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  • Place brands that lack substance are doomed to disappoint December 8, 2018
    Like many industries, place marketing has weathered some notorious brand disasters. This 2010 brand video for Downtown St. Louis received criticism for portraying itself as the next über-trendy scene for hipsters and fashionistas – a new New York, perhaps? Or consider Las Vegas. In the 1990s, city marketers tried to rebrand Sin City as a […]
    Frank Cuypers
  • 625,000,000 conversations across 100 destinations: Get the first (free) Global Tourism Sentiment Index report November 30, 2018
    Your destination’s reputation rises and falls based on the experiences people have and the stories they tell. But how do you know exactly what people are saying? Destination marketers often measure public perception through surveys that provide useful but limited data samples. It’s difficult to consistently track your tourism destination’s performance at scale and build […]
    Think! Staff
  • 10 million conversations: This city uses sentiment analysis to hear what its people are really saying November 2, 2018
    As more travellers visit Calgary, Canada, its destination marketing organization (DMO) uses advanced new research to shape strategic planning. The city welcomed almost seven million people in 2017, which reflects a rise in leisure travellers. Meanwhile, what are Calgary’s visitors and residents saying about the city? Starting in 2016, Tourism Calgary began to find out […]
    Think! Staff
  • Why the hero-hub-hygiene content marketing strategy still wins for DMOs in 2018 October 26, 2018
    Every organization needs an easily understood content strategy to act as a roadmap for always-on activity and broader content goals. In 2014, YouTube and Google put forth the hero-hub-hygiene (H-H-H) strategy to help digital marketers get the greatest impact from their efforts. It allows teams to diversify content to build audience loyalty and longevity, rather […]
    Kelly Cubbon
  • Why emoji are a 🎁 for your DMO’s content marketing October 5, 2018
    Jing Ge is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Anthropology Department and Co-Chair of the Tourism Studies Working Group at University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in marketing and communication from the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland, Australia and has close to 10 years of online communication industry experience. Her […]
    Think! Staff
  • A brief history of your DMO’s role September 24, 2018
    Destination marketing is undergoing a revolutionary change. For many, mass advertising fades in relevance as word-of-mouth promotion moves front-and-centre and DMOs begin to manage experiences. Your visitors and residents influence people who trust them by sharing their travel experiences in vast online networks. You can learn a lot from the millions of conversations out there. […]
    Think! Staff
  • Why 70% of destinations say involving stakeholders is a major branding challenge September 7, 2018
    We asked our readers to tell us their destination’s biggest branding challenge. (The poll remains open.) So far, about 70% chose “involving our tourism industry to educate and align with our brand” as a significant obstacle, ranking it either four or five out of five in difficulty. Some of you will feel validated to find […]
    David Archer
  • Engagement benchmarks: How does your destination compare? August 10, 2018
    You’ve just received your DMO’s quarterly marketing report. Flipping through the deck, you see that your social media channels are showing strong numbers. 70,000 more engagements here, 8,000 more followers there – growth is happening across the board. It seems like good news. Then at a meeting, someone asks, “What do these engagement numbers really […]
    David Archer
  • Poll: What is your destination’s biggest branding challenge in 2018? August 4, 2018
    Virtually all destination marketing organizations (DMOs) need to master brand strategy and management to succeed. Many marketers face similar obstacles on the way to brand excellence, but which are blocking today’s DMOs? Let’s find out. What are your biggest branding challenges? Take a few minutes to complete the multiple-choice poll below. After completing the poll, […]
    Think! Staff
  • Who’s doing niche tourism? These 5 destinations are doubling down on specific visitor passions July 28, 2018
    An experience made for everyone is often nothing special to anyone. “Why should I visit?” is one question your destination needs to address in today’s increasingly competitive tourism market. A niche marketing strategy can connect your destination and its community to passionate, loyal visitors who appreciate the experiences that only your place can provide. Without […]
    Kelly Cubbon