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Delivering Memorable Experiences in Travel with Data & Commerce.
With the competition heating up in travel and consumers demanding a more personalised experience than ever before, brands must invest in a system that combines data, commerce and personalisation all while keeping the customer at the heart of the journey.
A traveller's journey with your brand doesn't just end once they've decided where they want to go; travel brands need to deliver a personalised experience across pre, during and post-travel interactions if they're going to create those memorable moments and repeat purchases.
To achieve this, travel brands need to deliver compelling, consistent experiences across multiple devices and channels - and therefore, there is a need to collect and use consumer data at every touch-point. Most travel websites are a collection of catalogue destination pages opposed to beautifully crafted, meaningful customer journeys; combining ecommerce and content managed is an essential next step if you want to personalise and deliver memorable experiences successfully.
“We're at a point now where even your weekly grocery shop online is personalised around your habits, current basket items and spend bracket you fall into. So you can see why consumers now demand a travel experience that is seamlessly bespoke, throughout the entire funnel, and they understand the data exchange that powers this.
“As an industry, we talk about delighting customers but it's important to recognise that doesn't mean 'wowing', it now means every touchpoint being relevant, recommendations adding value and a journey being as short as it can, and as long as it needs to be. This is all based around laser-focused data collection. It's like the old duck on the water analogy, with reams of data flowing beneath the surface but the visible journey looking like it was made just for me.”Kier Humphreys, Head of Customer Experience at Sagittarius
The Solution: Sitecore Experience Commerce
To truly deliver an end-to-end experience, travel brands should be looking to Sitecore Experience Commerce.
Sitecore XP Commerce captures the transaction. Collecting and storing everything about your traveller from their flight and hotel preferences, through to which car they're renting. This information gives brands a complete profile view of the customer, which can then be used to provide richer experiences during and post-travel stage from automating emails to personalised welcomes, in resort information and website content.
This attention to detail is what it takes to set brands apart and if you want to stand up against your competitors, then delivering a memorable experience for all the right reasons is critical. In 2018, Atlantis Dubai achieved exactly that when they were awarded the Sitecore Experience Award for its outstanding customer experience delivered using Sitecore Experience Commerce.
The luxury travel brand invested in creating scalable experiences that serviced multiple audiences using personalisation and omni-channel technology which, as a result, saw bounce rates drop by 35% and the value per visit increased by 45%! Additionally, the introduction of personalised offers drove conversions by 50% to 1,500%.
“Now is the time for all travel brands to be investing in their future. Our recent white-paper highlighted the lack of investment in tech and the related skills and how it was holding travel businesses back. If they don’t have the infrastructure in place soon to create a joined-up customer experience then one would have to question how they add value to the customer and if they will still be here in 5 years time.” Paul Stephen, Joint CEO at Sagittarius
With Sitecore Commerce, not only will you be able to enhance the experience for your users. You'll also be able to use this data to measure KPIs such as conversion rates, average cart size, total order values, cart abandonment and path analysis; giving marketers the ability to test their strategies quickly, measure impact and make more informed decisions.
Lastly, Sitecore Commerce effortlessly integrates with third party APIs for car rentals, hotel rooms and WIFI codes - making it the perfect content management and ecommerce platform for those looking for scalability and security as well as those all-important advanced marketing features.
All in all, if you’re looking to stay ahead of your competitors while keeping up with modern-day consumers; investing in a platform that can deliver an end-to-end customer experience is crucial. If you’d like to learn more about how Sagittarius could support this journey, get in touch with one of our experts on 0208 070 7820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Having joined the agency in 2013, Sarah has been part of the agencies growth story and leads the marketing team in delivering great internal and external brand experiences, driving sales and developing relationships with key strategic suppliers.