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9 Tips on how to effectively promote a digital audio guide to visitors

You've created an innovative digital audio guide to bring new visitors to your destination. You expect to increase its attractiveness and give visitors a better experience that will make them spend more time there.

However, in order to make your digital guide a successful and popular service, it is important to inform visitors about it and generate their interest. Let's see how to do this.

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Essential distribution channels, marketing materials and best practices for promoting your digital audio guide

You don't have to be a marketing expert to promote your digital guide effectively. We'll save you the time of coming up with a complicated marketing campaign. 

To start promoting each new audio guide, SmartGuide provides content creators with a free welcome marketing package. This free package, otherwise worth €100, includes graphic designs of basic marketing materials tailored to your destination. With these marketing materials, you can inform your visitors about the digital guide today.

Here are some practical tips on how to use the marketing materials most effectively to get your digital guide in front of as many visitors as possible.


Offline marketing materials

There are countless marketing materials options to choose from. Start promoting your guide with basic physical (offline) materials - a poster or sticker.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - poster example

(Example: Poster A3)

The poster is the basic marketing material that informs visitors about the new digital guide service you offer. The poster contains a QR code that visitors scan and simply install the SmartGuide digital guide app to their phones.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - sticker example

(Example: sticker A6)


Online marketing materials

Remember that the web and social networks like Facebook and Instagram are your shop window these days. Therefore, choose the appropriate digital materials for your website and social media - a web widget, a web banner or a post on Facebook or Instagram are a good starting point.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - web widget example

(Example: Web widget SmartGuide)


Using the web widget is very simple and costs you nothing. SmartGuide will generate the code for the web widget for you to place in your website's administration in the appropriate place on an existing page, or to insert into a newly created web page. You can also link to the web widget from other web pages or banners (1:1, 16:9 and 3:2).

SmartGuide digital audio guide - web banner example    

(Example: Web banner 1:1 SmartGuide)

You can also link the banner to your destination's page on SmartGuide's website where the content is visible if the destination is set as public. To make your digital guide even more visible, you can link the destination's public page also via your website's footer, or other main navigation elements (the default URL format is

SmartGuide link in website footer - preview

(Example: Different variants of adding the link to your SmartGuide content into your website's footer)


Another important channel in your arsenal is social media. Always keep your social media accounts up to date. Keep social media users informed with new posts about what news you have in store for your visitors.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - facebook post visual example

(Example: Facebook post visual)


Adding information about the digital audio guide to existing printed materials 

Do you already have your own printed materials? Enrich them with information about your digital audio guide.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - printed map example

(Example:  A printed tourist map with SmartGuide)


To better promote your destination to visitors, consider adding SmartGuide QR codes and basic information about the digital audio guide to existing printed materials such as posters, flyers, or printed maps.

We'll provide you with all the resources and visuals you may need to update your existing print materials (vectorized SmartGuide logos can be found in our
brand manual).

 SmartGuide digital audio guide - custom printed material example  

(Example: Custom posters and flyers informing about your digital audio guide)


Are you not planning to reprint existing materials in the near future? No problem! We can design special stickers with QR codes for you to place on your existing materials.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - ticket sticker example-1

(Example: Ticket addition - sticker with QR code to get the audio guide)


9 proven tips and examples on how to successfully promote a digital audio guide

Take inspiration from examples of successful implementation of marketing materials by our partners and effectively inform visitors about the existence of your digital audio guide.

1# Place a poster or sticker on the front door

Inform visitors even if the Tourist Information Centre is not open, by placing a poster or sticker on the entrance door. Even when the TIC is closed, visitors can get all the information they need - they simply scan the QR code and go on a self-guided tour of your destination. This will give visitors a much better experience when staying at the destination.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - poster at the tourist infocenter door

(Implementation example: TIC Poděbrady)


SmartGuide digital audio guide - sticker at the ticket office window

(Implementation example: Huaca Hullamarca)


2# Add SmartGuide to the printed map

Add SmartGuide information to printed maps. Instead of just a map, you'll give visitors a map and a digital personal guide on their phone! Visitors will have a much better experience exploring your destination.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - custom printed map

(Implementation example: Karlovy Vary)

Place a QR code to the digital travel guide of your destination to a printed map

(Implementation example: Barcelona)


#3 Visibly place instructions for visitors

Ensure that visitors always receive the correct instructions and content by prominently posting or handing out flyers with instructions for installing the SmartGuide app. Place a display of leaflets with detailed instructions for visitors on how to get and operate SmartGuide, for example near the cash desk. You'll help take the burden off the desk staff and ensure visitors have a seamless experience with SmartGuide.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - instructions flyer for visitors

(Implementation example: Pilsner Urquell)


#4 Make sure the staff offers SmartGuide correctly

Your staff is your secret superpower. Regularly inform and train all employees about your digital guide and how (and why) to offer it to visitors. Always include SmartGuide in the onboarding process when employees start, especially if your staff turnover quickly. You can also print and post instructions for staff on how to offer the SmartGuide app to make it as easy as possible for them.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - workshop for staff at the ticket office and tourist information center

(Implementation example: Pilsner Urquell)


#5 Add SmartGuide web widget to your website

Add attractive web content to your website containing direct links to get SmartGuide and a preview of your digital guide, just by adding one simple script.


SmartGuide digital audio guide - web widget preview

(Implementation example: Město Mariánské Lázně)


#6 Use all relevant space on your website

Inform visitors about your digital audio guide through web banners and informative texts. Even if you don't have direct access to the site administration, you can usually update the news section or blog quickly and easily. A web article can contain either a direct link to SmartGuide or a link to a SmartGuide web widget on your website.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - information on the web

(Implementation example:  UNIQA, Muzeum paměti XX. století)


SmartGuide digital audio guide - section on the web

(Implementation example:  Uniqa)


#7 Leverage your social media presence

Promoting SmartGuide through your existing social networks, such as Facebook or Instagram, is an easy and quick way to spread the word about your digital guide. Keep your visitors interested by regularly posting information about tours or places they can explore with your digital guide.

We'll supply you with a visual of the post that you can share on Facebook - and then use it as a template for preparing your own interesting social content.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - instagram post

(Implementation example: Poděbrady)


SmartGuide digital audio guide - facebook post

(Implementation example: Karlovy Vary)


#8 Promote your digital guide at local events

Promote your digital audio guide through events taking place in and around your destination, such as festivals, international exhibitions and congresses, major cultural events, etc. The influx of (international) visitors to a destination is the perfect opportunity to guide visitors in their language with a SmartGuide. 

You can also create new tours and customized content for relevant events and introduce visitors to your destination with an innovative digital audio guide.

SmartGuide digital audio guide - poster for a special local event

(Implementation example: The city of Pilsen and the festival of light installations called "BLIK BLIK")


#9 Build your PR on digital innovation

Use SmartGuide as PR content to strengthen your brand image. SmartGuide can be presented as a novel digital innovation that your destination has embraced, and this content is also of interest to well-known regional media -- as in the case of the Terezín Memorial. It will help you to spread awareness of your destination. 

SmartGuide digital audio guide - PR article

(Implementation example: Terezín Memorial)


Be inspired by the case study of the successful promotion of a digital audio guide and read about Karlovy Vary's innovative approach to destination marketing.  

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Do you need help with printing materials or creating new custom marketing visuals? SmartGuide offers a wide range of paid marketing services. Contact us and we'll prepare a quote for you.