Happy Monday! Our Maine Maven this week is a true Maine expert, Hilary Nangle. Maine Travel Maven Hilary Nangle has kissed a codfish for SKI, cast a line for National Geographic Traveler, break-danced an Olympic downhill for VIA, bared her soul for Organic Spa, dished on lobster for Down East and Portland’s food scene for US Air and Maine Policy Review, savored truffles for Islands, slept around for Maine, stargazed at 44 below zero for Private Clubs, noodled byways for American Style and Global Traveler, scoped out Maine’s best for Yankee, explored Native American lands for the Boston Globe, and learned to pronounce Passawassawamkeag while researching her three Moon guidebooks: Maine, Coastal Maine, and Acadia National Park. When not on the road or trail, she divides her year between the coast and the mountains, residing with her husband, photographer Tom Nangle, and two oversized dogs.
1. You are the Maine Travel Maven. How long have you been writing about travel in Maine and what made you decide to focus on Maine?
I’ve been writing about Maine for newspapers, magazines, and guidebooks for about 20 years. It came naturally, since I’ve lived in Maine since childhood, and I’ve always enjoyed introducing “from-aways” to what makes Maine so special. There’s a reason (actually, dozens—if not hundreds—of reasons) why Maine is on many a traveler’s bucket list and why it’s covered regularly in the media. It made sense to focus on Maine and market my specialty to editors.
Yesterday I traveled to New York City for the annual holiday gathering of the Society of American Travel Writers. I haven’t been to Manhattan since March when we organized the Taste of Maine Media Marketplace for our client, the Maine Office of Tourism. There was a period in my life that I traveled to Manhattan on a montly basis and that got old fast. But now that I haven’t been into the city since March, it felt reallly great to be there for a quick 24 hour period. New York is energy. It is inspiration. It revitalizes me and inspires me. I suppose it’s because it’s such a mecca of media and business. It’s fast paced. I must say, I love New York.
That said, I was very happy to return to my beloved state of Maine.
This morning I met an internet mogul…..a guy who is making half a million dollars a year (or more) from his blog…….his name is John Chow and he grew up in a poverty-sticken town in China, then emigrated with his family to Canada, where he lived in a slum in Vancouver.
John Chow had an entrepreneurial gene, however, and he started as a teenager to figure out how to make money. Today he makes money on the internet, actually he makes lots of money on the internet, and he only spends about two hours a day doing it. He is not a blogger, but rather, he is an internet marketer who happens to have a blog. I, on the other hand, have a blog that promotes my PR and marketing business (which offers internet marketing as well as website development.) Subtle difference, but still important. If you look at John Chow’s blog, you will see that it is full of advertisements. He gets paid residuals from the advertisers on his blog based on his traffic. Continue reading
I am a proud member of the Society of American Travel Writers (www.satw.org) because I have been doing PR for travel and tourism destinations throughout my career, which started back in the last century. I am not a travel writer, but I am a travel publicist, so I am an “Associate” member of this prestigious national organization.
SATW publishes a great newsletter called the SATW Traveler. There is a travel writer named Sandra Friend from Florida who writes a column on professional development and this month’s column is entitled “Build A Better Blog.” She shared a tip about using the “Networked Blogs” Application on Facebook in order to share your blog right on your Facebook page. Since I’ve been writing this blog for several years, and separately maintaining several Facebook pages (for myself personally and for Nancy Marshall Communications), I think it makes a lot of sense to share my blog with my Facebook friends. But the thing I love about the Networked Blogs application is that I can easily see the blogs that my Facebook friends are writing, and see the blogs that they are reading as well! If you are a blogger, or if you are interested in following the blogs that your friends are following, I encourage you to check out this app.
Thanks, Sandra Friend!
Everyone knows that the news media is now providing news and information in a variety of formats. News journalists are being encouraged by their management to not only provide stories in print but to create blogs, podcasts, video clips in order to tell their stories. Jane Wooldridge, travel editor at the Miami Herald, is one journlist who has been an early adapter in all things “new media.” Check out her blog. I heard Jane speak on a panel at the meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers recently and she talked about how when she travels now, she not only takes her reporters’ pad but also her audio recorder, her still camera and her video camera. She writes stories, creates blog posts, records podcasts and shoots video segments for every story.
We’re doing the same. PR people cannot stay in the dark ages, and hope that good old fashioned press releases alone are going to produce measurable results. We are working to create information for the news media in a variety of formats. Check out our client page on my agency’s website where you can see the video ‘vignette’ we created for Maine Built Boats as well as the podcasts we have created for the Department of Economic and Community Development of the State of Maine.
We are also creating YouTube videos for clients such as Saunders Manufacturing, the company that markets Rhinoskin products. Sarah and Alyssa on my team produced this video and Anna did the voice over. This was shot right in our own offices in Augusta. Check it out on YouTube.
For several years now, we have created video news releases during the fall foliage season in Maine to show the progression of the colors as the leaves turn bright orange, red, and yellow during the fall months. We send these videos to meteorologists at local stations and the Weather Channel, and we have had great success. We’ve done the same for snowmobiling and skiing. A picture is worth a thousand words and a moving picture (video) is worth a million words.
There are so many new ways of communicating for publicists as well as journalists. I find it exciting and stimulating.