BANGKOK, Thailand – TripAdvisor announced that it has crossed the 500 million reviews and opinions milestone. The popular travel planning and booking site and app now receives 290 pieces of content every minute of every day. The phenomenal growth in user-generated content has been fuelled by travellers' desire to "pay it forward" with insights and advice for millions of other global users.
Most Reviewed Hotel, Restaurant and Attraction on TripAdvisor
"Since launching 17 years ago, TripAdvisor has revolutionised the travel industry by creating an environment where consumers can share honest opinions of their experiences and where businesses can see the rewards of achieving consistently high standards of service and value from the community," said Stephen Kaufer chief executive officer and co-founder, TripAdvisor. "Many savvy businesses report seeing incremental increases in the ratings and rankings on TripAdvisor when they engage with travellers by responding to reviews and using the feedback to improve their customers' experience."
In 2014, Oxford Economics quantified the economic impact and added value generated for the travel industry by consumers using TripAdvisor. The study showed that TripAdvisor reviews and other content are not only heavily influencing much of the world's travel activity, but are in fact the cause of some increase in travel activity.
Oxford Economics found that reviews, in particular, play a very important part in increasing travel activity by:
The more content contributed by TripAdvisor users, the better it becomes at helping other users fulfil their dreams of finding their ideal hotel, attraction or restaurant. In equal measure, the more data reviewers contribute to the site, the better it becomes at answering searches with the most relevant list of businesses. What starts with a review, results in a cycle that generally leads to one of the most important marketing opportunities for a business that can result in more bookings and increased revenue.
Content Integrity Remains High
The integrity of reviews and opinions remains high at TripAdvisor, where the company uses cutting-edge technology and investigation methods to ensure consumers continue to find reviews as accurate and helpful in determining the quality of their total trip experience.
Over the last several years, multiple studies continue to reflect that the overwhelming majority of travellers find TripAdvisor's hotel and restaurant reviews accurate of the actual experience.
How a Business Benefits from TripAdvisor's Network Effects
Reviews and photos benefit consumers because they provide them with transparency, insight and a voice. Businesses that choose to engage with this review content by analysing feedback, making the necessary improvements, focusing on the positives and learning from the negatives, are usually rewarded with greater customer satisfaction, better reviews, more visibility and, ultimately, more bookings or reservations. This is what TripAdvisor calls the Network Effect of having a listing online within its community.
A property listing on TripAdvisor is the first page, or a virtual storefront, a potential customer sees when considering or researching a business. Having clear contact details surrounded by the best possible photos and embedded into well-managed reviews can go a long way in delivering more bookings.
TripAdvisor offers an array of free tools and subscription-based products to help properties take full advantage of the potential the site offers. Business Advantage and TripAdvisor Premium for Restaurants are two new subscription solutions for accommodations and restaurants to help them attract and engage with potential customers on the world's largest travel site. These products also give owners access to in-depth analytics and enhanced reputation management features.
Photo caption: Bangkok, Thailand