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  • 1. Working with PRs and Tourist Boards Michael Collins –
  • 2. What do WE want to achieve today? I WANT YOU – to have more knowledge than your competitors – to understand from the inside where we all fit in the greater scheme of things – to be able to better communicate better with tourist boards and PRs, speak their language – stats, evergreen etc – to know what they want, to see the relationship from the other side of the fence – to get more trips, more invitations
  • 3. ck to Add Title • • • • • • • Traditional PR Social Media – 50% Press trips Media Buying Events Representation Strategy
  • 4. Background
  • 5. • 2001, 2003, 2009 • I got out • Print was declining • Print not dead • Content delivery + distribution changing • One thing has not changed • GOOD CONTENT • CONTENT IS STILL KING
  • 6. Mark Twain Cicero Voltaire Blaise Pascal “If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written You a Shorter Letter”
  • 7. Blaise Pascal “If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written You a Shorter Letter”
  • 8. Quality writing • Biggest challenge, issue • Advantage and disadvantage • Take your time, write like you have been commissioned for the New York Times, every time
  • 9. You cannot be serious “Hi Michael, I know you asked for 800 words, but the trip was so much fun and I had so much to say I couldn’t decide which parts to cut, it’s just over 1100 words, you decide……..”
  • 10. Then and Now • • • • • • You are the editor, publisher, designer, distributor.... You’ve got to be good at all the above First and foremost the writing, content, images Increased competition, anyone can do it Relationships with editors no longer key Relationships with PRs, tourist boards now more important than ever
  • 11. What do our clients understand about Bloggers? • • • • • • • Some, a lot (younger) Others, nothing (older, decision makers) Some have worked with bloggers before Others have no experience at all With varying results Why is this relevant? You have to sell yourself, what you do
  • 12. What they do understand is……. • • • • • • • Print - clippings Broadcast – video/audio clips Press trips – real people – they were nice MEASUREMENT Where did the money go The internet is great at MEASUREMENT We love stats – I’ll come back to this
  • 13. Tips and advice • • • • Follow, Like, Share, Engage with us Sounds obvious, but a lot of bloggers don’t do it It’s how we communicate, invite, ask, request…… Who should you be following – – – – Travel PRs Tourist Boards Airlines Hotel chains
  • 14. This week on Twitter
  • 15. Tips and advice • Don’t try and be everywhere • Facebook is not the only platform • Press/blogger trips we need a mix - FB, radio, print, YouTube, Instagram • e.g. Fionn Davenport, Twitter and Instagram only
  • 16. Don’t Bluff • It’s a small world, we all know each other – travel PRs and tourist boards • I spent 6 years as a travel editor, publisher, writer • Member of global travel PR networks • Ireland, UK, France, USA, South Africa, Australia, Italy, Spain, Germany, India, China, Belgium, Netherlands, etc.
  • 17. Disconnect • Media = SHORT TERM • Industry = LONG TERM • 2 months notice for a bespoke trip, not 2 weeks or 2 days • Planning for the year ahead takes place Sept-Nov • Festival – City of Culture – 6 months out, not 2 weeks
  • 18. Are you Monitoring Yourself • Monitor yourself and share your activity with us • Success with Google shows us your blog is set up properly • Are you using Google Authorship?
  • 19. Google Authorship • Link your Google+ account with your blog • Better search results for your blog posts • Share these results with us
  • 20. Be Professional • • • • Have a Facebook Business Page, not a Personal Page We need to see stats Not possible on a personal page Likewise for apps and competitions etc
  • 21. Keeping Facebook Work and Personal Separate • Keep your personal life and party antics separate from your professional life as a travel blogger • We do this in our office. My staff have separate work and personal pages • You can merge your old personal page with a new business page and not lose any Likes
  • 22. Stats – Reporting - Feedback
  • 23. Share your stats with us
  • 24. More Stats PeerIndex, Kred, Google+ Ripples, Facebook EdgeRank Checker, Twitalyzer •We do this in our office. My staff have separate work and personal pages
  • 25. Evergreen • • • • • • • • Show us you know what evergreen means Don’t just distribute once Distribute again and again It’s easy So many ways, reasons to distribute – festivals, national days, etc. It helps you and us – grow your audience and ours Stay in touch and you’ll stay on our radar Report regularly, updates
  • 26. Evergreen
  • 27. Evergreen
  • 28. Evergreen
  • 29. Evergreen
  • 30. Use Our #hashtags • • • • • #hashtags are across all platforms, not just Twitter Facebook being the most recent to adopt the # Use our #hashtags Monitoring our #hashtags #Puglia
  • 31. Not my job • • • • • Yes, it’s not your job Your job to be a brilliant writer/photographer GREAT CONTENT – GREAT WRITING But………………… There’s a lot of competition out there, and you need to be the best to beat the rest………. • Therefore, it is your job
  • 32. New V Old Media • They do work together • New is a back door into old media • Fionn Davenport when on Newstalk uses his own personal Twitter handle @fionndavenport when on air • Why? Why do Newstalk allow this? • He brings a new and larger audience to the show • His new world Klout adds value to his position and influence in the old world • Think of yourself as a content creator, with an audience, not just as new media – as a blogger, etc
  • 33. Know Your Place • • • • Where do you fit, where do I fit, in the world of travel content Content Marketing Marketers need content, good content, and lots of it Government – Tourist Board – PR – Travel Writer - Distribution
  • 34. Remember this annoying guy?
  • 35. Takeaways 1. 2. 3. 4. Stats, stats and more stats Communicate. Talk to us. Stay in contact. Report back Content is King, especially well written content Travel industry needs lots and lots of content. Reciprocal relationship 5. Know your medium. Share, RT, Like, Engage, #, Repeat 6. It costs nothing to be polite 7. We work with people we like
  • 36. Thank you Michael Collins @TravelMedia_ie facebook/