The Decline of Search and Its Impact on Digital Marketing
Search marketing – the combination of both paid and organic search visibility that in marketing vernacular has just been shortened to “Search” – has long been the grand poobah of digital marketing. Common sense dictated that if a company marketed a product or service for which there was already some demand, the company needed to master Search. Of course, travel represents one of those categories where people do a lot of research, and therefore industry marketers have traditionally relied heavily on Search strategies to lead prospects down the conversion funnel.
This paper discusses the historical importance of Search and the various ways it has served the travel industry. It reviews data points and recent observable changes in Search data, and explores the implications behind these changes. Lastly, it examines indicators that Search’s dominance could be slipping and the reasons why, and what travel marketers should do to adapt their digital marketing strategies to keep ahead of these changing times.
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