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How to Drive Direct Bookings with Sponsored Placements

How to Drive Direct Bookings with Sponsored Placements 74% of travelers who go on to book directly on a hotel website visit Tripadvisor at some point along their planning journey.1 Here’s how you can drive more of them to choose your accommodation.

In a recent survey nearly 1,000 hoteliers identified the top challenges they face when it comes to driving direct bookings for their businesses. The two most common challenges are increasing the exposure and visibility of their properties as well as competing with the OTAs.2

We know that direct bookings are a top priority for many hoteliers. That’s why we’ve added a Sponsored Placements option to help you drive more travelers directly to your property’s booking channel.

When you select this option, your direct rate will appear exclusively in the Sponsored Placements ad unit. And when a traveler clicks your ad, your direct rate will be the only offer shown within the price comparison box on your listing for that traveler.

Visit www.tripadvisor.com/AdsManager to be guided through the initial setup process. Read on for more details on setting up your campaign.

Note — If you’d like to have your direct rate appear organically on your listing page, regardless of traffic driven by Sponsored Placements, you’ll need to have TripConnectTM Cost-Per-Click set up prior to selecting the direct bookings option of Sponsored Placements. Click here to learn more.

Step 1: Select your business objective

First, you’ll pick your business objective — select the “Drive direct bookings” option. Choosing this objective will show your direct booking channel as the only offer in the Sponsored Placements ad unit.

Step 2: Verify your connectivity partner

You need to work with a certified connectivity partner in order to display your pricing and availability information within the Sponsored Placements ad unit. First, select your connectivity partner and verify the rates and availability that they’re providing. Then, confirm that the information for the dates shown accurately reflects what you have in your inventory.

Next, you’ll need to select the languages that your booking page supports and ensure Tripadvisor is pointing to the correct page for each language. Make sure that the name, address, and all other information on each page matches your business’s details.

If you experience any issues with this step, see the helpful tips section below.

Step 3: Schedule blackout dates (optional)

If you don’t have availability your Sponsored Placements ads won’t show. You also have the option to select additional blackout dates when you don’t want your ads to appear. For example, if there’s a holiday coming up when you know you are likely to sell out, you may want to schedule blackout dates for that selected timeframe. You have the ability to blackout all weekends, all weekdays or specific dates.

Step 4: Set your budget

Next, set a maximum monthly budget for your campaign. We offer three monthly budget options, or the ability to set your own custom budget, based on the number of clicks you’d like to receive. Remember, with the direct bookings business objective you’ll only pay when travelers click through to your listing or direct booking website — you won’t pay for impressions.

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How Sponsored Placements and TripConnect Cost-Per-Click Work Together

How Sponsored Placements and TripConnect Cost-Per-Click Work Together Your guide to setting up TripConnect™ Cost-Per-Click and Sponsored Placements to maximize your direct bookings

With TripConnect Cost-Per-Click (CPC), you can share your rates and availability in the price comparison box on your Tripadvisor listing. Travelers who click your rate will be connected to your booking engine to complete the reservation. When you combine TripConnect CPC with Sponsored Placements, your direct booking rate will appear exclusively within your Sponsored Placements ad as well as in the price comparison box when they click through on your listing.

For a simplified setup approach that allows travelers to only see your direct rate in your ads, you can sign up for Sponsored Placements without TripConnect CPC. Click here to learn more.

Share your rates: Set up TripConnect CPC

To get set up on TripConnect CPC go to www.tripadvisor.com/CostPerClick and you’ll be guided through the setup process. Read on for more details.

Step 1: Select a certified connectivity partner

TripConnect CPC works with your connectivity partner to display pricing and availability information specific to each traveler’s inquiry. You need to work with a certified partner in order to sign up. You can check your connectivity partner’s status here.

If you don’t work with a connectivity partner, you can see which ones are TripConnect CPC certified here. If a partner hasn't completed certification, it cannot provide TripConnect CPC services yet. In this case, contact the connectivity partner to ask when TripConnect CPC will be available.

Step 2: Confirm your rates and availability

Once you’ve selected a connectivity partner, verify the rates and availability that your connectivity partner is providing. Confirm that the information for the dates shown accurately reflect what you have in your inventory. If you experience any issues with this step, please contact your connectivity partner for assistance.

Step 3: Verify your booking page

Then you’ll need to select the languages that your booking page supports and ensure Tripadvisor is pointing to the correct page for each language. Make sure that the name, address and all other information on each page matches your business’s details. If you experience any issues with this step, please contact your connectivity partner for assistance.

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Market-Based Pricing for Sponsored Placements

Market-Based Pricing for Sponsored Placements Learn more about how market conditions influence your Sponsored Placements cost-per-click rate Today, many markets across the world regularly sell out of Sponsored Placements click inventory while others have inventory to spare. To help balance supply with demand, Sponsored Placements campaigns have now moved to market-based pricing.

What is market-based pricing?

Market-based pricing means your cost-per-click (CPC) rate may fluctuate to reflect current market conditions — including the number of active advertisers in your region, exchange rates, and available click inventory.

How can I see the CPC prices I’m paying for my campaign?

You can see your average CPC by viewing your invoices in the “Billing and Payments” section of the Management Center. Your Sponsored Placements invoice will show the “Unit Price,” which is the average CPC you paid over the course of the billing period.

Does this change mean I have to accept new Terms & Conditions?

Yes, the billing owner will need to accept the latest version of our Tripadvisor Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Business Advantage and Sponsored Placements Terms and Conditions.

Am I going to be paying more?

This change means that campaigns running in more popular traveler search destinations may see CPC rates increase, while campaigns in areas with less demand may see CPC rates decrease. While your CPC rates may vary, be assured that your designated maximum monthly budget will not change and your monthly campaign spend will not exceed this budget amount.

How are you ensuring my CPC rate won’t vary widely from week to week?

In general, markets do not shift significantly from week to week. In cases where there may be more movement due to seasonality or exchange rates, set limits are in place to keep the CPCs from varying widely.

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How a Spanish Hotel Company Uses Tripadvisor in Its Rebranding Strategy

How a Spanish Hotel Company Uses Tripadvisor in Its Rebranding Strategy See how Selenta maximized visibility for SOFIA Hotel to get more traffic and jump-start its online reputation.

Selenta Group manages nine properties in various Spanish cities. We spoke with Silvia Sutter, Online Traffic Manager at Selenta, to find out how she has increased visibility and traffic for SOFIA Hotel with Tripadvisor.

Tripadvisor as part of the rebranding strategy

Rebranding Selenta's properties has been a huge undertaking that began last year and taken months of planning and preparation. "We transformed the company and rebranded as a whole, and are now working on repositioning our properties as luxurious and high-end," says Sutter.

The goal? Growing visibility and traffic to all nine properties. Says Sutter, "We want to expand our market and reach more US travelers — since the majority of our guests are traditionally from Spain and the United Kingdom."

