Whether or not you believe that Gogobot is “the world’s leading source of trusted travel advice,” as its public relations material boasts, its member base is indeed growing.
Some eight months since Gogobot took the stage as Facebook launched new Open Graph integrations, Gogobot’s ranks have jumped 60% to more than 1 million registered users, says Travis Katz, Gogobot CEO, although he adds that the Facebook buzz wasn’t a major driver.
The growth has been spurred “largely by users inviting their friends,” Katz says.
“Overall, the close partnership we have with Facebook has been very valuable for us — we have an open line of communication with them and work closely with them in developing and refining new features,” Katz says.
In other notches on its belt, Gogobot claims that a new user signs up every 15 seconds and that 5 million locales have been shared on its platform so far.
With more modest numbers, and in a shared Gogobot location on the other side of the world, Travelzoo Australia saw its newsletter subscriber base grow 20% over the last year to 700,000, the company says.
Travelzoo Australia has a licensing deal with Travelzoo and is part of a private, separate company, Travelzoo Asia Pacific.
Travelzoo Australia says its implementation of Local Deals ¬†in April 2011 helped boost the newsletter sign-ups.