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The #1 Reason You’ll Want to Use Google+

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Whether we’re looking for travel information for our next vacation or reviews and best prices for our next purchases, we’re probably searching on Google. If you’re still wondering if you ought to bother spending time getting to know yet another social network, I’ve got one big reason you might want to give Google+ a try. What’s that you say? Absolutely not.

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11 Tips To Thrive on Twitter | Almost Savvy

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People ask for travel recommendations, advice how to fix a problem with their blog and everything in-between. How you set-up and manage your Twitter account has a huge impact on how many people decide to follow you (translation: follow = subscribe and have the chance to read what you post). This is important. If you are sharing valuable content, but have no followers, how will that help you?

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Disconnected in a Hyper-Connected World

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It had been nagging me for months, though I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was. Things with my work have been going well and keeping me busy, but something didn’t feel quite right. know a lot of people, more than I’ve ever known at any other time in my life.  I spend much of my day connecting with them in one way or another. found myself thinking about people I missed.

Blogging Between Hot Flashes

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Personally, I look forward to traveling beside you – all of you – and sharing our experiences along the way. Different experiences, different perspectives. We’re at different points in our lives. As the kids I know say, it’s all good. I’m not young or, rather, not as young as most of the tech-online-wired crowd. And, by typing, I mean using a typewriter.

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Yet Another SXSW Post (And, No, I Don't Know If You Should Go Next.

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This applies to conferences, travel, everyday running around town. After being asked by countless people what I thought of it and whether they should attend next year, I gave in. Rather than write a comprehensive overview, I decided to just fill in the gaps with a few points which may be helpful and different than what others have said. Some changes we like, some we don’t. Bad plan.

Blogging for Tickets. Am I Selling Out?

Almost Savvy

When I was selected as one of the Official Bloggers to attend LeWeb , the largest tech event in Europe, it was an honor. I was given free registration for the conference, though I paid all travel expenses out of pocket – quite a hit on my credit card. I’m torn at the moment. Ethically speaking, I made the right decision. Practically speaking, I’m disappointed.

Blogs: I'll Show You Mine if You'll Show Me Yours

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Just check it out: [link] I also blog myself about marketing (click my name above) and then I have a personal travel blog which I don’t update too often. Who doesn’t have a blog these days? It seems everyone and their dog has one (yes, literally). Many people started a blog way back when, but may have since abandoned them for other pursuits. are focused on a particular topic?and

Blogging Between Hot Flashes

Almost Savvy

Personally, I look forward to traveling beside you – all of you – and sharing our experiences along the way. Different experiences, different perspectives. We’re at different points in our lives. As the kids I know say, it’s all good. I’m not young or, rather, not as young as most of the tech-online-wired crowd. And, by typing, I mean using a typewriter.

One Random Thing About Me

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To kick things off, I’ll share that I once spent 18 months traveling on my own through Europe and the Middle East. I’d only planned to travel for about 3 weeks. Reply Inga Ros says: February 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm I have lived in 4 different countries (Iceland, Denmark, Germany and Kuwait), speak 4 languages fluently and a little bit in a couple more, have travelled to over 20 countries and truly consider myself a citizen of the world. Traveling together to Rio and Bariloche. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Everest, whatever – it is up to you.

Social Media and Travel

Social Media Marketing

It means that more of us are doing things on the web (or mobile web, as the case may be) while we're on the go, and there are certain things those of us in the digital world look for when we travel - at least with regard to infrastructure. JetBlue made a name for itself in the social media space after a difficult travel situation thanks to severe winter weather in 2007. Thanks, Delta!

Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros

Spin Sucks

Last week, Shonali Burke wrote a blog post called, “ Travel Essentials for PR Pros…Or What’s in Your Wallet? Because I’m on my 14th straight week of travel (I don’t know how consultants do it), I’ll give you a sneak peak as to what is in my travel bag. So it travels with me for the consuming part of my content day, but not the creation.

46 Travel Tools to Optimize Your Next Vacation

Convince & Convert

As we bathe in the memory of friends, family and BBQ over this week’s Memorial Day holiday, our minds are now tuned up and ready to hit our favorite travel season – summer. While there are literally thousands of online tools and apps to help you plan the perfect retreat, here’s my top 46 list I hope will make your travel season one that’s effortless, fun and filled with great memories.

