Tag Archives: Economic Development

You fall behind by not keeping up

How do you keep up (or even better, stay ahead) in a fast-moving environment? You pay attention to the important things, while everyone else gets sucked into a noise vortex and wastes time on the unimportant. BusinessWeek had a cover … Continue reading

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Blogger outreach resources

In the wildly diverse and ever-growing world of bloggers and other online publishers, how do you sort through the stack to find the ones who interest you? The ideas below were adapted from a comment of mine on the SpinSucks post … 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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A 2 X 4 upside the head about websites

Not having a website in 2010 is akin to not having a telephone number. Why would you make it hard for customers to find you? Why would you cede your online presence to TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon, Yelp or Merchant Circle? That’s … Continue reading

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Steps to revitalizing a downtown: thoughts from Huntsville, Texas

As part of US National Travel and Tourism Week (May 8 – 16, 2010) towns and cities across the United States are planning a variety of festivities to recognize and celebrate the importance of visitors and travel. In Texas alone … Continue reading

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Bring the money home: launch a Shop Local campaign

The publication of my Social Media and Tourism ebook yesterday marked the start of an exciting business collaboration with Oklahoma-based entrepreneur and small town business expert Becky McCray. We are going to work together as speakers, trainers and consultants, showing … Continue reading

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