The world of Internet marketing can be confusing even for a technology pro. I’ve been in the computer business for over 20 years, so I understand the methods, but how does one put a value on the variety of sites that are out there?
Everyone says Trip Advisor is THE site on which to be listed. But there’s also AirBnB and BedandBreakfast.com and a host of others. The free listings are a no brainer, but how many marketing dollars should I throw at these various sites?
Trip Advisor is $400/yr and offers a free listing with no contact info, so we can be seen there, but not easily contacted.
It seems that the telephone country code won’t change for Panama.
Then there’s bedandbreakfast.com which offer packages from $75 to $438/yr. Nothing free.
The only way to know which is best would be to try them all, but when the budget is tight one just can’t buy all of the most expensive options.
I guess I’ll try the inexpensive option on bedandbreakfast.com and the Trip Advisor site to start. I’ll contact AirBnB to figure out what’s up with their sign up page.
Please let me know if you’ve used any of these sites and what you think of them.
The tech support folks at AirBnB were helpful and got the phone number issue resolved. I then experienced an Address issue which their tech support informed me that they have a geolocator service to resolve; however that service isn’t available for free listings. I’ll keep working with them, but I won’t spend any money with them until I’m convinced that they can meet my needs.
After another e-mail exchange with their tech support I was able to get the address entered. Turns out to be an Internet Explorer issue according to them. I tried Safari on my iPad and Chrome from my laptop to no avail, then mysteriously the problem was resolved and I got the AirBandB site to accept my address using IE after all. So we now have an AirBandB listing. Many thanks to Sam A. from AirBandB support. Who diligently responded to my messages each step of the way.