The New Business Traveler

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While it's nice to think that Skype , WebEx or Facetime removes the need for business travel, nothing could be further from the truth. The thing is, that technology can now enhance the business travel experience. As brutal as travel is (and, as a Super Elite member, I can tell you that the road is hard, cold and miserable), it has changed dramatically over the years. Yes, the post 9/11 travel experience is tougher - longer lines, rules and limitations, etc, but for most businesses, it is a necessity. If I have to travel for more than five nights for business?

3 Common Sense Tips for Holiday Travel (Stay N Abroad)

Stay N' Alive

With many of us hitting the road and the skies during the next week, here are a few common sense tips to make traveling a little easier. social tips Travel holidaysTip #1--Check the Weather This should be obvious, but many of us get so locked into our plans we forget to take the weather into consideration. The consequence--he was stranded on a shutdown 1-80 in Wyoming.

Will Social Media Influence The Travel Channel Launch's of "Deep Fried America?" An interview with host Jay Ducote

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Seems the Scripps Networks Interactive  brass thought so too because they offered Jay an amazing opportunity to film a pilot for a sister network, Travel Channel. Diva Marketing : Before we dive into how you’re using social media to support the Travel Channel pilot for your pilot of  Deep Fried America , let’s set the stage for the peeps in our community who may not now But are soon to be (!)

5 Events for Busy Entrepreneurs Who Love Traveling

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No matter where your travels take you, you’re in the vicinity of colleagues interested in exchanging ideas, conversation and insight; here are five events for busy entrepreneurs who love traveling : 1. San Francisco World Travelers. Photo Credit: SavorTheSuccess.com. London International Meetup Group. Feel free to book an accomodation using HolidayApartments.net. 2.

5 Events for Busy Entrepreneurs Who Love Traveling

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No matter where your travels take you, you’re in the vicinity of colleagues interested in exchanging ideas, conversation and insight; here are five events for busy entrepreneurs who love traveling : 1. San Francisco World Travelers. Photo Credit: SavorTheSuccess.com. London International Meetup Group. Feel free to book an accomodation using HolidayApartments.net. 2.

The Best Piece Of Business Travel Advice

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The fundamental difference in my travel (when compared to many other businesspeople who have to travel) is that I travel so many miles, because I refuse to stay out on the road for anything beyond a day (or two, if it''s absolutely essential). Most people want to know the best tips and tricks for business travel. keep a separate set of toiletries for travel, so that I don''t have to constantly pack and unpack stuff like a toothbrush or floss. The best piece of business travel advice is this: if the opportunity is in front of you, take it. travel.

4 Apps For the World Traveler

Firebelly

Next Spring I will be traveling to Sydney, Australia to study abroad for 5 months. The app will take all travel confirmation emails and organize it for you. For many of these apps you use for traveling you are obviously going to want wi-fi so you don’t get charged with major fines from your cell phone company. WhatsApp. This app allows you to text any smartphone user.

#LoveCapeTown Campaign Shakes Up “Fam” Trip With Crowdsourced Tips for Travel Bloggers

The Realtime Report

Cape Town Tourism’s most recent marketing initiative used a clever combination of travel blogging, crowdsourcing and social media to draw attention to the city, ranked 23rd among the top 25 travel destinations worldwide in TripAdvisor’s  2012 list of Traveler’s Choice Destinations. billion the city invested to welcome over 1.5 million soccer fans back in 2010. Locals?

The Best Piece Of Business Travel Advice

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I use one particular technique/tactic that makes business travel all that much more palpable. The most frequent question I get asked is how I cope with travelling so much. The truth is that I don't feel like I'm away from home or the Twist Image offices all that much because my frequency of travel is mostly due to my desire to race back home as quickly as possible. But, that's not the best piece of business travel advice I can offer you. What's the best piece of business travel advice that you have? air travel. business travel. travel.

Why You Should NOT Start a Travel Blog

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This is a guest contribution from travel blogger Chris Appleford. From the moment we made the decision to sell everything we own and travel the world indefinitely, we wanted to have our own travel blog. Everyone who starts a travel blog will tell you they’re “doing it to keep their friends and family back home up to speed with what adventures they’ve been getting up to”.

