We use proven tourism marketing strategies to reach responsible travellers.
Our travel and tourism marketing agency solves business challenges for industry professionals. Here’s how we can help you as our client:
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Founded in Melbourne, Australia, Mankind Digital is an ethical-first tourism digital marketing agency.
We help travel and tourism professionals focus on what they do best while spreading the word about the fair, honest and sustainable practices they uphold.
We understand the time and value that goes into providing immaculate travel experiences and our mission is to ensure that those efforts don’t go unnoticed.
Our work includes online marketing for travel agencies, tour operators, tourism activity companies, accommodation venues and regional marketing offices.
Promoting sustainable travel and regenerative tourism is at the heart of what we do. Our strategies are designed to meet marketing expectations, in addition to encouraging visitors to choose more responsible experiences and providers.
Our core services are marketing strategy, content marketing, customer research, SEO for tourism companies and social media marketing.
The team at Mankind Digital has contributed to the growth of globally renowned brands and government agencies for the past 15 years. Some of the organisations we have worked with include Tourism Australia (AU), Tourism WA (AU), Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Bureau (NL), City of Perth (AU), Heineken Experience (NL), BMW (AU), Mastercard (UK), Samsung (UK & US), Virgin Media (UK) and National Australia Bank (AU).
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The Mankind team consists of travellers who are experts in marketing and communications.
As trusted marketing experts with more than a decade of industry experience, you can rest assured that we will deliver results.
When asked why our client partners choose us, many of our clients responded with a clear distinction of how we differ from general digital marketers.
Marketing in travel and tourism involves specific strategies, models and techniques. These are needed to identify, reach and connect with consumers in a way that motivates them to take action.
One of the key differences for marketing in the tourism industry and tourism destination marketing compared to other industry verticals is the customer journey. In the tourism sector, the majority of the customer journey is captured in an online environment, making digital marketing channels the most cost-effective approach for reaching visitors.
The five key stages of the tourism customer journey are dreaming, planning, booking, experiencing and sharing. For any business in the tourism sector, it’s important to understand your customers’ needs and wants at each stage of the buying cycle. Content marketing strategies and targeted advertising that reaches and resonates with potential customers in each of the five stages can have the greatest impact on your business and your profit.
The main purpose of tourism marketing is to raise awareness, encourage consideration and increase demand for a particular destination, attraction, tourism activity or experience in a destination. Travel and tourism marketing strategies and tactics are used in both the private and public sectors to communicate and promote destinations, experiences and service providers.
The primary goals of tourism marketing are often to increase visitation and profit. At Mankind Digital, we partner with tourism organisations that are motivated by regeneration and sustainability, community benefit and environmental impact.
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Understanding who your customers are, what they need, want and expect at each stage of the customer journey is essential to a successful marketing strategy.
Effective tourism marketing can result in increased visitation and awareness of a specific region. It can also help to raise a destination’s profile and improve public perception.
For tourism businesses and travel experience providers, successful marketing strategies can increase profits and brand awareness. They can also improve a businesses’ profile on the internet. Satisfied customers become promoters of an organisation on social media and in online forums. They write positive online reviews that encourage other travellers to experience particular services.
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Travel and tourism marketing often rely heavily on digital marketing channels. These channels allow organisations to reach travellers anywhere at any time within the consumer journey or buying cycle. The primary online channels are SEO (Google search results), social media and email marketing. Other necessary digital channels include websites (including blog articles, forums and review sites), paid advertising (social media and Google Ads) and affiliate marketing.
Offline channels could include outdoor advertising, print, wholesalers, partnerships, sponsorships and events, to name a few.
Every business is different in terms of the recommended channel mix. Depending on which stage a traveller is at within the consumer journey – whether it be dreaming, planning, booking, experiencing or sharing – there are specific channels that are best to reach each audience.
Customer research and targeted 1:1 interviews with your existing customers can uncover opportunities and new marketing tactics to reach more of your ideal customers in the future.
There are typically five core activities required to develop a successful tourism marketing strategy. These include:
At Mankind Digital, we are focused on internet marketing for tourism and marketing for travel experience providers. Our core services include customer research, tourism marketing strategy, content marketing for travel, social media marketing, SEO, paid digital advertising, website design and development and tourism marketing training. We also deliver the digital marketing strategy for travel agencies, tour operators, tourism activity and accommodation providers, and destinations.
The most common approaches to tourism marketing are:
Location-based tourism marketing
This type of marketing promotes a destination by endorsing the locations’ benefits rather than promoting a specific business or service provider. Location-based marketing campaigns are often led by strong imagery and video content that help prospective visitors imagine themselves in the destination. Many location-based campaigns are supported by search engine marketing strategies that focus on specific keywords, maps and tools with information about the destination.
Activity-based tourism marketing
This form of marketing is focused on promoting the attractions, sights and activities available in the destination. For example, travellers interested in discovering ‘things to do in Melbourne’ are in the planning stages of their trip. They are often creating an itinerary of activities to enjoy. They may also be comparing the activities available in multiple destinations to help them decide where they should go. The attractions and activities they find online may help them choose which city they travel to.
Corporate tourism marketing
Corporate marketing strategies generally target attendees at conferences, trade shows and events. They promote the business and leisure aspect of the destination, enticing business travellers to make the most of an opportunity to travel for business purposes. In Australia, for example, a high proportion of corporate marketing strategies are focused on regional and interstate travellers, rather than international visitors.
High-quality images and video content are two of the most powerful tools in tourism marketing. Multimedia engages visitors in the dreaming and planning phases of the buying cycle. They help others imagine themselves in the destination. To entice a positive emotional reaction and an instant connection with a location, guests need to visualise themselves enjoying the attractions and the natural beauty of the region.
A good tourism marketing campaign is led by strong imagery and a thought-provoking content strategy. This raises awareness of the destination and encourages travellers to consider a trip in the future.
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Every second, travellers across the globe are searching for services you offer. We can help them find you. Our team is adept at drawing in exactly the type of traveller you want to speak to.