Are you tour operator? hotel or resort owner? travel destination promoters or associated with travel industry? by end of this article, you will learn to create content marketing strategy for your travel business. Yes, I am going to share my years of experience working with OLBUZ, a certified digital marketing agency specialize in promoting travel industry.
Since the emergence of technology and social media, the journey of a traveler has become quite different as compared to it used to be. Gone are the days when the travelers used to rely on guide books having outdated information or even paper maps. Now, they have the access to information across the web in the form of personal experience stories of travel bloggers, photo sharing applications like Instagram where numerous travel stories are found, vlogs managed by travel influencers, Buzzfeed or Wittyfeed guides, travel videos in YouTube and Facebook. The platforms like TheIndia that allow travelers who don’t own any blog to write about their travel experiences which indirectly helps other tourists/travelers to know about various places. National and international media houses also covers travel news which allow visitors to schedule plan accordingly.
This real-time access to travel information has dramatically transformed the way travelers plan a trip – from getting inspired to booking the ticket and hotel. Check recent example of Shimla where water was not available during peak season and lots of tourists cancelled their trip to Shimla.
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) June 5, 2018
Nowadays social media has become a great place that travelers blindly trust before taking any trip. According to a report here are some interesting numbers how millennial traveler decides his/her trip and what they do during trip.
- Around 87% of people are looking at Facebook for travel inspiration.
- Around 97% of travelers post while traveling
- 46% users book their trip on smartphone & tablet
- 75% of people post once a day during trip/travelling
Well, that’s a lot of social activity. So, if you are planning for travel content marketing, you must create content in such a way so that it can be viral on social media. Only then you can make the most out of your content marketing strategy. Here, we are going to discuss about how different travel bloggers, media house, influencers and other people crafts their travel content and how audience gets attracted towards it. This list of travel content ideas will help you to curate your content in a way which easily targets large audience base.
Top 5 Travel Content Ideas That Can Help You Become Viral
#1 Destination Specific Articles
Destination specific articles refer to content pieces that are mainly focused on particular locations. These articles are also considered as travel guides for readers. These articles contain information such as how to visit, places to stay, things to buy, how local people are, best beaches or hill stations, local food, pub, bar etc. So how can one recognize an article as destination specific piece? Generally, the articles that mention one specific location and start with “Things to do in (location name)” or “Ultimate Guide to (location name)” are considered as destination specific articles.
If you are thinking about developing a destination specific article, you must remember one thing first that the internet is filled with such content. So to increase your content’s readability, you need to pick a unique place, put a creative twist in writing and include awesome images to attract readers stand ahead of the crowd.
An article on Malta, written by Erin Chack, was published in 2014 on Buzzfeed. After it going viral on social media, Erin got a chance to visit Malta and met top officials because the place received a huge number of tourism growth after the publication of the article.
— erin chack (@ErinChack) June 18, 2014
Erin Chack mentioned the story behind this viral content where she explained how she become famous accidentally in another country. Check video here which got 4+ Million views.
Destination Specific Content + Title Ideas
- 14 Pics That Prove [Destination Name] is the Most Underrated Country of the World
- Free Things To Do In [Destination Name] With Your Friends
- Best Things to Buy in [Destination Name] – Don’t Miss These Souvenirs while Shopping in Kerala
#2 Top Lists Specific Articles
Article, mentioning a complete list of a particular topic related to travel is another popular type of travel content. From best places to visit in particular season to best things to do in a particular location, top food items to eat to best things to buy – all these fall into the category of list specific travel articles. To make such an article work, you need to have a catchy title and some superb images.
Just have a look at the article, titled “The world’s Top 10 cities for street photography”, published in Wanderlust Travel Magazine. It talks about some popular cities around the world for street photography, but what makes it a unique and share-worthy piece of writing is some spectacular and unique photos.
