Period: May 11th, 2018
Client: Strater Hotel
Subject: Custom wordpress website
Strater Hotel had an outdated WordPress website that was in desperate need of replacement. As subcontractors of Chimera Communication, 360Durango was asked to create a full replacement and give Strater a brand new online face. The Strater also needed a way to gather and analyze meaningful data.
Our task, as the backbone web developer team, was to build a comprehensive website capable of increasing the ecommerce conversions for direct bookings. Strater Hotel’s goal was to dramatically reduce the amount of bookings from Online Trading Agencies (OTA), which would give them back the 15% commission charged per booking when not direct. We needed to create this platform, retain SEO at a critical booking season, and build engaging and aesthetically pleasing graphics.
This website was a flagship project for 360Durango and everyone involved. Our team helped strategically consult our client on data driven decisions to optimize results. As the subcontractor of Chimera Communication, 360Durango had to communicate on multiple fronts to maintain transparency throughout the process.
- Held regular strategic consulting meetings
- Research theme options with Chimera Communication
- Establish our team as lead project manager, and coordinate decisions between multiple teams
- Find a partner that would integrate with the Strater’s online booking software
- Develop website with custom graphics and header
- Implement online advertising programs by using data to drive decision making
- Integrate customized event software and train clients on how to manage software for self sufficiency
Almost immediately, the Strater Hotel generated a double digit percentage increase in branded keyword traffic, boosting direct bookings exactly as they had desired. By analyzing data and making critical decisions, we knew everything we could about each individual booking down to the penny. We were able to track which pages they viewed, what they searched, how long they spent on the site, and the most important data piece – where they came from.
- Dynamic customized event software
- Largest and most complex website to date
- Ability to track, analyze, and use impactful data
This project established a flagship business relationship for 360Durango. The Strater Hotel brand has seen jumps of success, and our team has been assisting the decision making through the entire process. The immaculate success of this project is owed in part to the talented staff at Chimera Communication, Strater Hotel, as well as Nancy Brockman.