Travel agents will have a new, innovative tool to build sales and connect with clients with Passport Online’s TripBlip Web Edition, the personal vacation finder that Passport Online views as revolutionary technology. TripBlip, the Web Edition is a next generation Personal Vacation Finder linking travel agents to their clients, delivering personal travel deals 24 hours a day, the company says. Passport Online reports that agencies using TripBlip Web Edition will immediately be able to offer their customers communication options including instant messages, SMS text messages, RSS feeds and email. Customers will still have the existing option of a desktop application that was launched last year.
“TripBlip is a smart travel messenger that acts as a personal vacation deal finder for travel agents and their clients,” said Greg Kott, president and CEO of Passport Online Inc. “TripBlip gives our NexCite and VacationPort customers tremendous differentiation versus the competition in the travel agency marketplace. As the digital gateway between supplier content and travel agency consumers, it is our business to provide the best marketing tools to help the agents grow their business. TripBlip lets travel agents jump into today’s new digital world of selling travel to their clients, who are adopting new methods of communication, using all forms of digital communication, and want on-demand access to the best travel deals from their trusted travel agent.”
Passport Online believes TripBlip helps consumers break through the clutter of the Internet, by delivering them personalized vacation offers, on behalf of their travel agency, in a unique new way. With TripBlip Web Edition, agency customers can share their favorite deals with friends, extending their travel agent's reach to new consumers. More than 300 agents and 1,000 clients now use the system. Agency consortia and host agency networks can privately brand TripBlip and the system has great utility for home based independent agents, Passport Online says. In its newest form, TripBlip Web can be used with any type of computer, handheld device or cell phone.
To support this newest innovation and to help travel professionals communicate with their customers, Passport Online has created a complete TripBlip marketing package. Armed with a set of customizable marketing materials, any participating NexCite or VacationPort travel agency can introduce and promote TripBlip to their customers.
With these new communication tools, travel agents have access to:
• A TripBlip announcement letter to their consumers for email or direct mail
• Customizable flyers for trade shows, mailing stuffers and office handouts
• A press release for distribution to their local media
• A new landing page, behind the TripBlip icon on their websites
• Ongoing promotional and marketing campaigns to encourage consumers to register with TripBlip
To assist all travel agents in understanding how to take full advantage of TripBlip, Passport has created a resource page with access to all of the above elements. On the page, agents will find instructions on how to add TripBlip on their web site – or can elect to have Passport do all the work, by simply clicking on the “do it for me” link. Agents can also find frequently asked questions and agent instructions on where to find information on the TripBlip offers in AgentPort. Passport has also created a special support email address to answer any questions or assist with issues involved with TripBlip. That address is: [email protected].