Category Archives: Social Media

Facebook Live: How to Make It Work for You

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Did you know that 100 million hours of video are watched on Facebook every day?  It’s no wonder the social media giant has taken it to the next level with Facebook Live. This powerful new tool gives you two good reasons to start exploring it. One, you will be able to harness all the marketing potential of the video format – again, look to the figure above 100 million hours! Two, it lets you put your social media campaign in the moment.

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Recent Facebook algorithm changes seem to be favouring videos in the news feed, and Live videos rank even higher. Even better, users actually like it. Personalities such as Jane Goodall and Martha Stewart and brands like BuzzFeed and the Denver Broncos have used Facebook Live to successfully connect with their followers. According to Facebook,...

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5 Ways to Promote Tourism through Instagram

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Quality Content

Every image you post should look like it belongs in a magazine Instagram is a “dreaming” channel in the purchase process, so the images should make someone want to pack their bags immediately and run/fly/swim to your destination, whatever it takes!

Use bright, sharp images with a strong focal point. If the details in the image are blurry or too small, they won’t translate well on mobile.

Decoding Hashtags

Hashtags are not to be ignored! They are a search function for your images – hashtags allow strangers to find your posts when searching for their interests.

Avoid cutesy tags such as #sorrynotsorry for your brand, and make use of strong search terms and your unique branded tag or destination tags, such as #NZMustDo and #NewZealand. These will help...

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The New Zealand Earthquake and the Important Role of Social Media

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The earthquake that shook New Zealand just after midnight on Monday, 14 Nov 2016. has been reclassified from a 7.4 to a 7.8-magnitude. The epicenter was traced to the coastal community of Kaikoura northeast of Christchurch. The quake triggered a tsunami measuring 2.49 meters above the usual tide level and sent aftershocks felt across the country.

Roads have been damaged, a huge landslide is currently blocking the road from Christchurch to Kaikoura. The roads from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura to Blenheim are impassable. The bridge crossing Waiau River in Christchurch has been affected by land slip and has caused infrastructure disruption.  Schools in the immediate area are closed and damage assessment is on-going.

This has brought back memories of the devastating...

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Guide to Mastering Mobile Phone Video

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Incorporating video into your digital marketing is a powerful way to increase bookings. While we strongly recommend hiring a professional to craft your main website/brand video, you can easily produce ongoing content for your tourism business with your mobile phone camera in 6 steps.

•    According to Google, 45% of leisure travelers booked instantly after watching a video of the travel activity. 
•    72% of business travelers and 74% of affluent travelers booked upon watching a video (Google)
•    62% of travelers want to watch tourism videos, including tours, sightseeing, cruises, hotel rooms, properties and airlines. (Google)

Holding the cell phone

•    Put the cell phone on a flat surface if possible
•    OR brace your elbows against your ribcage to stabilise it

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The Power of the Female Traveller

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The majority voice of travel is now more powerful than ever. She’s the female traveller, and her fistful of dollars packs a serious punch.

The female dollar,” “the gatekeeper,” “the adventure traveler” – referred to by various monikers for her value in group, family, and solo travel, her nature as a planner is intrinsically tied to revenue potential in tourism. Her collective opinion can make or break a travel business. She’s ascended to absolute power in trip planning and she rocks a size 12 dress.

If your business has roots in tourism, make sure there’s a marketing strategy in place speaking directly to women. Why? Because the value is mind blowing.

Dollar Power

Women make up the bulk of travel’s target market. According to Forbes, this segment makes 80% of travel...

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4 Steps to Engage Your Market Through Social Media

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Social media may feel daunting some days, but there are a few tricks to get your messages to the right people likely to book!

1. Create Content

This is perhaps the greatest challenge of a successful social media account. Think of it like a television “channel.” No one will tune in if you don’t have any shows for them to watch! Content works best when you educate and inspire. Each post should have something useful or interesting to share, and a beautiful image.

Before you make each post, ask yourself “would I want to read this if [my competitor] posted it?” Take photos, share news and interesting information, and create visuals that could easily belong in a glossy magazine to represent your brand.

2. Collect and Use Data - Know Your Customers

Demographics go far...

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