WE DO. Romancing the Bridal Market.

By Danielle Salman

Art of Travel Marketing Magazine

Every little girl dreams of her big day. She’s finally engaged to the man of her dreams, and then reality hits: it’s time to plan a wedding. In the days of a never-ending stream of content, where does the bride actually begin to plan her fairytale wedding?

It used to be, you and mom would simply grab dad’s checkbook and pay a visit to Franck the wedding planner…and then just keep paying and paying and paying. But the world has changed a lot in one generation. TV shows like “The Bachelorette” and “Bridezillas” have transformed a once-traditional industry into a virtual free-for-all. We’ve gone from a struggle to keep up with The Jones’ to “Keeping up with The Kardashians”, overnight. Today’s brides are anything but predictable and cookie-cutter. They’re looking for something unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. They want different, exciting, fun…total wow factor. Whether it’s an extravagant soiree, intimate affair or off-the-beaten-path nuptials, the bride and groom want their guests to walk away saying, “wow, that was an amazing wedding.”

Just as today’s bride is untraditional, so, too, should be the marketing approach to reach this niche market. While continuing to place ads in established media like print and television remain important, the approach should also have a heavy focus on mobile and social efforts. After all, the Millennial market is constantly connected to their devices. She may be giving her hand in marriage, but her eyes and ears all belong to Apple and Android. Mobile has become imperative for “on the go” couples. Between lunch breaks, at work and on commutes, brides find any excuse to continue researching via mobile.

When searching for venues, vendors or inspiration for the
big day, brides also turn to social platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. These accessible resources have replaced the maid-of-honor as the bride’s true BFF, and have dramatically changed how she discovers where to host her wedding or where to find new ideas. According to Pinterest, 81% of engaged Pinners started planning on Pinterest before even getting engaged. Think about that. Today’s brides are confiding with Pinterest more than with their beloved. Crazy.

From venue inspiration to customizable experiences, those brands that properly align their platforms to appeal to the bridal community have the opportunity to be a part of each bride’s journey. Do you accept this rose?

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How Data Fills the SALES FUNNEL

By Scott Sussman

Art of Travel Marketing Magazine

In a world of ever-evolving technology, the media landscape and the way people consume it, is in a constant state of flux. And while it’s easy to be overwhelmed when looked at on a grand scale, you can take some comfort in knowing it has always been this way. We can go back to the era of the printing press…or Marconi’s radio…or the invention of television. Today, it’s that amorphous thing called “digital.” Nobody really knows for sure what it is, but they know it when they see it, and every marketing plan better have it. The media may change, but the goal has always been the same:“How do we get the message we’re trying to sell in front of the people we’re trying to sell it to?”

No matter how we initially reach them, our sole mission is to drive prospects through a funnel that leads to one thing: a sale, with ideally, a long-term relationship. The biggest change with the advent of technology is that we’ve never been better able to capture data along the way that allows us to customize our message to the people we’re trying to reach.

Today, even traditional media like television and radio are anything but traditional. Set-Top box data has advanced the case that TV is alive and well, and not just through broadcast and cable, but via Over-The-Top television like Apple TV or Roku, and apps on Smart TVs. Data Learning allows us to track viewers on digital devices after they’ve been exposed to a commercial on a Smart TV. And while terrestrial radio may have given way to online radio/audio such as Pandora and Spotify, prospects are still listening, and data gleaned from their listening habits allows us to better target them with precise messaging.

Magazines may be the least dependent on data, but publishers are better equipped to gather more information about their readers and delve deeper into their demographic backgrounds. The point is, once we get that data, we’re better able to deliver a targeted message directly to our prospects through the devices that never leave their hands.

When it comes to marketing travel, the first step is creating a compelling message through imagery, music and sound that stimulates awareness among the widest range of prospects and seduces them into the funnel. Here, in the upper stage, we begin to capture data. We’ll use this information to tailor communication through the rest of the process.

