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8.2012 | North America This compilation study combines findings from Google's annual Traveler's Road to Decision study and Google search data. Learn new insights about how leisure and business …

8.2012 | North America This compilation study combines findings from Google's annual Traveler's Road to Decision study and Google search data. Learn new insights about how leisure and business travelers research and book trips across different devices. Explore how traveler search behaviors change as smartphone and tablet adoption rates continue to grow. Key findings include:

a) Travelers seek value from trusted brands. Business travelers seek convenience.
b) Leisure travelers turn to search engines to plan travel online; business travelers rely more heavily on supplier sites.
c)Travelers increasingly turn to mobile devices to plan and book travel.
d) Most leisure travelers and 70% of affluent travelers begin researching travel online, without a specific destination or mode of travel in mind.

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  • What worries me is that Google is perpetuating the myth that booking and searching are of equal value. Google's view is that they don't care and don't need to care where the transaction is made because Google has made its money once someone enters the purchase path. The reality is that the purchase path and transaction moment matter a lot to the consumer. The end result is WHERE the customer purchases is very important. Mobile is not it, nor will it be in significant numbers going forward until we have a more reliable mobile environment.
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  • 1. The 2012 TravelerGoogle/Ipsos MediaCTU.S.August 2012 Google Confidential and Proprietary 1
  • 2. Research Study Methodology•  Google commissioned Ipsos MediaCT, an independent marketing research company, to conduct a travel study to better understand the role travel plays in the lives of U.S.•  Respondents completed a 21 minute attitude & usage survey into travel habits and attitudes. If qualified, respondents were routed to one of four deep dive sections: Airline, Cruise, Lodgings, and Car Rental.•  Interviews were conducted from 4/24/12 to 5/17/12 yielding a total sample of 5,000 consumers who have traveled at least once for leisure reasons (or a minimum of 3 times for business purposes) in the past six months.•  An augment of 1,500 affluent leisure travelers and 1,000 cruisers were also recruitedTRAVELER TYPES DEFINED Leisure Traveler Business Traveler Affluent Traveler has taken at least has taken at least has taken at least = one trip for leisure in = three trips for = one trip for leisure in the past 6 months business in the past the past 6 months 6 months and has a household income of $250K+ Google Confidential and Proprietary 2
  • 3. Agenda and Key Findings1 What Travelers Value2 Internet and Search3 Mobile4 Online Video5 Loyalty6 Destinations Google Confidential and Proprietary 3
  • 4. 1What Travelers Value
  • 5. Leisure Travelers Increasingly Seek Travel Value 64% I would like to stay at an 66% upscale or luxury hotel if the price is right I plan to spend more time shopping around/researching vs. 55% in 2011 before booking travel because finding value for my money is important to me vs. 59% in 2011 57% It is important to me that I recognize a brand I am considering booking travel withSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Q23) Using the scale below, please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each of the following statements Google Confidential and Proprietary 5about traveling for personal/leisure purposes in the next year. Base: Leisure Travelers only (n= 3,505)
  • 6. Convenience Matters Most to Business Travelers Top 4 Features Rated “Extremely/Very Important” by Business Travelers Air Travel Lodging Most Convenient Departures/ 81% Price 89% Arrival Times 80% Most Convenient Location 84% Past Experience with Airline Past Experience with Lodging 83% Price 75% Establishment 82% Fewer Stops/Better Connections 67% In-Room Services Offered Car Rental 81% Price 80% Past Experience with Car Rental Agency 61% Promotions 58% Cancellation Policy/Ability to Change BookingsSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012. Google Confidential and Proprietary 6(QA5) How important are each of the following when purchasing an airline ticket for leisure/business travel? Base: Airline, Hotel, and Car Rental quotas.
  • 7. Internet & Search 2 Google Confidential and Proprietary 7
  • 8. Surprise! Travelers use the Internet 83% of leisure travelers and 76% of business travelers plan onlineSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012. 8 Google Confidential and ProprietaryQ: Which of the following sources do you typically use to plan leisure trips/business trips? (n = 3500 leisure, 1500 business)
  • 9. Travelers Research Travel Online in Many Ways The Top Seven Online Travel Planning Activities Leisure Travelers Business Travelers60% Researched an upcoming trip 69% Researched travel as a result 45% 57% of seeing an online ad Brainstormed or started 43% 52% thinking about a trip 40% Read reviews from 54% other travelers Requested more information 32% 45% related to an upcoming trip 7 points 28% Watched a travel video 46% 9 points since 2009 since 2009 23% Looked at travel content or 40% reviews by my friends or familySource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Q4) Which of the following have you done online in the past 6 months? (Select ALL that apply). Base: Total respondents. Google Confidential and Proprietary 9
  • 10. And When They Are Online, Travelers Search 96% of leisure travelers have started 63% their hotel planning with search Of leisure travelers agree 56% that “search engines are my go-to source for travel information” 95% – Destinations 89% – Air Of travelers say “always 80% – Car start my travel booking and shopping process with 61% – Cruise search”Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediCT July 2012. (Q12) You mentioned that you use search engines when planning yourleisure/business trips. How often do you start by using a search for information on the following when planning your leisure/business trips? Base: All 10travelers. (Q23) Using the scale below, please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about travelingand Proprietary Google Confidential forleisure purposes in the next year. Base: Leisure travelers.
