Partner News 03/2014

Keep FLTA in the Loop on Events/Promotions We Can Help Your Business Promote! It's a Part of Your Partnership

The season is here where there are so many events and fun things going on in the region that FLTA wants to help your business to promote them! If your business or surrounding community has a special event that you would like to get some increased exposure for, log into the partner log in section of FingerLakes.org, located at the bottom right hand corner of the homepage, and directly post your press releases, events, packages, discounts, and even photos directly through this handy little portal! Once your information is submitted, FLTA has the opportunity be able to increase the exposure for your event through our social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. With FLTA’s social media reach into the thousands it’s a great way to get additional exposure for your business! If you have any questions about accessing the partner log in section or ways that FLTA can help with your promotion efforts, please contact Jessica at jessicar@fingerlakes.org or 315-536-7488 x14 and she would be more than happy to help.

 

 

Happenings Magazine – Target the Northeast Region of Pennsylvania

Happenings magazine is a beautiful tabloid (slightly smaller than 8.5 x 11) size glossy magazine that features articles on the Northeast region of Pennsylvania and periodically the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. With the Northeast region of Pennsylvania being only a quick 5 hours from the center of the Finger Lakes region, Happenings magazine has worked with FLTA to bring Finger Lakes businesses a significant savings by advertising within this valuable drive market. Cost for a quarter page ad is $325 for one edition saving Finger Lakes businesses over $150 per issue! There are even deeper discounts for a consecutive three month feature in which one edition will highlight Finger Lakes focused editorial. View our rate card for more information or call Barb Kolonoski at 607-425-0134 or barbk@fingerlakes.org to sign on today.

 

 

650,000 Potential Travelers – Are YOU Being Represented?

FingerLakes.org sees record breaking numbers of individuals visiting the site, making their travel plans, or simply trying to find more information on the Finger Lakes region. Website advertising is a cost effective way to get in front of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of potential visitors and produces results you can count! There is LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE for the remainder of the 2014 year, so be sure to contact Barb Kolonoski today to discuss options, placement availability, and pricing for your business throughout the 2014 tourism season! Call Barb at 607-425-0134 or email barbk@fingerlakes.org

 

Attend with FLTA! – Upcoming Shows Tailored to Shoppers and Travelers Across the US!

Join FLTA at a consumer show in the coming months. Partners can join FLTA at shows where consumers are looking to gather travel ideas. The Travel & Vacation Show in Ottawa takes place in April. The Connecticut Women’s Expo in Hartford Connecticut takes place in September, and the Toronto Show in Toronto Ontario takes place in November. There are a couple of options on how to join FLTA at these shows. As a booth sponsor partners can personally attend the show with FLTA, speak with show attendees, and pass out literature or promotional items one-on-one with attendees.  As a thank you for joining us at the show as a booth sponsor, your business will receive the contact information for those who enter to win a FLTA provided sweepstakes.

The second level of participation at shows is cost effective for smaller businesses. Brochure distribution at shows will ensure that your business materials and/or marketing promotional items will get into potential visitors hands and no cost is incurred to travel to the show. It’s the best of both worlds. Pricing for each of the remaining consumer shows is outlined below:

Show

Cost to Attend

Travel & Vacation Show – April 5-6th

Estimated attendance –over 18,000 people

Booth Sponsor* $805

1 share space available

Brochure Sponsor $210

2 spaces available

Connecticut Women’s Show – Sept 7th & 8th

Estimated Expected Attendance: 22,000 people

Booth Sponsor* $563

Brochure Sponsor $115

Toronto Women’s Show – Nov 1-3rd

Estimated Expected Attendance: 38,000 people

Booth Sponsor* $1,004

NOTE: Additional opportunities available for your own 10x10 booth space at a discounted rate!

Brochure Sponsor $200

*Booth sponsorship cost is a significantly reduced rate due to sharing the space with FLTA and other potential Finger Lakes businesses. Booth sponsorship does not include travel costs to the show location.

 

 

Social Media Continues to Grow – Pin with Us

The new social media trend Pinterest is a fun network of visual wonder with content to link directly to a website. Pinterest is a social media network where users can create digital corkboards under a variety of headings, ie Tasty Things I Want to Eat, Places to Visit, and Fun Stuff. After creating these digital corkboards, users called Pinners can browse through images posted by their friends and tack these images on to one of their own boards. In an effort to collect more images and have fun and unique content we otherwise wouldn’t have been aware of, FLTA is calling on our partners to help ‘Pin’ to our Pinterest boards. FLTA’s boards consist of the following categories. If you have a Pinterest account for your business and would like to contribute posts/pins, please send an email to jessicar@fingerlakes.org with your business’ Pinterest account name and the email address associated with your account. Happy pinning in Finger Lakes style! J

FLTA’s Pinterest Boards:

Finger Lakes Places to Stay

Finger Lakes Outdoor Fun

Finger Lakes Nature/Parks

Finger Lakes Wineries

Finger Lakes Shopping

Finger Lakes Dining

Finger Lakes Breweries

Finger Lakes Attractions

Finger Lakes Weddings

Finger Lakes Art/Entertainment

Finger Lakes Spas

Finger Lakes Farmers Markets

Finger Lakes Agriculture

Winter in the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes History / Museums

Finger Lakes Maps

Finger Lakes History

We’re Off the Clock- Let’s Party! Happenings After 5pm in the Finger Lakes

 

 

 

Group Tour Planner Preparations Are Under Way

Every year, FLTA sees an increase in group tours coming to the Finger Lakes.  Whether it’s a 25 passenger Red Hat Society group bus, a large family reunion, a conference of wine enthusiasts or multiple 55 passenger coaches from a major metropolitan city, it seems like everyone wants to enjoy the beauty and excitement of the Finger Lakes!  Every two years, FLTA produces a Group Travel Planner so that when groups visit, large or small, our Group Friendly partners are on the minds of these travel planners. This planner is mailed out and placed in the hands of key decision makers in the group travel market. 1,500 guides are produced and distributed prior to the planning season.

Best of all, there is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for inclusion in this special publication!  

If your business is group friendly (certain restrictions for the term ‘group friendly’ do apply) you will want your FREE listing in the next Group Tour Planner. Watch for an email  in the coming months asking you to supply your business information for inclusion in this valuable guide. There are also opportunities for display ads to enhance your business listing in this publication.  If you would like to talk about advertising in this planner please contact Barb Kolonoski at barbk@fingerlakes.org or call 607-425-0134 for more information. Don’t be left out – call to reserve your space today!

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