Once a prospect has shown interest, they enter the middle of the funnel. In this secondary stage, we’ll use data generated in the upper funnel to send messaging to those who have engaged with your advertising or website. Pixel technology embedded in digital media allows us to track them for retargeting on a multitude of platforms, including social media and ad networks.

Now, we’re in the home stretch. We’ve caught their attention and captured their data. We know who they are,and they know who you are. Welcome to the lower funnel.At this point, the prospect has narrowed their choices and wants more information.This is the ideal time to deploy travel platforms like Adara and Sojern.These travel data specialists have exclusive partnerships with Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and other travel companies (hotels, cruise lines, airlines, etc.). Once the consumer has moved to the bottom of the funnel and into the booking window, timely emails from these data providers are able to serve them advertising in real time, allowing your product to be the last ad they see before booking. Like an unobtrusive waiter, we’ll be there to serve them exactly what they need at the exact moment they need it, and hopefully make the sale.

But don’t pop any bottles just yet. You’re not finished. You may have made the sale, but the marketing process never ends. Your best customer is your past customer, and you want them to come back again and again. Customer Relation Management (CRM) will allow you to use the data you’ve been collecting throughout the process to remarket to everyone who has expressed interest in your product. By keeping in touch with them through various digital platforms (emails or digital advertising) or print collateral (brochures or postcards), you’ll be able to maintain top-of-mind awareness, and provide them with special offers and incentives to return.

Now, go ahead and start planning a vacation of your own and get ready for the next wave of technology to take over.

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How to Speak to the INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER

How to speak to the international traveler

By Michelle Tannebaum

Art of Travel Marketing Magazine

These are interesting and challenging times in America, to say the least. A strong dollar and controversial immigration and travel policies have led to a decline in U.S. tourism. According to the UNWorldTourism Organization, the number of trips made by global travelers surged 7% in 2017. But they’re just not coming here. Travel to the U.S. fell by 4% in 2017, following a 2% drop the year before…bumping the U.S. to third place among the world’s most visited nations, trailing France and Spain. Now, more than ever, marketers need to put out the welcome mat and send an inviting message to international travelers around the globe.

Notable Global Traveler Insights
In a world drawn closer by the internet, and more informed by 24-hour news cycles, we need to be sensitive to world events. Political unrest and terrorist attacks haven’t affected the overall number of international trips, but they’ve had a significant impact on where travelers choose to go. Destinations with a positive safety message are reaping the rewards.

The cruise industry continues to see explosive growth. Visits to cruise websites have almost doubled in the last three years, with 32% year-over-year growth in 2017 alone, according to Adobe Digital Insights Europe Travel Trends Report 2017. Interest in cruises rises an average of 20% in January- March of each year, with most consumers booking summer cruises in January.

Car rentals, however, are experiencing a decline due to ride-sharing apps like Uber & Lyft and the increased popularity of one-stop destinations such as cruises and all-inclusive resorts.

European Travelers
A strong U.S. dollar makes this a great time for Americans to travel the world, but more expensive for Europeans to come here. They’re still coming, though, thanks to plummeting long-haul air travel prices caused by increased competition from budget airlines. And they’re typically staying two weeks or longer. Germany recorded the highest level of spending in international travel, followed by the UK and France. Data from ODIGEO, Europe’s largest online travel company, is predicting that San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles will likely receive a boost in tourism in 2018 driven by low cost flights, key sporting events, and clever investment by local governments.

Brazilian Travelers
Despite a deep recession that began in early 2014, and a severe depreciation of the Brazilian Real versus the U.S. dollar that has made travel to the U.S. considerably less affordable, the United States remains the number one destination for Brazilian travelers, and they continue to spend heavily here. In fact, the U.S. attracts more Brazilian travelers than any other country, including their own Latin American neighbors.

Chinese Travelers
Chinese travelers are perhaps the biggest segment to keep an eye on now, and in the future. According to China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market Analysis 2012 – 2017 and Forecast 2018 – 2024, Chinese visitors spend more in the U.S. than visitors from any other country, and Chinese travelers mostly travel for pleasure. By 2030, tourists from Asia will lead all regions of the world in total departures and travel expenditures. And of all Asian countries, China will play the biggest part in this growth thanks to rising incomes that are driving exceptional growth in spending and travel.

