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CONTENTS
Introduction 3
Embracing Social Media 3
Harnessing the Value of Empowered Traveler 6
Getting Started 8
TRANSPORTATION
JOURNEYJOURNEY
TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION
TRAVEL
TRAVEL
TRAVEL
TRAVEL
TRAVEL
TOUR
GUIDE
GUIDE
GUIDE
CARGO
CARGOCARGO
CARGO CARGO
LOGISTICS
LOGISTICS
PACKAGING
Introduction
Embracing Social Media
Emirates celebrated its’ 27th
anniversary by launching an official
Google+ account, which has since attracted more than 161,300
followers; British Airways reached half a million Facebook fans.
As quality service at low cost becomes increasing commonplace,
airlines are seeking new and innovative ways to enhance overall
customer experience throughout the passenger travel cycle.
According to study conducted by the Centre of marketing research –
“social media is most effective in customer empowerment and
connecting brand to the traveler”; through these airlines are looking to
improve customer service, lead generation, and increase web traffic.
This paper outlines best practices to adopt social media and how
social media communication offers Airlines an edge to improve
existing relationships, and increase brand reach.
Social Media has become a force for democratization of
communication. The airline industry is the second most socially
devoted industry. On Facebook, it is rankedonly slightly below
telecom industry. Social media is playing an increasing important
role in airlines’ daily operations.
3
38% of US travelers 64% of non-US travelers
Influence of Social Media
The emergence of user-generated content via social media is
influencing trade environment. Social media is enabling travellers
form communities around brand/an airline. Social media is
transforming how airlines establish and adopt their customer
relationship policies? Social CRM is engaging customer proactively
through empowering customer. Improving customer experience is
main objective (Morgan, 2010)
Social media channels represent a huge opportunity for airlines in
terms of word of mouth referrals. With ~46% of social media users
posting online reviews (Mintel, 2010), the impact is significant on
the opinion of potential travellers searching for next travel deal.
Social media empowered traveller can aid airlines in service
definitions by assuming the role of co-creator~highest level of value
a customer can provide to airlines.
Of those, 32%of US and 225
of non-US, travellers frequently
blog about their experiences of
facebook users said their
friends’ photos inspired their
holiday choice and travel plans
Influence
Social media has high influence
on travel bookings. Of those
who used social media to
research travel plans, only 48%
stuck to their original plans
Use social media while travelling
Well defined policy or framework for adopting social media needs
to be in place to mitigate risks and avoid any potential legal liability.
Thoughtful use of social media and the development of a coherent
social media policy are essential. Key tenants of policy making are-
Listen
To stop adverse situations and negative sentiments going viral in the
industry, Airline must have in place well-defined policies that facilitate
consistent Listening. Listening where and what people are talking
about the brand is crucial to brand image. Listening tools like (Radian
6, Hoot Suite, etc.) empower Airline to capture traveller sentiments.
A few years ago, musician Dave Carroll allegedly looked out the
window of a United Airlines plane and saw baggage handlers
tossing his $3,500 Taylor guitar like a basketball. It arrived at his
destination in two pieces. Conventional attempts to resolve the
matter failed, so he created a catchy little tune called "United
Breaks Guitars" and posted it on YouTube. More than 8 million hits
later, and with the media all over the story, United buckled and
donated $3,000, at Carroll's suggestion, to the Thelon us Monk
Institute of Jazz.
United Airlines, badly stung by adverse publicity, began to get the
message and set about learning how to leverage social media.
Now, United routinely responds to social media complaints.
Individuals have "tweeted" about a problem only to be contacted
by United to resolve the matter.
United clearly took to heart the U.S. Marine Corps unofficial
mantra: "Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome."
An excellent example of a notable social media initiative made by
an airline company would be in February 2007 when David
Needleman, CEO of JetBlue, made an announcement on YouTube
to address the concerns of JetBlue’s customers when a severe
snow storm occurred, causing a system-wide chaos, extensive
delays and flight cancellations. He also provided them with
assurance that the company will implement strategies to increase
future efficiencies to minimize the impact if similar external issues
reoccurred and affected flights.