Sutter turned to Tripadvisor to market the re-launch of SOFIA Hotel, a property Selenta has recently renovated. "Tripadvisor is an important marketing channel because this source of traffic raises our overall performance and travelers from Tripadvisor are more likely to convert," she says. "We updated SOFIA's Tripadvisor listing page with our new name, photos, and other information to not only promote the renovations, but also reset guest expectations."

Increasing visibility with Sponsored Placements

To get more exposure for SOFIA in the competitive Barcelona market, Sutter uses Sponsored Placements. "We decided to try Sponsored Placements to increase SOFIA's visibility and brand awareness. The additional exposure from Sponsored Placements puts the property in front of more travelers who are searching for a place to stay in Barcelona," she says.

SOFIA has gained more visibility and traffic. "The results have been great: Sponsored Placements has performed so well for SOFIA that all nine Selenta properties now have active campaigns to increase their exposure," says Sutter. "On average, these ads have generated over 50,000 impressions for each property in 6 weeks to highly targeted travelers."

And that visibility is paying off: "We've driven more traffic to the SOFIA website, creating leads that ultimately convert. Since starting Sponsored Placements, booking referrals for SOFIA have increased," continues Sutter.

SOFIA's online reputation cycle has also accelerated. "The uplift in visibility has jump-started our online reputation cycle for SOFIA, which has helped it to be ranked in the top 10% for accommodations in Barcelona," Sutter says. "As more guests stay at SOFIA, they write reviews and post photos, restarting the cycle of inspiring potential guests to pick our property."

Sutter plans to run Sponsored Placements all year. "If conversions continue increasing thanks to Sponsored Placements, we'll always run our ads as our rebranding progresses. The ads have helped me reposition our properties, drive more traffic to our websites, and get more bookings," she says.

Last Updated: 10 December 2018

How a European Hotel Group Uses Content Marketing to Reach Travelers

How a European Hotel Group Uses Content Marketing to Reach Travelers 25hours Hotels increases visibility, raises brand awareness, and drives incremental revenue with Tripadvisor. 25hours Hotels is a group of 13 properties scattered across Germany, France, and other European countries. See how Alexander Schuster, Head of Digital, influences travelers to book one of their properties using content marketing and Tripadvisor.

A focus on content marketing

To build relationships between customers and the 25hours brand, Schuster uses content marketing. "We choose to focus on content marketing instead of solely relying on promotions, discounts, or packages. Content allows us to tell a larger story about how guests don't just stay at our hotels. They can have a fun, relaxing, immersive adventure at our hotels, which are designed to embody the city and neighborhood they're in," he says. "Our photos and videos reinforce our brand. Our blog for each hotel offers local insider knowledge."

Reaching travelers on the customer journey with Tripadvisor

Schuster offers relevant information to travelers while they're shopping for a place to stay on Tripadvisor, a major marketing channel. "The customer journey has many touch points, and we need to reach travelers at the right time on the right channels. So, we amplify our content on Tripadvisor, Google, social media, and other marketing channels to capture travelers' attention and provide a compelling, consistent story," he says. "I use Tripadvisor to increase our visibility, highlight the 25hours brand, and get more direct bookings."

Working with Tripadvisor, Schuster supplements his content strategy by highlighting traveler review content and responding to those reviews. "Travelers check reviews, which makes Tripadvisor an important part of the customer journey. We respond to these reviews — not only offering our view, but also showing how we care about and feel responsible for our guests," he says.

More revenue with Business Advantage

Schuster draws in travelers by showcasing his content and optimizing the 25hours Hotels’ Tripadvisor listing pages with Business Advantage. "We can entice travelers in the booking funnel on Tripadvisor search and our listing page when they're considering our properties and prices," he says. "We're able to test and optimize different Business Advantage features. For example, we post Cover Photos and Favorite Photos that best represent our hotels, and then we check the photo engagement rate in the Analytics Suite to see what works in drawing in even more travelers."

He also uses Business Advantage to connect with travelers directly. "With Contact Details, we can put the right communication channels—our website, phone number, and email—on Tripadvisor. We're able to drive travelers to our website, have them book directly, and not lose them to OTAs — it's easy for them get in touch with us," says Schuster. "Another way we incentivize travelers to book directly with us is we run Special Offers with an advanced, lower booking rate that they can redeem on our website."

Schuster notes that all 25hours properties have Business Advantage because of its ability to grow the 25hours brand and business. "Business Advantage is beneficial — it shows a return on advertising spend, and we drive incremental revenue for all our properties," he adds.

Increased visibility with Sponsored Placements

To maximize his reach to travelers and drive more traffic to 25hours, Schuster decided to try Sponsored Placements. "Relying on search for travelers to find our properties isn't effective. With Sponsored Placements, we expand our visibility to travelers who are already on the customer journey, especially when they're searching within a dedicated city, but don't have a specific brand in mind," he says. "The five properties that tried out Sponsored Placements each received over 100,000 impressions on average in two months — meaning they were seen 100,000 more times than if we didn't have Sponsored Placements.”

Sponsored Placements has also helped Schuster get more booking referrals. "In addition to the increased visibility, Sponsored Placements create leads so more travelers make reservations at our hotels. We saw a 20% boost in booking referrals on average. We also saw an increase in page visits to our five properties' Tripadvisor listing pages," he says.

Seeing the benefits of Sponsored Placements, Schuster believes the ads are a worthwhile investment. "Sponsored Placements is valuable because I'm able to raise awareness of the 25hours brand at multiple touch points of the customer journey. Every click means that travelers are engaged and interested — If travelers see our ad, it's highly likely they'll be back later with high intent to book with us," he says.

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Success Story: A Jaipur Hotel Uses Tripadvisor to Drive Inbound Marketing

Success Story: A Jaipur Hotel Uses Tripadvisor to Drive Inbound Marketing Learn how the Royal Heritage Haveli attracts travelers with Sponsored Placements and converts them with Business Advantage. The Royal Heritage Haveli is a small family-owned boutique hotel that won the Travelers’ Choice award for multiple years in Jaipur, India. See how Shambhavi Singh, the Haveli Director, uses Tripadvisor as an instrumental part of her inbound marketing strategy. Challenge: Maximizing the busy season

Singh strives to get as many travelers to book as possible during the busy season. "Our busy season is short so it's crucial that we make the most of it. It's hard to fill rooms during the off-season because it's very hot in Jaipur," says Singh.

Many other local accommodations providers are pursuing a similar strategy. "It's challenging to stand out among our competitors in Jaipur. We're a small business that competes with well-known hotels for a limited number of travelers who visit during the busy season. So, we need to differentiate ourselves from properties similar to ours," she says.

Solution: Using Tripadvisor to drive inbound marketing "To address this challenge, I use inbound marketing to attract, convert, close, and delight guests, and Tripadvisor is crucial to my strategy," Singh says. "Inbound marketing creates awareness among travelers, and it builds trust and credibility for the Haveli."...

