Articles tagged “google”

Google Digs Deeper Into India With Where Is My Train Acquisition

Google Digs Deeper Into India With Where Is My Train Acquisition

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Google’s acquisition of Bangalore-based Where is my Train validates the growing importance of rail travel — and the anxiety among competitors of Google's growing reach into travel.

1 day ago

Uber CEO Hopes IPO Will Solve Its Saudi Arabia Investor Problem

Uber CEO Hopes IPO Will Solve Its Saudi Arabia Investor Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Uber needs to shed its Saudi Arabia investment as long as Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman remains in power, and the country bombs innocents in Yemen. Uber's leaders know they have to do this, but how they dump their Saudi investment and the extent of the divorce remain to be seen.

3 days ago

Expedia CEO: Google Is Our Biggest Competitor

Expedia CEO: Google Is Our Biggest Competitor

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's rare to have an Expedia CEO speak so candidly about Google's threat to his own company. After all, Google knows how to punish companies when it wants to. Given Barry Diller's recent statements, and Okerstrom's view, there must be a lot of concern in Expedialand behind the scenes.

6 days ago

TripAdvisor Reduced Its Google Spend But Will Expand TV Advertising

TripAdvisor Reduced Its Google Spend But Will Expand TV Advertising

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google officials aren't losing any sleep over TripAdvisor spending a few million dollars less on paid search, but TripAdvisor's pullback, as well as similar moves by other large travel players, symbolizes a changing advertising climate and a long-term challenge.

1 month ago

Google’s New Hotel Search Is a Greater Threat to Booking Rivals

Google’s New Hotel Search Is a Greater Threat to Booking Rivals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to Google and its hotels redesign, few things are all or nothing. TripAdvisor can worry that Google now has more traveler photos and reviews, but some of them are from TripAdvisor. Hotel websites and phone numbers get featured, but clicking on a book button brings customers to an online travel agency site. In travel, it's never winner take all.

1 month ago

The Bigger Promise of Voice in Hospitality Could Be With Vacation Rentals

The Bigger Promise of Voice in Hospitality Could Be With Vacation Rentals

Deanna Ting, Skift

Voice has tremendous potential to transform the vacation rental or private accommodation experience as we know it — but are we there yet? And if not, how do we get there?

1 month ago

Google Working on Solving the Pain Points in Vacation Package Shopping

Google Working on Solving the Pain Points in Vacation Package Shopping

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Google perfects vacation package search, this could be a very compelling product because some have tried, but few are doing it in any meaningful way. This is all part of Google's steady and ongoing rise in the travel e-commerce ecosystem.

2 months ago

Expedia’s Barry Diller Calls on Google to Be Regulated

Expedia’s Barry Diller Calls on Google to Be Regulated

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Diller is one of the godfathers of online travel and Expedia is probably among the top two travel advertisers in Google. Whether his comments will lead to lobbying or business practice changes, is today's multibillion dollar question.

2 months ago

TripAdvisor Plays Meta on Meta Marketing Game With Google

TripAdvisor Plays Meta on Meta Marketing Game With Google

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor still isn't crazy about Google emphasizing its own travel businesses ahead of those of competitors. Still, in the wacky world of online travel marketing, metas will advertise in other metas when the financials work in their favor. User experience? It isn't always the best.

2 months ago

Google’s Conflicted Travel Strategy Pushes Forward

Google’s Conflicted Travel Strategy Pushes Forward

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Google has developed solid travel booking and itinerary management tools, but won't push fully into the online travel booking business because of its lucrative role in online advertising. It looks like Google's bifurcated travel strategy will continue for some time.

3 months ago

Google Is Rigged. Just Not the Way Trump Thinks It Is.

Google Is Rigged. Just Not the Way Trump Thinks It Is.

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google clearly places its own travel businesses front and center in its search results to the detriment of competitors. Google argues that this benefits consumers. If you buy that argument, then you also probably believe that Google always knows best.

3 months ago

Google’s Travel Update Tells Consumers the Best Time to Book a Hotel

Google’s Travel Update Tells Consumers the Best Time to Book a Hotel

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Google is stepping up the development of its travel products. It's all part of the company's master plan to make it even more indispensable for people planning a trip.

4 months ago