Orbitz Targets Mac Users for Pricier Hotels

Marketers have always been working diligently to better understand consumers and their behaviors. Using cellphone signals to track consumers’ shopping routines is a great example.

Now, Orbitz has found some interesting statistics by comparing the spending habits of Mac users and PC users. And because of that, Orbitz will display pricier options on top of the search results for Mac users than those for PC users.

As suggested in this news video @WSJ (Wall Street Journal), however, it does not mean that Orbitz is offering higher price for the same product to Mac users than to PC users. In other words, there is no price discrimination. What Orbitz does is to simply display different search results for Mac users because:  

  • As compared to PC users, Mac users spend $20 - $30 more per night on hotels.
  • They are more likely to stay in a four- or five-star hotel.
  • They are more likely to upgrade to a bigger room.

Similar results are also found in e-commerce sites. Retailers have found that people using tablets, iPads in particular, spend more on online shopping than PC users.

Do you think Orbitz is making a smart move by differentiating Mac users and PC users? How so? Will other online travel agents (OTAs) and retailers follow Orbitz soon?



References:
The picture was downloaded from http://orbitz.com.

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