Some tips to get high conversions for your hotel website
There are many elements which contribute to a high-converting hotel website, perhaps none more so than a beautiful aesthetic. A beautiful, visually appealing hotel website design could make the difference and attract guests to book directly.
Hoteliers are certainly multi-skilled, but website design may not be your strong suit. This doesn’t mean you can’t create a website that will delight visitors. Often it’s just a matter of knowing exactly what steps you need to take and how to execute them.
Luckily, there are some useful tips to to keep your hotel booking website attractive and produce direct bookings. Remember that your website needs to be optimized on desktop, mobile and tablet versions.
Your website may be the first interaction for a potential guest with your property. This means your first impression has to be a good one, and entice the visitor inside.
When your website first loads you have to keep an eye of the traveller, preferably with prominent high-quality images and/or attractive offers. In other words, appeal at their first sight before you really start to sell to them. If they feel good about your website when they initially land on it, they’ll be much more likely to take the rest of it seriously.
For example, you might use a scrolling slideshow to catch attention or a large panoramic view to create awe and excitement, with a colour palette that suits your hotel’s brand.
Just like a good book or film, there can’t be too many tonal shifts within your website. Using too many different colours, font sizes, banners, offers etc. could be jarring for a user as they navigate through the website. Every page needs to be presented in a similar manner, with photos and images being of a uniform high quality, clean text properly checked for spelling and grammar, and a consistent style and tone across each page.
Keep in mind that your content should be updated regularly to prevent it from seeming tired or stale. For instance, you might update images and videos to reflect different seasons or current travel trends.
First and foremost your hotel website's images need to be of the highest resolution and quality of composition you can manage, without excessively slowing your load time. Here are some tips:
- Capture a pleasing vista
Think about showing bedrooms with window views, a pleasant view, and natural light. This will help create an instant reaction between the guest and your hotel. Positive feelings can be evoked by making something interesting outside of the hotel like a beach, city, or landmark.
- Display unique and attractive features
Put your hotel's unique features front and centre in your photography to delight the eyes of online shoppers.
- Don’t meddle with perspective, balance, and distortion
It’s important that your images look authentic. Photos that look skewed or altered can arouse suspicion in your guests because they create unrealistic representations of your property.
- Use images that are clean and crisp
Neatness and precision, along with light and space are the most likely aspects to create a pleasant reaction from a web browser. Avoid messiness and clutter, clashing colours, odd angles, or missing features such as bathroom or wardrobe.
- Keep your target market in mind
If your hotel generally attracts young millennials and solo travellers then make sure these demographics are represented in your imagery, so they can visualise themselves at your property.
For anyone looking to book with your hotel, especially impulse shoppers, it’s critical they have easy access to your online booking engine through your website.
This should present in the form of a ‘book now’ button, prominently and attractively displayed on your homepage and on any other landing pages you deem relevant.
To save time and money for your website you could invest in a website building tool designed specifically for hotels. A hotel website building tool will allow you to easily design and maintain your website, as well as integrate with your booking engine.