How DMOs can be better partners to their partners – website edition

We've shared thoughts before about how to build a stronger team of tourism partners, and 3 ways for a DMO to be a better community partner, but now we'd like to address a big problem we see in tourism partner online presence. Bottom line: many of your partners really need your help and...

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5 tips for influencer marketing in tourism (plus sample contract)

"I have 50 million followers who will do anything I tell them to do." Oh horrors! How many times have you heard some version of that statement? It was a line on the TV series "Suits" a couple of weeks ago, which goes to show that influencer marketing has definitely gone...

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5 “core strengthening” exercises for your website

Have you ever thought about working out your website? For many of us, once we get our website up, we don’t pay a lot of attention to it. Just like our bodies, however, our websites can droop and lose their shape quickly. The following are 5 “core strengthening” exercises for you...

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Benefits of a private Facebook Group for tourism partners

Think about this idea.... Are you looking for a straightforward way to connect more effectively with your tourism partners? A private Facebook Group for them might be the answer. It’s a wonderful way to bridge any communications gaps between your CVB, DMO, Chamber, or Main Street organization and individual partners. Benefits of a Private...

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How to market events with a short lead time

We speak a lot about event marketing, but generally it is in the context of annual events, not events with a short lead time. Quite often in destination marketing there are festivals and events that spring up out of nowhere; it's great to have these new events, but they often...

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Locals: the soul of your community and key to destination marketing

Locals are the soul of your community, and a key part of your destination marketing. More than likely, your locals were tourists before they decided to move to your community and perhaps start a business there, because tourism is key to economic development. From a tourism standpoint, those then-visitors-now-locals obviously liked...

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3 ways to be a better community partner

Is your organization a true community partner? You work hard to build your community....business by business, person by person. Now that you've gathered this group, are you being a good partner to them? For the past several years, we have been hunkered down working on our own organizations and businesses, just...

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Healing the country through travel and tourism – what rural folks can do

(Part Two of a two-part series - here is Part One, about what urban tourism pros can do - by our “Co-Founder Emeritus ” Becky McCray, who is now focused on speaking and writing about small town business and rural entrepreneurship. She helps you shape a better future for...

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Healing the country through travel and tourism – what urban folks can do

(Part One of a two-part series - here is Part Two about what rural folks can do - by our "Co-Founder Emeritus " Becky McCray, who is now focused on speaking and writing about small town business and rural entrepreneurship. She helps you shape a better future for your...

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3 ways to use micro moments in your tourism marketing

Micro moments are game changers for both your visitors and your community. Why? Micro moments tie into experiential travel, and that is exactly what people are looking for today. According to Google's post about them, micro moments include those times when people are thinking: I want to know I want to go I want to...

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