  • 11. Leisure and business travelers prioritize search differently Leisure Travelers Business Travelers62% Search engines Hotel websites 69% 55% Hotel websites Airline websites 62% 48% Airline websites Search Engines 54% 46% OTA OTA 52% 37% Travel review sites Car rental websites 48% 34% Destination-specific Travel review sites 39% 26% Car rental Destination 31% 21% Social network Social network 25% Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012. Base: Use internet to plan trip. Leisure Travelers (2989) Business Travelers (1167). Google Confidential and Proprietary 11 Which of the following online sources do you typically use to plan leisure or business trips?
  • 12. Poll: Which week from September 1st through December 31st, 2012 will see the most travel searches by US users on Google? a)  September 16th – 22nd Peak week for hotel and car rental searches b)  November 4th – 10th Peak week for cruise searches c)  November 11th – 17th Peak week for air travel searches d)  December 9th – 15thSource: Google data based on a regression analysis. Statement is purely speculative. Image purchased from iStockphoto.com. Google Confidential and Proprietary 12
  • 13. Query Growth Driven by Mobile and Tablet Indexed Travel Query Volume on Google by Week Tablet (forecast) Tablet Mobile (forecast) Mobile Desktop (forecast) Desktop250 15-25% Overall Growth 2012 2013200150 0% Desktop100 68% Mobile50 180% Tablet 0 Jan-11 Jun-11 Jul-11 Feb-11 Mar-11 Apr-11 May-1 Aug-11 Sep-11 Oct-11 Nov-11 Dec-11 May-1 Aug-12 Oct-12 May-1 Aug-13 Oct-13 Dec-12 Dec-13 Jul-12 Jul-13 Sep-12 Sep-13 Jun-12 Jun-13 Feb-12 Feb-13 Mar-12 Mar-13 Nov-12 Nov-13 Apr-12 Apr-13 Jan-12 Jan-13Source: Google data. This is not a Google projection of future performance; it is simply an extrapolation of historical trends. Google Confidential and Proprietary 13
  • 14. Mobile 3
  • 15. Poll: How many Android devices are newly activated every day? a)  200,000 b)  400,000 c)  750,000 d)  1,000,000 The IDC predicts Android will be on 61% of smartphones in the US by the end of this year. Snoop DogImage purchased from iStockphoto.com. Google Confidential and Proprietary 15
  • 16. More Travelers Use Mobile for Travel Information Percentage of Travelers Who Use a Mobile Device to Access Internet for Travel Information 56% 57% 2009 2010 2011 2012 40% 38% 31% 25% 18% 8% Leisure Travelers Business TravelersSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012. Base: Used Internet as Source to Plan Trip.(Q9) From which of the following locations do you access the Internet for travel-related information when planning your? (Select ALL that apply)…Proprietary Google Confidential and 16*Net of Mobile Phone, Smartphone (2012) and Tablet (2011 and 2012).
  • 17. … While fewer business travelers use computers Where business travelers access travel information 2010 2011 201286% 81% 76% 76% 73% 65% 51% 51% 40% 29% 30% 30% N/A Home computer Office or Work computer Smartphone/Mobile phone TabletSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Q9) From which of the following do you access the Internet for travel-related information when planning your Google Confidential and Proprietary 17Leisure/business trips? Q9 Base: Use Internet To Plan Trip 2010 (n=827) 2011 (n=1442) 2010 (n=1485).
  • 18. …And Fewer Leisure Travelers Use Computers Where Leisure Travelers Access Travel Information 94%96% 95% 2010 2011 2012 32% 34% 31% 51% 24% 27% 18% 17% 11% N/A Home computer Office or Work computer Smartphone/Mobile phone TabletSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Q9) From which of the following do you access the Internet for travel-related information when planning your Google Confidential and Proprietary 18Leisure/business trips? Q9 Base: Use Internet To Plan Trip 2010 (n=827) 2011 (n=1442) 2010 (n=1485).