Regulate
The informal nature of social media and the fact that it is not
generally closely monitored can produce a higher risk of legal
liability for the company. In particular, the traditional and serious
vetting processes for advertising and press releases are almost
non-existent because social media marketing is a daily torrent.
Moreover, blog posts and comments on online communities are
usually not screened before they appear. Any unscreened content
put online can spread globally in minutes, sending negative
sentiments about the brand all across. This occurs so quickly that
by the time the brand team notices and plans to take necessary
actions to resolve it, the damage is done. Social Media policy
should provide a clear expectation of what is permitted and
forbidden to be posted. To avoid common issues like:
Best practices adopted by top Airlines
How to adopt social media is a key part of an overall marketing
strategy for an Airline. Two commonly applied models are
Dedicated and Integrated. While integrated social media model
gathers staff from different departments of an Airline, a dedicated
model proposes a specific group of staff solely committed to social
media activities. Integrated model formed from all-business
functions ensures a consistent and deeper view of an airline is
projected across the web platform. An integrated social media
team has helped JetBlue and Delta airlines gain more followers
compared to Virgin America and KLM, who have the dedicated
social media model.
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Dedicated Model Performance Integrated Model Performance
Listen
Empower
RegulateAnalyze
• Inadvertent posting of confidential information and trade secrets
• Publishing of defamatory or otherwise inappropriate content
• Unlawful or criminal information from being posted
• Dissemination of negative statements or sentiments
A well-crafted social media policy should:
• Avoid un-vetted postings
• Encompass what can be said, who can say it, and the manner in
which things should be said
• Address potential pitfalls in a clear manner that is consistent with
other Airline policy and procedures
• Distinguish between business and personal use of social media
channels
• Inform Airline employees of the rules and regulations
While strategizing social media plans, it is important that the brand
identifies the social channels for their brand. They should identify
what channels are appropriate for sharing content about brand and
how well-used they should be while imparting information.
Empower
Airlines could use their existing human resources and
communications policies while developing social media secured
framework. “Our employees are our brand ambassadors”, says
CEO – Air Asia X.
It is important that employees are informed well about the policies
and they address positive content online and handle negative
comments professionally. Companies should provide guardrails for
employees so they can safely and successfully engage in social
media practices. Employees often seek help and guidance when
they are considering launching a blog. Provide them the resources
5
they want and need. But clearly define whether the blog reflects the
employee(s)’ opinions or the company’s perspective.
As tour operators and vacation packagers continue to understand
the value of implementing dynamic packaging technology, travel
consumers are reaping the benefits. Travel consumers can now opt
to customize vacations rather than accepting pre-packaged
alternatives. Empowered travel consumers are exercising more
control over their vacations. Dynamic packaging is thus, the most
cost effective way for travel distributors to package, distribute and
sell vacation products today.
Choices, coupled with increased flexibility, at competitive prices
makes NIIT Technologies’ dynamic packaging solutions the first
choice for consumers. Travel consumers are now getting
accustomed to the kind of choice and flexibility that we can provide.
Include in-company bloggers in the process of developing
corporate blogging policies and guidelines. Companies that
choose to encourage all of their employees to blog can either
provide a common blogging platform, or invite their bloggers to
select the platform and domain of their choosing. Think ahead in
social media policy development. Develop policies that will
extend to other new and emerging communications technologies
such as podcasts and video, etc. Once published, distribute
guidelines widely. Companies that have facilitated wider
distribution had their guidelines shared virally
Companies legal department, include them in the process but don’t
let them drive the effort. Seek input from legal when developing
blogging polices.
Analyze
Each use of social media generates and leverages different types
of data, from simple structured data about the characteristics of a
brand’s fan base, to unstructured (and often messy and noisy)
postings in activity streams, to more complex data captured in a
social graph including Facebook’s Open Graph. Some of this data
(e.g., tweets) is very fast with a short “shelf life,” while other data is
more enduring, such as a brand’s social graph. All this is indeed
big data and must be approached as such.
