Category Archives: sales

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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6 ways hotels can use social media to attract more guests

A guest blog from Juste Semetaite To thousands of holiday seekers, the planning phase may seem like a time-eating disaster. With so many options where to stay and what to do, the majority find themselves immersed in indecision and torn between … 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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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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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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Does Your Website Tell Customers WHY They Should Book Directly ?

Does Your Website Tell Customers WHY They Should Book Directly ? We were chatting with one freetobook customer this week who was alarmed at the growing number of rooms sold via booking.com rather than her own website and to make matters … Continue reading

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OTAs – Rise of the Giants

Rise of the giants A huge amount of internet change is currently impacting independent accommodation providers. Online travel agent (OTA) consolidation puts the vast majority of bookings into the hands of just 2 or 3 players. Together they dominate the online … Continue reading

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B&B marketing tips from Karen

“If anyone knows about B&B, Karen does.” (Guardian) Karen owns Hopton House, a converted granary in Shropshire offering three bedrooms. Alongside her own bed and breakfast business, she runs regular courses for potential B&B owners. Here Karen shares her business … Continue reading

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TripAdvisor direct bookings TripConnect explained

Many accommodation businesses are confused about TripAdvisor’s direct bookings, are you one them?  Let’s try to explain, so find a nice quiet spot to sit down with a glass or mug of your favourite drink. In the last year TripAdvisor … Continue reading

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