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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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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Using Front Line Staff as Brand Ambassadors

Using Front Line Staff as Brand Ambassadors

One main challenge every destination faces, regardless of size, is how to get the most return on investment from their marketing dollars.  When a DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) is looking at their budget and various marketing programs, there are many options for programs that can be created. The trick is to understand what will provide…

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The Difference Among Travel Media

The Difference Among Travel Media

You’re probably familiar with the changing landscape of travel media – smaller travel sections (or staff) in print publications, a rise in frequency of bloggers and freelancers, and the emergence of social media influencers. Each one of these travel media types has different expectations and deliverables. That means you and your destination must work with…

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Preparing for Crisis Management in Tourism

Tourism is a fun industry. It’s vacations! People are having fun and aside from a few customer service issues, your organization may not have faced a crisis before. But no one is immune to a crisis and creating a plan is a simple investment now to ensure you’re prepared if anything happens. Preparing for crisis…

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4 Digital News Solutions for the Modern PR Pro

4 Digital News Solutions for the Modern PR Pro

As a modern PR professional, keeping up to date on the news is half the job. It’s important for me to be aware of the current political landscape, breaking news (both locally and nationally), and even the “trending” news, “silly” hashtags and viral topics that blow up our newsfeeds. Each of these things could affect…

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Travel PR: How to Turn Desksides into Destination Guides

At the heart of media relations – especially when it comes to Travel PR – is building relationships with the writers, bloggers and influencers that you want to work with. And while email pitches, travel shows, and even the phone call all have their purpose, there is one more public relations tool destinations need to…

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Lights, Camera, Action! Television Media Training 101

Lights, Camera, Action! Television Media Training 101

Public Relations professionals are often assigned the role of a spokesperson or asked to execute media training for clients. While you might be comfortable speaking about your company, it’s another story to feel confident at a television studio and using effective communication on camera. Do you make eye contact with the camera? How much room…

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How to Vet a Social Media Influencer

How to vet a social media influencer

As we all know, the media landscape is shifting from traditional journalists and publications to bloggers and social media influencers. Travelers are interested in seeing where other people are visiting, what dishes they’re eating, and what awesome experience they’re having. So it only makes sense that destinations are partnering with travel influencers more often as…

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The Media, Travel and You: Top PR Trends and Tips of 2018

The Media, Travel and You: Top PR Trends and Tips of 2018

Earlier this month, I attended the annual PRSA Travel & Tourism Conference in New Orleans, a gathering of media and tourism professionals from across the country. The three-day conference was jam-packed with learnings specific to the tourism industry – the best of which was an in-depth look at 2018 travel trends, straight from the mouth…

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