Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.
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>>Tune in to hear how Paul English is rethinking the tools that travel agents use: Skift Backstage Podcast: Lola CEO on Why Messaging Matters
>>Sometimes, being bigger really can be better. Or at least that’s what Marriott is telling itself: Expedia and Priceline Can Expect Tougher Negotiations With Marriott the Next Time They Meet
>>As TripAdvisor evolves into more of a booking site than it is today, it makes total sense over the long term for it to get increasingly interested in corporate travel: TripAdvisor Leads $5.2 Million Traxo Funding in Business Travel Push
>>Google has fought and annoyed TripAdvisor and Yelp for years when it comes to user reviews: Are Google Reviews Poised to Beat TripAdvisor at Its Own Game?
>>These five startups take problems that reduce the convenience factor and show how simplifying the small details of a trip goes a long way: 5 New Travel Startups Keeping Convenience at the Core of Every Trip
>>Tune in to hear Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans talk about how the company is trying to build products that meet higher consumer expectations: Skift Backstage Podcast: Booking.com CEO on Taking a Mobile-First Approach
>>Despite hotels’ best efforts to push loyalty and direct bookings, hotel marketers can’t assume an “if you build it they will come” mentality toward their own websites: What Hotel CMOs Need to Know About Google, Metasearch and Reddit
>>Trivago is saturating certain markets with TV advertising. Google Trends data suggest this may not be as effective as the company wants investors to surmise: Are Trivago’s Brand Awareness Numbers Inflated?
>>Is there a big enough market for travelers to track flights through push notifications and wait weeks or months to buy instead of going to a website and entering their itinerary details? Contrarian Flight-App Hopper Attracts $61 Million in Series C Financing
>>TripAdvisor’s investment into Traxo isn’t a huge surprise when you consider the challenge of itinerary management for consumer travel companies selling a variety of different products in one place: TripAdvisor Wants Corporate Tools for Consumers — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
>>Is it purely coincidence that the Priceline Group announces its CEO pick after eight months of looking, hours before Expedia’s Trivago is slated to price its IPO? Probably not: Priceline Group’s New CEO Is Veteran Merger Guru Glenn Fogel
>>As more online consumers choose to avoid advertising using ad blocking tools, it’s raising some difficult questions about how travel companies should proceed: The Ad Blocking Dilemma for Travel Brands — Digital Travel Marketing News