  • 19. When booking travel on a mobile device, travelers tend to book via mobile browser How travelers use mobile to book travel Using apps Using mobile browser Leisure Business Leisure Business (377) (354) (377) (354) Overnight accommodations 12% 17% 40% 36% Air travel 10% 17% 38% 35% Car rental 7% 14% 33% 33% Travel packages 6% 10% 27% 26% Destinations 5% 7% 13% 21% Vacation activities 5% 10% 23% 26% Cruises 3% 7% 15% 17%Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.Q: Specifically, how have you booked the following on your mobile device? Again, please think about your Leisure/ Google Confidential and Proprietary 19business travel. (N=377 leisure, 354 business, base: used mobile to book).
  • 20. A Bad Mobile Website is the #1 Deterrent to Booking Travel on a Phone Reasons for Not Booking Travel on a Mobile Device The websites are hard to see/read/navigate on a mobile device 36%It takes too long to book on a mobile device/the pages load too slow 28% Too cumbersome 25% I dont trust the security on mobile devices 22% I needed to confirm with someone else before booking 19% The mobile version of the site did not allow me to book 15% I did not have a credit card accessible 7% Other 4%Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012. Google Confidential and Proprietary 20Q: Why have you not booked travel on a mobile device in the past year? (n=502, mobile users who did not book using mobile).
  • 21. 32% of Travel Apps are Downloaded from Clicks on Ads Where Travel-Related Apps Are DownloadedI looked in the app store 84% Referred from friends 34% 44% Clicked on ads 32% Of travelers have downloaded a travel related app Other 10% Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012. Base: mobile users who downloaded Google Confidential and Proprietary 21 travel related-app (n=446). Q: How did you download travel-related apps onto your mobile device?
  • 22. Online Video 4
  • 23. Online Video as a Resource for Planning Travel Has Grown Over Time Percentage of Travelers Who Use Online Video for Travel Planning 2009 2012 89% 26% of Leisure Travelers 21% Watch Video Online 17% 14% 93% of Business Travelers Watch Online Video Leisure Travelers Business TravelersSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Q10) Which of the following online sources do you typically use to plan ? (Select ALL that apply) (Leisure 2009 n=2736, 2010 n=2944, 2011 and Proprietary Google Confidential 23n=2989 2012 n=2912.) (Business 2009 n=1155, 2010 n=1182, 2011 n=1167, 2012 n=1139.)
  • 24. Travelers Watch Online Video In All Phases of Travel Planning When Video-Viewing Travelers Watch Travel Videos When thinking about taking a trip When deciding When choosing on which 66% a destination website to book 34% 64% When deciding on When looking accommodations for ideas of at a particular activities to do at destination a destination 57% 62%Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012. (Q4) Which of the following have you done online in the 24 Google Confidential and Proprietarypast 6 months? (Select ALL that apply) Base: Total Respondents. *Watched/uploaded/commented on travel videos online.
  • 25. Travelers Watch a Mix of User-Generated Content and Professionally-Made Videos Top 5 Types of Travel Videos Watched by All Travelers 62% Videos from hotels, airlines, cruises, tours, etc. 58% Trip reviews from experts 58% Videos from travel-related channels 56% Trip reviews from people like me 48% Videos made by people like meSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT.(Q6B) Specifically, what types of travel-related videos do you watch online? (Select ALL that apply). Base: Watched/ Google Confidential and Proprietary 25Uploaded/Commented on Travel-related Video. (Leisure n=1425, Business n=894)
  • 26. Online Video Sites Prompt Travelers to Book Of Travelers Who Watched Online Video While Planning Travel, the Percentage Who Say They Were Prompted to Book as a Result 45% 72% 74% Affluent Travelers Leisure Travelers Business TravelersSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Q10b) Did you end up booking a trip on any of the online sources you used to help plan your trip? Base: Prompted Google Confidential and Proprietary 26to book and used source. (n=floating. New question in 2012.)
  • 27. Loyalty 5
  • 28. Many Travelers Are Enrolled in Loyalty Programs Percentage of Travelers Who Belong to Travel Loyalty Programs Leisure Travelers Affluent Travelers Business Travelers 43% Air Air 70% 84% 42% Hotel Hotel 68% 77% 19% Car Car Rental 48% 54% 16% OTA OTA 25% 29% 34% None None 11% 6%Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(C1) Which, if any, of the following travel-related loyalty/rewards program do you belong to? Base: Belong to a Google Confidential and Proprietary 28rewards program: Business (n = floating 194 – 1,051) and leisure (n = floating 339 – 1,518) travelers.
