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 @PamMandel You've got me thinking about how I will or won't use destination hashtags on an upcoming road trip across America. (Note that this is NOT a sponsored expedition, although there will be at least one fam tour.) I had been planning to use #LincolnHighway to identify & connect with others doing the 100th anniversary road trip & to keep track of all the content I produce across social networks. I'd like to think that it would be sufficient to allow geotagging to label my stops, but in my experience, geotagging isn't always accurate or even operational. Maybe the answer is to use destination hashtags judiciously when it promotes a connection, audience engagement., or even when you want to remember where you were on a given day. This is surprisingly handy with my memory being what it is!

1 year, 3 months ago on Is the Press Trip Dead? No - But The Rules Are Changing

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On the subject of hashtags, they are an essential and inescapable tool of new media, worth using and using well to connect with digital natives and the digitally-savvy. If we want to make good use of the social networks where our audience lives--Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and now Vine--it behooves us to learn what works and what doesn't. I've learned a lot from observing the professional manner in which@CarolACain uses hashtags across these mediums, and I'm always on the lookout for new ideas on how to do things better. Just today I read an interesting interview with Instagram power user @missyhelly on how she uses hashtags. (See http://bit.ly/18BHncA) There's a lot of brilliant advice out there, and if we're smart we never stop learning how to improve our craft in the changing landscape of new media.

1 year, 3 months ago on Is the Press Trip Dead? No - But The Rules Are Changing

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What a timely discussion! All the suggestions in the comments are also much appreciated. Another item that I would like to see addressed on press trips is accommodation of photography on group trips. There's nothing worse than arriving at a stunning landscape in the middle of the day when harsh sunlight or swarming visitors make it tough to capture the images that are essential to new media.

1 year, 3 months ago on Is the Press Trip Dead? No - But The Rules Are Changing

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Now these are rules of travel that clearly demonstrate family travel experience, as well as the love of travel itself.

2 years, 7 months ago on Why “Easy” Travel Options Aren’t Always the Best- a Rebuttal to CNNGo “5 Rules of Traveling With Kids”

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