Searches for “staycation” are at their highest level since trends began according to Google Trends.
Many of you may have seen advertising and articles from district councils promoting local sights and experiences to the local population. And with foreign tourism at an all-time low, there’s some serious slack to pick up.
What can you do to make the most of this opportunity?
Get your SEO hat on.
Make sure that your website and social media has some written content regarding staycations. Likewise with your online listing in Tripadvisor and other third-party sites. You can really help your business and website’s search engine optimisation making sure the right words are in the right place for starters.
Make sure to include the location of your venue in any “staycation” content as this will help with local searches i.e. staycations in East Anglia
By offering a discount or special upgrades for people within certain postcode areas (either the same as yours or adjoining) you’re sure to capture the interest of people nearby looking for staycations without having to go far. It will also contribute in a small way of restricting too much nationwide travel. You can see a full map of all UK postcodes HERE to find out what’s nearest to you.
Targeted Facebook Ads.
One of Facebook Ads most powerful tools is the ability to target very precise geographic locations. This makes it very cost-effective for small and local businesses, especially when the advert is something with high relevance like a staycation. Facebook ads aren’t for everyone, but there are plenty of local agencies and specialist freelancers who can help set things up correctly.
If Twitter and Instagram are big hitters in your marketing activities then getting the #staycation hashtag featuring in posts more regularly will increase your visibility on the topic. Be careful not to get too specific though with #StaycationEastAnglia though as these will have minimal traffic compared to broader terms.
Research local activities.
By cross-promoting other things to see and do near your venue, you’ll give people more of a reason to come to where you are. This could go further if there was an opportunity for partnership between local attractions and your venue, with joint discounts or package offers aimed specifically at the staycation market.
Contact local bloggers.
Food, travel and lifestyle bloggers are a great way to reach very targeted audiences. Many of them get started by covering topics in their local area and growing from there, meaning their audience could be exactly the kind of people you want to reach. Bloggers are very tuned in to on-trend topics – such as staycations – so approaching them to feature you as part of a staycation promotion would go down well.
People are more eager than ever to support local businesses in the wake of coronavirus, and still enjoy their holidays at the same time. Getting your business in front of those people is a great way to give your business a boost during this opportune time.