When to add a new social media channel

How do you know when it’s time to add a new social media channel? In previous posts, we talked about Instagram, hashtags, and how to know if Snapchat is right for your destination. But when is the right time to pull the trigger and add a new channel? We recently encountered this question at BTI when…

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social media strategy building blocks

Social media strategy building blocks are basic elements of the strategy that set the stage for success. Casa Larga Vineyards is an award-winning winery in Fairport, NY, established in 1974. Break The Ice Media has worked with the winery for over 7 years, creating and executing strategic marketing plans. The social media strategy, just like the…

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Snaptastic: A Destination's Guide to Adding Snapchat

It’s no secret that I love Snapchat. And lately it’s been impossible to escape from the headlines of the rising star platform. Snapchat use is on the rise, wait – it’s on the decline, it’s actually both. Snapchat is doing well or it’s setting itself up for failure. Snapchat is unique, Instagram and Facebook are…

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Unlocking the Power of Travel Apps

On Tuesday, I attended a seminar hosted by I Love NY about using TripAdvisor and Viator for destinations.  The information provided was compelling, relevant, and motivating. But as with all seminars, there’s a disconnect between the information gathering stage, and the action stage, the “shopping cart abandonment” of the travel industry if you will. As…

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Writing for Digital: social, web & email

A majority of the writing I do for our clients takes place in the digital realm. I work in social media, and do a lot of marketing writing for email newsletters and websites. One thing to keep in mind when doing any digital   writing is to remember that the digital space is an increasingly visual space.…

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Destination: Insta-Sensation!

  Think your destination doesn’t need to be on Instagram? Think again. Twitter and Facebook can be hard enough to keep up with, let alone trying to balance a Pinterest, Tumblr, or Youtube channel. But if there’s one social media your destination absolutely, unequivocally needs, it’s Instagram. And not an account that you use twice a…

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Beyond the Boost: Digging in to Facebook Advertising

This year, I have been digging deeper into the complexities of the Facebook advertising platform, which has expanded with the addition of dedicated support, learning modules through their BluePrint site, a new ad builder, audience tools and the advent of a more powerful tracking tool. In 2012, Facebook added the “Boost” button on posts to…

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#TrendingNow: Hashtags and the Tourism Industry

As someone who spends a lot of time on social media, I think it’s about time we talk about travel hashtags. Hashtags – known as # – are used across social media to identify messages focused around a specific topic. Travel hashtags fall under one of these subsets, specifically used by travelers and within the travel…

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