Six Email Marketing Strategies for Travel Agents
Today’s travel agents need a strong digital strategy to stay connected to customers. While brick-and-mortar travel agencies still exist, it’s becoming less common. Nowadays, most travelers book their trip online. You have many tools at your disposal such as your website or social media pages for engaging with customers; email being one of them. Don’t wait for people visiting your pages to send you an email; reach out ahead of time and direct them towards the right place with these six effective email strategies tailored specifically towards travel agents.
Create Your List
Growing your email marketing list can be the biggest hurdle. There are multiple methods available for increasing subscribers.
MailChimp and Constant Contact are excellent options for email marketing. These services, also referred to as autoresponders (also called autoresponders), offer many tools for automation in the marketing process such as scheduling forms, building automated responses, and using newsletter templates.
Subscription forms can be placed in prominent places on both website and social media pages. There are various placement options and strategies to choose from, such as exit popups. Your Facebook page would also make an excellent location for the form.
Give people a reason to subscribe. You can offer benefits that match your expertise (e.g., subscribe to my newsletter for the best Caribbean cruise deals), an e-book, report or lead magnet can also be provided. Furthermore, you could offer a promo code or discount on any of your services.
Create a branded newsletter
Regular contact with subscribers is key to increasing engagement. Position yourself as an expert by creating a newsletter and getting people to look forward to receiving your emails. You don’t have to send out messages every week; newsletters have higher perceived worth and allow for the growth of your business. Give the newsletter an easy-to-remember name like Sue’s Travel Tips; include your logo; automated email services offer many professional template options.
Though some may find creating a newsletter intimidating, the process is actually quite straightforward. Choose a template, set up an automated schedule (which you can do via your autoresponder/email system), and then write your content. There’s no need to write an essay or long post every time; customers appreciate concise yet informative writing styles.
Share Useful Information
All marketing should strive to increase bookings. Email marketing should not be about promoting your company, but rather providing useful data. Emails may include offers but aren’t required. Share interesting facts like:
Destination Guides: Provide comprehensive descriptions of attractions and activities in the area you are considering visiting.
Timely Events: Discuss festivals and holidays. Although these may overlap with destinations, the focus may differ. Events could include things such as Top Music Festivals and Exciting Carnival Celebrations.
General Travel Tips – Packing efficiently, finding the cheapest flights, understanding etiquette in different cultures, etc.
Useful Links We’ll explain below why it is preferable to direct subscribers directly to your website and other pages. However, useful links can still be included if they aren’t competing with each other.
No amount of information you provide will stop people from using your services. Even if customers can do most tasks independently, many appreciate having it done for them at their convenience. When providing information about travel apps, airlines, or cruises, it won’t stop customers from booking with you – in fact, it may even prove helpful since it re-minds them how much research will need to be done without assistance. Furthermore, your expertise within the industry will be evident through your expertise on display.
Expand Your Content Marketing with Email
Email marketing is an efficient tool to enhance content marketing for agents. For instance, if you have a blog, you can link directly to its most recent posts in emails. Traffic can then be sent to pages, videos, articles and other channels as well. Furthermore, linking your own material doesn’t need to mean creating tons of new material just so you can send out newsletters – simply give a summary of recent content along with a link directly to it in order to attract readers.
Segment Your Email List
A great place to begin is creating an email list and newsletter. As your subscriber base grows, it’s essential to segment the information sent out to each individual. Autoresponders make segmentation simple – different campaigns could be linked with different optins. A series of emails could then be set up to promote trips to various destinations; some readers may be more interested in visiting the Caribbean than others.
Make Your Email Marketing Mobile-Friendly
Make sure your email marketing is mobile-friendly for optimal performance on any device.
People are increasingly using mobile devices. That makes mobile-friendly marketing essential. Smartphones and tablets are used by travelers for research, bookings, and throughout their journeys – 64% check in to flights via mobile device! There are two primary ways that you can take advantage of the mobile revolution.
It is essential that your emails are easily readable on mobile devices. Keep the email copy brief and concise, keeping subject lines short so they don’t get cut off. Furthermore, limit the use of images as they can slow down mobile users’ experience.
Reach Out While Customers Travel. Your customers are likely to open your messages via their smartphones and appreciate any extras you provide. Those on a trip might like to book a tour or purchase passes for public transportation, for instance.
Email Marketing: An Effective Tool for Travel Agents
These email strategies will be invaluable to travel agents looking to expand their businesses and connect with more customers. Email marketing is a great addition to any digital marketing plan; it helps you reach new clients as well as stay in touch with existing ones. With an email list, you can build expertise, remind people about your website, and send them traffic – all while increasing the benefits of email advertising over time. With time, your list is sure to grow significantly, providing even greater returns from this investment in technology!