Collecting, organizing and preparing this data for analysis can also be
challenging. In surveys conducted in 2011 by Gleanster, 89% of the
surveyed executives found the tracking and measurement of results
from social campaigns to be very challenging, while 94% found it
difficult to generate actionable insights from the social campaign data
they collect, which suggests that they may not even be collecting the
right data. It is also becoming evident to these executives that social
data needs to be integrated with other corporate and third-party data
in order to create the metrics and analytics to determine ROI. This
points to the realization that while social data, including social graph
data, is a new and less tested data type, early adopters of social are
still able to recognize that this by itself will not be sufficient for defining
the value-analysis metrics and KPIs.
Most common types of social analytics are: sentiment analysis,
attribution analysis, and social graph analysis.
Sentiment analysis refers to the measurement of a consumer’s
attitude towards a brand and its competitors. The attitude may be
towards the overall brand or towards a particular product or
service offered by the brand. Sentiment analysis can be used to
identify certain trends (e.g., a brand’s loyalty).
Attribution Analytics, through this the marketer is trying to
determine what percentage of each social ad’s audience has been
exposed to the ad, how many times each ad was seen, whether
the use of social media “drove” prospects to properties owned by
the brand, (e.g., the brand’s web site, or a store), and whether
social media is more effective than paid advertising.
Social Graph Analytics, this is a more recent form of social
analytics and it is being made possible by the API-based
accessibility of the various social graphs, such as Facebook’s
Open Graph. Graph analytics are being used to identify a brand’s
advocates and establish advocates that are real influencers.
6
Harnessing Value of Empowered
Traveler
Social media eliminates traditional one-dimensional barriers of
communication between the travellers and Airline; allowing Airline
brands to develop stronger bonds with the travellers much like a
human relationship.
Interactivity, technical infrastructure and service value are the three
components of successful presence on on-line social channels.
These three elements embody the needs of a community,
significance of reliable systems, and acknowledge that participants
within online communities interact with each other as well as the
service provider. Key implications of three components are:
• Airlines can further develop and improve existing relationships
• Communication strategies can be dialogue oriented
• Dialogue can be improved and communication reach further
expanded
Above three continue to alter dynamics of business–consumer
relationship completely, thereby offering Airline with an opportunity
to increase the lifetime value of the traveller.
Airlines improving existing relationships
Traditional customer relationship management practices are no
longer satisfactory for the empowered traveller and a shift towards
customer managed relationships is a driving force. Customer
managed relationship is ‘about creating an experience,
personalizing the interaction with individual customers in ways
directed by the customer, and thereby developing relationships’.
Customer managed relationship empowers the consumer to
decide the level of interaction they want, and how often they
communicate with the firm, and tries to personalize interaction
directed by the consumer, thus developing relationships. It delivers
three major advantages or traditional CRM, namely:
• It is easier to implement since the customer is usually the one
doing the complex stuff,
• It creates lock in since customers having invested their data
with your organization may not move easily,
• It allows your company to move faster than competition since
a trusted relationship is being built with the customer.
Dialogue oriented communication strategies
Social media provides direct and open line of communication
from the airline straight to the customer. It not only offers a
platform for troubleshooting and immediate updates but also
gives customer a voice, an airline an ability to connect at personal
level anywhere, anytime.
Social media boosts networking between airline and its travellers, as
well as among travellers themselves. The travellers communicate their
requirements, express their experience in words and “live with” brands,
this offers an enormous potential to improve the understanding of the
traveller and his demands. Whoever uses this potential, can convert
consumers and customers into real fans and messengers.
Some of the examples in which social media lend itself for the
dialogue oriented communication include:
• Customer feedback – Inviting traveller to provide suggestions
about service on airline in social media. Discuss their inputs
with them and find out what is important for them. The
objective should be to gain insight.
• Customer Service and Support – assist traveller on a social
media platform like twitter. Entrench the service online to
improve visibility and reach. Consider providing tips to
improve travel experience. The objective shall be to improve
awareness and show that that airline is concerned with
paying attention to individual.
