Social media is quickly becoming a vital tool in the tourism industry as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter are having a dramatic impact on how consumers make their travel decisions. However, many tourism boards and travel related companies are having a difficult time in creating a strategy that integrates social media with their traditional efforts. While social media is an important component to travel promotion, its not a stand-alone tactic but an integral element to a well thought out marketing plan.
Here is a presentation I’m presenting at the 2011 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference in Nisswa, MN that goes over some of the basics for understanding how social media works and how to interact. It also covers the more important channels as well as key considerations for creating a social media strategy.
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