking specialists today and discover how THN can help you grow your direct channel!

Julia Pedrol
Julia Pedrol
Julia Pedrol is Creative Marketing Manager at The Hotels Network, an innovative technology company helping 12,000+ hotels worldwide strengthen their direct channel. Working closely with the Client Success and Sales team, Julia enjoys providing hoteliers with imaginative ideas of how to engage and convert website visitors.

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