Paid Search is as complex and convoluted as you can imagine. We’re only only going to give you an overview of what paid search is and whether or not it’s worth it as an adventure tourism operator. We’ve also included additional resources where you can learn more about paid search and how to incorporate it into your marketing strategy. Table of Contents What Is A Paid Search? How Paid Search Works Paid Search Vs Organic Search Is Paid Search Worth It? Additional Resources For Paid Search Marketing What Is A Paid Search? Paid search is what it sounds like. It’s...

Read More

SEO is important for tour operators in the adventure travel industry because it’s another way to get more visitors to your site and, ultimately, more clients. Adventure travel starts with a Google search. Our clients search for outdoor activities they want to do when visiting a place. Table of Contents What is Tourism SEO? Why SEO Is Important For Outdoor Guiding Businesses How Tourism SEO Works - The Basics Quick Tourism SEO Tips For Guiding Businesses Key Takeaways Further Reading With a solid (and long-term) SEO strategy for your guiding website, you can build your site’s authority and end up...

Read More

While adventure tourism takes place in the real world, sharing, discovering, and digitally marketing adventures happens online — which is where you want to be. For instance, did you know #Travel is one of the most popular hashtags on Instagram? According to Think With Google, “The average traveler spends 13% of their time online conducting travel-related activities.” You don’t have to be a digital marketing expert but you should understand how to use the stages of the buyer’s journey in adventure tourism to sell more experiences. To successfully sell your outdoor adventure experience, it helps to know at what stage...

Read More

Digital marketing takes advantage of our increased screen time (nearly 7 hours on average per day) for most of us. Most of us subsist through digital channels. Our phone alarm wakes us up in the morning. We read the news from an app. We connect with our friends through social media. Order groceries, food, and snacks online. Reserve and pay for outdoor adventures through a website. Our smartphones are our maps, compasses, navigators, and means of communication. So are you meeting your clients where they are through the varying stages of the Buyer's Journey? What Is Digital Marketing? Digital marketing...

Read More

Online reservation software is key to the outdoor tourism industry rebounding after the pandemic. It’s a bold statement, but guess what? Do you know who’s going to fuel the outdoor tourism rebound? Youth. Travelers between 18-35 years old. People who use and prefer digital technology. We can nearly do everything without having to talk to someone on the phone. So, which tour provider do you think this group prefers? The one they have to call to book or the one where they can reserve and pay for a hiking trip with a few taps on the screen? It’s no secret...

Read More

Strategic partnerships will be key in a post-COVID era in order to rebuild your outdoor guiding business. No industry has gone untouched from the pandemic, and it hit global travel the hardest. Four of ten hotel workers are unemployed. Because international travelers are stuck in their own countries, it’s estimated that the U.S. economy will lose $425 million per day. The travel industry is returning slowly. Airbnb just went public. More people are driving to their destinations, and travelers are eagerly expecting a return to normal travel. As we wrote in an earlier article, focusing on local tourism will be...

Read More

Having the ability and willingness to diversify revenue and adapt during the COVID-19 area will set your outdoor guiding business apart and ahead from the competition. McKinsey states you need to identify and prioritize revenue opportunities. Then make the choice to do what needs to be done now or move on. It’s imperative to implement these opportunities before the recovery starts so your tour guiding company can execute them quickly. SHAPE Model Use their SHAPE model to rethink your revenue streams, stand out from the competition, and position yourself for the long run: “Start-up mindset”: Start-ups act more than they...

Read More

Online booking software is better for adventure providers. First, it makes it easier for customers to book trips. It also benefits tour operators because it automatically collects, organizes, and centralizes important information needed to run a business. What is Online Booking Software? Online booking software is used for managing reservations. It is a self-service portal that allows for a customer to book and pay for an activity or service through a website. Customers can book trips that have open time/date slots suggested to them by the system. Origin’s simple online booking software easily integrates into your website. It doesn’t need...

Read More

Iframes may be impacting your site's SEO. We noticed tour operator websites with bookings embedded in an iFrame weren’t showing in Google results. In other words, booking pop-ups installed on sites hindered their SEO. We copied text inside the popup window and pasted that in Google. Nothing came up. We researched further and we're convinced you should not use iframes on your site. We want our clients to succeed. With that, we want their websites to be discoverable through Google search results. Because of this, in this article, we will: Define an inline frame aka iFrameClarify Google crawlingOutline Google indexingExplain...

Read More

While responsible tourism typically seems to be applied on an international scale, there are ways to incorporate responsibility and sustainability into your outdoor tour operations that not only protect the environment but support the local economy. Whether you do an entire overhaul and follow The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria or incorporate bits and pieces that are applicable to your tour guiding business, you will inevitably provide a better experience for customers. We know of the seven Leave No Trace Principles: 1) Plan Ahead & Prepare, 2) Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces, 3) Dispose of Waste Properly, 4)...

Read More

As we all know, tour operators are a resilient bunch. The travel industry has gone through crises before COVID-19. Everything from terrorist attacks to disease to depressions to wars and we’ll do it again. What this crisis has shown us is how innovative tour guiding companies are. To regain confidence in returning (and new) customers, tour operators must be willing to change and adapt. We found four ways companies are improvising to persevere and even make the travel industry better than before: collaborating with other businesses, personalizing tours, practicing sustainability, and staying flexible. Tour Operators Collaborating With Other Businesses When...

Read More

Across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, “Travel” is one of the most shared topics. As adventure-seekers, we’re inspired by the epic tours our friends, family, and peers post about on social media platforms. Some of the most adventurous or “Instagrammable” photos pique our interests and for the majority of us, leads to an inevitable booking.

Read More

Origin is the latest online marketplace for booking authentic outdoor adventures with expert guides. From helping tour guides and outfitting businesses thrive through online booking and modern technology, to empowering travelers to find and reserve the perfect adventure, we’re passionate about making the outdoors more accessible to those who want to explore the wild.

Read More