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Tambourine Blog

Tambourine Blog
Tambourine is a US-based marketing, booking and distribution service that helps hotel and travel marketers sort it all out. It delivers a 360º program that reduces stress and increases revenue.

Hotel marketing: 9 things that work

Marketing can often seem like a bottomless pit of possibilities. The days of investing in only a few marketing channels are long gone. Now, there are endless ways to reach potential guests and drive direct bookings, leaving some hotel marketers paralysed or flustered over the overwhelming task of choosing what to focus on. So, we’re here to narrow down the field. …

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How can a WWII scientist help your hotel survive?

In WWII, Allied planes would often return to their bases with hundreds of holes from enemy guns. This inspired crafty ground crews to bolt on metal plating over the holes to strengthen the planes and prevent future losses. They assumed that the evidence clearly indicated where they should place the extra protection. But one American scientist wasn’t so sure…  Abraham Wald, …

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How to use the world’s best (free) hotel photographers

Here’s how you can infuse your hotel marketing with a big dose of authenticity and stunning imagery with Instagram photos from your actual guests. Modern travellers no longer trust blatant advertising or anything that looks forced, contrived or fake coming from hotel brands. This is especially true for your hotel photography. Gone are the days with fake ‘guests’ smiling awkwardly …

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Create the ultimate hotel team with praise and applause

It’s easy to forget to acknowledge your team, but the effects are far-reaching and can be a pretty powerful tool in raising guest review scores and boosting future bookings. Consider this: Genuine praise = Happier and empowered hotel employees = An awesome guest experience = Glowing guest reviews A study by Globoforce in 2013 found that 89% of people felt more …

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The painful truth about hotel loyalty programs

For years, marketing gurus and experts have taught hoteliers to focus on driving bookings from their loyal customers. These are the guests who book a few times during the year. Admittedly, this seems like one of the smartest and most sound hotel marketing strategies around to boost direct bookings – market to the people who already know and love you. The …

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Watch what happens when OTA users actually shop online

Everybody has theories about why so many people prefer to shop for hotels on OTAs… but have you ever actually seen them do it? To find out why so many guests prefer booking hotel stays on an OTA instead of a hotel brand/direct website, Tambourine hired UserTesting.com, a well-known website testing company that records unbiased (but demographically relevant) consumers while they …

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