Being talked about online can bring more visitors and tourists to your town.
Just one example: A 2011 UK study found that 52 per cent of Facebook users were influenced by their friend’s holiday photos to book a trip to the same place.
If you want to help make more of that happen, you want to connect with your online champions, the people who already know and love your town and are willing to talk you up online.
|Sarah Hansen uses my iPad to live-tweet at RevitalizeWA.|
When I spoke about finding your online champions at the Revitalize WA conference, the audience was made up of people from towns of all sizes. A quick survey of the room showed that they understood the power of online conversation to drive visits. While they were thinking of ways to get more online mentions from strangers, many of them had overlooked the power of their existing champions.
It turns out, all of them knew of people who either live in town now, used to live there, or had family connections in town, and were also active online. And a quick search of town names in directories like Twellowhood and Local Tweeps turned up powerful online publishers that the locals had not connected with. I should say they had not at that time, because I think they headed straight to do that right after the session.
Where else do you find your existing online champions?
- your site comments
- your Facebook comments
- people who connect on Twitter
- your Flickr friends
If you listen, your champions are out there talking. It’s your opportunity to listen and connect.
- Downtown is your town’s core: How to make your case - February 22, 2021
- Zoom Towns: attracting and supporting remote workers in rural small towns - December 10, 2020
- In an economic crisis, spend your brainpower before your dollars - November 25, 2020
- Video: How to fill empty car dealership buildings for the holidays - November 6, 2020
- How has 2020 changed the challenges rural small towns face? Tell us here - October 20, 2020
- The Idea Friendly Method to surviving a business crisis - October 6, 2020
- Join me for the Rural Renewal Symposium online Oct 13 - September 26, 2020
- Cheap placemaking idea: instant murals - September 11, 2020
- Refilling the rural business pipeline - July 7, 2020
- Huge vacant buildings: grants to renovate? - June 9, 2020