The launch of Wanderlab is the fulfilment of an idea set in motion pre-pandemic to offer both travel and non-travel brands more than boxes and banner advertising options on Tripadvisor. By tapping into first party data, inspirational creative and focusing on cutting-edge marketing solutions, Wanderlab builds on the bedrock of Tripadvisor’s existing media offering, providing bold and compelling ways for brands to reach an audience of high intent, high spend travel shoppers, both on and off its platform.
Wanderlab will operate as an independent studio, but benefit from Tripadvisor’s abundance of first party data, company resources and talent. Creative will encompass a wide-range of media, including sponsored brand and editorial content on the Tripadvisor platform, influencer and social-first activations, interactive video and voice experiences and much more.
Headquartered in SoHo, NYC, Wanderlab will tap into the skills of a global team of strategists, creatives, designers and content specialists. The studio will operate under the guidance of Christine Maguire, Vice President and General Manager, Tripadvisor Media.
Maguire said: “Tripadvisor’s wealth of traveller insights sits at the heart of Wanderlab. No one knows the world’s experience seekers like we do. We see an opportunity to create a more efficient media marketplace where we connect the right advertisers with the right consumers through inspiring and relevant creative, powered by global insights.”
The studio’s official launch is marked by the announcement of a $1.5 million partnership commitment with the San Diego Tourism Authority, focused on highlighting the city’s optimism and positivity through a range of custom online content and real-world activations, inclusive of interactive street murals scheduled to be produced in markets around the United States.
Maguire commented: “Our launch partnership with San Diego Tourism Authority is a fantastic example of how bringing together world-class creative and real-world insights can elevate a campaign to something truly inspiring and effective. Brands are increasingly looking for new ways to tell their stories. We feel our innovation-first approach, combined with the power of the Tripadvisor platform, is a very compelling proposition for advertisers from across the industry.”
Wanderlab’s official launch also sees the studio unveil its first creative output entitled, “Lost & Found,” a mini documentary that explores travel through the eyes of Generation Z. Produced by Emmy Award winning director, Andrew Stephan, the documentary follows a group of young travelers, exploring what makes travel meaningful for their generation and how they hope to explore the world in the future.