Some noteworthy insights about the Chinese market come from a study done by TripAdvisor China and The Boston Consulting Group. Chinese travelers prefer to travel in February, May and October, which is typically a slower period for many Western destinations. On average, they spend 40% of their travel budgets on shopping, especially on luxury goods and bargains on premium brands. They tend to be spontaneous, and have shorter travel planning timelines. And most significantly, they’re willing to pay a premium for lodging, dining and shopping.

What does it all mean?
If we’re seeing one consistent pattern, it’s that despite all the politics and global economic turmoil, people from around the world still want to come to the United States. The key is to make them feel welcome when they do.

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TINSLEY SADDLES UP FOR THE RUSTIC INN AT JACKSON HOLE

By Dorn Martell

Did you ever dream you were a cowboy or a princess? Your childhood dreams become reality in our new campaign for The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In this series of five videos, we covered everything from accommodations and amenities to locally sourced cuisine and mountain adventures.

Each video was created to entice a different sub-set of our target audience. In “Wake up” and “Go with the Flow” we highlight the Zen side of the mountain experience where everything revolves around the trout stream that flows through the property. The video “In the Heart” highlights western adventures from rock climbing and horseback riding to white water rafting and mountain biking, in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. We explore the depth of resort accommodations in “Spread your Wings”, including the indulgent Spa Suites. In “Magical Adventures” we reconnect with our inner cowboy and show travelers how Rustic Inn creates lifelong memories for families.

Tinsley also created a long-form film that covers everything, including local game and the extensive wine cellar. Proving that you can go into the wild without giving up creature comforts.

Discover Your Appetite for Adventure

Discover Your Appetite for Adventure
By Rick Blitman

Art of Travel Marketing Magazine

There was a time when dining on vacation revolved around stopping for a pecan log at Stuckey’s, or jumping off the interstate for a quick bite at Howard Johnson’s on the way to somewhere better. Today, food is the destination.

Whether it’s traveling to Sonoma for a week of organic wining and dining among the vineyards, or grabbing a roadside roti from an oil drum grill in Montego Bay, more people than ever are getting a taste of the world, one bite at a time. And it’s not about gourmet dining. Food travelers are craving authentic experiences. Real food from the places locals eat. Foodies with a gourmet preference are very much in the minority. So much so, in fact, that the food travel industry refrained from using the term “Culinary Tourism” in 2012 after research showed that the vast majority of English speakers interviewed found the word “culinary” to be elitist.

The shifting trend towards authenticity goes hand-in-hand with the explosion in popularity of TV shows like Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” and Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”, and the proliferation of food selfies on social media. More than 60% of today’s leisure travelers admit to posting photos of their food online. We used to share french fries. Now, we share everything.

And when it comes to sharing, most food travelers are motivated to visit a destination, restaurant or bar based on the recommendation of a friend. Once they get there, they typically spend 48% more on their trips than typical leisure travelers.

In today’s world, experiences are the new souvenirs, and adventurous food travelers have learned that the best way to truly understand local culture is through food and drinks. So encourage your guests to step away from the buffet, break free from the guard gates, and turn a meal into a memory somewhere off the beaten path.

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The Evolution of ADVENTURE TRAVEL

Evolution of Adventure Travel
By Mark Slatko

Art of Travel Marketing Magazine

While climbing Kilimanjaro or trekking the Himalayas might not be your cup of Tibetan tea, for a growing number of young and intrepid travelers, experiences like these are just the tip of the iceberg (the floating monoliths off the coast of Newfoundland are a must-see). Then again, the definition of adventure travel has evolved, no longer indicating a millennial mindset nor the need to risk life and limb. Today, adventure seeking baby boomers are leaving their comfort zone and packing their bags for new, adrenaline pumping experiences. Scuba diving, kayaking, cycling expeditions, wildlife treks and cultural tours have all become part of the new adventure travel vernacular. More recent travel trends include “set jetting” to real-life movie locations, and girls-only tours inspired and empowered by the #metoo movement.