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How to Add Contact Details to Your Tripadvisor Listing

How to Add Contact Details to Your Tripadvisor Listing Here’s how to put millions of potential guests - nearby and across the globe - one click or call away from booking with you with Contact Details. Your Tripadvisor page can get hundreds or even thousands of visits per year. With a Business Advantage subscription, you can convert this qualified traffic into direct bookings using Contact Details. Contact Details allow you to add critical business information to your Tripadvisor listing, so travelers can connect with you directly. Here’s what you need to know about Contact Details so you can optimize your Business Advantage return on investment. Not a Business Advantage subscriber? Learn more and sign up at www.tripadvisor.com/BusinessAdvantage About Contact Details With Contact Details, travelers on your Tripadvisor page can reach you directly, whether they’re on a laptop, tablet or mobile device. You can display up to three methods of direct contact, including your:

  • Website
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Deals page
  • Packages page
  • A virtual tour
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13 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from Your Tripadvisor Listing

13 Things You Should Be Doing to Drive More Bookings from Your Tripadvisor Listing Best practices on how to drive more direct bookings from your Tripadvisor listing page. In our recent “Drive More Direct Bookings with Tripadvisor” webinar, we covered Tripadvisor’s impact on travelers’ booking decisions. In this article we’ll review your Tripadvisor listing page and how you can optimize it to drive more direct bookings. If you’re interested in learning how to optimize your presence on Tripadvisor search results pages, read here. First, let’s review your listing page and why it matters. By the time someone lands on your listing page, you’ve already captured their attention and are a part of their consideration set (the list of properties they’re choosing from). Your goal at this point is to keep these potential guests engaged with your property, provide all of the information they need to make a confident purchase decision and easily connect them to your direct booking channels. For simplicity, we’ve organized these tips based on the layout of your listing, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. We’ve also included a mix of free and premium tips — those tips with an asterisk (*) are features available only to Business Advantage subscribers. To become a Business Advantage subscriber, visit www.tripadvisor.com/BusinessAdvantage. 1. Upload Management Photos Research shows that travelers spend more time on property pages that have at least 30 photos.1 Be sure to upload high quality images that are within our photo guidelines — learn more here. 2. Choose a primary photo...

Drive More Direct Bookings with Tripadvisor

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Drive More Direct Bookings with Tripadvisor Details

Global tourism has been steadily increasing over the past decade and it continues to trend upwards. Unfortunately, while we're seeing a strong growth in spending — we're also seeing a steady decline in supplier direct share of online hotel bookings.

How can you capitalize on this growth in global tourism and increase your share of direct bookings? There are many tools owners can use but — because of our size, influence and role in travel — we believe Tripadvisor should be at the center of your direct booking strategy.

Our exclusive on-demand webinar gives your practical tips and tools to start driving more direct bookings with Tripadvisor.

In this webinar we'll cover:

  • Tripadvisor's role in the travel industry
  • How travelers move through the booking funnel on Tripadvisor
  • And, actionable tips — for those just getting started to Tripadvisor experts — for driving more direct bookings at every stage of the booking funnel

The live event is now available on-demand! Sign up now to access the recording (in English only).

*Worldwide Travel Path to Purchase 2017, comScore Media Metrix for Tripadvisor Sites, September 2017
**SiteMinder’s Global Hotel Business Index 2018
***Oxford Economics, 2018

Key Takeaways from the Decision Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase

DECISION PHASE Key Takeaways from the Decision Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase Last Updated: 12 March 2018 The Decision Phase of the Traveler Path to Purchase is usually where our hotel partners say they invest the most time and resources. In this phase, travelers are ready to book as compared to the Shopping Phase where travelers are still compiling their consideration sets — the short list of accommodations they’ll choose from (more on influencing travelers in the Shopping Phase here). OVERVIEW OF THE DECISION PHASE

The Decision Phase is when a traveler selects a place to stay and books. During this time, travelers are choosing from their narrowed consideration set that was previously developed in the Shopping Phase. Marketing reach at this point is limited, since travelers have already narrowed in on their choice. But, the travelers who you do reach have a very high booking intent.

Unsurprisingly, price is reported as the most important factor when making a booking decision. In a recent TripBarometer study,* 93% of travelers said price was the strongest booking factor and 72% said finding a good deal was most important to them.

WHY THIS MATTERS TO YOU...

An Overview of the Traveler Path to Purchase

OVERVIEW   An Overview of the Traveler Path to Purchase Last Updated: 12 March 2018

The traveler’s path to purchase in today’s world is tangled and complex. Travelers are inspired from a variety of sources — from something they saw online, to a billboard on the side of the road, or a story from a friend’s recent trip. With so many different channels, both online and offline, it can be daunting to decide where to invest your marketing dollars.

In an effort to learn how and why travelers book the way they do, we partnered with comScore to understand where travelers go to shop and what inspires their next trip. We consolidated this data in our recent webinar, “Influencing the Traveler Path to Purchase with Tripadvisor” presented by Charles Ballard and Martin Verdon-Roe. We encourage you to watch the full on-demand webinar, but, if you don’t have the time, or are looking for something more scannable, we have just that.

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Tripadvisor Business Advantage for Accommodations

Tripadvisor Business Advantage for Accommodations Business Advantage empowers accommodations to attract and engage potential guests – and influence their booking decisions.

Business Advantage represents an evolution of our Business Listings subscription product, which originally launched in 2010. Business Listings were designed to help accommodations drive more results from their Tripadvisor pages. In working with our customers over several years, we learned that they needed a more holistic solution to unleash the full potential of Tripadvisor for their businesses. Based on their feedback and our own traveler data, we developed Business Advantage.  

Business Advantage empowers accommodations to better market themselves to potential guests, impact booking decisions, differentiate from competitors and measure and improve their online reputations. Its feature set includes a Media Suite, Promotional Features and a best-in-class Analytics Suite.  

What's included in Business Advantage?

Promotional Features: Instantly share Contact Details and influence booking decisions with guests online and on–the–go.

  • Contact Details: Put millions of potential guests one click or call away from booking with you
    • Property page: Choose three points of contact – phone number, email or website URLS – to your property's Tripadvisor listing page
    • Mobile Click-to-Call: Make it easy for guests to contact you — and tap into the fast–growing mobile marketplace — by activating one–click calling from any mobile device when you choose a phone number as one of your Contact Details.
    • Search Links: Include your hotel website link in search results pages on high–profile Tripadvisor pages
  • Special Offers: Stand out from your competitors by sharing exclusive offers on desktop and mobile
  • Announcements: Attract traveler attention by sharing your property's latest news
  • Favorite Reviews: Showcase a great recent review near the top of your Tripadvisor page

Learn more about the promotional features available to subscribers here.

Media Suite: Capture the attention of guests — and stand apart from competitors — with enhanced photo and video tools that showcase your business at its best.

  • Storyboard: A promotional preview that blends together your best photos and top reviews
  • Favorite Photos: Use your best photos to inspire and motivate guests to choose your property by highlighting them in your photo carousel and media viewers
  • Cover Photos: Present your property how you want guests to see it by customizing the album covers on your listing
  • Property Videos: Post dynamic videos on Tripadvisor — and bring your property to life for potential guests

Learn more about features included in the Media Suite here.

