Travel blogging is “a sort of Renaissance of travel writing on social media.” The relevance of this work lies in the fact that with the advent of the Internet, social media quickly became popular among consumers of travel and tourism content. The Internet has enabled tourists to become more knowledgeable and has also helped them to seek value for money, so the tourism industry has become flexible by providing personalized and relevant information.
Travel bloggers influence followers who are potential consumers to increase or decrease interest in visiting a destination. So, is influencer marketing in the travel industry valuable in general? In this article, the Famesters experts will figure it out.
Influencer marketing for the travel industry is part of the broader field of influencer marketing, which aims to promote and influence the tourism industry. In the past, influencers tended to focus mainly on promoting products, but with the development of this trend, their scope of work began to expand into other areas. Tourism has become a trendy topic on social media due to the increased accessibility of travel to the general public. The trend is to share travel experiences, impressions, and travel memories on social networks. In this way, influencers become a source of inspiration and guides for other travelers looking for travel tips and advice.
Influencers who deal with tourism are called travel influencers. They are the ones who can use posts, photographs, videos, comments, and other general materials to shape the perception of their followers on social networks.
In particular, Instagram has become a popular platform for travel influencer marketing. Various tourist organizations often work with influencers to build and increase brand awareness and spread the word about the destinations. Young people show interest in participating in the activities of travel influencers, accept their advice and suggestions for new places, and later decide to visit these places. Statistics show that 57% of Gen Zers confirm to consult top travel influencers to help them prepare for vacations. If an influencer provides quality and credible content related to the promotion of hotels, destinations, restaurants, and other services, it can create a solid emotional connection with its audience and attract a large number of potential customers. Active social media users such as influencers and their content can change tourists’ attitudes and inspire them to plan their trips.
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Tourism boards that work with influencers aim to promote their destinations for the following reasons:
Speaking about trend-setting, we must admit that several trends in the travel industry are closely related to travel influencers. They can influence these trends and thus have a direct impact on their followers.
Famesters’ experts highlight the following trends that the influencer marketing travel industry faces today:
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Influencer marketing is a modern, effective tactic that promotes many of the firm’s marketing goals. But they need to be strategically managed and planned. Normally, a model of the cooperation process between a company and an influencer includes five stages:
Planning → recognition → inclusion → motivation → coordination
When planning any marketing campaign, it is important to set goals the brand wants to achieve. These goals will most likely be consistent with the brand’s overall marketing strategy and will influence the selection of suitable content creators, their requirements, and the overall cooperation.
The second stage of recognition is focused on choosing an influencer who shares the brand’s values and has an engaging audience. It is also essential to consider the budget of future cooperation. Large companies or even countries interested in attracting new tourists can afford to cooperate with celebrities like Qatar did when inviting David Beckham for the commercial:
Small businesses often prefer to invest in micro- or even nano-influencers. Content creators with a relatively small number of followers are often more helpful for businesses as they are credible, have a real connection with the audience, and show better results in local campaigns, like the content creator from Morocco:
At the stage of inclusion, the businesses study the number and the quality of the influencer’s followers, the engagement rate, communication style, type of posts, authority, and overall popularity of the influencer. Companies can also request various campaigns, not just through social media, which is expected. For example, a company may undergo master classes or meetings with an influencer. The tourism and travel businesses must have a clear understanding of the market they are targeting and the platforms that are popular in this market. Based on this, they can decide if the selected influencer will be included in the marketing campaign.
The stage of motivation is not as easy as it seems. There are several reasons why influencers share their personal lives. We often talk about the joy of attention from their subscribers and the popularity of the influencer, about the great interest in promoted products, services, or topics, or simply about financial rewards and other benefits from cooperation. These reasons may change over time as interests and values change the influencers themselves. This also applies to the assessment level. Influencers should be motivated to do excellent work.
The last stage is focused on coordination, negotiations, monitoring, and support of influencers during the period of cooperation. The influencers’ activities must be aimed at achieving the goals set at the beginning of the campaign. The company must monitor these activities to stay consistent with desired results and goals. This stage also contains feedback from influencers on what was great about the cooperation and what needs to be improved or done differently.
However, with the rise in popularity of influencers, distortion also occurs. Influencers often depict some destinations as ideal places that would suit them. However, the photos and videos they promote sometimes create a misleading impression. Influencers use different programs to edit the content to get the best results. They get up early to visit an attraction without a crowd of tourists.
The reality of a famous place can be completely different. The tourists are lining up in the photo queues for which the local community often charges a fee. These days, influencers usually pay attention to this and try to go against these trends. They directly depict the reality of the place and show their audience what it looks like there. Therefore, it is necessary to distinguish between genuine and misleading content creators and especially the truthfulness of their posts.
The influencer marketing travel industry offers almost unlimited opportunities for business promotion and new audience attraction. Travel influencers can create compelling and inspirational content that influences the plans and decisions of potential travelers. They can be effective partners for tourism boards and companies, helping them establish and strengthen their market presence, attract new customers, and stimulate demand for specific tourist destinations, services, or products.
If you want to start a marketing campaign with an influencer to promote your travel business, ask Famesters for help: [email protected]. We will help with the determination of the campaign goals, selection of the right influencer, building a strategy, and carrying out the advertising campaign. In influencer marketing, we can do everything.