Consumers Creating Their Own Content in Travel

Travel is the largest category of eCommerce there is, and consumers are taking it into their own hands… and voices. Consumer-Generated-Content already influences $10 Billion a year in online travel purchases. Among the early innovators in taking advantage of this trend are Sheraton Hotels, Southwest Airlines, and TripAdvisor.

Sheraton transformed its website into a social platform, pushing aside standard hotel booking functionality in favor of creating a “Global Neighborhood.” Southwest launched a promotion to involve its customers in the marketing of its brand, with a contest for creating the best “Wanna Get Away” commercial. TripAdvisor has become the single largest source of consumer-generated travel reviews online, with over 5 million consumers sharing in an ongoing dialogue.

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