Analytics Suite: Leverage in–depth Tripadvisor data on your property, competitors and online visitors to drive key business decisions — and create better guest experiences

  • Overview: Use extensive Tripadvisor data to drive business decisions, manage your online reputation & enhance guest experiences
  • Reputation Insights: Measure against competitors on key reputation indicators
  • Market Position: Find out how traffic and rankings are changing in your market
  • Click Activity: Discover what travelers care most about by tracking clicks
  • Photos & Amenities: See how potential guests engage with your Tripadvisor photos — and how your amenities stack up against your competitors’
  • Demand Trends: Learn where your Tripadvisor visitors are coming from — and what they look for
  • Telephone Lead Management: Measure phone traffic by adding a unique phone number to your property page

Learn more about the Business Advantage Analytics Suite here.

What does it cost?

Business Advantage is a subscription–based product. The exact price of a Business Advantage subscription is tailored to each property based on a variety of factors such as location, size, etc. Properties should discuss specific pricing with their Tripadvisor consultants.

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Free or Premium? A Guide to Marketing on Tripadvisor

Free or Premium? A Guide to Marketing on Tripadvisor Tripadvisor offers a suite of marketing tools for hospitality businesses. Many are free but a few premium features are available for a fee. Do you know which are which?

Looking for ways to drive more business? Tripadvisor offers a variety of tools to help. There’s something for everyone, but you must be registered for your property’s Management Center to have access. 

Free Tools

Let’s start by looking at the free tools available to any accommodation, restaurant or attraction listed on Tripadvisor. These tools are always available in the Management Center:

Properties with at least 1 photo see 138% more engagement than properties with no photos.​1

Property page tools

Control the major elements of your Tripadvisor property page through the "Manage Listing" tab in the top menu.  Add photos to attract traveler attention, update your amenities, and complete other administration tasks here as well. 

Over 60% of travelers say Management Responses make them more likely to book.2

Review management tools

Under "Reviews" in the top menu, you'll find all of the tools you need to manage, measure, and respond to new reviews.  Try Review Express to encourage more reviews.

Nearly 90% of travelers say reviews are influential in choosing where to book.3

Free marketing tools

Get help marketing your business under "Marketing Tools" in the top menu of the Management Center. Showcase your reviews with the Tripadvisor Traveler Reviews App for your Facebook page, Tripadvisor Social Media Buttons, and widgets to display your awards and reviews on your website. Finally, request a Tripadvisor sticker for your property, so guests know you’re listed on the world’s largest travel site.4 

Tripadvisor Insights

Want free marketing tips, industry research, helpful guides and more? Hotel managers and operators can visit www.tripadvisor.com/TripadvisorInsights and restaurant owners can visit Tripadvisor For Restaurants. You can also find information in the Management Center, under the "Help & Settings" tab in the top menu, select "Tripadvisor Best Practices."

Paid Tools

Accommodation & restaurant providers can enhance their Tripadvisor listings and attract even more travelers with some additional tools that are available for a fee. There are no premium tools available for attractions at this time.

Solutions for accommodations

  • Business Advantage: Industry-leading tools to better market your business to millions of potential guests, differentiate from competitors, impact booking decisions, and measure and improve your online reputation.Visit www.tripadvisor.com/business/BusinessAdvantage to learn more.
  • Instant Booking: Now, travelers can click the “Book on Tripadvisor” button to reserve a hotel directly on the site. Potential guests are more willing to book when they know they can purchase right on Tripadvisor.5 Instant booking gives your hotel an easy way to claim these bookings. Learn more here.
  • Sponsored Placements: Drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top of Tripadvisor search results for travelers searching for a place to stay in your area. Sponsored Placements are risk-free — meaning you pay only for the clicks you get and you can cancel at any time. Sign up today at www.Tripadvisor.com/business/sponsored-placements.

Solutions for restaurants

  • Tripadvisor Premium: Get the competitive advantage your business needs with Tripadvisor Premium for Restaurants. Upgrading to Premium gives you exclusive access to powerful subscriber-only tools including Storyboard, Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here, Favorite Reviews, and exclusive data & insights. Learn more here.
  • Tripadvisor Ads: Drive traffic to your Tripadvisor listing by promoting your restaurant in exclusive sponsored placements to a targeted audience of diners searching for a place to eat in your area. Learn more here.

  • 1. Tripadvisor data, July 7 - August 7 2014, tripadvisor.com/TripadvisorInsights/n2507/bookings-and-traveler-engagement-driven-management-actions
  • 2. PhoCusWright, “Custom Survey Research Engagement,” prepared for Tripadvisor, December 2013.
  • 3. TripBarometer, April 2014, Global Edition: tripadvisor.com/TripadvisorInsights/n2200/tripbarometer-april-2014-global-edition
  • 4. comScore Media Metrix for Tripadvisor Sites, worldwide,
  • 5. Tripadvisor internal data
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How to Pay for Instant Bookings

How to Pay for Instant Bookings Everything you need to know about paying your instant booking commission fees.

Welcome to instant booking! Now that you’ve signed up – and the bookings are coming in – here’s more information on what you can expect from the monthly payment process.

What am I paying?

Each month, you’ll pay commissions for the instant bookings completed in the prior month. With instant booking, you only pay for completed stays. If a traveler reserves a room via instant booking, but then cancels, you will not pay for that booking.

How does the payments process work?

You’ll receive a Monthly Statement via email on the 5th of each month. It lists the bookings completed during the prior month according to Tripadvisor records. This is not a bill – no payments are due at this time.

The Monthly Statement allows you to confirm that all of the transactions shown for the prior month were, in fact, completed stays. Beginning on the 5th day of each month, you have a 15-day adjustment period to check the list and make any adjustments (early check-outs, no shows or cancellations). See below for instructions on how to do this.

On the 19th day of each month, the adjustment period ends. Your commission fees for the prior month will be finalized on the 20th and your account will be charged automatically.

How do I make changes during the adjustment period?

If there’s a transaction on your Monthly Statement that requires modification, follow these steps to fix it:

  1. Log in to the Management Center and select your property.
  2. From the “Products” menu at the top of the page, then select “Booking Activity.”
  3. Once here, find the transaction that’s incorrect. (Tip: Try selecting “Last Month” from the “Displaying” drop box. Or, try filtering by "Check-out date," instead of "Booking date.")
  4. Then use the “Edit” or “Cancel” buttons to adjust the transaction.

You must make these adjustments before the 19th day of each month in order to avoid having to pay an incorrect commission on this transaction.

What if there's a payment failure?

If your payment is not able to be processed on the 20th day of the month, you will receive an email notice that the payment has failed. If you receive this notification, please follow these steps to update your payment information as soon as possible:

  1. Log into the Management Center and select your property.
  2. Then, under the “Profile” menu at the top of the page, select “Billing & Payments.”
  3. On the left-hand side, under "Billing Information," click "Update."

