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2020’s Yummiest Marketing Tool, Really

What Does a Leads Program and Ice Cream Have in Common?

The answer is… this blog post!

Here’s the deal: We want to share how implementing a leads program can be a total game changer for any tourism-based business, big or small. If you listen to our spiel and decide it wasn’t worth it, you’ll get a free ice cream dessert on us. Sounds good? Here we go.

8 Steps to Building a Marketing Calendar

First things first. All of your marketing efforts, including a marketing calendar, work better with a marketing strategy and plan. Marketing strategies and plans need not take weeks of research or investment but if you are running your tourism business without a strategy or plan, please let us know.  Agency can help you start one today.  Now on to building your marketing calendar. 

There are many recommendations online which you are encouraged to explore.  Why? Because one method may spark an idea or perhaps multiple methods will best align with what you need to do for your tourism based business. The method below is simple and will provide you with pragmatic marketing ideas that you can implement throughout the year.

Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing (and why you need both)

In the world of marketing, there are two primary schools of thought: Inbound and Outbound. Traditional, outbound marketing ruled the scene for, like, literally forever, but has recently taken a backseat to the newcomer in marketing strategy: Inbound.

First, we’ll take a look at inbound and outbound marketing and how they differ, then we’ll discuss how to apply it to your own marketing strategy.

Conditional Content Basics for Emails in Tourism Engine™

This will show how to create content that shows for specific conditions. You can show content based on the data in Tourism Engine™. That includes all the data imported into Tourism Engine™ as well. 

Why You’d Use It

Being able to control what content shows based on conditions allows you to understand what engages your audience. Are they more invested in deals or video content? How early in the season and they planning? 

Essential Email Marketing for DMOs

 

Remember this movie? And the excitement of hearing that “You’ve got mail!” jingle? Those were the days…

It’s 1998. You’ve Got Mail is in theaters. Tom Hanks in his hey-day.

The internet is now available to the masses (with dial-up connection!) and email is EXCITING. You got 1, maybe 2 emails a week and it was almost always your mom or grandma writing you.

Email marketing has come a long way since then. Pretty much every business organization has, at the very least, an email subscriber list and a basic newsletter they send on a regular basis. 

Creating an Animated Slideshow GIF for Use in Email

We’ve been using animated GIFs in email marketing for over a decade. It’s still an easy way to stand out a little and provide some movement in the otherwise static medium of email. There are virtually no drawbacks to using GIFs, other than the short amount of time it takes to create them. They’re compatible with just about every email client out there, and for users of Outlook 2005, they fail gracefully and simply show the first frame of animation.

Here, we’ll show you how to create a simple slideshow of four header images using Photoshop.

Create a file with four photos in four layers:
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Marketing Opportunities for Tourism in 2018

 

The new year symbolizes opportunity, renewal, and a fresh start for many. This time of year, that means we’re assessing the digital landscape and helping clients seize the opportunities that arise from shifts in technology and consumer behavior. Below are a few things to know.

Attracting Tourists to Local Businesses

How local businesses can tap into the tourism economy.

Here’s to your success in reaching tourists!

Not a DMO or typical tourist attraction? You can still position your business in front of tourists! A few tactics are below.

Strong presence on social

  • Tourists are using social media more and more to find dining options on their vacations. Instagram allows users to save posts now, so that process begins at the time of booking. Help them get stoked on your brand and anticipate their arrival by:
    • Curating strong brand imagery
      • Cultivate a following and get them to save your posts!
      • Professional images help immensely.

Why you should invest in visual content in 2018

What’s the ROI on Visual Content?

It’s a brand-building effort that requires more time than, say, a promotion or ad campaign. You won’t see the ROI immediately, but any good investment in brand will pay off immensely over time. I gathered some stats to support this argument for our clients (partners) who need to bring hard data to their board or decision makers.

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