Marketing, Time Travel and Dr Who

Engaging Brand

It strikes me that it is an example of the power of time travel in marketing! Photo's are the ultimate time travel accessory. Photo's therefore are like the ultimate Dr Who time travel box. It is not whether you are in the photo, it is whether the photo triggers the time travel. Marketing Social Media dr who time travel social media marketing pinterest

Lessons Learned From the Traveling iPhone

Waxing UnLyrical

So heavy of heart, frantic of furrowed brow, and voluminously vexed, I made my way to the hotel shuttle that was waiting to cart me to a Hilton-full of traveling Orgonians (that’s not a typo, that’s how they pronounce “Oregonians,&# ask Mo Sherifdeen ). You know how I told you I was out in Eugene, Ore., earlier this week ? It was a dramatic trip in more ways than one.

Travel Essentials for PR Pros, Or: What’s In Your Wallet?

Waxing UnLyrical

For those of you in the U.S., we’re approaching the height of summer vacations and travel. For those of you not in the U.S., we’re approaching the height of summer vacations and travel (unless you’re in the “other” hemisphere,” in which case you’re shivering your timbers off, and Jamie Garantziotis is going to have to take care of you).

Mobile Internet: Does Your Content Travel Well?

Social Marketing Forum

One of the most attractive things about smartphones is their ability to provide connectivity on the road – in fact, that’s the most attractive thing about them in my opinion. However, that use is still heaviest among the early adopters or “power users” and it’s not always smooth surfing and latte all around for them. Mobile Research mobile internet mobile marketing user experience

4 Technology Conferences to Create Your Traveling Schedule for 2013

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Whether you work in an industry where technology plays a major role, or you simply like keeping up on what the wonders of scientific endeavor have whipped up for us this year, get ready to hit the road all year long with these four technology conferences (and also these four conferences on social media ) to create your traveling schedule for 2013: 1. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013.

How Content Travels and Works in Social: Stories and People

Social Marketing Forum

We ended up mailing and when talking about how he found me, it seemed that the digital journey he travelled to find and contact me was longer than what I could see and logically conclude. This is how content is found and travels: in the most amazing and networked ways you can imagine. Stories travel, not content. However, content in a social context is about more than that.

For Travel Destinations: Working Well with Bloggers

Bare Feet Studios

Here’s how you can interact with New Media Artists, aka Travel Bloggers: * Introduce yourself on Twitter and their blogs ; interact with questions and suggestions for their visit. HowTo News Social Media #SBOSM barefeetstudios bloggers engagement hawaii smcjournal smcobserver tourism travel visitlanaiI am producing a social media marketing campaign for the island of Lānaʻi, here in Hawaii. It is a rather unique concept, a “New Media Artist-in-Residence&# Program. Program Overview. Working with New Media. They want to engage with you and other local people.

Remember Where You Came From When Traveling Social Media

Diva Marketing Blog

One of my all time favorite things to do is walk-the-beach in the morning. (I also like to walk-the-city.). A few weeks ago I was visiting my family in Massachusetts. Lucky me that my cousins have a beautiful home a block from the ocean. . Welcome to our world.". As artist Maria Kalman says, " Wonderful things happen when the brain is empty.". That's where it can get tricky. Walking Just asking.

Travelers Are My Biggest Complaint?

Spin Sucks

This Thanksgiving I’m not thankful for holiday travelers.  Did you read this report on CNN ?  It is so true.  It’s not the delays, the incompetent attendants, or the cramped airplane seats that annoy me; it’s other travelers! Although we won’t reach the $30,000 goal by next Tuesday, it is obvious every $10 donation counts. Malaria kills 2,200 children in Africa every day.

Four Tips for Bloggers Who Want to Work with the Travel Industry

ProBlogger

People are attracted to travel blogging for a lot of reasons. Still others are attracted to the niche travel blogoshpere for the sheer love of travel, and any partnerships with the travel industry are a bonus. While it is possible for a successful travel blogger to participate in media trips, the way we interact with the travel industry is key to our long-term success. After all, many of us operate our travel blog just like any other blog: it’s a business and the relationships we make with industry are not just important, they’re vital. Period.