We will continue to try to charge the credit card on file for 12 days after the first failure. We will attempt one retry for direct debit if the failure is due to insufficient funds. After the 12 days, or a second direct debit failure due to insufficient funds, or any other reason, your instant booking campaign will be suspended and you will not appear in the “Book on Tripadvisor” placement until your account is made current.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Payment methods vary by country and may include credit cards, direct debit or Automating Clearing House (ACH).

Where can I see all my invoices & payments?

All your invoices & payments are available for viewing on the "Billing & Payments" page in your Management Center. To access this page, follow the steps below:

  1. Log into the Management Center and select your property.
  2. Under the "Profile" tab, click "Billing and Payments."
  3. Here you will see two tabs, one for invoices and another for payments. To view an invoice or payment, simply click the associated tab and select an invoice number or applied payment.  A new browser will open, to print the page select "Print" from your browser's main menu.

Note: To see additional information for multiple accounts, use the "Account Selection" drop-down tool on the right-hand side of the "Billing & Payments" page.

Who receives my Monthly Statements?

To see who receives your Monthly Statements, log in to the Management Center. Can’t access the Management Center? Check out our Quick Start Guide.

Once you’ve logged in, find the “Products” menu, select “Instant Booking” and then click the “Settings” tab. You can add new people and make adjustments as needed.

How do I change the billing contact?

To update the billing contact for your instant booking account, or to add additional invoice recipients to your account, follow these steps:

  1. Log into the Management Center and select your property.
  2. From the “Products” menu at the top of the page, select “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings page, scroll down to see the list of billing owner(s) and additional invoice recipient(s).
  4. Click “Add Another Recipient” and enter a new name and email. Check the box “Set as billing owner” and then, “Save.” (Note: If you don’t click “Set as billing owner,” the person will receive invoices on the 20th of each month but won't have access to your Management Center.)

Why can't I pay my Monthly Statement?

Your Monthly Statement is like a preview of your final bill for the prior month. We give you 15 days to make adjustments for no-shows or cancellations. Even if everything is correct, we cannot accept any payments until your commission fees are finalized on the 20th of each month.

Need more help?

If you have more questions, check out our FAQ. If that doesn’t help, login to the Management Center and click “Get help online” under the “Contact Tripadvisor” box. Then select “Instant Booking” as the issue and “Billing and Payment Questions” as the subtopic. You can then add your question under in the text box.

Last Updated: 6 August 2019

Your Instant Booking Quick Start Guide

Your Instant Booking Quick Start Guide

Start capturing bookings made directly on the world’s largest travel site – in just four simple steps.  

For the first time, millions of travelers can book on Tripadvisor without leaving the site.  Instant booking provides a simple way for you to capture a share of this business on a pay-per-booking commission basis.

Here’s how it works:
​Tripadvisor collaborates with your connectivity partner to display your live rates and availability – right on your property page. Travelers click the “Book on Tripadvisor” button to seamlessly complete their transaction on Tripadvisor. The booking process is fully optimized for desktop, tablet and mobile platforms in 48 languages and many global currencies

Once the reservation is complete, you own the relationship with the customer. The booking details are passed to you through your connectivity partner. You only pay for the booking after the traveler completes their stay and it’s easy to track your performance in the Instant Booking Performance Center.

Ready to capture more bookings from the world’s largest travel site? Four simple steps are all it takes – no expertise required:

1. Confirm eligibility

The first step is to check here to see if you’re eligible for instant booking. Confirm your property name and connectivity partner. Then click “Get Started.”

Can’t get started? To be eligible, your connectivity partner must be instant booking-certified. Check to see if your connectivity partner is signed up here.

2. Verify Connectivity Partner information

Next, verify that the information we’re receiving from your connectivity partner is correct. This ensures that travelers are seeing accurate information about your available rooms and rates.

Confirm your property's name, address and website. Next, check that the room types in the table are actually available for the selected search dates and that the correct rates (including taxes & fees) are displayed. Also, confirm that the cancellation policy is accurate.

Note - without the base rate, taxes and cancellation policy, travelers may not book your rooms! Make sure that you are providing this information through your connectivity partner. If you don’t separate taxes and fees from your base rate, the setup tool can estimate them for you.

Keep in mind, to give travelers the best possible booking experience, your rates must be the same or better than those of your other distribution partners. If your direct pricing isn’t competitive, your rates and availability may not appear.

If everything looks good, click “Correct.” Otherwise, select “Incorrect” for more support.

3. Choose your share of traveler views and commission rate

A traveler view occurs each time “Book on Tripadvisor” appears for your property in search results. Sometimes travelers will be viewing your rates; other times they will be seeing your distribution partners’ rates. Instant booking gives you the chance to capture half of these traveler views, as well as the bookings those views generate, with the 15% commission rate. Or you can choose a lower 12% commission rate to get a quarter of all traveler views, and any resulting bookings. It’s up to you – choose an option and then click “Continue.”

4. Add your payment method

Finally, add your payment method, or confirm that the one on file is correct. No charge will be made to your account at this point, although we will verify the payment method to ensure that it is valid. Then accept the Terms and Conditions and click “Complete sign up.”

Instant booking is a commission-based product. This means no up-front investment, no long-term contracts and no risk to you. You’re only charged for bookings that turn into stays.

You’ll be invoiced on a monthly basis, with each billed item reflecting a completed stay that was booked via instant booking in the previous month. You’ll have the opportunity to review these bookings, and their associated charges, and make any necessary adjustments based on booking changes before your payment is due. For more information on the payment process read our guide here.

Last Updated: 3 December 2014

Managing your Instant Booking Campaign

Managing your Instant Booking Campaign

Manage bookings and track performance from your instant booking dashboard.

The instant booking dashboard is filled with data and insights to help you drive results. Here’s an insider’s guide to its most helpful tools:

1. Track key metrics

The main Dashboard page shows your Room Nights Sold, Bookings and Booking Value in Summary graphs (click each data point to change the graph). You’ll also see your current amount due for those bookings.   

Tip: Attract more guests

Select the higher commission rate on the Dashboard to see the difference twice as many traveler views makes. 

2. Access guest information

Find full information for every booking – including guest names, email addresses, reservation details, billing status and more – on the Booking Activity report. You can also make updates and reconcile cancellations by clicking the booking’s Confirmation ID number.

Tip: Get more revenue

Use guests’ email addresses from the Booking Activity report to start developing relationships with them immediately. As travelers’ arrival dates approach, send value-added offers that motivate them to spend more. Get more ideas for pre-stay communications here.   

3. Manage commissions

See a running tally of all charges and credits to your account on the Transaction Log. This is also where you’ll find completed stays, commission dues as well as cancellations. 

Tip: Avoid unnecessary charges

With instant booking, you don’t pay commission for canceled bookings. You’ll receive a preliminary invoice on the 5th business day of each month – either via email or on the Transaction Log page. Click that invoice and confirm that all of the travelers listed completed their stays. To cancel a booking, click its confirmation number and select “Edit or Cancel this Booking.” You must cancel the booking within 15 days of the preliminary invoice date. After that time, on the 20th of each month, your invoice will be finalized and charged to your account. Still have questions? Read more about instant booking payments here.

