Twitter tools: Friend or Follow

Go beyond the basics of twitter by maintaining your twitter followers. This is especially important if you’re trying to increase your followers and you’re stuck around the 2,000 mark. (Twitter only allows you to follow 2,000 people until you have a similar amount of followers.)

FriendorFollow is a great tool to see
1. Follows: who you’re following that are not following you back
2. Fans: who is following you but you are not following back
3. Friends: mutual followings

This tool also allows you to export your follows, fans and friends and provides follower location data.…

Happy Birthday, Chip!

My little boy is growing up.

Even though he still acts like a puppy most of the time, Chip turned 4 today. Every dog loves their owner unconditionally but Chip has a very special bond with me. He is loyal, slightly overprotective and tries to do everything to please me. My family jokes about him being a mama’s boy but that is exactly what he is. He follows me around the house, craving for attention, and as soon as he gets it he becomes so content. …

Twitter Lists

Twitter rolled out the Lists feature last fall however many tourism organizations have not taken advantage of lists yet. Lists are an easy way to promote bureau membership and categorize twittering members. People can subscribe to your lists and view them as columns in TweetDeck or HootSuite. You can also embed twitter lists into websites and blogs.

Imagine a twitter list of all the hotels in your area. A visitor can then easily view this list to see if any of your hotels are offering special discounts. The same can be true for restaurants, attractions, etc. Visitors could also benefit from “Locals” lists containing local bloggers, news or weather.…

Millie’s Gotcha Day

Millie on her 9th Gotcha Day

Nine years ago today I brought home a little furry bundle of brown freckles. I just finished grad school and had been searching for an English Springer Spaniel when saw an ad in an online newspaper from a home up in Germantown, WI. There were nine pups in the litter and all were spoken for except for one female. We decided to meet the next night for me to look at her. The 2.5-hour drive seemed to take forever but I finally got there and instantly fell in love with “Spinelli” (aka Millie). The family named her after a character in Disney’s Recess cartoon but her name was changed before we got to the Illinois state line. We finally got home around midnight that night and Millie quickly adapted to her surroundings. I didn’t know it at the time but I was extremely lucky that she was almost completely house trained. (Wait for the stories of Daisy and Chip.)…

Enhancing your Facebook posts

I “like” a lot of CVBs on Facebook. Ok, that’s probably an understatement. The truth is that I’m a fan of hundreds of CVBs. As you can imagine, I see a fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to CVB Facebook posts.

It takes very little effort to create a quality post. Sure it’s easier to link your Facebook updates to your twitter account or to use tools like HootSuite or TweetDeck to update your Facebook page but it’s well worth the extra minute to create an engaging posts that contains a link, image and quality copy.…

Creating a Flickr Gallery

Many CVBs use Flickr to share their photos and a few bureaus also host very successful Flickr groups but one function seldom used is a Flickr Gallery.

Galleries are created with photos from other Flickr members so you don’t need to have an extensive photostream for this function.…

Procrastination, my good friend

For me the hardest part of any project is to actually start it. I’ve been thinking about creating this blog for several months. I even have a list of potential blog post topics written down on a piece of paper. And I spent 4 hours last night perfecting the appearance of this blog and writing the About page. All that’s left is to write my first post. The very first post of my new blog. No pressure, right?

I’m sure it will not surprise you to learn that I’ve started this post 7 times already. My perfectionism usually aids the procrastination. But in order to not spend all day writing this post, I’ve decided to use this as an opportunity to convey my methods and goals for this blog. And please note that I am only disclosing these so that I can veer off of them, as I usually do.

Let’s start with the title: Tourism Land.…