Social Media and Tourism: Let’s Talk Together

We are all connected by Chris Kompst

I have been lobbying for many years to get the three voices together to support local business and build a sustainable, rich visitor experience here in Hawaii. We have many local bloggers and podcasters who have done enormous work to share the Aloha with others around the globe. We have small businesses who can now leverage their time and budgets using social…

Tourism Tweetup: Connecting Locals & Visitors

meet the maui bloggers

Ask any traveler: would you rather stay in a tourist compound (aka tourist ghetto) or get out and meet the locals? Overwhelmingly, travelers want to meet the locals! Social media can facilitate this in so many ways. Today I am promoting the idea of connecting guest travel bloggers with local bloggers, to enhance the coverage of the destination and to build a…

Social Media Award

We won! Bare Feet Studios was awarded “Best Social Media Campaign” at the #PEMawards. It was such an honor to be able to share the case study from our client, the Lānaʻi Visitors Bureau, and gain recognition for the New Media Artist-in-Residence program. (More links and the back story below. Photo Credit: Tracy Chan for NonstopHonolulu.) UPDATE: Mahalo to my client Keliʻi…

Summary of New Media Artist-in-Residence Program

cover of 2011 report on the Lanai Visitors Bureau blogger program

It is the last day of 2011 and I want to add an exclamation point of gratitude on each of my blogs – most of which suffer from neglect from me. It was my friend and Maui blogger Liza Pierce’s idea: let’s all write a blog post for January 1st! So, I’ve set this to post just one minute in to the…

For Travel Destinations: Working Well with Bloggers

I am producing a social media marketing campaign for the island of Lānaʻi, here in Hawaii. It is a rather unique concept, a “New Media Artist-in-Residence” Program. I will write about the specifics in a separate blog post, though I did start noodling on this idea back in 2008. Today I want to share with you some tips I have put together…

Hawaii Officially Dips Toes in the Waters of Social Media

Many thanks to the Pacific Business News and the Star Bulletin for covering the recent So Much More Hawaii fam tour with mainland bloggers. I started this writing as a comment on PBN, but I have a rule that when my comments exceed two paragraphs, I move the conversation over to my blog for clarity and for support. (Plus, the Star Bulletin…