Category Archives: Economic Development

Economic growth and development topics for towns and cities.

Travel Post Friday: the Paris Coffee Shop

It’s the kind of unpretentious downtown diner where the owner pauses at the table of a longtime customer, and they commiserate about how their bum shoulders keep them from playing tennis as much as they’d like. The kind of place … Continue reading

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Facebook is a job

At a recent¬† gathering for some Chamber of Commerce staff, I heard one of them say that his boss is rather dismissive of any time spent on the Chamber’s Facebook Page, yet if the Chamber is not successful on Facebook, … Continue reading

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From This Week in Travel: CVB and DMO social media stars

For a fun update on the week’s news in travel, you might enjoy the “This Week in Travel” podcast. I was on this past week as a guest for Episode #73 The Travel Blog Game,¬†and hosts Chris Christensen, Gary Arndt … Continue reading

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Tourism ideas for your new Facebook Page super powers

You may have noticed that Facebook Pages have a different layout – they look more like personal profiles and you can do some new things while acting administratively as a Page. For an excellent summary of the changes, see Aliza … Continue reading

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Meetings, economic development and small towns

After our great experience holding the 140 Characters Conference Small Town in the restored Fox Theatre in Hutchinson, Kansas, I began thinking about how small towns with the right timing, venue, networks and entrepreneurial spirit can host more tech- and … Continue reading

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A simple example of integrated marketing

So simple, so straightforward, but I don’t see it often enough. Integrate your on- and off-line destination marketing efforts. Make sure that people can find you, wherever you have a presence. This card is the brainchild of Sarah Page, a … Continue reading

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Clearing clutter is like counterinsurgency

Whether it’s piles of clutter in your house, hundreds of unread emails, stacks of paper, folders of photos to edit or WHATEVER…. ….the techniques for getting them under control are very similar to classic military counterinsurgency strategies of Clear – … Continue reading

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Help people tell their stories about your town: an excellent WiFi rant

One of my favorite thinkers in the social media, tech and tourism arena is Canadian consultant Todd Lucier. We’ve only met in person a few times, but our heads are always locked in agreement on issues like the connection between … Continue reading

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Small town Kansas guy looks up and Whoa! A major tech conference is two doors down

The Web means you can live anywhere (even a small town or rural area) and still be connected to the world. The Web means that any venue with good WiFi, even an historic Art Deco theater in a revitalizing downtown, … Continue reading

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The napkin holder as integrated marketing communications

Connect the offline and the online, and you have yourself a more effective means of communicating with your customers. Many of this sandwich/coffee shop’s clients sit in front of these napkin holders with either a laptop or a smartphone, or … Continue reading

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