Link Friday: The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Kate

We are officially less than a week from Turkey Day 2014. Have your elastic-waist pants at the ready.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Link Friday: The 2014 Winter Travel Edition

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Kate

Are you ready for winter? I know I’m not. But winter getaways, that’s a whole other subject. Let’s talk about cold weather travel.

Link Friday: The Social Media Updates Edition

Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Kate

Social media platforms are ever-changing, so you’ve gotta keep up. This Friday, let us help get you up to speed.

  • Instagram recently introduced its new app, Hyperlapse, and well, it’s pretty awesome.
  • Pinterest is unrolling “promoted Pins” to certain business accounts, where you can pay to have your Pins show up in searches.
  • Facebook recently started “Rooms,” harkening the concept of chat rooms from days past.
  • And much to the dismay of some, Twitter seems to be looking more and more like Facebook by the day.
  • Vine’s upping its game too, adding a bunch of new features, including allowing imported videos.
  • Social media, digital media and traditional media are coming together in a cool new venture called “Discover.”

Link Friday: The 2014 Elections Edition

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Kate

Election Day is almost here. You can tell because your social media feeds are full of political commentary and it’s reaching a fever pitch.

  • Social media in politics was, not so long ago, a bit of a novelty. Now, it’s an integral part of the campaign. Here are a few great examples of how it’s being incorporated.
  • And it’s not just in the United States. Social media played a huge role in this year’s elections in India, especially with young voters.
  • Remember, in many states (including Wisconsin), it’s a felony to show your ballot to anyone, including on social media. Earlier this year one Wisconsin mayor did it. He escaped prosecution, but don’t push your luck.
  • Want to know which states are talking politics the most on Facebook? Hint, it’s not New York! Apparently mum’s the word there. The age stats about who’s posting the most are surprising too.
  • Here’s a fun tool created by Facebook that compares candidates based on their Facebook fans and on how many people are talking about them. File away your findings and see if the most popular candidate on Facebook actually wins next week!

Link Friday: The Halloween Edition

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Kate

It’s almost Halloween time!

  • For some, Halloween is all about the gore. For others, it’s all about the costumes. But it can also be a great excuse to travel! Check out America’s best towns for Halloween.
  • If you love being scared silly, you won’t want to miss the most terrifying haunted houses in America, including scary trips through a swamp and an abandoned meat processing plant and encounters with live alligators in a maze of complete darkness.
  • For a more kid-friendly Halloween vacation, check out these fun destinations.
  • On a non-travel related note, have you heard about the teal pumpkin project this Halloween? Concerned parents started it to encourage people to offer alternative treats on Halloween for kids with food allergies, but it gained national attention through social media. Never underestimate the power of the internet!

Link Friday: The Food Photos Edition

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Kate

You know you’ve done it. You’ve taken a photo of food and posted it to social media. It’s okay. You’re not alone. Ninety new photos hashtagged #foodporn are uploaded to Instagram every minute.

  • Forget your friends’ food pics – if you’re serious, you follow this Twitter account. All food, all the time.
  • Food photos now have their own social network, called Morsel.
  • Did you know photos of your lunch can do more than annoy your friends? Check out these ways they can actually do good!
  • If you’re going to post food photos, the least you can do is make them look good. Here are some helpful tips.
  • And finally, here’s an entire Instagram account full of really bad food photos. Learn what not to do here.

Link Friday: The Social Media & Charity Edition

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Kate

So we all saw the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos fill up our news feed this summer.  It’s proof that social media and charity make a great team.

  • So why do some charity events go viral when others go unnoticed? For the Ice Bucket Challenge in particular, it was the perfect storm.
  • Social media remains one of the first places people hear about charitable initiatives. Check out this list of other interesting finds about social media users and philanthropy.
  • Ninety-eight percent of the biggest charities in the U.S. use social media and for most, the main goal is raising awareness. They’re finding videos to be their most effective tool.
  • Here are some ways you can use social media to promote your charity or fundraiser.
  • And last but not least, here are some social media dos and don’ts when you’re running a charity.

Look who joined the team!

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 by Tyler
Jessi

Jessi Johnson lives and breathes creative design. He has a broad and impressive portfolio of visual work that includes posters, park signs, menus, maps, vacation guides and web advertisements. Mr. Johnson captures the attention of travelers with his clean, smart and effective ideas and his enthusiasm for destination marketing.

Look who joined the team!

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tyler
Ben Jones

Mr. Jones pairs his travel and writing passions to inspire others to pack their bags. He’s a former journalist and a skilled communicator who believes that one of the best parts of travel is the moment one decides to take a trip. Mr. Jones loves using words to help people find those moments.

Link Friday: The Fall Festivals Edition

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014 by Kate

Fall is full of festivals. But they’re more than just fun. They play an important role in tourism.