New Study just out!
CHICAGO, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A flood of innovation involving smart phones, social media and local search will soon have a massive impact on what travelers do and how they spend their money while on vacation, according to a new study from a leading travel market research firm.
“Mobile technologies, social networks and location-based search are already having a huge effect on consumers’ trip planning. But the impact is going to be even more profound going forward as we reach a tipping point in the adoption of smart phones and tablet PCs,” said Jon Schepke, President of SIM Partners.
He cautioned that destinations, hotels and travel attractions should have a mobile marketing strategy in place now to adapt to the fast-changing digital landscape and ensure that they are well-positioned to take advantage of these opportunities. ”Those who move quickly to develop engaging and consumer-friendly mobile applications will gain a significant advantage in a very competitive marketplace,” Schepke said.
Don’t think this is just about hotels, travel and leisure either, the report cited mobile convergence – the explosion of GPS-empowered applications, mapping, search, digital camera, MP3 player and other capabilities available on smart phones — as a key trend that will significantly influence consumers’ future choices of activities.
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