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4 Marketing Tips for Rental and Tour Operators

What’s up, outdoorsy friends? 

Reet here and I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks on digital marketing and how you can drive more footsteps to your brick and mortar store or tour business. We’ve tested a lot of these channels and have learned a lot over the years from wins and mistakes. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus only on the digital marketing channels and not local marketing such as flyers, working with your visitor’s bureau, etc. It is crucial to have a clean, user-friendly, and fast website that can convert the visitor into a customer once they arrive on your site, and allow them to book the adventure seamlessly. Check out our software comparisons if you’re in the market for rental software.  

Here we go:

SOCIAL MEDIA 

      • Whether you’re a fan of using social media or absolutely hate it at times (we get it), it’s sort of a necessary channel to ensure you’re available for those customers that prefer to see your social feed first. 
      • Tips for marketing on social media:
        • Post often: Consistency is key, your users get used to how often you post and expect you to keep it up. 
        • Be the Expert: Post ‘did you know’ content of showing your offerings. Showing ski waxing services being discounted for locals. This helps you build your authority as an expert.
        • Go live: share bike maintenance tips by going live from your shop. Tip: make sure you post about when you’re going to go live and prepare your audience so they’re on when you are. 
        • Be helpful and answer questions: Post genuinely helpful content that solves the customer’s problems, you can’t lose with this positive karma strategy.
      • Popular Channels:
        • Instagram: Best for inspiration, building awareness and creating a following.
        • Facebook: Best for Q&A, building a shop group, creating shop ride events etc. 
        • Twitter: Newsfeed updates and resharing industry hot topics.
        • Strava: yes, Strava… start a shop club and have your customers join it.

SEO – SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION

      • SEO factors
        • There are over 200 factors for SEO and it can be overwhelming to figure out what should be done to rank high in the google search results. 
        • Here are the 8 most important SEO factors
      • Optimize business listings

Google Business Listings

            • Ensure your google, yelp and TripOutside listings are updated with the latest hours of operation, website links, and contact information. 
            • We check reviews on hundreds of outfitters before adding them to the platform and very often we find that the website is missing or the phone number that is on the listing is inaccurate. 
            • This is a no brainer, the customer has already found you and is trying to reach you, remove any roadblocks for them to give you $$
            • Where to update:
      • Pros
        • Evergreen content. You do the work but don’t have to pay for each click or customer visiting your site. 
        • More trustworthy for visitors than ads
      • Cons
        • Very time consuming and the factors continually change. 
        • Requires a lot of work on the website to ensure the site speed is fast and optimized for SEO
        • Takes a long time to start ranking
        • Google is now running ads on Google Places, making it harder to rank on the top, even if you have the best reviews. 

PAID / PPC (PAY-PER-CLICK)

      • Social Media – Facebook marketing is the most common.
        • You can run Facebook and Instagram ads to draw customers to your location
        • Pros:
          • Good for awareness building and inspiring users to do a certain activity in your location. 
        • Cons
          • Paying for customers that aren’t looking for 
      • Google Ads – you can run ads on specific keywords such as _____ (location) bike rentals 
        • Pros: Catching the customers with search intent of using your product. 
          • “_____ bike shop” You know that they’re in the market for a bike shop.
        • Cons: More of a caution than a con: It’s important to take some training or work with a professional marketing expert to set up your campaigns. Google is designed to help you spend and waste money. 

AFFILIATE MARKETING – OUR FAVORITE CHANNEL

    • What is affiliate marketing? 
      • It’s a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.
    • Benefits of affiliate marketing
      • Better for the community – You’re paying other small businesses and bloggers instead of the massive tech giants like Facebook or Google.
      • Only pay for the customers that actually convert! 
      • Affiliates become your virtual sales team! You could have hundreds of salespeople out there running your sales but without the headache of answering questions or adding new people to your payroll. 

How Affiliate Marketing Works

So, now that you know how affiliate marketing works, let’s see wow does TripOutside work for you as an affiliate? 

  • We create a business listing for your business 
  • We integrate with your rental or booking software and send bookings directly into your system 
  • No rental software? No problem! We’ll capture all of the information that you need and send you an email booking request that you can approve electronically.
  • 2x rewards: Since we’re building a booking request process, you’re free to use it on your own website for no extra charge! A gift from us to you.
  • Pay Per Booking: You only pay a commission for the bookings that we send you an invoice you at the end of the month

It’s that easy, so sign up today and let us help you grow your business! 

Why Trust Us?

We fully understand how tough it is to find trustworthy travel advice, and that’s one of the main reasons we built TripOutside. We live for outdoor adventure, and we take these blogs and content very seriously. Here are some of the reasons you can trust us:

  • We only work with the highest-rated outfitters in the industry.

  • We’ve traveled to hundreds of destinations that you see on TripOutside in our RV over 6 years and want to share the places that we love with you.

  • We don’t distract you with any ads and never sell your personal information, ever.

  • We are a small, self-funded team and only grow with your support. You can support us by booking your next outdoor adventure on TripOutside.

  • We want to help you get outside. Please share your feedback with us on how we can help make TripOutside work for you!

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