The longitudinal comparison of the previous year’s website visitation performance with the most recent quarterly report provides a snapshot of the overall reach of the People-First Tourism project, as well the performance of the website source links and micro-entrepreneur network pages. Additionally, the report includes data about the reach of the project’s scholarship to the public through select social media tools – e.g., this web blog. Some significant changes in offer and marketing are tracked and have shaped the changes in the performance of the website.
Here is the most recent report, P1T Dashboard Analytics Report for 1st Quarter of 2018 (see inset below). The report for the 2nd Quarter 2018 will be appearing in an upcoming posting on this blog.
This report revealed that new visitation to the www.peoplefirsttourism.com web marketplace during the 1st Quarter 2018 have decreased (-28.1%) over the new visits seen during the 1st Quarter of 2017. There has been a much higher decrease (-73.0%) in returned visitors to the site during this period compared to the 1st Quarter 2017. Visitation to the site during the 1st Quarter 2018 is the lowest quarter recorded in the past 24 months. Visitors to the site decreased (-31.7%) from the previous quarter. New visits to the site made up over 91% of visits; a slight decrease over the previous quarter but which indicates that the site continues to generate new interest in visitors wanting to discover What P1t experiences are all about. The visits to the site during the quarter peaked during March. As in previous quarters, most visitors were from the USA, and they arrived at the P1t website through links with partners such as visitraleigh.com, backtoearthfarm.com, and visitmadisonounty.com. Other important sources of visitors are the websites of partner organizations like forktofarmer.com. The report also features the ten most visited network locations of micro-entrepreneurs, which now includes our recently posted Portugal experiences, the NC Piedmont region, and Journeys-section. The social media statistics are also indicating that Facebook and Twitter continue to increase awareness of People-First Tourism experiences.
While the primary purpose of these reports is to enable data-driven business decisions through discussions with empowerment agents and micro-entrepreneurs, we also use these reports to ensure transparency in our efforts to drive academic discussions and research on micro-entrepreneurial business analytics. Therefore, we invite the public and the academic community to comment and to advise us on ways to improve this aspect of the People-First Tourism project.
Gene Brothers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Equitable and Sustainable Tourism
NC State University