• Branding on sites like facebook – create possibilities for traveller
to display their interests or endorse themselves by engaging with
groups on areas surrounding airline pages. The objective should
be Earn trust, create relations, and raise awareness.
• Promotions – have contests, service related polls and
completions social media platform with objective of creating
leads/ awareness. Special offers can be used to drive traffic to
a corporate social media page
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Make communication reach further
Social networks are groups of individuals who share a commonality.
Common bond of social networks may be the community in which
members live, their travel destinations, interests, social interests,
shared beliefs. In short, social networks can arise from nearly any
commonality or even a desire to make friends among their individual
members. Social Reach is the number of travellers and potential
travellers you can reach through the all social footprints across all
social networks. To determine your social reach, add up the total
number of fans and followers on all your social media platforms. To
increase your social reach, airline could:
• Complete Profiles and Update Regularly – Once airline
profile is complete, update it regularly by incorporating new
keywords and providing relevant content.
• Engage with traveller – Keep the content coming to reach
your target audience and engage with them. Reply to
comments. Follow them.
• Content, content, content – Update airline blog with new posts
twice a week; tweet no less than once a day; submit content to
at least 3 times a week. Keep issuing valuable content for your
fans and followers to read and you will grow your social reach as
they pass it along to their fans and followers.
• Use Top Keywords – Use the words that you want your airline
to be known for and integrate them into airline social profile
and content. This helps with search engine optimization and
makes it easier to find airline.
• Promote your Social-ness – Add social icons and links to
your website, email signatures, advertisements, business
collateral, etc.
• Help Spread Your Content – Add sharing buttons.
Encourage people to share, embed, tweet, and email a friend.
It’s a key element to helping your content gain social traction.
As social media channels are ever increasingly used for dialogue
based communication most Airline need to create different online
presence that are linked together and drives traffic to their main hub.
This will account for an ever rising share of total communication and
marketing budget.
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With a global rise in population of individuals using social media,
adopting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media
platforms gives Airline ability to reach out to a large number of
present and potential travellers. In addition, word of mouth is the
most effective way to raise brand awareness. Adept adoption of
social media will spur viral marketing and not only allow Airline to
generate leads. Inflections in the airline industry can be massive.
Airlines that recognize subtle market transitions before others are
willing to act invest and execute an opportunity to gain a breakout
competitive advantage.
Getting Started
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Write to us at marketing@niit-tech.com www.niit-tech.com
NIIT Technologies is a leading IT solutions organization, servicing customers in North America,
Europe, Asia and Australia. It offers services in Application Development and Maintenance,
Enterprise Solutions including Managed Services and Business Process Outsourcing to
organizations in the Financial Services, Travel & Transportation, Manufacturing/Distribution, and
Government sectors. With employees over 8,000 professionals, NIIT Technologies follows global
standards of software development processes.
Over the years the Company has forged extremely rewarding relationships with global majors, a
testimony to mutual commitment and its ability to retain marquee clients, drawing repeat
business from them. NIIT Technologies has been able to scale its interactions with marquee
clients in the BFSI sector, the Travel Transport & Logistics and Manufacturing & Distribution, into
extremely meaningful, multi-year "collaborations.
NIIT Technologies follows global standards of development, which include ISO 9001:2000
Certification, assessment at Level 5 for SEI-CMMi version 1.2 and ISO 27001 information
security management certification. Its data center operations are assessed at the international
ISO 20000IT management standards.
About NIIT Technologies
NIIT Technologies Limited
2nd
Floor, 47 Mark Lane
London - EC3R 7QQ, U.K.