Age and gender aside, today’s adventure travelers are all after the same prize: off- the-beaten-path locations that offer a combination of authentic cultural experiences, sustainability, local interactions and just the right amount of physical oomph. In other words, you don’t have be Lewis or Clark to experience the adventure of a lifetime, but you will have to get off the couch.

Of course, all of this globetrotting and trekking doesn’t come without a price. Adventure travel in particular and tourism in general are taking their toll on sensitive natural areas. In fact, did you know that buying a plane ticket is the single most costly carbon decision a person can make? Enter ecotourism. While there’s no widely accepted definition of green or low-impact travel, the International Ecotourism Society defines it as responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people. This could mean opting to travel by boat, train or car, or booking rooms in LEED-certified hotels and supporting local conservation efforts. In the end, ecotourism is about personal and social responsibility. It’s about leaving a location better than you found it, and taking away nothing more than photographs and memories.

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Marketing FAMILY VACATIONS in the Age of DISTRACTION


By Dorn Martell

Families have never been more bombarded with information and options than they are today. So what are families looking for when it comes to the perfect vacation and what can resorts, destinations and cruise lines do to effectively market to them? It seems obvious that our shared experiences are the most important memories we have of childhood, and exploring the world together is what we all dream of. But there are several factors that can make or break a family vacation. Value is cited most often, not just was the vacation affordable, but was it worth it, no matter the cost. Convenience is also a major consideration. Resorts that offer strollers, kids’ toys, baby food and nanny programs are a big plus for families with young kids. Teenagers are more difficult to please as they don’t see themselves as kids, and most “Teen Clubs” are largely underused. Real action like zip lines and kayaking are better alternatives for teens, and free Wi-Fi is considered a fundamental human right for young people.

Parents spend most of their time worrying, so safety is paramount. This is a major obstacle for travel outside the United States. Recent reports of violence, Zika and natural disasters in popular tourist destinations have caused many parents to opt for an adventure theme park over an actual adventure. But resorts and destinations can effectively market to adventurous families by emphasizing the lengths they go to keeping your family safe. Another challenge is accommodating large families. Hotels are still the most popular option for families, but renting two hotel rooms is an unattractive option for most families. Resorts that have truly connected rooms or large suites that can hold a family of five–plus grandma–are rising in popularity. Home rentals like Airbnb and VRBO will continue to grab market share as home and cottage rentals are a very affordable way to house the multi-generational family.

Resorts and destinations that seek to attract families must be realistic about the times of the year that families can travel: summer, winter break and spring break are the only times American families can travel. Schools will no longer accept a family vacation as an excused absence. Resorts that cater to children must have an “off season” strategy to fill their properties with adults or families from Europe, Asia and South America who may have a different school calendar. Families also typically book three months prior to travel, so don’t count on many last-minute bookings.

Florida still tops the charts as the number one destination for family travel with California as number two in the United States. Internationally, Canada saw about 61% of family travelers from the U.S., followed by the Caribbean at 17%, Mexico at 13% and Europe at only 8%*. Again, safety and convenience are driving these numbers. Many families say they would like to travel to more exotic destinations, but only the most adventurous are actually doing it. These travelers tend to place travel at a higher priority than possessions, and are less risk adverse.

Despite technology, word-of-mouth is still the number one driver of family vacation considerations. Bad experiences, broken promises and unmotivated staff will have long-lasting negative effects on properties, cruise lines and destinations. Bloggers and journalists are also influential, but as consumers become more aware of paid endorsements, trust issues arise.TripAdvisor is held in high regard, but after the “Shed at Dulwich” hoax, people may be looking more closely at the quality and motivation of on-line reviews. Television and magazines are still excellent vehicles for marketing to families though the metrics are more difficult to calculate. Search engines are generally credited for the sale, but with a three month booking window and multiple family members influencing the decision, the “creation of desire” is something that takes place over time and over multiple platforms, some more measurable than others.

