The Next Phase of Travel Marketing

I recently came across TurnHere.com – a very cool website that has a compilation of short films about various locations across North America.  Unlike other video submission sites, the focus of Turn Here is about recruiting filmmakers into a professional community and allowing them to house their work in a more professional environment.  Better yet,

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Bluetooth and "Placecasting"

Following from my previous post about the Landrover promotion, I did a bit more research and learned about Consola, the Open Source Proximity Media Server.  As far as I can tell from their sparse website, the project is designed to create an open source method for what the project calls "placecasting" – or sending a

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The Arrival of Product Placement on Blogs

Anyone in the marketing and advertising industry has probably followed the evolution of product placement on TV and in films with interest.  With the Tivo phenomenon changing how consumers view (or skip) the 30 second spot, some say the future of television is in product placements.  But what about product placement and sponsorship on blogs? 

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Text Messaging and Customer Service

Recently, I had the chance to stay at the W Hotel in Times Square – and they had an interesting new text messaging service designed to inform guests about anything from a fax coming in, to confirmation of a dinner reservation.  Just text "W Insider" to a special number to get set up.  It got

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Yet Another Boeing Opportunity

One of my favourite blogs out there is Randy’s Journal, from the VP of Marketing at Boeing.  More than just liking his approach to the aviation industry, I think the tone and voice with which his blog is consistently authored is one of the more genuine and credible executive blogs in the marketplace today.  As

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Hilton Promotes a Better World, Starwood Promotes Better Sty ...

Taking a look at the current promotions from two of the world’s largest hotel chains is an interesting snapshot of the different philosophical approaches each chain brings to their hotel operations.  Hilton launched their Be Hospitable campaign with a call to people around the world to just be nicer to each other.  Their campaign site

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5 Ways Marketing Can Save the US Airline Industry

There are few other industries that have suffered as much across the board as airlines in America.  From bankruptcy to solvency to operational issues – flying domestically in the US is not what it used to be.  There are news stories about 30 million bags being lost, service deteriorating, employees protesting, and airlines folding.  Yesterday’s

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Boeing Uses Blog to Counter Airbus Marketing

A recent post from the VP of Marketing for Boeing (Randy Baseler) illustrates the perfect way to use a blog for public relations and to get your corporate viewpoint transparently into the online dialogue.  It’s an ongoing challenge for Boeing to connect with consumers, considering most of the relationship a individuals have with the travel

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Semapedia Shows the Promise of Mobile Marketing

In this month’s issue, Wired magazine asked several visionary thinkers to assign a new word to the future of the Internet.  Paul McFedries, author of Word Spy, mentioned the term: Infosphere … an apt term for the current state and future potential of the web.  The growth of information resources online has been symbolized by

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Something Smells Good at IAD

In the baggage claim at Dulles Airport there are a few cafes selling the usual last minute snack fare.  At IAD, and most other airports, only difference between these vendors is how many steps they are from their customer at any particular time.  Yesterday, as I waited to pick someone up, I (and most of

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