Ph: +44 20 70020700
Fax: +44 20 70020701
Europe
NIIT Technologies Pte. Limited
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#05-13 Techlink
Singapore 417818
Ph: +65 68488300
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NIIT Technologies Inc.,
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A leading IT solutions organization | 21 locations and 16 countries | 8000 professionals | Level 5 of SEI-CMMi, ver1.2
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Social media in airline industry - Whitepaper

  • 1. www.niit-tech.com NIIT Technologies White Paper Social Media for Airline IndustrySocial Media for Airline Industry
  • 2. CONTENTS Introduction 3 Embracing Social Media 3 Harnessing the Value of Empowered Traveler 6 Getting Started 8
  • 3. TRANSPORTATION JOURNEYJOURNEY TRANSPORTATION TRANSPORTATION TRANSPORTATION TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL TOUR GUIDE GUIDE GUIDE CARGO CARGOCARGO CARGO CARGO LOGISTICS LOGISTICS PACKAGING Introduction Embracing Social Media Emirates celebrated its’ 27th anniversary by launching an official Google+ account, which has since attracted more than 161,300 followers; British Airways reached half a million Facebook fans. As quality service at low cost becomes increasing commonplace, airlines are seeking new and innovative ways to enhance overall customer experience throughout the passenger travel cycle. According to study conducted by the Centre of marketing research – “social media is most effective in customer empowerment and connecting brand to the traveler”; through these airlines are looking to improve customer service, lead generation, and increase web traffic. This paper outlines best practices to adopt social media and how social media communication offers Airlines an edge to improve existing relationships, and increase brand reach. Social Media has become a force for democratization of communication. The airline industry is the second most socially devoted industry. On Facebook, it is rankedonly slightly below telecom industry. Social media is playing an increasing important role in airlines’ daily operations. 3 38% of US travelers 64% of non-US travelers Influence of Social Media The emergence of user-generated content via social media is influencing trade environment. Social media is enabling travellers form communities around brand/an airline. Social media is transforming how airlines establish and adopt their customer relationship policies? Social CRM is engaging customer proactively through empowering customer. Improving customer experience is main objective (Morgan, 2010) Social media channels represent a huge opportunity for airlines in terms of word of mouth referrals. With ~46% of social media users posting online reviews (Mintel, 2010), the impact is significant on the opinion of potential travellers searching for next travel deal. Social media empowered traveller can aid airlines in service definitions by assuming the role of co-creator~highest level of value a customer can provide to airlines. Of those, 32%of US and 225 of non-US, travellers frequently blog about their experiences of facebook users said their friends’ photos inspired their holiday choice and travel plans Influence Social media has high influence on travel bookings. Of those who used social media to research travel plans, only 48% stuck to their original plans Use social media while travelling
  • 4. Well defined policy or framework for adopting social media needs to be in place to mitigate risks and avoid any potential legal liability. Thoughtful use of social media and the development of a coherent social media policy are essential. Key tenants of policy making are- Listen To stop adverse situations and negative sentiments going viral in the industry, Airline must have in place well-defined policies that facilitate consistent Listening. Listening where and what people are talking about the brand is crucial to brand image. Listening tools like (Radian 6, Hoot Suite, etc.) empower Airline to capture traveller sentiments. A few years ago, musician Dave Carroll allegedly looked out the window of a United Airlines plane and saw baggage handlers tossing his $3,500 Taylor guitar like a basketball. It arrived at his destination in two pieces. Conventional attempts to resolve the matter failed, so he created a catchy little tune called "United Breaks Guitars" and posted it on YouTube. More than 8 million hits later, and with the media all over the story, United buckled and donated $3,000, at Carroll's suggestion, to the Thelon us Monk Institute of Jazz. United Airlines, badly stung by adverse publicity, began to get the message and set about learning how to leverage social media. Now, United routinely responds to social media complaints. Individuals have "tweeted" about a problem only to be contacted by United to resolve the matter. United clearly took to heart the U.S. Marine Corps unofficial mantra: "Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome." An excellent example of a notable social media initiative made by an airline company would be in