Tourism blogging best practices from Visit Austin

We're seeing CVBs and DMOs looking at their blog with fresh eyes and new appreciation. They are getting tired of dealing with one change after another on Facebook and other social media platforms. These smart destination marketers are not giving up on social media, but they know that the ONLY things they can...

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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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Do you need a tourism app?

Does your town need a tourism app? We say, probably not. If you do not already have a responsive, fast, mobile-friendly website that is search engine optimized, you do NOT need to be messing around with a destination app. You need to devote your resources to improving your website. But, Isn't an App Important in...

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Social media success – the most important steps cost nothing

It's not sexy, but it's true. The most important moves that lead to social media success don't cost you anything. They're free. But they do have a cost in time and brainpower. It's a fair price to pay, we think. Our March 27 breakout session next week at the 2018 Main Street Now annual conference about vibrant downtowns...

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Tourism marketing for a county – challenges and answers

Tourism marketing for a county can be a challenge from two directions: Visitors don't generally plan travel to counties, so they don't look for information by county name, and  Smaller county destinations may feel slighted that branding and emphasis is focused on the larger towns in the county that...

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Facebook Page posts not being seen? Show followers how to See First

Many in the destination and hotel marketing worlds are worrying about the latest "Facebook Apocalypse" - that their Facebook Page posts will soon have a lot less organic reach, unless they pay to boost visibility through advertising. Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that: "Public content -- posts from businesses, brands and media...

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Get your learning on at these 2018 tourism conferences

Have a little budget left for events that can help you with your destination marketing? Sure, we run an online course in social media for tourism, but we are also enthusiastic about the value of in-person learning. Here are some of the 2018 tourism conferences that we either recommend, or are honored...

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Focus on this one 2018 tourism trend – experiential marketing

It's that time of year, when thoughts turn to trends in tourism and destination marketing. Here's the thing, though. A big pile of trends, of "Pay attention to mobile!" plus "Pay attention to video!" plus "Pay attention to Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality!" plus "Don't forget chatbots!" plus "What about influencer...

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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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How to build a media contacts list for tourism

How can you create a media contacts list that is perfect for YOUR destination? Online media coverage brings attention and publicity to your town. It can also be the "gift that keeps on giving" for you. Links back to your website and tourism partner sites from online articles and blog posts...

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