In partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), TwoSix Digital developed and ran one of the first statewide tourism educational initiatives in the country in May, 2016.
This comprehensive program began with 5 regional seminars located throughout the state. These events brought together various elements of the tourism economy in the state of Michigan. CVBs, Chambers of Commerce, non-profits, small business and many other organizations attended these full-day events.
In addition to the regional workshops, DMO or Chamber of Commerce attendees were each also provided with a one hour coaching session. These allowed for specific, tactical questions relating to digital marketing efforts to be asked on a one-on-one basis.
These all-day sessions featured the most pertinent topics today in digital marketing. They were designed to help DMOs inspire, educate and collaborate with their local partners like never before in conjunction with the ongoing marketing efforts of Pure Michigan. This plan was designed to be a “rising tides lift all boats” approach to destination marketing.
TwoSix Digital made great efforts to ensure all attendees, regardless of experience, left with valuable takeaways and action items.
Attendees were encouraged to utilize an online self-assessment tool prior to the seminars to determine their “social media savviness” and gain an idea of how well they integrated best practices into their marketing efforts. This information also provided TwoSix Digital with a framework to build an entire day’s worth of content to cover.
We then crafted a number of sessions covering the following topics:
- Trends in social media
- Content development in social media
- Social media best practices by network
- Content marketing strategies
- Data and promotional distribution
- Exploring opportunities with the statewide tourism brand
To further enhance educational efforts, an online Learning Library was also created with useful articles, infographics and data that was available for attendees.
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TwoSix on Tour
May 8 - Founder and Chief Strategist, Dave Serino, will present a session on Claiming Your Space in Today’s Digital World to stakeholders of the Oakland, California CVB. The workshop will highlight networks like Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp, along with providing tactical strategies on how to excel on those networks.
May 11 – Senior Digital Strategist, Brian Matson, will kick off National Tourism Day in the Outer Banks of North Carolina when he presents a session on content marketing to the area’s tourism industry. The session will cover the essentials of good content development and distribution to potential travelers.
May 14-18 - Founder and Chief Strategist, Dave Serino, will present several digital marketing and social media education sessions at the Southeast Tourism Marketing College in Georgia.
May 23 - Senior Content Marketing Strategist, Marissa Conniff, and Founder and Strategist, Dave Serino, will present a hands-on Instagram workshop to the stakeholders of the Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau.