Tom Wilson’s Interview with Tod Lucier

Part One:

Part Two:

Thanks to Tom Wilson, Victoria County Tourism

Hire a Twit this Summer!

Most of you will be reviewing resumes and preparing to interview students for summer positions either in your C@P Sites or your own establishments. I’m going to pass on yet another tip from Todd Lucier – Hire a Twit. The number one reason why Web Site Information is not updated and becomes stale, or worse – dead, is because we simply don’t have the time to update it. So recruit a Twit – a summer student who knows how….then if part of their job description is to spend one hour, each week either writing a blog entry, video tapping your establishment, video tapping your quests for testimonials, taking pictures of you site to update to the webpage/flickr site – your web content is being updated! Read more in Todd’s blog: How to Recruit a Twit

Tourism Keys – Internet Marketing Lessons

As I explained in my Welcome Post, my very first blog, I owe thanks to Todd Lucier, and his 2 day work shop on Tourism Keys, for my new found blogging skills and my understanding of how powerful and useful a tool that blogs can be. I promised to share the skills I learned at this workshop with you through this blog.

Well I’m excited to pass along a link to Todd’s Online Lessons: Tourism Keys Internet Marketing Lessons.

These lessons pretty much cover what we learned during the workshop. The one big difference is that he switched from “Blogger” to “WordPress” to create his blogs. He explains why in his blog on My #1 Internet Marketing Tool for 2008

For those of you involved in the tourism industry – you have to take these lessons.

Darlene

RSS Feeds

What is RSS? What is that orange symbol you see so often on WEB Pages? RSS is Really Simple Syndication

The little orange symbol that you see so often now, is the symbol for RSS. It allows viewers to subscribe to your blog, podcast, or other WEB 2.0 applications.

To learn how to use feeds, watch the Tourism Keys: Internet Marketing LessonsLesson #6: Get Started Using Feeds.

Test it out, and subscribe to this feed!!

Reduce Your Computer’s Power Consumption in Minutes

As part of our Go Green at C@P campaign last summer, students were given the task making C@P Sites “Green” and encouraging C@P Users to do the same at home. One of the students had found statistics regarding computer usage and the dollar value saved if you turned your computer off each night( I don’t remember off hand what this figure is..and if I go looking for it I’ll be sidetracked once again – and this little note is already a sidetrack from my scheduled task).

Students were advised to shut down all the computers in the C@P sites at the end of each day to help reduce electrical costs for their site, and to do their bit for conservation. I must admit, I’ve been neglecting to ensure that this is done at my workplace and in my own home; but after reading an article in the Tech Soup Blog, I’m going to make a definite effort to make sure all computers are shut off at end of the day or when not in use. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Think how brightly a 100 watt bulb glowed in your home. An Energy Star–compliant computer in active mode consumes 9 percent more energy than that.Assuming that you shut down your computer for 16 hours a day (versus keeping it active 24-7), you could save $0.16 and 2.63 pounds of carbon dioxide per day, or 960 pounds per year. A car emits about 2,666 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, meaning that the energy you will save over the course of the computer’s life (3 years = 2,880 lbs) will equal a bit more than taking a car off the road for a year.

To read the full article, click here.

Youth Intern Video Projects

Last summer, C@P Youth Interns across the province participated in a video project. The goal of that project was to create a video that would show viewers their CAP Site, places of interest and/or a citizen of interest from within their community.

The following are videos that were created from the youth interns in Inverness County.

Inverness C@P Site – C@P Day in Inverness
by Courtney MacDonald

Mabou C@P Site
by Kayla Beaton

Glendale C@P Site
by Donnie MacInnis

Creating Video for Your Web Site or Blog

I would like to pass along to you 4 free online video programs that you can use to create videos for your blog or web page.

Video adds interest, color and excitement to your web page or blog. Once you have created your video with one of the above programs, you can either embed the video in your website page; or publish it to YouTube then embed the YouTube video.

This is an example of Animoto. I have created a short video and exported it to YouTube (Animoto does this for you – you need a YouTube account) then embeded it in this blog post.