Shifts in Local Business Internet Marketing Opportunities

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This may be helpful to those who think Facebook, Google and Pinterest have some use for their business.

http://ruraltourismmarketing.com/2013/03/big-shifts-in-local-business-internet-marketing-opportunities/

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I lost track of the balloon the moment it left my hands...  crying

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You know...I got into the biz to host people. The rest of this makes me crazy. I need to hire a social media person just to keep up. And that is not amusing to me. Gripe alert- I have to be a dietician, an allergen specialist, a webmaster, a social media guru, a friendly face, a launderer. I have to know town regs, state regs, federal regs. I have to know that there is construction 50 miles from here to alert guests to alternate routes. (Those who do not have up to date, live GPS.) I am a social director, giver of directions, fixer of computer problems.

I am tired. And I don't even have guests!

I have no idea how Instagram works. I cannot keep up with Twitter. Half the things I see people using I wouldn't know where to find to even get started.

OK, off to remove the RSS feed from my blog. Which I had no idea what it did but thought I should add it.

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Madeleine wrote:

You know...I got into the biz to host people...I need to hire a social media person just to keep up.

I thought of you when I read JB's post about five mistakes B&B owners make. Here was number one:

The first mistake she identifies is “Thinking You Are In The ‘Bed & Breakfast Business’!”...As she observes: “The turning point for me was to take off my burdening B&B hat and put on a new one with ‘Marketing Expert’ written right across it.”

"Burdening" B&B hat! Ah this world we live in. You only THINK you are in the B&B business!

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I  know that stuff but I am not really a social person. The whole social thing is very hard for me. In person and online. I am also not a salesperson. If you want it, you'll buy it, I am not twisting your arm.

And, if it hard for me, it is damn near impossible for DH.

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with social media - if you are trying to sell you are doing it wrong (if that makes any sense) its about connecting with people and reminding them you are there ie how many people say oh we stayed in that place near the thing? oh what was its name? and so on

I use mine to update people on what's on in my town it coin fair, beer festival new line up for the crime festival and so on - the easiest way is to set up a google alert for your town and then you can tweet or facebook the article - its a no brainer.

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Nope, not selling. I do share what is happening around town and those shared posts get about 10 'views' compared with my 'ranting' posts that get hundreds. It doesn't seem like the shares really get seen.

Every once in awhile I will post that we have a room open for an event weekend or tell about a new package. But it's really mostly me rambling and sharing things to do.

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Madeleine wrote:

The rest of this makes me crazy.

Since I started out crazy I have decided social media will just have to take a back seat in my life. 

FWIW Maddie, I think you're doing a great job.

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I like twitter as by its very nature its super short! if you are looking for a place to start - the idiots guide to twitter marketing is excellent (its orange like its how to run a bb sister) published this year so bang up to date

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