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The Social Technographics® Of US Online Travelers

November 28, 2007

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  • By Sarah Rotman Epps
  • with Henry H. Harteveldt,
  • Josh Bernoff,
  • Scott Wright

Why Read This Report

User-generated content influences travelers' booking decisions, and travel eBusiness professionals know that they need to address their customers' needs for social media on their Web sites. Creating an effective social media strategy requires deeper insight into travelers' engagement with social media. By applying Forrester's Social Technographics® categorization to US online travelers, we learn that only a small percentage of travelers actually create content online. A much greater number read, watch, organize, and share content with their friends. Choosing which technologies to employ — whether that's blogs, RSS, podcasts, social networks, or the next hot thing — must come after a thorough analysis of your customers and your strategic objectives. To illustrate how travel sellers can apply Social Technographics to their own strategies, we present a case study of Delta Air Lines, analyzing how well Delta's existing social media strategy aligns people and technology with the airline's stated marketing objectives.

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Table of Contents

  • Travel Sellers Need A Master Strategy For Social Computing
  • Social Technographics Yields A Deeper Understanding Of Traveler Behavior
  • How Delta Air Lines Applies Social Technographics To Sell Travel: A Case Study

  • Social Media Should Support Your Larger eBusiness Objectives
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