The Marriott Mobile App has been around for almost five years, and the hotel brand has been actively promoting it to its customers. In 2017, based on hands-on guest research and feedback, Marriott International launched a new, dynamic, and personalized app for Marriott Rewards members.
Objective and Context:
More than half of smartphone owners now use their devices for travel-related activities. According to Google, 74 percent of people have at least one travel app on their devices. Marriott saw an opportunity to engage with travelers on the platforms where they are most active, and has focused its efforts on digitizing every moment of its guests’ journeys to make their experiences more personalized and seamless.
The Marriott Mobile App is available for members of the hotel’s loyalty program, Marriott Rewards. The program and app are free and guests can start enjoying benefits immediately upon downloading. The hotel brand already had an existing user base of almost two million unique monthly users, but it also wanted to expand to members who might not be using the app and to hotel guests who might want to join the loyalty program
The creative strategy involved highlighting the app’s new user experience and design. It had a very distinctive look and feel, and the brand wanted the creative to illustrate that by using the same fonts, imagery, and overall design style of the app. The creative teams developed standardized iconography, nomenclature of all features, translations, logos, and imagery to produce a guide that was utilized by the global marketing team and in the field to maintain a consistent marketing message.
Overall Campaign Execution:
To introduce the app, Marriott created an entire new visual identity for a marketing campaign that consisted of owned, earned, and paid media, plus a global sweepstakes awarding one lucky app user the chance to Win Free Travel for Life. The sweepstakes focused on driving usage of the app by giving users who booked, checked in, or made a mobile request an entry to win.
Marriott’s mobile app is designed to cater to every one of its guests’ needs before, during, and after their stay. Customers traveling with mobile devices expect to communicate with the brand in easy and innovative ways. They also expect a high level of service, whether in-person or digitally. The app was designed to facilitate a number of tasks at scale across over 4,400 hotels globally:
The marketing campaign featured an innovative mobile sweepstakes that allowed Marriott to capitalize on these features by auto-enrolling customers who used these features for a chance to Win Free Travel for Life.
The new app and marketing campaign achieved tremendous results for the company. The brand has seen huge boosts to its bottom line goals, usage rate of app features, downloads, membership enrollments, and active users. The marketing campaign has been a huge success in pulling together the right voice to support the app, drive users via the sweepstakes, and generate awareness for the launch of this revolutionary product. After launch, the app’s total monthly active users has spiked to 2.8 million (a 40 percent increase), revenue is seeing double-digit growth, mobile check-ins have spiked to over 260,000 per week (a 75 percent increase), and usage of mobile requests and chat has gone up 500 percent.