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As mandatory travel restrictions have eased in some parts of the country, Americans are looking for safe ways to get out and explore. Naturally, a good old-fashioned road trip comes to mind. In fact, Longwoods recently found that among Americans who are planning to travel, the majority (61%) will travel by car.
Many destinations are eager tap into this trend, so travelers are currently being flooded with road trip marketing. How do you cut through all the noise and set your destination apart? Read on for ideas on how to delve deeper into the “why” behind road trips and get creative in your targeting and storytelling strategies.
Data across several booking engines suggests that the majority of travelers are currently...
Did you know YouTube is the second most-visited site in the world? It attracts about 44% of all internet users, making video content absolutely vital to every DMO’s content strategy. And since the onset of COVID-19, it’s become even more important: YouTube.com rose 15.3% in March alone, climbing toward 200M visits per day. So, we all understand that we need great video content, but here’s the more important question: How do you get potential visitors to view the great video content you’ve spent time and money producing?
The answer starts with search engine optimization....
With school districts across the U.S. closing in-person classes for the remainder of the academic year (and possibly beyond), parents are searching the internet for kid-friendly activities to keep their little ones occupied and entertained at home. More importantly, without regular school activity, parents are looking for options that are both fun and educational. DMOs can be an excellent resource for this in-demand content, whether it’s historical, artistic, cultural, scientific or all of the above.
Here are a few examples of creative ways that DMOs can help out during this era of distance learning while also amplifying the efforts of their local partners and businesses.
1) Classes and Demonstrations
Give parents a break from homeschooling...
During a recent webinar with Destinations International, Miles Partnership Senior Vice Presidents Laura Libby and Nate Huff shared key insights for how travel industry businesses can best message to key audiences—while measuring impact and engagement—during these unprecedented times.
Their advice? Take a “messaging” versus a “marketing” approach to create a holistic, fluid strategy with consumers that leans into storytelling and creates value for your partners. Start by creating a plan that focuses on what your organization can be doing now, while setting yourself up for continued evolution. Establish your message points, create plans to share them, set a new baseline and start measuring the progress of your efforts. A phased approach will create space to react to shifting circumstances in real time.
Five key recommendations include:
Even though travel is currently at a standstill until COVID-19 is under control, there are still a lot of ideas and content you can share with your email subscribers. Below is a list of things destinations and attractions are doing to stay engaged, all of which are great ways to keep a destination at the top of travelers’ minds when we’re all finally able to travel again.
1. Share online videos and live streams.
Cincinnati Zoo, the Great Wall of China, San Diego Zoo and National Parks have all done this, and I for one have loved it. With two kids at home from school right now, they’re understandably going a little stir crazy. So far, we’ve been able to experience animals up close at the zoo, explore Yellowstone National Park and venture to the Great Wall of China, all from the comfort of our home. In watching these videos, my kids are not only...