Monthly Archives: October 2014

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 Johnson lives and breathes creative design. His impressive portfolio of digital and print work includes custom websites, effective search engine optimization, and vibrant menus, maps, vacation guides and advertisements. Mr. Johnson captures the attention of travelers with his clean, smart and effective ideas and his enthusiasm for destination marketing.

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.