Note: To view past invoices and payments, click "Billing & Payments" under the "Profile" tab at the top of the Management Center.

4. Optimize your instant booking performance

How do your prices and availability results compare to other providers? How have these results changed over the past 30 days? Or year? Find the answers to these questions and more in the Performance Center.

Tip: Get more bookings

Use the Performance Center to see your availability and pricing compared to other distribution channels. In a recent survey, 90% of respondents said the price is important when booking an accommodation.1 Keep in mind, your pricing must be competitive in order for it to be viewed by travelers in the instant booking placement. Read our guide and learn how to optimize your instant booking performance to get more guests. 


  • 1. Source: The 2016 TripBarometer Study, conducted by Ipsos, a global research firm. A total of 36,444 interviews were completed in 33 markets, spanning 7 regions
Last Updated: 10 July 2017

Updating Payment Information on Tripadvisor

Updating Payment Information on Tripadvisor Step-by-step instructions on updating your property’s payment information on Tripadvisor.

Updating payment information for your property is simple and can be done online. Follow the steps below to learn how to update this information across all Tripadvisor paid products.

Updating your payment information

  1. Go to www.tripadvisor.com/Owners to log into the Management Center.
  2. Hover over the “Help & Settings” menu at the top of the page, click "Billing and Payments.”
  3. On the right-hand side, under “Billing Information” click the “Update” link.
  4. Enter in your new credit card, update your method of payment or billing information and click “Save.”

How long will this take?

Your updated payment information will appear immediately. If you have any outstanding payments, we’ll charge your account within 24 hours.

Who is the billing owner?

The billing owner is the person who manages payments to Tripadvisor. It’s typically the person who purchased or last renewed your Tripadvisor subscription, or the person who initially set up instant booking. You can see who has access to manage your commercial products by visiting the Manage User Access page. To access this page, log into your Management Center and under the "Help & Settings" tab in the top menu, select "Manage User Access." On this page, you'll see a full list of all users registered to your Tripadvisor page. You'll also see their Tripadvisor usernames, email addresses, affiliations to your business, and the products they have access to (if applicable).

Can I have multiple cards on file with Tripadvisor?

Yes, you can keep multiple cards on file. However, only one credit card may be set as the default for payments. The billing owner for your property can update the selected default card at any time.

I don’t see the "Billing & Payment" option. What should I do?

You’re probably not registered with Tripadvisor as the billing owner of your property. In this case, you should ask the billing owner to log into the Management Center and update the payment information using the steps above.

If that person should no longer be managing billing and payments, you can submit a request via the Management Center to have the billing owner status shifted to someone else.

For owners with a Business Advantage subscription:

  1. Visit the Management Center.
  2. In the Contact Tripadvisor box click "Get online help.” 
  3. Under "Please tell me what the issue is” box, select “Business Advantage.”
  4. Select "Update Account Access Permissions" as the subtopic.
  5. In the Comments box please include all details of the switch you'd like to make.

For owners with instant booking:

  1. Visit the Management Center.
  2. In the Contact Tripadvisor box click "Get online help."
  3. Under “Please tell us what the issue is,” select “Instant Booking.”
  4. Choose “Billing and Payment Questions.” 
  5. Explain your request in the Comments box.
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6 Reasons to Try Instant Booking

6 Reasons to Try Instant Booking Top reasons why hoteliers are making instant booking part of their distribution strategy.

More and more hotel hoteliers are making instant booking part of their distribution strategy. Here are six reasons why you should try this powerful acquisition channel:

1. Convenience is key.

Today's travelers are increasingly looking for one-stop convenience. According to a recent study, 63% of Tripadvisor users want one place where they can read reviews, compare prices and book.1 When you enable instant booking, travelers are able to research, choose and immediately book your accommodation right on Tripadvisor.

2. Own the guest relationship from the start.

With instant booking, there’s no waiting for guest information to be shared. You receive the traveler’s details as soon as a booking is made via your connectivity partner. Begin building a relationship with the guest – and maximizing revenue from each booking – right from the outset. 


“Having access to guest information is vital to our business. It allows us to provide great customer service and provide value added offers to guests. We’ve found that we’ve been able to convert more of those instant booking customers into returning business travelers, which is so important in our market.” -- Michelle Nelson, Arbuckle


3. Manage distribution costs.

Instant booking is based on a simple "Pay for Stays" commission model. You choose your commission level and pay only when bookings turn into completed stays. This means no upfront investment, long-term commitment or paying for cancellations and no-shows.


"Instant booking holds the promise of allowing us to work directly with our guests rather than through a third party platform. This enhances our relationship directly with these guests prior to, during and after their stay at a very moderate marginal cost ... The commission paid is typically less than other OTA's.  For that reason, it makes sense to drive bookings directly to your own booking engine instead of the OTA's that list availability on Tripadvisor."
– Leslie Araiza, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, The Grande Colonial La Jolla


4. Capitalize on your online reputation.

Many accommodations work hard to manage their Tripadvisor pages by collecting reviews, writing management responses, updating photos and more. This engagement makes your property more attractive to potential guests and instant booking helps you convert these browsers into bookers. In fact, in a 2015 Phocuswright study over 80% of respondents said traveler reviews are an important influence on their booking decisions and 54% would not book a property that didn't have reviews.2

5. Set it and forget it.

Instant booking is designed with hoteliers’ busy schedules in mind. It takes just minutes to set up and maintenance is minimal. 

6. Work with your trusted connectivity partner.

Instant booking is powered by your connectivity partner. So, getting your share of bookings made on the world’s largest travel site is seamless.


“With instant booking we are able to reach customers directly on the Tripadvisor site where they are reading our reviews. The bookings allow us to have direct contact with the guest and save money on those reservations ... Working with our connectivity partner InnLink makes management of instant booking very easy so it is a big win for our property.” 
– Luis Aguilar, General Manager, Studio Inn & Suites


Ready to make instant booking part of your distribution strategy? Learn more and sign up at www.tripadvisor.com/InstantBooking.


  • 1. 2015 ‘Custom Survey Research Engagement’ was an independent study of 14,991 respondents conducted by Phocuswright on behalf of Tripadvisor.
  • 2. Phocuswright Custom Survey Research Engagement on behalf of Tripadvisor, May 2015
Last Updated: 10 February 2015

Awards & Recognitions

Your Travelers’ Choice Widget is Waiting

Your Travelers’ Choice Widget is Waiting Did you receive a Travelers’ Choice award this year? Promote your achievement on your website with the free Travelers’ Choice widget!

Your Travelers’ Choice award is a big deal. It’s a real vote of confidence from travelers over the past year — and a great way to stand out from your peers.

If you want to grab travelers’ attention and give them another reason to book with you, make sure to promote your Tripadvisor achievement. One of the most popular promotional activities is adding the Travelers’ Choice widget to your website.

Unlike earning your Travelers’ Choice award, which took a lot of hard work, adding your widget is easy. Get your free Travelers’ Choice widget in the Tripadvisor Widget Center.

