Industry Update
Opinion Article22 May 2015

Using Review Data as Rich Snippets To Improve Search Rankings and Increase Direct Bookings

By Margaret Ady, Vice President, Marketing at TRUSTYOU

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Most hotels are focused on SEO, or are at least aware of the potential benefits of improving their search rankings. It allows them to stand out and ultimately generate more traffic (and direct bookings!). Content marketing is one way to improve search rankings, and travel reviews can play an important role in this content strategy. But that isn't the only place where travel review data can help hotels to improve their search rankings…

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Enter the rich snippet. Huh? What's that, you ask?

Rich snippets are bits of extra info that appear on your site's search result listing above your meta description. They can easily be added within your site's HTML as microdata (and tested using Google's Structured Data Testing Tool). Rich snippets provide users with additional, engaging, relevant information about the contents of your webpage, which has been shown to increase click-through rates by up to 30%, and generate more qualified traffic to your site.

For hotels, these rich snippets can contain a snapshot of review data. Knowing that 95% of travelers rely on review data to make their booking decisions, adding this content into your site's rich snippets can be incredibly powerful to increase click-through rates.

Meininger Hotel Amsterdam, for example, incorporated structured review data from TrustYou into its rich snippets, highlighting its excellent travel review ratings so that travelers searching for a hotel in Amsterdam are more likely to click through to book the hotel.

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What's more, this hotel has improved its search rankings so that it now ranks #1 in its organic search results, ahead of OTAs and other review sites, making it much more likely for travelers to click through to the hotel's own site to book their room.

When you are approaching your SEO strategy, don't forget about rich snippets. They are quick and easy to implement, plus, by adding review content to your rich snippets, you can improve rankings and ultimately generate more direct bookings.

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Margaret Ady

Margaret Ady serves as Vice President, Marketing at TrustYou, a big data and online reputation management company specializing in the hospitality industry. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Economics and Psychology, and where she was awarded the Annenberg Communications Pathway Grant for her research in new technology and its impact on healthcare decision-making.

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    About TrustYou

    TrustYou helps companies win through the power of listening and provides a guest feedback platform that makes listening to customers easy, powerful, and actionable. The platform unlocks the potential of guest feedback and helps to:

    • Create unlimited opportunities to listen and respond to guests' needs.
    • Understand all reviews across the web and make better business decisions.
    • Publish hotel reviews on the website and on Google and allow positive feedback to influence bookings.

    TrustYou empowers companies to earn trust, make better decisions, and ultimately, win.

    Find more information on TrustYou and our feedback platform on www.trustyou.com.

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