February 2007 when David Needleman, CEO of JetBlue, made an announcement on YouTube to address the concerns of JetBlue’s customers when a severe snow storm occurred, causing a system-wide chaos, extensive delays and flight cancellations. He also provided them with assurance that the company will implement strategies to increase future efficiencies to minimize the impact if similar external issues reoccurred and affected flights. Regulate The informal nature of social media and the fact that it is not generally closely monitored can produce a higher risk of legal liability for the company. In particular, the traditional and serious vetting processes for advertising and press releases are almost non-existent because social media marketing is a daily torrent. Moreover, blog posts and comments on online communities are usually not screened before they appear. Any unscreened content put online can spread globally in minutes, sending negative sentiments about the brand all across. This occurs so quickly that by the time the brand team notices and plans to take necessary actions to resolve it, the damage is done. Social Media policy should provide a clear expectation of what is permitted and forbidden to be posted. To avoid common issues like: Best practices adopted by top Airlines How to adopt social media is a key part of an overall marketing strategy for an Airline. Two commonly applied models are Dedicated and Integrated. While integrated social media model gathers staff from different departments of an Airline, a dedicated model proposes a specific group of staff solely committed to social media activities. Integrated model formed from all-business functions ensures a consistent and deeper view of an airline is projected across the web platform. An integrated social media team has helped JetBlue and Delta airlines gain more followers compared to Virgin America and KLM, who have the dedicated social media model. 4 Dedicated Model Performance Integrated Model Performance Listen Empower RegulateAnalyze
  • 5. • Inadvertent posting of confidential information and trade secrets • Publishing of defamatory or otherwise inappropriate content • Unlawful or criminal information from being posted • Dissemination of negative statements or sentiments A well-crafted social media policy should: • Avoid un-vetted postings • Encompass what can be said, who can say it, and the manner in which things should be said • Address potential pitfalls in a clear manner that is consistent with other Airline policy and procedures • Distinguish between business and personal use of social media channels • Inform Airline employees of the rules and regulations While strategizing social media plans, it is important that the brand identifies the social channels for their brand. They should identify what channels are appropriate for sharing content about brand and how well-used they should be while imparting information. Empower Airlines could use their existing human resources and communications policies while developing social media secured framework. “Our employees are our brand ambassadors”, says CEO – Air Asia X. It is important that employees are informed well about the policies and they address positive content online and handle negative comments professionally. Companies should provide guardrails for employees so they can safely and successfully engage in social media practices. Employees often seek help and guidance when they are considering launching a blog. Provide them the resources 5 they want and need. But clearly define whether the blog reflects the employee(s)’ opinions or the company’s perspective. As tour operators and vacation packagers continue to understand the value of implementing dynamic packaging technology, travel consumers are reaping the benefits. Travel consumers can now opt to customize vacations rather than accepting pre-packaged alternatives. Empowered travel consumers are exercising more control over their vacations. Dynamic packaging is thus, the most cost effective way for travel distributors to package, distribute and sell vacation products today. Choices, coupled with increased flexibility, at competitive prices makes NIIT Technologies’ dynamic packaging solutions the first choice for consumers. Travel consumers are now getting accustomed to the kind of choice and flexibility that we can provide. Include in-company bloggers in the process of developing corporate blogging policies and guidelines. Companies that choose to encourage all of their employees to blog can either provide a common blogging platform, or invite their bloggers to select the platform and domain of their choosing. Think ahead in social media policy development. Develop policies that will extend to other new and emerging communications technologies such as podcasts and video, etc. Once published, distribute guidelines widely. Companies that have facilitated wider distribution had their guidelines shared virally Companies legal department, include them in the process but don’t let them drive the effort. Seek input from legal when developing blogging polices.
