Tag Archives: social media

An overlooked social network: SlideShare

For research into a topic, plus ideas and examples that can improve your own presentation visuals, it’s hard to beat SlideShare. When a speaker says, “Give me your business card and I’ll send you my slides” after a presentation, I … Continue reading

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How to find travel bloggers? Go where they hang out, online and off

To find travel bloggers (or any niche group) you need to go where they are, both on- and offline hangout spots. Of course, don’t be that annoying, sales-y, pushy person once you get there, but I digress…. Since I started … Continue reading

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Takeaways for tourism and travel pros from SXSW Interactive 2013

Now that I’ve had a few weeks to “let it cook” as Liz Strauss would say, here are a few thoughts from the 2013 SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive tech conference in Austin. Yes, I could have posted this more … Continue reading

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Great tourism Facebook Pages: smaller towns show the way

For me, the most engaging and powerful Facebook Pages have a distinctive, friendly, human voice. They nurture their Page community, share all kinds of helpful information (plus the occasional just-for-fun item) and post often enough that I see them fairly … Continue reading

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Before you get started on Instagram (or any social media) do this

Here’s a forum question that I saw recently from a smart but very busy destination marketing professional. Does it sound like your situation? Q: I am, I’m afraid, woefully slow on jumping on the Instagram bandwagon. How do I go … Continue reading

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Making a video from photos for the Comanche Nation: Quanah Parker exhibit

(Part of my “Better Online Content” series of posts: quick tips on creating more effective content that takes advantage of the social web’s unique publishing environment.) If you’ve read S.C. Gwynne‘s excellent Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the … Continue reading

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4 ways to connect with travel bloggers besides pitching them with email

Sure, those who want to get their destination, hotel or business in front of travel bloggers can email-bomb whichever ones have high Klout/social influence scores, or they can buy a list of blogger names from some company and email-bomb them … Continue reading

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Why right click is wrong: proper use of online photos and images

(Part of my “Better Online Content” series of posts: quick tips on creating more effective content that takes advantage of the social web’s unique publishing environment.) “I found just the photo I needed on Google Images,” she said. “Did you have … Continue reading

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Picking between two don’t-miss social media conferences: SoMeT and SmallTown

This year, two of my very favorite conferences fell on the same day, November 8: the Social Media Tourism Symposium (SoMeT for short) in El Paso, Texas and State of NOW SmallTown in Hutchinson, Kansas. It was one of those split-the-baby … Continue reading

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The whole social media expert/guru thing

I cringe when I see terms like “social media guru,” “maven” or “expert” in someone’s bio. People in my personal geek circles do a lot of eye-rolling at such terminology; most of us consider ourselves ongoing students of ever-changing social … Continue reading

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