How to Create Raving Fans

In today’s world, it can seem like everything in marketing and sales has changed. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the value of raving fans.

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3 Ways to Reach the Canadian Market with Travel PR

Canada and Canadian travelers are on our minds a lot at Break the Ice Media. Through our Canadian Co-op PR program, and previously through Cross Border Showcase and A Welcome Surprise, we’ve been working to make Canadians aware of Upstate New York as an easy travel destination. In 2014, we were first brought on to…

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The Evolution of Snapchat Advertising

The Evolution of Snapchat Advertising

I’ll be the first to admit it- I’m a little obsessed with Snapchat. I’ve stuck with the app through all the updates: when the “best friends” feature was taken away, when “best friends” came back (but privately), when emojis were introduced, and when the interactive lenses (or filters) were rolled out. I proudly have snap…

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Photos, Food & Formulas: Destination Marketing to Millennials

Photos, Food & Formulas: Destination Marketing to Millennials

In 2017, Break the Ice Media attended the Empire State Tourism Conference in Lake Placid. This information-packed conference was the perfect place to pick up new trends and learnings- and nothing was a hotter topic than marketing to millennials. The Wild Center held a session all about this topic, called “Marketing the Adirondacks to Millennials:…

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Collaborative Marketing in Tourism: Working Together to Lift All Boats

Collaborative Marketing in Tourism Working Together to Lift All Boats

In the travel and tourism industry, we understand how difficult it can be to grab the attention – and reservation – of a visitor. With limited time and a set budget, travelers have the tough decision of choosing where to go. As a destination, you may often feel like you’re competing against other tourist destinations.…

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Marketing and PR Strategy with the PESO Model

Marketing and PR Strategy with the PESO Model

I’ve been hearing a lot about needing strategy from potential clients lately. They are running a business or organization with many moving parts, and just getting promotions out the door is an accomplishment sometimes. What they crave is the structure of strategy, the peace of mind that all the Ts are crossed, Is are dotted…

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Identifying Local Influencers

Identifying Local Influencers

In the age of influencers, it can be hard for destinations and attractions to figure out how to capitalize on this trend. Local influencers are existing members of your community that have built an audience and thought-leadership around your destination- they’re the best brand ambassadors you may not know yet. Being a community member provides…

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Marketing Tactics for Small Budgets and Big Reach

Marketing Tactics for Small Budgets and Big Reach

When it comes to destination marketing, most tourism organizations are working with limited budgets, small staff size and big goals. In order to reach, engage and encourage large audiences to visit your destination, you have to be strategic with your marketing plan and spend. That means choosing marketing tactics that provide the biggest bang for…

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Are DMOs Evolving into Placemakers?

Are DMOs Evolving into Placemakers?

Since the beginning of 2019, I have been exploring the changing role of destination marketing organizations (DMOs) through conversation with guests on my podcast Destination on the Left. My question revolves around DMOs taking a more holistic approach to managing the destination’s brand and story by engaging with locals in addition to focusing on attracting…

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