  • 6. Analyze Each use of social media generates and leverages different types of data, from simple structured data about the characteristics of a brand’s fan base, to unstructured (and often messy and noisy) postings in activity streams, to more complex data captured in a social graph including Facebook’s Open Graph. Some of this data (e.g., tweets) is very fast with a short “shelf life,” while other data is more enduring, such as a brand’s social graph. All this is indeed big data and must be approached as such. Collecting, organizing and preparing this data for analysis can also be challenging. In surveys conducted in 2011 by Gleanster, 89% of the surveyed executives found the tracking and measurement of results from social campaigns to be very challenging, while 94% found it difficult to generate actionable insights from the social campaign data they collect, which suggests that they may not even be collecting the right data. It is also becoming evident to these executives that social data needs to be integrated with other corporate and third-party data in order to create the metrics and analytics to determine ROI. This points to the realization that while social data, including social graph data, is a new and less tested data type, early adopters of social are still able to recognize that this by itself will not be sufficient for defining the value-analysis metrics and KPIs. Most common types of social analytics are: sentiment analysis, attribution analysis, and social graph analysis. Sentiment analysis refers to the measurement of a consumer’s attitude towards a brand and its competitors. The attitude may be towards the overall brand or towards a particular product or service offered by the brand. Sentiment analysis can be used to identify certain trends (e.g., a brand’s loyalty). Attribution Analytics, through this the marketer is trying to determine what percentage of each social ad’s audience has been exposed to the ad, how many times each ad was seen, whether the use of social media “drove” prospects to properties owned by the brand, (e.g., the brand’s web site, or a store), and whether social media is more effective than paid advertising. Social Graph Analytics, this is a more recent form of social analytics and it is being made possible by the API-based accessibility of the various social graphs, such as Facebook’s Open Graph. Graph analytics are being used to identify a brand’s advocates and establish advocates that are real influencers. 6 Harnessing Value of Empowered Traveler Social media eliminates traditional one-dimensional barriers of communication between the travellers and Airline; allowing Airline brands to develop stronger bonds with the travellers much like a human relationship. Interactivity, technical infrastructure and service value are the three components of successful presence on on-line social channels. These three elements embody the needs of a community, significance of reliable systems, and acknowledge that participants within online communities interact with each other as well as the service provider. Key implications of three components are: • Airlines can further develop and improve existing relationships • Communication strategies can be dialogue oriented • Dialogue can be improved and communication reach further expanded Above three continue to alter dynamics of business–consumer relationship completely, thereby offering Airline with an opportunity to increase the lifetime value of the traveller. Airlines improving existing relationships Traditional customer relationship management practices are no longer satisfactory for the empowered traveller and a shift towards customer managed relationships is a driving force. Customer managed relationship is ‘about creating an experience, personalizing the interaction with individual customers in ways directed by the customer, and thereby developing relationships’. Customer managed relationship empowers the consumer to decide the level of interaction they want, and how often they communicate with the firm, and tries to personalize interaction directed by the consumer, thus developing relationships. It delivers three major advantages or traditional CRM, namely: • It is easier to implement since the customer is usually the one doing the complex stuff, • It creates lock in since customers having invested their data with your organization may not move easily, • It allows your company to move faster than competition since a trusted relationship is being built with the customer.
  • 7. Dialogue oriented communication strategies Social media provides direct and open line of communication from the airline straight to the customer. It not only offers a platform for troubleshooting and immediate updates but also gives customer a voice, an airline an ability to connect at personal level anywhere, anytime. Social media boosts networking between airline and its travellers, as well as among travellers themselves. The travellers communicate their requirements, express their experience in words and “live with” brands, this offers an enormous potential to improve the understanding of the traveller and his demands. Whoever uses this potential, can convert consumers and customers into real fans and messengers. Some of the examples in which social media lend itself for the dialogue oriented communication include: • Customer feedback – Inviting traveller to provide suggestions about service on airline in social media. Discuss their inputs with them and find out what is important for them. The objective should be to gain insight. • Customer Service and Support – assist