  • 29. Many Travelers Are Enrolled in Loyalty Programs Percentage of Travelers Who Belong to Travel Loyalty Programs Affluent Travelers Air 84% Hotel 77% Car Rental 54% OTA 25% None 6%Source: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(C1) Which, if any, of the following travel-related loyalty/rewards program do you belong to? Base: Belong to a Google Confidential and Proprietary 29rewards program: Business (n = floating 194 – 1,051) and leisure (n = floating 339 – 1,518) travelers.
  • 30. Travelers are Members of More Loyalty Programs than They Actually Use Average Number of Travel Loyalty Programs to Which Travelers Belong and Use at Least Once Per Year Loyalty Memberships Loyalty Memberships Loyalty Memberships Loyalty Memberships Held – Leisure Used – Leisure Held – Business Used – Business Air 2.9 1.9 4.0 2.5 Hotel 2.6 1.9 4.1 2.8 Car Rental 2.5 1.8 3.2 2.3 OTA 2.5 1.9 4.1 3.2Source: (Loy1) How many travel-related loyalty/rewards programs of each type do you belong to and, of those, howmany do you use regularly, at least once per year? Base: Belong to a rewards program: Business (n = floating 194 – Google Confidential and Proprietary 301,051) and leisure (n = floating 339 – 1,518) travelers.
  • 31. Freebies Entice Travelers to Join Loyalty Programs Reasons for Joining Travel Loyalty Programs 79% Leisure Travelers Business Travelers Affluent Travelers 70% 66% 37% 33% 29% 30% 27% 27% 28% 22% 21% 20% 19% 20% 18% 14% 12% To earn free flights, To save money on my I sign up every time I I took out a credit card I researched and To get something free hotel rooms, rental first purchase book with a new that is tied to a loyalty decided on the best cars, etc. company program loyalty membershipSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Loy3) In general, who do you sign up for travel-related loyalty/rewards programs? Base: Belong to a rewards Google Confidential and Proprietary 31program Leisure (n = 2,308), Business (n= 1,328), Affluent (n = 1,614)
  • 32. Loyalty Program Members Download Mobile Apps Percentage of Travelers Who Have Downloaded a Mobile Application from a Company With Which They are Loyal 54% Leisure Travelers 72% Business Travelers vs. 27% total leisure travelers vs. 41% total business travelers 71% Affluent Travelers vs. 44% total affluent travelersSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT. July 2012.(Loy4) Have you downloaded an app from a company with which you are a loyalty member in the past year? Base: Have mobile device Google Confidential and Proprietary 32and downloaded travel app, and belong to a rewards program. Business (n = 329), Leisure (n = 304), Affluent (n = 434).
  • 33. Destinations 6 Google Confidential and Proprietary 33
  • 34. Poll: Which destination was the most popular among US-based Google searchers between September and December, 2011? a)  New York b)  Las Vegas c)  Hawaii d)  Mexico e)  Oak Ridge, TNImage purchased from iStockphoto.com. Google Confidential and Proprietary 34
  • 35. Top Destinations, September – December, 2011 Top travel destination keyword searches by people in the US for all devices on Google •  Source: Google internal data. 13. Alaska 11. Europe 2. New York 6. Chicago 8. Boston 1. Las Vegas 15. Atlanta 5. Orlando3. Hawaii 12. Florida15. Los Angeles 4. Mexico 9. Miami 10. San Diego 14. Key West 7. New Orleans Source: Google data. Google Confidential and Proprietary 35
  • 36. Travelers are undecided when they begin the online process More than ½ of travelers brainstormed or started thinking about a trip online 65% of leisure and 70% of affluent travelers begin researching onlinebefore they’ve decided where or how to travelSource: The Traveler’s Road to Decision, Google and Ipsos MediaCT July 2012(Q21) Here are some (more) statements that may or may not describe your attitudes and opinions related to travel. Google Confidential and Proprietary 36Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement.
  • 37. Wrap Up 7
  • 38. Key Findings What Travelers Value 1 Travelers seek value from trusted brands. Business travelers seek convenience. Internet and Search 2 Leisure travelers turn to search engines to plan travel online; business travelers rely more heavily on supplier sites. Mobile 3 Travelers increasingly turn to mobile devices to plan and book travel. Online Video 4 Travelers watch a mix of user generated videos and professionally made videos at all stages of travel planning. Loyalty 5 Business travelers are enrolled in more loyalty programs than leisure travelers. Neither group uses all of the programs in which they are enrolled. Destinations 6 Most leisure travelers and 70% of affluent travelers begin researching travel online, without a specific destination or mode of travel in mind. Google Confidential and Proprietary 38