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#tourismchat is a biweekly twitter chat focusing on Social Media in the Tourism Industry. It’s held on Thursdays at 2pm CST. If you’re not familiar with it, this is your personal invitation to participate, or at least lurk, in the chat!

How?

If you use TweetDeck or HootSuite, set up a search column for #tourismchat. My preference is TweetDeck as it brings in new tweets automatically in real-time.

If you don’t use TweetDeck or can’t keep up with the constant tweets, try TweetChat. This site automatically adds the #tourismchat hashtag at the end of every tweet, which is a great benefit. Tip: sign in with your twitter account and move the refresh speed down to 5 seconds.

Why?

  1. #tourismchat is FREE.
  2. CVBs and others in the tourism industry share their social media knowledge and experience. For free.
  3. It’s like attending specific social media sessions at tourism conferences but better.
  4. And if you needed another reason:

So please join us this Thursday, September 1, at 2pm CST when we chat about the use of multimedia (obtaining and using photos, videos, podcasts, etc) in the tourism social space.

Of course I’m partial to #tourismchat but feel free to check out these other Travel Chats on Twitter too.

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#tourismchat is a biweekly twitter chat (Thursdays, 2pm CST) that focuses on how social media is used in the tourism industry.

Our last chat, Aug 4, was about Professional Development. You can read through the transcript [pdf] but here are some of the chat’s highlights:

What blogs are you reading that are not-to-be missed?

What other chats do you participate it?

  • @DigitalKaitlyn: I just finished with PRWebChat and #Smmeasure, both excellent chats for marketing professionals!
  • @scullyano: I’ve dipped into #blogchat on Sunday nights, but it’s a lot.
  • @BeckyMcCray: For a firehose of blogging info, join #blogchat on Sunday nights
  • @Amy_Brock: the #luxchat is a great one, lots of travel and pr discussions there.
  • @TourismCurrents: We recommend #eventprofs if you want to connect w/meeting planners, and #assnchat for association
    meeting planners. (more…)

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I don’t take myself seriously most of the time so when I saw that I was at the top of this Tourism Professionals on Twitter list, I was blown away. Especially since I’ve been taking a lot of personal twitter breaks lately.

I was in Portland for work when this list was published so I didn’t have time to fully absorb all of it. And then there were #DMAI11 tweets, #notatDMAI11 tweets and an amazing #notatDMAI11 twitter chat.

So when I was searching for something else, I happened to come across Dave‘s tweet again last week. This may be the all-time nicest thing anyone tweeted about me/my profession. Thanks, Dave!!

This list was compiled by Betsy Decillis, an incredible friend and my #tourismchat partner in crime. And no, I didn’t bribe her for my ranking. The methodology she used is based on a combination of the percentage of tourism followers and klout. Check out the entire list: Top 100 Most Influential Tourism Professionals on Twitter (more…)

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If you’re not already familiar with #tourismchat, it’s a biweekly twitter chat (Thursdays at 2pm CST) that focuses on how social media is used in the tourism industry.

Our last chat, July 21, was about Websites/Analytics. You can read through the chat transcript [pdf] but here are some of my favorite tweets from the chat:

  • When it comes to using website analytic software internally or having an agency handle the reporting, most of the chat participants use Google Analytics internally, even if an agency helps measure traffic.
  • Most chat participants optimize their website on a regular basis. Travel 2.0 added: Typically a constant cycle works, try to touch your top 50 pages once every 3 months and repeat. (more…)

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If you’re not already familiar with #tourismchat, it’s a biweekly twitter chat (Thursdays at 2pm CST) that focuses on how social media is used in the tourism industry.

Our last chat, June 9, was about Social PR. You can read through the entire chat transcript [pdf] but here are some of my favorite tweets/replies from the chat:

Do you have a separate Twitter/Facebook account for your PR efforts?

  • @theresaoverby: No separate accounts. Just one voice and central location. So far it’s been successful.

Do you use particular sites to send press releases?

  • @maddenmedia: We post them to our website and SoMe accounts. As far as press goes, we send it the old fashioned way – pigeon carrier.
  • @AshleyTravels: Increased interaction, IMO. RT @lizpurcell What is the response to having SoMe links on your releases?

Do you have an online newsroom?

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The Feb 24 #tourismchat focused on Facebook Pages (transcript). You can also download the transcript as a PDF.

Here are my chat highlights:

  • You can somewhat “hack” the photos at the top of your page. Upload new photos (no need to publish the album to your news feed) and they will be displayed across the top. If you don’t like one of the photos, mouse over the photo and click the X when it appears. (more…)

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The Feb 3 #tourismchat focused on Blogging for Destinations (transcript). You can also download the transcript as a PDF.

Here are my chat highlights:

  • WordPress seemed to be the favored platform among chat participants. Tumblr and Blogger were also mentioned.
  • When it came to in-house blogging vs. using outside bloggers, many of the chat participants did it in-house. However two great examples of using outside bloggers are the Indiana Insider Blog and the Travel Oregon Blog.
  • How do you find outside bloggers? Two excellent examples: Indiana Insider Blogger Application and Travel Oregon Blogger Guidelines.
  • Using a content/editorial calendar is necessary but you must leave room for flexibility.

There was much more conversation about how blogging platforms affect SEO, whether to pay bloggers and marketing your blog so definitely check out the entire chat transcript!

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