Reach over 30,000 potential customers each month. We offer a unique, highly targeted platform to advertise your local business. We use the latest digital marketing techniques to expose your businesses to thousands of highly targeted customers each month.
Our new booking engine is now live and generating bookings for local accommodation owners. Register your interest now!
Due to increased demand by our website users, The Whitby Guide has partnered with Free To Book to offer Whitby businesses an alternative to the dominance of global online booking agents.
From November 2017 we will be live and driving bookings to your business at just 10% commission.
We are proud to be local and are happy to announce that we will give 1% of all bookings made via our booking engine to a local cause, which will be decided by a vote on our website each year.
If you’re looking for more information about our booking engine and would like to speak with us about your properties, please fill out the form and we will contact you to discuss in more detail.
How many people can you target when advertising with us?
20,000+ unique websites users a month
On average, we have over 20,000 unique users to a our website each month.
5300+ Facebook Likes
We have a very active and responsive Facebook community. All our advertisers get exposure on our Facebook page.
8000+ Twitter Followers
We have a very active and responsive Twitter following. All our advertisers get exposure on our Twitter channel.
5500+ Email Subscribers
We have a huge list of email subscribers who have subscribed to receive updates and offers from our advertisers.
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The Whitby Guide Booking Engine FAQs
The Whitby Guide has been running for nine years now. We’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry and we’ve weathered the storm. Global Online Travel Agents (OTAs), Air BnB and relentless Google updates have made for a few interesting challenges to running a local, community travel website.
We’ve been listening to feedback from owners and discussed the possibility of creating an association website for many years. Thanks to advances in technology that is now a possibility.
A successful website is more than simply buying a domain and listing a selection of properties. It takes years of hard work, a lot of expensive expertise and huge bundles of cash to set up, market and run a successful travel website. Take it from us – it’s been a hell of a journey.
For the last few years we’ve run the guide at our own expense (we lost 50% of our advertisers thanks to booking.com etc). Thanks to Tom’s expertise, hard work and straight out passion for Whitby we’ve managed to keep the site ranked high in search engines, created a powerful email database and nurtured thousands of fans across social media. Ask a local website designer for a quote for that kind of work – it’ll make your eyes water.
We feel that 10% is a fair price to pay for professional marketing services. Plus, you only pay when a booking is made and fulfilled so you’ve nothing to lose.
We are experts in Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising and will be running regular campaigns on Google Adwords, Bing & Facebook to ensure we get the maximum exposure for your business.
We’ll also give 1% to a local cause because we’re committed to the long term well being of the town. Imagine Whitby without the lifeboat? Or St Catherines?
If there’s anything left after that, Tom and I might earn a few quid.
Once you join The Whitby Guide booking engine we take care of everything. Your availability is plugged directly into our Free To Book account. This means that the price on your website is the price on The Whitby Guide, including special offers, so guests can book rooms at the best rates available. This means that you’ll be more price competitive than those business still using other OTA, so you’ll get more bookings.
If you have issued promo codes via your Free To Book account these can be used independently of The Whitby Guide, and do not appear in our account, so you could use promo codes directly for guests using your own account.
All we would ask is that as many businesses as possible supports our website. We want to provide guests with the best choice available, so if you’re wondering whether to join or not, please do. Your support makes a massive difference and will help us to make the website the best it can be.
We’re on the first page for ‘Whitby bed and breakfasts’ along with a huge number of related ‘Whitby Accommodation’ searches. This means that we’re getting the right people through to our booking engine. We’re also on the first page for the highly prized search term, ‘Whitby’. I know what you’re thinking, ‘how on earth did you do that, I thought only big companies could get on the first page?’ Like we said, we’re experts!
But it’s not just search engines that provide our traffic, The Whitby Guide is a growing community of Whitby lovers.
We’re big on social media. Our communities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are in the multiple tens of thousands and our fans and followers are a highly engaged bunch so all our content is seen by a very receptive audience.
Yes, there’s more. We have a list of more than 5,000 holiday makers that come to Whitby each and every year, so when we send out an email with special offers, new content and fun facts about Whitby, you can be certain that these guys make a booking.
Finally, our target is to double traffic to the site in the next 12 months. That means lots of new content and investment in the site, such as the booking engine, so that The Whitby Guide really is the first port of call for anyone looking to book a stay in Whitby.
Support for us is support for independent, Whitby businesses. It’s good for the local economy and its good for the community. By Whitby, for Whitby.
We’ll have a vote each year to decide where the money goes. If you have a suggestion for this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject marked MY VOTE FOR WHITBY