From Awards to Talktourism on Twitter!

The closing date has come and gone for voting in the ‘Net Visionary Awards‘ 2009 (1st May) and we are none the wiser in respect of how we performed. We actively encouraged all our Talktourism members to vote for us and we are grateful to all that have supported us.  I guess we will just have to wait until the 21st May and watch this space!

We are happy with the publicity which has come about as a result of being short listed in the ‘Online Tourism Category’.  We have also attracted additional new members with a good geographical spread around the country.  We have also seen an increase in visitors to our Talktourism.ie site from around 1,650 visitors a month in 2008 to around 2,500 currently.  This is minor league in the online World, but we are happy as the site is targeted at small to medium tourism enterprises. The big question is how do we encourage more to actually engage and contribute to the site? I’ve been thinking about this one for a while and I would appreciate any new ideas… 

We held one of our ‘Talktourism Web2.0 Network’ workshops recently and we concentrated on Twitter.  We all quickly became familiar with twitter and everyone got hooked because it is an effective way to communicate with colleagues / friends and establish new online business relationships.  Following two weeks of communication via ‘Twitter’ the tourism entrepreneurs have outlined there own experience of using twitter on Talktourism.ie, which you can check out here.

Twitter is also a good source of up-to-date information on the travel industry and today I came across an interesting article about ‘Which travel firms do twitter well (& badly)!’ As with everything else online the main cost is time, but in these recessionary times, I think its worth giving it a go.

If you want to follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Talktourism & tweet me! I am also delighted that we have loaded our ‘tweets’ on to our blog which can be viewed here on the lefthand column.

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Shortlisted for NetVisionary Award 2009

Talktourism.ie has been shortlisted for a National Award in the ‘Online Tourism Award’ category of the Irish Internet Association and Enterprise Ireland Net Visionary Awards 2009.

We are truely delighted and honoured to be shortlisted and in the final reckoning with some of the best known names in the tourism industry Ireland.  We do recognise that the success of the site todate has been down to the members whom regularly visit and contribute to the site.  Thanks to all members!

The best websites in Ireland are included in the shortlist for awards under 15 different categories and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on the 21st May.  The winners are selected by the general public who can vote online and we would welcome your support by logging on and voting for Talktourism.ie in the ‘Online Tourism Award’ category.

 If you wish to read more about what our Talktourism members have been saying, then check our online discussion about the Net Visionary Shortlisting. 

 Overall there has been a number of interesting discussions on Talktourism.ie over the last couple of years.  The majority of these online discussions result in a shared learning and better communication about business opportuinities for tourism entrepreneurs as well as new contacts being established.

Here is a selection of some good examples of our recent member discussions which clearly are assisting tourism entrepreneurs to develop their online knowledge and presence. Topics include; Website Creation, Fáilte Irelands Web-check, Tourism Blogging, encouraging tourism entrepreneurs to enter awards such as the Innovation Awards and as recently as yesterday a discussion was started on how B&B bookings are performing in 2009.

 

On a final note; most visitors to talktourism.ie do not realise that another network operate on the forum and meet regular to advance their Web2.0 skills.  This group is a dedicated group of tourism entrepreneurs who have grasped the opportunties that are freely available online and have their own ‘Talktourism Web2.0 Network’ which facilitates ‘peer to peer’ learning.  This is where the future lies and hopefully with the assistance of Fáilte Ireland’s commitment to this area, more of rural Ireland will be actively marketing online through the various Web2.0 social media.

 

We would welcome any comments you have on our website.