— TheIndia (@TheIndia_co_in) February 8, 2018
In list specific articles, it doesn’t restrict to places only but one can create lists of travel photos, travel activities like paragliding, festivals, things to do, near by picnic places , food dishes and many more things.
List Specific Content + Title Ideas
- 6 Best Places to Visit in [Place Name] During Monsoon Season
- 10 Food Dishes One Should Must Try During [Place Name] Visit
- 17 Unique Festivals Around the World Should be in Your Bucket List
- Top 12 Places for Paragliding Activities in [Place Name] to Witness Breathtaking View from the Sky
#3 Travel News Articles
Travel news article is focused on the details about any latest event, summit news, activity, sports news etc., happened at a particular location. Sometimes, such articles can be brand specific and promotional. Writing aptly, such news can be viral on social media and boost huge traffic within a short amount of time.
Here is an article, published in The Independent, where a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore is mentioned. How this article has become a travel piece is really interesting. This article talks about Singapore’s luxury hotel St. Regis Singapore.
— Tiffany Dowd (@LuxeTiffany) June 11, 2018
Travel news is very crucial for both travel agencies and tourists. A single incident or news can affect the whole travel industry. Here are few travel news which went viral and affected travel industry positively and negatively.
- Shimla Water Crisis during the peak season
- Nipah Virus in Kerala
- Tourism in spain increased by 32% after ZNMD movie
- Udaipur city awarded as best city of Asia by Travel + Leisure site
- How Will the Las Vegas Shooting Affect Tourism?
#4 Travel Influencer Interviews
The travel influencers are those who travel across the world, give a unique perspective to every place they travel and actively be in social media with their live stream, videos, vlogs and more. Thus they have a huge following on their social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Nowadays brands try to collaborate with leading travel influencers in order to get a great incentive for people to join their tour programs. Also, they can get promotional benefit across the influencers’ social channels.
Clint Johnston, the founder at Triphackr has 2L+ followers on Instagram and many leading media houses including CNN, BBC News, Mashable, The Huffington Post and other media portal featured him.
Here is an example of travel influencer Mr. Manish Lakhani’s interview:
— TheIndia (@TheIndia_co_in) June 9, 2017
If you develop such kinds of travel influencers’ interviews, you will certainly get noticed online and make your content share-worthy. We have also noticed that lot’s of Travel Niche Instagram profiles posts photos from leading traveler influencers on their feed with their mention. If any travel influencer has any issue with it than he/she can contact to remove photo.
#5 Controversial & Reality Subject
Writing on controversial and reality subjects is surely an art. Because you need to follow a responsible fashion while writing on such topics so that your article does not raise your readers’ collective blood pressure and bring any negative publicity for you. Leading media houses often write about such controversial or reality subjects, related to various places. Creating rightly, such stories can give you an immediate popularity and traffic. But yes, in some ways it often shows dark sides of a matter.
In 2017, Benny Lam documented the suffocating living conditions in the subdivided flats of Hong Kong, recording the lives of these hidden communities through a series of photos. The article went viral for not so good reason.
In a city lit up by neon-shopping strips selling luxury brands, approximately 200,000 people live in these tiny enclosed apartments, some as small as 15 square feet https://t.co/vdRR02Nc0Q
— Nat Geo Travel (@NatGeoTravel) July 15, 2018
Here are few controversial and reality travel content which went viral
- I Took And Smuggled These Out Of North Korea – Illegal Photos Kim Doesn’t Want You To See – Bored Panda
- 12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018 – CNN
In a nutshell, the travel and tourism industry can proffer plenty of opportunities through creative content marketing activities. This sector gives you the freedom to use different types of content, all the way from persuasive photos to educational guides. If you want to harness the optimum benefits of travel content marketing, be entertaining, informative and inspiring through your stories. Be visual. Shape yourself as a go-to resource for your visitors.
So, what trick have you implemented to market your travel content? Is there any specific type of content that suits your travel brand? Do share here. I’d love to know.