So what is the secret formula to attracting families? It’s simple. Families want to relax and create memories together in a safe environment that’s worth the price. Speak to them with honesty, integrity and satisfy them emotionally. If you make the right impression, they will come back year after year, and once a family tradition has been set, the kids will grow up and want to share that experience with their own children.

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The New Luxury Traveler


By Mark Slatko

Luxury travel as we’ve known it – or at least defined it – has gone the way of the dinosaur (literally and figuratively). Today, affluent travelers are rejecting the commonplace, seeking way-off-the-beaten- path bucket list experiences: did someone say dinosaur dig with a world-renowned paleontologist?

Bespoke travel is no longer about having the biggest and the most lavish. It’s about feeling rich and inspired through personalized, unique experiences not found in a guidebook, glossy brochure or even page- one Google results. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime trip to witness the Northern Lights, or a private dinner in an 18th-century castle complete with a celebrity chef. Because while cookie cutter might work for cookies, baked-in sameness no longer satisfies the distinct cravings of today’s affluent globetrotter.

And the more unusual the activity, the better. Well-heeled travelers are requesting everything from stargazing with noted astronomers to reaching the edge of space in a MiG-29 flight in Russia. Yet while space might be the final frontier, so are down-to-earth experiences where travelers can immerse themselves in the local culture. How does herding a flock of Cheviot sheep in New Zealand sound about now? And the accommodations travelers seek are as rare and experiential as the activities themselves, from spending the night in an igloo in Norway to sleeping in the Sahara under the stars.

Speaking of rest and relaxation, today’s high-end experiential travel is the stuff dreams are made of. With the CDC citing sleep deprivation a public health epidemic, getting your share of shut-eye isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. That’s why more and more upscale hotels offer sleep-related therapies dispensed by dedicated sleep curators and sleep butlers. Also provided: room aromatherapy options, pillow menus and linens that remove bacteria for a healthy slumber. After all, getting a restful night’s sleep is nothing to sneeze at.

Of course, this new definition of luxury travel isn’t reserved for couples and small families. Multigenerational travel continues to be a firmly entrenched travel niche, as more and more extended families choose to connect through shared travel experiences. Whether you choose a European villa for a celebration with loved ones, an African safari or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, a family trip will strengthen bonds and create memories that last a lifetime (remember that time in Australia when grandpa lost his swim trunks?).

John Steinbeck, who was moved by a desire to see his country on a personal level, once wrote, “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” Give today’s luxury travelers what they want – customized local experiences along the road less traveled – and there’s no telling where it could take you.

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Tinsley & The Florida Keys Dominate The Governor’s Conference!

By John Underwood

At the September 2018 Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Orlando, Tinsley Advertising cleaned up with seven Flagler Awards for our creative work for The Florida Keys & Key West. The multiple awards won were more than any other DMO or tourism-related business received in the state!

Tinsley’s award sweep included two Henrys (the top honor) for our thirty-second “Sustainability” television spot as well as our Philadelphia out-of-home (outdoor) campaign. The agency also won five more Flagler awards in the following categories: Radio Advertising, Direct Marketing, Promotional Material, Mobile Marketing, Mixed Media and Print Advertising.

“I am particularly proud that we received top honors for our sustainability television commercial,” said TDC Marketing Director Stacey Mitchell, noting that The Florida Keys TDC won more awards than any other destination marketing organization. “There’s much competition in a shrinking leisure travel market, and the awards demonstrate that our marketing efforts are on target,” she said.

The annual Flagler Awards are named after developer and railroad pioneer Henry Flagler and were established by Visit Florida in 2000 to recognize excellence in the Florida tourism marketing industry.

Tinsley Advertising has been the official Agency of Record for The Florida Keys & Key West since 1986. We are thankful for our long-standing partnership, that has allowed us to create award-winning work that has been extremely successful for this remarkable travel destination.