You worked hard all year to earn this recognition. Now’s the time to reap the rewards. The sooner you add your widget, the sooner travelers will know about your Travelers’ Choice award!

Last Updated: 31 July 2020

How to Receive Your Travelers’ Choice Award Certificate

How to Receive Your Travelers’ Choice Award Certificate Congratulations on earning a Travelers’ Choice award! Displaying an award at your business is a great way to showcase your achievement. This year, for the first time we are using digital downloaded certificates. Please check your award notification email for details on how to download your award or reach out to Customer Support to get a copy of your 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award. Last Updated: 31 July 2020

How to Earn Tripadvisor Awards & Recognitions

How to Earn Tripadvisor Awards & RecognitionsProperties often ask us how to earn Tripadvisor awards and recognition. Keep reading for a summary of what you need to know!

What recognitions does Tripadvisor give out?

We recognize top-rated properties with two distinctions: Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best (formerly Travelers’ Choice) is our highest honor. Based on service, quality and customer satisfaction, the award identifies and ranks the very best hotels, destinations, restaurants, experiences, etc., in specific categories and geographies.

Travelers’ Choice (formerly Certificate of Excellence) recognizes hospitality businesses that earn consistently great user reviews.

Why do you give out these awards?

It is our way of acknowledging the hard work and time that many properties invest and a way to help them stand out from the competition.

What are they based on?

Reviews from the people who matter most — the travelers!...

How to Promote Your Tripadvisor Awards and Bring in New Business

How to Promote Your Tripadvisor Awards and Bring in New BusinessCongratulations on your Tripadvisor success! Your award is the result of consistently great reviews from the people that matter the most — your guests. Travelers highly value the feedback of other travelers, so spreading the word about your accolade is a great way to bring in new business. Here are our top tips for publicizing your win:

Tip #1: Add the award widget to your website

Showcase your winning status on your own website with a free widget that links guests to your Tripadvisor page where they can browse your guest reviews and photos. Go to the Management Center or tripadvisor.com/widgets to easily download the code.

Tip #2: Display your award at your property

Share your success with everyone who walks through your doors by putting your printed certificate in your business. Check your award notification email for details on how to download your award.

Tip #3: Download digital assets for your award

Download award logos offered to you and place them on your own promotional materials. Show off your accomplishment on these materials and through channels such as social media, your website, and more.

Tip #4: Order customizable print materials

Order items from our store and tell the world about your achievement. With promotional items like Travelers’ Choice business cards, offered exclusively to businesses like yours, you can showcase your award status on materials that help you have customers coming back over and over again.

Tip #5: Celebrate with past guests

It’s the great customer feedback that makes this award possible, so let guests who’ve stayed at your property know that you are a winner. Thank them for their role in getting you there, and encourage them to visit again soon!

Last Updated: 31 July 2020

Promotional Tools

Request a Free Tripadvisor Sticker

Request a Free Tripadvisor Sticker

Looking for a great way to show that you value guest feedback and encourage new reviews, while increasing walk-in traffic? Get a free Tripadvisor sticker for your front door, window or high-traffic area of your hotel, restaurant or attraction today by using our sticker request tool: www.tripadvisor.com/StickerRequest.

Show off your Tripadvisor Sticker

  • 67% of travelers check Tripadvisor a few times a month1
  • 75% of travelers prefer businesses with a Tripadvisor endorsement2
  • 89% of global travelers say reviews are influential when choosing where to book3

Please allow up to 6 weeks for the sticker to arrive by mail. Once you get it – we’d love to see it! Tweet a photo to @TripadvisorB2B using the hashtag #OnTripadvisor.


  • 1. Source: PhoCusWright study commissioned by Tripadvisor, December 2013
  • 2. Source: Tripadvisor member survey, October 2012
  • 3. Source: TripBarometer April 2014: Global Edition
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Free or Premium? A Guide to Marketing on Tripadvisor

Free or Premium? A Guide to Marketing on Tripadvisor Tripadvisor offers a suite of marketing tools for hospitality businesses. Many are free but a few premium features are available for a fee. Do you know which are which?

Looking for ways to drive more business? Tripadvisor offers a variety of tools to help. There’s something for everyone, but you must be registered for your property’s Management Center to have access. 

Free Tools

Let’s start by looking at the free tools available to any accommodation, restaurant or attraction listed on Tripadvisor. These tools are always available in the Management Center:

Properties with at least 1 photo see 138% more engagement than properties with no photos.​1

Property page tools

Control the major elements of your Tripadvisor property page through the "Manage Listing" tab in the top menu.  Add photos to attract traveler attention, update your amenities, and complete other administration tasks here as well. 

Over 60% of travelers say Management Responses make them more likely to book.2

Review management tools

Under "Reviews" in the top menu, you'll find all of the tools you need to manage, measure, and respond to new reviews.  Try Review Express to encourage more reviews.

Nearly 90% of travelers say reviews are influential in choosing where to book.3

Free marketing tools

Get help marketing your business under "Marketing Tools" in the top menu of the Management Center. Showcase your reviews with the Tripadvisor Traveler Reviews App for your Facebook page, Tripadvisor Social Media Buttons, and widgets to display your awards and reviews on your website. Finally, request a Tripadvisor sticker for your property, so guests know you’re listed on the world’s largest travel site.4 

Tripadvisor Insights

Want free marketing tips, industry research, helpful guides and more? Hotel managers and operators can visit www.tripadvisor.com/TripadvisorInsights and restaurant owners can visit Tripadvisor For Restaurants. You can also find information in the Management Center, under the "Help & Settings" tab in the top menu, select "Tripadvisor Best Practices."

Paid Tools

Accommodation & restaurant providers can enhance their Tripadvisor listings and attract even more travelers with some additional tools that are available for a fee. There are no premium tools available for attractions at this time.

Solutions for accommodations

  • Business Advantage: Industry-leading tools to better market your business to millions of potential guests, differentiate from competitors, impact booking decisions, and measure and improve your online reputation.Visit www.tripadvisor.com/business/BusinessAdvantage to learn more.
  • Instant Booking: Now, travelers can click the “Book on Tripadvisor” button to reserve a hotel directly on the site. Potential guests are more willing to book when they know they can purchase right on Tripadvisor.5 Instant booking gives your hotel an easy way to claim these bookings. Learn more here.
  • Sponsored Placements: Drive high quality traffic to your property by putting your listing on top of Tripadvisor search results for travelers searching for a place to stay in your area. Sponsored Placements are risk-free — meaning you pay only for the clicks you get and you can cancel at any time. Sign up today at www.Tripadvisor.com/business/sponsored-placements.

Solutions for restaurants

  • Tripadvisor Premium: Get the competitive advantage your business needs with Tripadvisor Premium for Restaurants. Upgrading to Premium gives you exclusive access to powerful subscriber-only tools including Storyboard, Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here, Favorite Reviews, and exclusive data & insights. Learn more here.
  • Tripadvisor Ads: Drive traffic to your Tripadvisor listing by promoting your restaurant in exclusive sponsored placements to a targeted audience of diners searching for a place to eat in your area. Learn more here.