traveller on a social media platform like twitter. Entrench the service online to improve visibility and reach. Consider providing tips to improve travel experience. The objective shall be to improve awareness and show that that airline is concerned with paying attention to individual. • Branding on sites like facebook – create possibilities for traveller to display their interests or endorse themselves by engaging with groups on areas surrounding airline pages. The objective should be Earn trust, create relations, and raise awareness. • Promotions – have contests, service related polls and completions social media platform with objective of creating leads/ awareness. Special offers can be used to drive traffic to a corporate social media page 7 Make communication reach further Social networks are groups of individuals who share a commonality. Common bond of social networks may be the community in which members live, their travel destinations, interests, social interests, shared beliefs. In short, social networks can arise from nearly any commonality or even a desire to make friends among their individual members. Social Reach is the number of travellers and potential travellers you can reach through the all social footprints across all social networks. To determine your social reach, add up the total number of fans and followers on all your social media platforms. To increase your social reach, airline could: • Complete Profiles and Update Regularly – Once airline profile is complete, update it regularly by incorporating new keywords and providing relevant content. • Engage with traveller – Keep the content coming to reach your target audience and engage with them. Reply to comments. Follow them. • Content, content, content – Update airline blog with new posts twice a week; tweet no less than once a day; submit content to at least 3 times a week. Keep issuing valuable content for your fans and followers to read and you will grow your social reach as they pass it along to their fans and followers. • Use Top Keywords – Use the words that you want your airline to be known for and integrate them into airline social profile and content. This helps with search engine optimization and makes it easier to find airline. • Promote your Social-ness – Add social icons and links to your website, email signatures, advertisements, business collateral, etc. • Help Spread Your Content – Add sharing buttons. Encourage people to share, embed, tweet, and email a friend. It’s a key element to helping your content gain social traction.
  • 8. As social media channels are ever increasingly used for dialogue based communication most Airline need to create different online presence that are linked together and drives traffic to their main hub. This will account for an ever rising share of total communication and marketing budget. 8 With a global rise in population of individuals using social media, adopting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms gives Airline ability to reach out to a large number of present and potential travellers. In addition, word of mouth is the most effective way to raise brand awareness. Adept adoption of social media will spur viral marketing and not only allow Airline to generate leads. Inflections in the airline industry can be massive. Airlines that recognize subtle market transitions before others are willing to act invest and execute an opportunity to gain a breakout competitive advantage. Getting Started
  • 9. D_35_130507 Write to us at marketing@niit-tech.com www.niit-tech.com NIIT Technologies is a leading IT solutions organization, servicing customers in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It offers services in Application Development and Maintenance, Enterprise Solutions including Managed Services and Business Process Outsourcing to organizations in the Financial Services, Travel & Transportation, Manufacturing/Distribution, and Government sectors. With employees over 8,000 professionals, NIIT Technologies follows global standards of software development processes. Over the years the Company has forged extremely rewarding relationships with global majors, a testimony to mutual commitment and its ability to retain marquee clients, drawing repeat business from them. NIIT Technologies has been able to scale its interactions with marquee clients in the BFSI sector, the Travel Transport & Logistics and Manufacturing & Distribution, into extremely meaningful, multi-year "collaborations. NIIT Technologies follows global standards of development, which include ISO 9001:2000 Certification, assessment at Level 5 for SEI-CMMi version 1.2 and ISO 27001 information security management certification. Its data center operations are assessed at the international ISO 20000IT management standards. About NIIT Technologies NIIT Technologies Limited 2nd Floor, 47 Mark Lane London - EC3R 7QQ, U.K. Ph: +44 20 70020700 Fax: +44 20 70020701 Europe NIIT Technologies Pte. Limited 31 Kaki Bukit Road 3 #05-13 Techlink Singapore 417818 Ph: +65 68488300 Fax: +65 68488322 Singapore India NIIT Technologies Inc., 1050 Crown Pointe Parkway 5th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30338, USA Ph: +1 770 551 9494 Toll Free: +1 888 454 NIIT Fax: +1 770 551 9229 Americas NIIT Technologies Ltd. Corporate Heights (Tapasya) Plot No. 5, EFGH, Sector 126 Noida-Greater Noida Expressway Noida – 201301, U.P., India Ph: + 91 120 7119100 Fax: + 91 120 7119150 A leading IT solutions organization | 21 locations and 16 countries | 8000 professionals | Level 5 of SEI-CMMi, ver1.2 ISO 27001 certified | Level 5 of People CMM Framework