Category Archives: online

City Guides – Facebook new app and Book Now

Attention freetobookers: It is time to update your property Facebook pages with the “Book Now” button, as Facebook has launched a new app – City Guides! The app’s aim is to give its users ideas on things to do, places … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Boost Direct Bookings

Direct bookings save commission and are much less likely to cancel. The more direct bookings you get the more money and time you are saving. 1) Make sure you offer the best deal. Research has shown again and again that … Continue reading

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Tips for Switching booking system

Switching your booking engine can be a lot easier than you think. Here are a few tips gleaned from our clients. But first a word of warning, it’s not just about cost savings.  Whilst cost is always important there are … Continue reading

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Spread your booking sources

Increasing direct bookings is the priority and we certainly help thousands of businesses grow theirs. The next priority is to ensure you have a good mix of other booking sources so you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. … Continue reading

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Booking extras now even better

Freetobook properties have always been able to offer their very own extras enabling customers to choose items that will make their stay special, whilst adding to to property’s revenue. We have now added the ability for you to define nightly … Continue reading

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Promo Codes upgraded for more direct bookings

Thousands of properties have already benefited from freetobook’s promo codes so we have made them even better. You can set up as many promo codes as you like to target more customer segments and drive up your direct bookings. Now … Continue reading

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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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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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Google Mobile Friendly deadline

In a candid announcement a few months back Google let the world know that mobile friendliness has a deadline. From the 21st April onwards Google will actively favour mobile-friendly websites in mobile searches. If your website is mobile-friendly it is … Continue reading

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