This story’s digest:

  • Most DMOs update website listings multiple times a week

  • Existing Content Management System score low in satisfaction

  • Innovative solutions and automated web content are available to solve the DMO’s current challenges

Last month, ITI Digital asked our DMOs questions related to their website content. These questions, which will be distributed bi-monthly, are designed to provide insight on issues that DMOs consider and deal with on a regular basis. The March survey focused primarily on website management – time spent updating content, how often content is updated, and satisfaction with CMS platforms.

We were overwhelmed by the response and willingness of DMOs to share their experiences that will contribute and provide valuable information to all our subscribers who are passionate about destination marketing. 

Below are the key takeaways and suggested strategies and best practices. 

How satisfied are you with your Content Management System as it relates to managing your website listings?

Average Rating: 5.4 out of 10

The final score is not a ringing endorsement of existing systems. Considering the need for fresh content, a key emerging trend is a shift from a Content Management System that delivers and manages static content to a DXP – a Digital Experience Platform.

The DXP is a tool that powers personalized, cross-channel digital experiences. A DXP creates unmatched personalized customer engagement with content – such as events, images, business listings, reviews, and user-generated content. 

This dynamically-generated content is automatically delivered via API (an Application Programming Interface; APIs make it possible for programs to interact with each other). ITI Digital’s automated website content widgets use data from Google, Facebook, Instagram, Eventbrite, and other sources to power the ITI Digital Experience Platform. 

The optimal website strategy uses a combination of DXP content (to maintain up-to-date place data, event listings, and UGC) and CMS content (like blogs, welcome pages, and contact information).

What is the Visitation Forecast for Spring?

DMOs around the country are overwhelmingly optimistic about their spring tourism forecast.  82% of DMOs indicated that they expected more visitation than in the January-March time frame.

Nationwide, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is hovering around 50,000 cases per day, down from the January peak of 230,000. Vaccination rates keep climbing, adding more confidence to consumer vacation planning. And, as ITI Digital’s research shows, event calendars are filling up and have surpassed last year’s pre-COVID decline. 

Embracing innovative solutions, such as a Virtual Visitor Center, is a must to address the incoming demand in Spring and Summer travel. Visitors get the information they need, and staff can focus on other tasks designed to bring more visitors to the area.

What Did We Learn?

The survey results tell the story of destinations that, facing resource pressures, are struggling to deliver content to potential travelers when traveling itself is on a rebound. In a resource crunch, destinations should look to automated content to deliver information (and inspiration) to travelers.

Schedule a consultation with us to review our suite of automated solutions for DMOs. Our products will enable you to deliver destination content efficiently and affordably.

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