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3 Tips for Special Offers

We all love the feel of getting a great deal and the same goes for potential bookers on your website. The truth is Special Offers drive direct bookings, that’s why we make it super easy to create them in freetobook. … Continue reading

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TripAdvisor’s Number 1 B&B In the World

Sue Burrell, owner of the Millgate B&B in Masham, recalls the excitement and media frenzy and tells us why she will always be indebted to her local dentist and freetobook. “Sometime in January 2015 I answered the telephone to James … Continue reading

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What’s your digital footprint?

As a property owner, what’s your digital footprint? US based marketing guru Heather Turner, Forfeng Media provides some great tips and cautionary tales. Facebook Posts: Make sure your posts are locked down to friends only, if you want to keep your … Continue reading

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Reduce your commission bill with promo codes

On the phones we hear the pain many accommodation owners feel when they get the monthly commission bill from their OTAs. Particularly annoying is finding repeat or regular customers who somehow end up booking through an OTA rather than directly. … Continue reading

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Back to Basics

Well done, you’ve made it to the end of the busy summer season.  Take a breath but then start planning for next year.  Guests are already thinking ahead to next year’s holidays so you must too.  If you have forgotten … Continue reading

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TripAdvisor at 12 percent

Own the bookings on your TripAdvisor page More and more bookings are being made on TripAdvisor, we have some information and friendly advice to help ensure you are not losing out. In the last week we have seen a 400% … Continue reading

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Direct Bookings vs OTA Bookings

Grow your direct bookings whilst using the OTAs How much more of the “booking cake” can the OTAs (Online Travel Agents) take and how much bigger is the online booking sphere getting? They’re both interesting questions we continue to ask … Continue reading

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Planning ahead for your promotions

This week’s guest blog is from US based social media and marketing expert Heather Turner, “Chief Logroller” at Forfeng Media. Here Heather helps you plan your social media calendar for holiday events and special promotions. The time to start planning … Continue reading

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Spread your OTA bookings

Are all your eggs in one Online Travel Agent’s (OTA) basket? We see a number of independent accommodation owners who rely on just one OTA. Business wisdom and common sense suggest that an over reliance on one source of sales … Continue reading

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Great, Gratis and Glorious digital marketing ideas to boost direct sales

Our guest blog and interview is with Frederic Gonzalo, founder of Gonzo Marketing. With over 19 years of experience in the travel and tourism sphere, he is passionate about marketing and communications. Frederic recently attended the EyeForTravel event in Miami as … Continue reading

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