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Hallo! Ich bin Elena! Willkommen auf meinem Reiseblog Creativelena.com.
Ich bin die Kreativreisende, und Du offensichtlich neugierig.

*Was ist "Kreativ Reisen"? Antworten auf diese und viele weitere Fragen liefert Dir mein Reisehandbuch "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Am liebsten reise ich im Rhythmus der Einheimischen und bin dazu bereits ein paar Mal um die Welt. Sechssprachig. Mit viel Charme, Herz und Hirn. Dies hat mich sowohl ruhig als auch rastlos gestimmt: In der Fähigkeit, inspirierende Geschichten über außergewöhnliche Menschen und Regionen zu erzählen, liegt mein größtes Lebensglück. Viel Vergnügen & Inspiration beim Stöbern durch meine Reisegeschichten!

#STSLeipzig Social Travel Summit: Navigating The Future – Think Tank Results.

I will never forget this one particular moment at the Social Travel Summit in Leipzig when Melvin Boecher, founder of Traveldudes.org, comes up to Sarah Lee and me, looks us both in the eyes and mentions in a low voice, adding a sense of gravity, “You! I want you both at the tables during the Think Tank session at 2.00 o’clock in the afternoon.” Sarah and I had both fallen silent from our chatty conversation, only to look at each other knowingly: This was going to be a very interesting summit session we were both looking forward to, requiring all our skills, experience and inputs in order to achieve something new and (potentially) grand. “Yes”, we both agreed and smiled. We definitely were on to something here!

Moderator Alastair McKenzie had been harbouring the thought of a Think Tank session at the Social Travel Summit for a while in the lead-up to the summit, quizzing us with a survey among travel bloggers and the tourism & PR industry, to which ultimately 52 people replied (including myself). Out of this survey, five major topics have been developed for the Think Tank session, each led by a subsequent moderator responsible for collecting thoughts and insights across a whole group of bright individuals with a background in the business of blogging, publishing, Social Media, PR and tourism.

Alastair McKenzie kicks off the Think Tank session in the afternoon of Summit Day 1, with the aim of presenting the interim results of the discussion on the second day before producing a report / whitepaper about its outcomes.

Alastair McKenzie kicks off the Think Tank session in the afternoon of Summit Day 1, with the aim of presenting the interim results of the discussion on the second day before producing a report / whitepaper about its outcomes.

Fresh ideas that are different, is what the world needs, among others.

Fresh ideas that are different, is what the world needs, among others.

 

Think Tank Topic #1: Bottlenecks.

What are the issues holding us back from good collaboration, and what is our wish list for the future in developing successful blogger & PR/tourism industry relations? Partly presented and discussed in the lead-up to the Think Tank during several other workshop sessions, here is what we came up with during the Think Tank session about “Bottlenecks”:

... Rob Lloyd did a good job at moderating the Think Tank group on "Bottlenecks" in blogger relations with the industry.

Rob Lloyd, travel blogger at “Stop Having A Boring Life” did a good job at moderating the Think Tank group on “Bottlenecks” in blogger relations with the industry.

 

Think Tank Topic #2: Transparency, Ethics & Independence.

A hot topic currently undergoing intensive debate in the wider media landscape itself (myself included, being asked to sit on a first-time panel talking about Social Media & PR Ethics from a blogger’s point of view in Vienna), this topic deserves special attention in the Think Tank. Here is what we discussed:

Audrey Scott, of Uncornered Market, helped move the topic of Ethics & Transparency forward through a multitude of skills in her professional blogging and speaking career.

Audrey Scott, of Uncornered Market, helped move the topic of Ethics & Transparency forward through a multitude of skills in her professional blogging and speaking career.

 

Think Tank Topic #3: Blogger Profiles. Finding & choosing bloggers to work with.

How do you find not only “bloggers” to work with, but the “right blogger” much as the needle in a haystack? Here are some thoughts we gathered during the Think Tank:

Abigail ...

Abigail King, who runs a very successful travel blog called “Inside The Travel Lab“, is most certainly perfectly apt for presenting this Think-Tank-checklist about “finding the right bloggers to work with”.

 

Think Tank Topic #4: The Business of Blogging. Tips for better business.

Matt Long is a driven individual who loves “getting right down to business”. Who else better than him, then, in order to moderate the business aspect of blogging during the Social Travel Summit Think Tank session? (Thank you once again for your clear-cut steering process, Matt!). About the business of blogging, we have the following to say:

Matt ...

Thank you Matt for your insights and inputs in order to help steer the creative Think Tank session on the “Business of Blogging”.

 

Think Tank Topic #5: The Future. Trends to look out for. (“What is coming up to bite us in the rear?”).

Moderator Alastair McKenzie does have a point there, as funny as his phrase might seem. What is actually around the corner that still has to potential to surprise us? What are trends to watch out for? Discussing what the future holds was the purpose of this fifth and last Think Tank session at the Social Travel Summit in Leipzig:

Paul ...

Thank you Paul, for moderating this session in a cool, observing and future-oriented kind of way!

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Think Tank Leader & Moderator Alastair McKenzie hosts the show, doing his best to keep all creative thoughts coming while organizing the output around teams and notes.

 

“Tourism is the people’s business: Use your skills to contribute to something bigger!” (Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott, of Uncornered Market, at the closing keynote of the Social Travel Summit in Leipzig).

Last but not least, I would like to share with you a few words on a very inspiring speech by expert travel writers, consultants and public speakers Audrey Scott & Daniel Noll, who seem to have perfected the art of “live storytelling delivery“: I recommend everyone to listen to them at least once in their lives. Seriously, I do! They have such a captivating way to speak and present their very own life & travel stories “at the intersection of influence and purpose”, as they call it. A truly bright, heart-warming and inspirational couple who have roamed the globe for many years on end: Find out more about Audrey & Scott on their website & travel blog at http://UncorneredMarket.com/.

“Some of the elements of our best travel memories include: Romance. Landscape. Happiness.”

True that. Daniel and Audrey talk a lot about “finding the magic: What are the untold stories that you can tell? That can make a difference? About otherwise misleading public pre-conceptions about a place, a culture, a society, such as for example Teheran in Iran?”

There is a now a shift on the industry level, as we become leaders in a field actively provoking changes in behaviour, and not just on an individual level (i.e. readers on our blogs and engagement on Social Media), but also overall, as a collective. Services such as Klout (finding and measuring your online influencer score) help to determine this particular level of influence.

Storytelling tools, they mention, are only a means to an end in the blogging / travel writing business, and basically what it comes down to is “connecting people. Use the tools given to you to amplify your message, to raise awareness and to help readers make better decisions – better for the local communities they visit and ultimately also better for themselves.”

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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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2 Comments

  1. Dave Cole

    Hi Elena – Thank you so much for these detailed posts from the Social Travel Summit, they are extremely helpful for those of us who are newer to the industry.

    Reply
    • Elena

      Dear Dave,

      Thank you so much for your comment and feedback! I am glad that you are finding this information useful. Really appreciate it.

      Best of luck,

      Elena 🙂

      Reply

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