When searching for the perfect hotel, destination or activity during a holiday, a five-star rating might look appealing – but how to know if those five stars were assigned by a luxury traveler or a budget traveler? Or was a destination lowly rated because penny-pinching backpackers repeatedly snubbed the same place that a business or luxury traveler loved?
Knowing the context of a rating makes all the difference, which is why Gogobot (www.gogobot.com), the world leader in personalized trip planning, today announces the launch of Gogobot Tribes – an intelligent new way for travelers to discover experiences based on their personal tastes and interests, without the need to sift through piles of reviews that may or may not be relevant.
With Gogobot Tribes, a visitor to Gogobot.com or Gogobot’s mobile applications can define their own personal travel style (e.g. “I am a Family Traveler, love Art & Design, and am traveling on a Budget”) and then instantly explore any destination through that lens, allowing them to cut through the clutter to find the places most recommended by travelers like them. For example, Gogobot users planning a family trip to Paris could set their lens to skip over the advice of nightlife lovers and find recommendations on hotels, attractions and restaurants from other parents. A student traveler heading to New York City can get ideas for accommodations, bars, and restaurants from other budget travelers without the distraction of luxury recommendations from vacationers accustomed to breaking the bank. Likewise, outdoor enthusiasts heading to San Francisco can filter for the advice of fellow nature lovers to skip the bustle and find the best hiking trails and pastoral vistas inSan Francisco. With Tribes, users benefit from the authentic voices of real people who share their passions, from a Portlandlocal and Foodie like Francis Nguyen to credible experts, such Food Network icon Giada de Laurentiis or Los Angeles ChefSascha Lyon for Foodies.
Tribes factors in your numerous interests, so if you are a budget traveler, a family traveler, and a foodie interested in spending Christmas in Miami, Gogobot Tribes takes into account your various self-selected Tribes styles to provide recommendations that will please your kids, palate and pocketbook.
“Most travelers are multi-faceted individuals, with varied tastes and interests, but traditional travel sites treat us like we are all the same,” said Gogobot CEO and co-founder Travis Katz. “Gogobot Tribes embraces this diversity and uses it to help travelers zero in on the things that matter most to them. Unlike other sites, Gogobot doesn’t let varied reviews cancel each other out, which often results in a meaningless list of the obvious. More than a year and a half in the making, Gogobot Tribes now changes the way travelers can conduct a search, delivering relevant and trusted results that are as broad or as niche as a traveler requires.”
When users log in, they can define themselves as part of any combination of the following Tribe categories: Adventure Travelers, Art and Design Lovers, Backpackers, Budget Travelers, Business Travelers, Family Travelers, Foodies, Green Travelers, History Buffs, LGBT, Local Culture, Luxury Travelers, Nightlife Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Spiritual Seekers, Students, Trendsters, Vegetarian and Wellness. Gogobot will continue to add with more specific Tribes to address even more specialized interests.
With more than 580,000 reviews, Gogobot recently overtook Travelocity to become one of the largest providers of travel reviews online, and has seen its traffic more than quintuple over the past 12 months, according to the most recent comScore figures.
Gogobot for iPhone and iPod Touch is available for free from the App Store at:http://itunes.apple.com/app/gogobot/id459590827.
And for Android at Google Play at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gogobot.gogodroid
For more information, go to http://www.gogobot.com.
Gogobot is where people who love to travel share their insider tips and access the travel advice of friends and others to discover, plan and book the perfect trip. By connecting via Facebook and/or Twitter, users receive a personalized list of travel recommendations and can share their experiences across their social networks. Users can book a hotel, vacation rental or restaurant directly through the site via partners including Expedia, Homeaway, Booking.com, Kayak, Priceline and OpenTable.
Founded in November 2010 by Travis Katz and Ori Zaltzman, Gogobot has raised $19 million from leading venture investors, including Battery Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Innovation Endeavors. Gogobot is headquartered in Silicon Valley,California, and also has an office in London.
Blogrank recently published their Top 150 General Travel Blog List. It’s an interesting list for anyone interested in online and mobile travel news, apps, companies and developments. Topping the list is Gadling, scoring 100 based on various factors including popularity, RSS membership, incoming links, and others.
For the Top 150 List, click through the link below.
Congratulations to Gogobot for being recognized as a “next generation” travel app that thinks and does more. Check out there story here: Next Generation Travel Apps To Think, Do More
|2nd||Nomadic Matts Travel Site|
|7th||Canada Adventure Couple|
|9th||Viator Travel Blog|
|10th||Global Grasshopper | Travel Tips and Inspiration|
Gogobot, the place where millions of passionate travelers provide insider tips on the world’s best destinations, today announced the long-awaited launch of its mobile application for Android devices. The Android app joins the iPhone in the Gogobot app lineup, extending the range of mobile offerings for its social network of travelers. Like the iOS version, the Android app allows Gogobot users to search and book hotels, restaurants and things to do in more than 60,000 destinations worldwide.
“Every day, a million new users power up an Android device for the first time,” said Gogobot CEO and co-founder Travis Katz. “And on Gogobot, 60 percent of all social interaction is done via mobile. With our new Android app, Gogobot has responded to the needs of avid travelers who are Android users with an experience uniquely tailored to maximize the device’s capabilities.”
In the world of social travel, Gogobot is flying high. The company has grown 800% in the past 10 months to exceed 2 million users and has eclipsed its “social travel” competitors including Trippy, CouchSurfing, Wanderfly (acquired by TripAdvisor) and Tripbirds (according to AppData, Nov. 13, 2012). Other competitors including gtrot, have taken a one way ticket to the dead pool, so while the market consolidates, Gogobot remains strong and is putting on the turbo chargers.
Speaking of which, this week Gogobot announced the integration of a suite of tools that give users the ability to reserve a table at a restaurant, get a street view of a location, and tap one of the most innovative hotel deal engines – all of which enhances what was already the most robust bundle of features in social travel.
Now that is one sweet (and astute) description of Gogobot!
If you want to check out the interview with Travis Katz, CEO of Gogobot, which aired during lunch time on FOX Business, you can find it here (almost 5 minutes long): Editors Picks: Gogobot CEO’s Advice for Facebook.