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PR is prioritized by mid-Atlantic tourism, thanks to Alliance of DMOs

As the saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work. For the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA), the dream is a flourishing tourism industry across the entire mid-Atlantic region. MATPRA is a cohesive unit of destination marketing organizations encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC! The alliance serves travel journalists from across the country and its regional DMO partners by providing resources for DMOs to network with each other and pitch to the media. One of these resources is their annual Media Marketplace, a conference held at a different host destination each year that brings together destination marketers and qualified journalists. Here to talk about the Marketplace event, how journalists are selected, and what destination marketers can benefit from connecting with the media are Melissa Muntz from Visit Frederick, MD, and Kaitie Burger from Discover Lehigh Valley, PA. Both Melissa and Kaitie are on the Board of Directors for MATPRA and are passionate about empowering the tourism industry in their respective destinations as well as in the mid-Atlantic region as a whole.

"People don't give to need, they give to success," and other tips for nonprofit video marketing strategy.

Recently, managing partner Whitney Hahn was featured on the Good People, Good Marketing Podcast, hosted by Adam Walker from Sideways8 Interactive. In this interview, Whitney gets up on her soapbox and talks about what's new, exciting, and wonderful in the world of video marketing, and how nonprofit organizations should use it to win people over and earn their donations. Hear what she says and how it could change your life and the way you market.

Targeting niche travelers with custom itineraries

Natalie Lauzon, the Business Development Manager for 50 Degrees North, is this week’s guest on the Zesty Marketing Podcast. 50 Degrees North is a tour operator based in Øyer, Norway with an office in Vancouver, Canada. They send travelers on adventures in the Scandinavian and Nordic countries. Natalie discusses how she and her team work with both industry and non-industry partners to create custom tours, and how 50 Degrees North offers unique travel experiences for niche groups of travelers like women-only tours of Scandinavia.

The Frederick distillery crafts one-of-a-kind spirits and guest experiences

The craft beverage industry has been rising in popularity in recent years, so marketing is becoming more .More essential to stand out from the crowd and grow a loyal fanbase. Monica Pearce, owner and “boss lady” of Tenth Ward Distilling in Frederick, Md, is doing just that. Tenth Ward’s slogan is, fittingly, “Ward off ordinary." They are known for producing limited edition and seasonal liquors as well as Maryland’s first absinthe. In this podcast, Monica will talk about how she grows and engages her brand ambassadors through limited edition spirit releases and a Bottle Club that mimics a wine club. She’ll also reveal how she makes visiting Tenth Ward’s tasting room an experience, by reinforcing the Tenth Ward brand in her new space in downtown Frederick and training her employees to be good storytellers and brand experts.

There are images proven to attract more guests to tourist destinations.

No doubt, when you’re in the market for a new place to visit, you’re clicking through photos and videos that show off the sights to be seen and the adventures to be had. Some of them might not interest you as much as others -- but have you ever wondered why? Well, Andrew Woods has, and he and his team have figured out the secret to which images work, and which don’t in attracting visitors to destinations. Andrew is involved with the interactive media design, film and video production, and blog writing for Digital Edge Marketing. Digital Edge is an agency in Jacksonville, FL, and they specialize in digital marketing for DMOs (destination marketing organizations). On this week’s Zesty Marketing Podcast, Andrew sheds some light on the scientific research behind destination marketing imagery: what kinds of images people are most drawn to, and why!

Loudoun Economic Development shares 5 tips for bringing businesses and travelers to Northern Virginia.

When you imagine the “home of the Internet,” do you picture aisles of blinking web servers living right underneath a vibrant farming community? In the same county that has the most horses in Virginia? Well, this is the reality of Loudoun County, VA. Located roughly 25 miles outside of the nation’s capital, Loudoun County is known as “DC’s Wine Country.” It's home to vineyards, breweries, horse farms, and of course, a massive tech hotspot. Brian Tinsman is the Digital Properties Manager for Loudoun County Economic Development, and it’s his job to harmonize the marketing messages for the county to grow and support Loudoun businesses and draw new business owners to the area. Brian has found content marketing most effective in his efforts. In this episode of the Zesty Marketing Podcast, Brian shares 5 tips for content-driven marketing.