Google brings hotel price ads and booking front and center
There’s no missing it: Google’s experimentation with hotel price ads and booking is becoming more dramatic and prominent.
Previously, one of the ways you could access the hotel ads and Book Now feature was from Google Place pages.
But now, as highlighted by the Understanding Google Maps & Local Search blog, Google is displaying hotel price ads with booking functionality within organic search results and seven-packs on initial search results pages.
Take a look at the online travel agency ads and Clift San Francisco Hotel ad in the following seven-pack, which appears after conducting a “San Francisco hotels” query and clicking on the $344 Clift San Francisco Hotel rate:
You can book the room on Priceline, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Booking.com or the hotel website. Alternately, you can click on the Place page link to access thousands of user reviews, get hotel details, view the hotel on a Google Map, enter your travel dates and book the room on the aforementioned sites.
But, the display of hotel price ads, with their booking functionality, in initial search results pages takes the experimentation to new levels.
It’s like the ads are no longer in Chapter 2, but show up on the glossy book jacket.
And, then, when you conduct a Google search for “Los Angeles hotels,” you’ll see the hotel price ads with booking capabilities and Place page links to the right of organic search results on the initial search results page like this:
This puts hotel price ads and booking on Main Street — in front of millions of eyeballs — as Google searches for the most effective delivery formats.
Dennis Schaal was North American editor for Tnooz.