  • 1. Tripadvisor data, July 7 - August 7 2014, tripadvisor.com/TripadvisorInsights/n2507/bookings-and-traveler-engagement-driven-management-actions
  • 2. PhoCusWright, “Custom Survey Research Engagement,” prepared for Tripadvisor, December 2013.
  • 3. TripBarometer, April 2014, Global Edition: tripadvisor.com/TripadvisorInsights/n2200/tripbarometer-april-2014-global-edition
  • 4. comScore Media Metrix for Tripadvisor Sites, worldwide,
  • 5. Tripadvisor internal data
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Displaying Your Tripadvisor Rating and Latest Reviews on Your Site

Displaying Your Tripadvisor Rating and Latest Reviews on Your Site

Studies show that travelers want to see feedback from other travelers before they make booking decisions. That's one reason why businesses around the world choose to enhance their websites with free Tripadvisor widgets.

What is a Tripadvisor widget?

A widget is a small snippet of code provided by Tripadvisor that can be installed within any HTML-based web page. They can bring Tripadvisor content – like recent reviews or your overall rating to your website – and they update automatically. Other widgets encourage travelers to write reviews or link to your listing on Tripadvisor.

There are two categories of widgets available to you for free through Tripadvisor: widgets for businesses and widgets for destinations. To find out what content is free for you, go to your Widget Center.

Widgets for Businesses

  • Awards & Praise: Has your business received rave reviews or have you earned a Tripadvisor recognition? These widgets help you spread the news
  • Display Reviews: Show off your rating, snippets of recent reviews and more
  • Collect Reviews: Drive more reviews with a quick link for visitors to write a review on Tripadvisor, or encourage them to write a review without ever leaving your site

Widgets for Destinations

  • Social Media Button: Add this button next to your Facebook & Twitter icons so visitors are just a click away from reading your reviews
  • Read Reviews: Put visitors a click away from your destination’s reviews, photos and more

How do I get a widget?

Head to www.tripadvisor.com/Widgets and enter your business or destination name. Your personalized widgets are just a few clicks away! 

Troubleshooting

If your widget isn’t working, check these troubleshooting tips for help:

  • Make sure that the code was pasted into the source code of your page, not the displayable version.
  • Make sure that the page you are posting it on contains valid HTML code.
  • Check all code to make sure tags (<p>, <a>, etc.) are closed.
  • Make sure there are no line breaks in the script tag.
  • Make sure that the badge includes a <div> tag followed by a <script> tag.
  • Make sure the script tag has the “&lang=” parameter, as this can become corrupted and converted to a left angle bracket.

If you need further help, visit our Help Center. To get your property’s personalized widgets, go to www.tripadvisor.com/Widgets.

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Small social media button. Big traveler impact.

Small social media button. Big traveler impact. Make room Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest: there’s a new social media button in town. And it brings the power of the world’s largest travel site to your property’s website.

Travelers are often encouraged to connect with businesses via social media buttons on websites. But the new Tripadvisor social media button helps travelers do much more than connect. It puts potential guests one click away from reading your hard-won reviews and posting their own. And it brings the powerful brand of the world’s largest travel community right to your website.

The Tripadvisor social media button is free, easy to install and customizable to fit the needs of your business. To get the Tripadvisor social media button:

  1. Enter your property’s name at www.tripadvisor.com/widgets.
  2. Select “Social Media Buttons” on your property's widget page.
  3. Next, customize the button to suit your website by selecting the size, shape, color, language and additional elements (like a “Rate” call to action to encourage reviews, or a Bubble rating to showcase your overall Tripadvisor performance).
  4. When the preview looks good, copy and paste the code for your button into the HTML code of your website. (TIP: You can also select the “click here to email the code” link to send it to the person who manages your site.

For the best results, be sure to include the Tripadvisor button alongside other social media icons on your website (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). If you need more detailed installation instructions or troubleshooting tips, check out this guide.

Don’t miss a single opportunity to engage with travelers! Add the Tripadvisor social media button to your website’s social media icons today.

Last Updated: 28 July 2014

Showcase a five-bubble review – right on your website

Showcase a five-bubble review – right on your website  

Great news! You can now display your most recent five-bubble review title right on your own website. The new Rave Review Widget is available to establishments that have recently received outstanding traveler reviews on Tripadvisor and are in good standing on the site.

How does it work?

Download the widget from the Tripadvisor Widget Center and follow the instructions on the page to add it to your site. Once live, the widget will display a scrolling title of your most recent five-bubble review. The title will automatically update each time you receive a new five-bubble write-up. Travelers will be able to click the widget to see all of your reviews on Tripadvisor.

To show your Tripadvisor ranking, rating or more reviews, consider adding another widget to supplement the Rave Review tool. Other free marketing resources include the popular Review Snippets widget, Recommended On and Bravo! badges and What’s Nearby tools.

Last Updated: 23 April 2013

4 Free Tools to Remind Guests to Write Reviews

4 Free Tools to Remind Guests to Write Reviews

83% of travelers say Tripadvisor reviews help them feel more confident in their travel decisions1. So how can you collect more reviews? Here are four free tools to help you remind guests to write reviews of your business.

Reminding your guests to write a review is an easy way to build your reputation on Tripadvisor and in turn, get more exposure for your property. Use these free tools – available in the Management Center – to remind guests to write a review while their experience is still fresh in their minds.

1. Custom Reminder Cards

Creating your custom business card-sized reminder cards is easy, follow these simple steps:

  1. Under the "Marketing Tools" tab in your Management Center select “Promotional Tools
  2. Select “Order Now” under Business Cards
  3. Choose “Business Cards” in our promotional shop
  4. Click on the reminder cards that fit your business to customize the cards. Be sure to add your business name and city to the back side of the cards. 

Once you’re pleased with your cards, send them off to print! The first 100 cards are on us; you only pay for shipping (typically $6 - $10).

Tip: Distribute these cards at checkout, the end of a meal, or when the tour comes to an end to remind guests to write a review when they return home. 

2. Reminder Flyer

Another great way to ask your guests to write about their experience is to hand out our downloadable flyer. The downloadable flyer can also be found in your Management Center. Under "Marketing Tools" in the top menu, select "Promotional Tools" and click “Download Now” under Downloadable Assets. The flyer is available in many languages, for your guests visiting from all over the world.

Tip: Hang this flyer in a high traffic area as an effortless reminder to your guests as they pass. 

3. Review Express

If you’re looking for another quick way to get more reviews, try Review Express – the review collection tool that allows you to create and send professional-looking emails that encourage guests to write reviews of your business.

Tip: Visit the Review Express Dashboard to monitor the success of your campaigns. 

4. Review Starter Widget

Invite visitors to begin reviewing your business right on your website with the Review Starter Widget.

Tip: Be sure to place your widget somewhere on your website where users can easily find it.  

To start using these tools today, visit the Management Center.


  • 1. PhoCusWright Survey, conducted December 2013, www.tripadvisor.com/TripadvisorInsights/n2121
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