How to Use Social Media to Plan Your Next Vacation

Ignite Social Media

Well since that isn’t possible yet the travel industry is trying it’s best to make it faster, easier and worry free to plan your next vacation. Plus, by creating a travel board for each destination, it helps you keep in mind all of the things you want to do, see and eat on your vacation. It’ll also give you cost efficient ways to travel to your dream destination. It is!

Facebook’s New Ad Products for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

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Store locator allows Facebook users to quickly access a map displaying the locations of a retailer’s physical store locations, as well as information including address, hours, phone number, website and estimated travel time to reach those stores. Without leaving the ad or app, they can view the address, hours, phone number, website and estimated travel time for each store.

Turkish Airlines Video Ad Tops 100 Million Views

The Realtime Report

It takes the prize as the most-viewed travel ad in 2012 — even beating out Air New Zealand’s ‘Hobbit-themed’ safety briefing, which logged over 10 million views ( Skift ).  To top it off, the ad was the fourth most-viral ad in 2012, following Kony, Red Bull’s Stratos and Angry Birds Space.

Niche Travel Blogging Demystified

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This guest post is by Matthew Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. If you look at all the travel blogs out there, you’ll notice many common themes. People tend to write a blog that falls into an overarching category like cruises, backpacking, solo travel, or digital nomad travel. Some of them want to make a living, and most would just love for their blog to pay for their travels. The worst mistake. A few weeks ago, a travel blogger I read said that we travel bloggers should look to companies like Lonely Planet and be like them. Don’t follow.

Time Management for Travel Bloggers … and Others

ProBlogger

This guest post is written by Matthew Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. spend my time traveling the world and working as I go. But unlike most other digital nomads, I don’t move to a city for a few months, live and work there. I run a travel blog so I’m constantly on the move. Balancing life and travel is a hard task when you’re constantly being pulled outside for activities, while the demands of running your own business keep you inside. Meeting new people and traveling to new destinations often becomes more important than work. Finance.

How to Keep Your Blog Active While Traveling

ProBlogger

Since you won’t want to spend your entire trip keeping up with the blog, or since there’s a chance you might travel somewhere with unreliable internet connection or no internet at all, you have to know how to prepare beforehand in order to keep your blog as active as possible. 1. Write your post during your down time, like when traveling on a bus, plane, or just sitting around. 

Alicia Travels: Farm & More Event, Edinburgh

Absolute PA

Next week I’m going on the road! I’ll be flying to Edinburgh to present a talk on social media at Farm & More – The Farm Diversification Event – an annual get together for the farm retail and diversified farming sector. This is all as a result of my talk at The Speciality Fine Food Trade Fair at Olympia in London last year. Plus, I’ve never been to Scotland!

Social Media: Australian Society of Travel Writers

Laurel Papworth

In November last year, I spoke on social media and the impact it has on the Travel Writers industry. Social Media and Travel writers. Anyway sorry for the delay, but you can download the Social Media and Travel Writers presentation from Slideshare or just flick through the slides above. View more presentations from Laurel Papworth.

How Your Blog Can Score You Free Travel

ProBlogger

This guest post is written by Anthony from The Travel Tart. When I first started my travel website in 2009, I just wanted to get my travel writing out there, because I was frustrated with the way traditional media worked. have also recently become partners with a major adventure travel company that will provide more opportunities for press trips in the coming year.

Travel Reservations a Key Online Activity for All Age Groups

Proactive Report

According to the Pew Generations 2010 study, making travel reservations online is one of the top activities people do online. If you are a travel venue with an interest in attracting people 45 and older, your 2011 strategy should include. online Social Media Strategy travelAnd it is true for all age groups. increasing your online presence and visibility.

US Mobile Ad Spending Will Top $4 Billion in 2012

The Realtime Report

Close competitors for this growth in mobile advertising include: travel, with 431% growth since Q3 2011. Social Media Statistics automotive education Millennial Media mobile ads mobile advertising native advertising sports travelMobile advertising spending will total more than $4 billion by the end of 2012, according to eMarketer estimates. education went up 421%. sports grew 417%.

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