Key KPIs delivered by Taggstar

  • 3


  • 300m

    messages forecast for 2018

  • 29m

    messages delivered in January 2017

The Challenge

The challenge for TUI is to give its online customers confidence in its destinations and venues by adopting sophisticated digital tools – including social proof messaging – to optimise website conversion and overall spend.

It’s normal for travellers to take their time making a decision. Annual holidays are a big ticket item and no one wants to make a mistake with the most important fortnight of the year and, for some, their only overseas break.

Insight shows that browsers can visit a holiday site as many as nine or more times before choosing. This can create a gulf of days or weeks between holiday research and the moment that they finally click ‘buy.’

An early adopter in the online travel industry, and already using a number of software tools to boost sales, TUI was considering using the wisdom of the crowd – specifically social proof messaging – to help drive conversion rate increases.

The Solution

TUI wanted to work with a social proof specialist which could deliver in time for the annual holiday industry January rush.

TUI’s web product team tuned to Taggstar to supply real-time social proof messaging across the three brands in November 2015. By December, the software was live and influencing an upward sales trend by mid-month.

‍Taggstar messages initially launched on all-inclusive package holiday provider First Choice, showing detail important to the product on every single holiday package over the peak holiday booking period. The site showed popularity and scarcity messages such as “100 people have looked at this hotel in the last hour” and “70+ people booked this in the last seven days” to reassure customers that they were choosing a popular destination that would meet their expectations.

The Solution

TUI has complete control of the look and feel of the messages, with the ability to choose placement on page, colour and font. Taggstar supports the deployment with five years social proof messaging expertise, a message experimentation with new message types, and professional services to further extend the messaging through the online customer journey.

“We’ve measured a major increase in eCommerce conversions directly linked to Taggstar.”

Anthony Hopwood, Senior Web Product Owner

The Results

The First Choice trial ran for three months, and delivered eight million messages about destinations and venues, across all devices. First results were outstanding.

The success of the initial Taggstar trial convinced TUI to extend the product across the and Falcon Holiday sites – both now TUI – in early 2016. Results showed extra sales linked directly to using Taggstar, with a peak conversion rate uplift during January 2016, again attached to using real-time social proof messages.

‍TUI has now used Taggstar constantly for more than four years.

In January 2018 alone, Taggstar delivered over 29 million messages – up over 200% from December 2017 – showing the software’s ability to scale in line with customer demand.

TUI and Taggstar continue to A/B test new messages, and have a roadmap in place to further increase eCommerce conversions.

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