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What can travel companies learn from other online retailers? [hint: at least four things]

What can travel companies learn from other online retailers? [hint: at least four things] | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Order a book on Amazon that you already own. What happens? Amazon reminds you politely that the book is in your possession and asks if really want to buy it again. As you tut and berate your bad memory, the online retailing giant has just lost out on a sale.

Yet, using stored data about you and your purchasing habits, the store has acquired something much more valuable in the long term – your trust.

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Can social media make you happy? - CNN

Can social media make you happy? - CNN | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Social media may make you happy -- or not. Like almost all human interaction, it's what you make of it.
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Data geniuses have figured out what the ultimate U.S. road trip looks like

Data geniuses have figured out what the ultimate U.S. road trip looks like | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
This post comes via Know More, Wonkblog's social media site. Who needs an atlas when you have an algorithm? Data ...
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Standard Hotels Introduce App for Same-Day Stays

Standard Hotels Introduce App for Same-Day Stays | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Standard International hotels offer an instant-booking application for same-day room reservations.
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New Report Details Six Future 'Traveler Tribes'

New Report Details Six Future 'Traveler Tribes' | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Travel tech solutions provider Amadeus releases report on what tomorrow's travelers will desire, backed by futurologists and travel industry experts.
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The Secret Psychology of Facebook: Why We Like, Share, Comment and Keep Coming Back

The Secret Psychology of Facebook: Why We Like, Share, Comment and Keep Coming Back | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Why we love Facebook so much: It taps the brain’s pleasure center

Lots of studies have worked toward figuring out what exactly goes on in our brains when we’re participating in social media—specifically, Facebook.

A recent one discovered a strong connection between Facebook and the brain’s reward center, called the nucleus accumbens. This area processes rewarding feelings about things like food, sex, money and social acceptance.

When we get positive feedback on Facebook, the feeling lights up this part of our brain. The greater the intensity of our Facebook use, the greater the reward.

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Again it is all about pleasure and pain... and we want both, consciously or sub-counsciously

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Airlines rush to update apps for Apple Watch

Airlines rush to update apps for Apple Watch | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Early adopters around the world are all wound up for the April 24 release of the Apple Watch and airlines are among the travel-related companies scrambling to make sure their apps are watch-compatible.
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Yes, Apple tons of them, but is it a fad that will blow away or a real trend? Are you rushing to get yours?
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Selfie-Absorbed Travelers Place Instant Sharing Over Joy of Trip

Selfie-Absorbed Travelers Place Instant Sharing Over Joy of Trip | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

So-called “social-capital seekers” increasingly structure travel with online followers in mind and aim to document it instantly via Facebook Inc., blogs, Twitter or “selfie” photos on Instagram Inc., the Future Foundation report for booking system specialist Amadeus IT Holding SA said on Thursday, predicting the “appetite will be ravenous for moments of shareable wish-fulfillment.”

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Three Easy-to-Use Apps to Transform Your Travel Instagrams

Three Easy-to-Use Apps to Transform Your Travel Instagrams | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
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Many apps can make your photos look like paintings, but this one outshines the rest. Channel van Gogh or Warhol with effects that range from “illustration” to “experimental.” Then tweak the surface texture (think “canvas” or “stucco”) and color quality. You can even have your work framed and shipped to your door. $2.99; iOS.

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3 Ways Branded Apps Help Cities Benefit from Open Data

3 Ways Branded Apps Help Cities Benefit from Open Data | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

As initiatives go, Open Data is still in its infancy, with most early-adoptersonly two or three years out from the release of their first data sets. As the CEO of APPCityLife, a civic tech company supporting the delivery of those data sets into useful civic mobile apps and tools, I’ve had the privilege of being a part of the Open Data movement from those early days and have learned a bit about what has worked well for some of our early clients. Here are three reasons I believe that every city with an open data initiative should be producing and supporting official mobile apps from some of their own open data feeds.

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The smartphone: An essential travel guide

The smartphone: An essential travel guide | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Americans are turning to their mobile devices to help them get from one place to another; navigation while driving is especially popular.
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What are travellers saying when they use social media at airports? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What are travellers saying when they use social media at airports? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Many passengers have their heads buried in a device or laptop as they wander around or wait at an airport. Frequently they ...
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Orlando becomes first destination to surpass 60M visitors

Orlando becomes first destination to surpass 60M visitors | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The 2014 tourism numbers are in, and boy, are they good for the metro Orlando region.
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No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba

No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Cuba runs on cash and almost no one has easy access to the Internet. But Airbnb found a way to beat U.S. hotels to the market nevertheless.
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8 Crucial Elements of Marketing on Twitter

8 Crucial Elements of Marketing on Twitter | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Twitter as a social media platform is very different from other platforms out there.
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Seven Lesser-Known Adventure Instagrammers to Follow Right Now

Seven Lesser-Known Adventure Instagrammers to Follow Right Now | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
These lesser-known Instagram accounts showcase amazing travel photography. These photographers specialize in wild locations and adventure sports.
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Audi Launches On Demand Rental Service with iPhone App

Audi Launches On Demand Rental Service with iPhone App | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
For people in San Francisco, renting an Audi just got much easier thanks to the new Audi on demand app for iPhones.
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How the Twitter tool Flock To Unlock can bring visitors flocking

How the Twitter tool Flock To Unlock can bring visitors flocking | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
How do you combine the social muscle of a service such as Twitter with a travel brand in order to raise awareness of a destination? Expedia had an idea...
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16 Amazing Places Around the World and How You Can Visit Them

16 Amazing Places Around the World and How You Can Visit Them | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

"Are you tired of having “average” and boring vacations? Here is a list of some amazing destinations where you can enjoy a completely different experience and go on the adventure of your life. These are for the curious travelers who are not afraid to try something new and are looking to witness the beauty of our planet."

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#NewMexicoTrue & 505 Southwestern Sweepstakes

#NewMexicoTrue & 505 Southwestern Sweepstakes | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Visit New Mexico for a unique family vacation filled with exciting activities like skiing, hiking, shopping and sight seeing.
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Here’s your chance to win the ultimate New Mexico True Foodie Vacation!

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iPads, Apple Pay and self-service at heart of LaGuardia Airport upgrades

iPads, Apple Pay and self-service at heart of LaGuardia Airport upgrades | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The New York City-inspired food hall in Delta Air Lines’ Terminal C features more than 100 iPads, contactless readers, Apple Pay and self-service stations.
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Could Twitter's new Buy Now button gain traction in travel?

Could Twitter's new Buy Now button gain traction in travel? | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Along its journey to commercialization, Twitter has been experimenting with elements of e-commerce to turn tweets into transactions. The idea is that a business can push out a media-laden tweet with a call to action that results in an actual purchase. This would then be further enhanced by recently added engagement platforms, such as Periscope. 

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See Europe on Instagram from the comfort of your smartphone

See Europe on Instagram from the comfort of your smartphone | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
All these amazing photos of Europe on Instagram are giving us serious travel envy.
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Some lessons learned from user testing hotel websites

Some lessons learned from user testing hotel websites | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
To highlight how user testing can be useful in finding opportunities to improve, we examined three of the most popular sites when looking for a hotel.
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For-profit social enterprise connects craftsmen and cooks with visiting tourists

For-profit social enterprise connects craftsmen and cooks with visiting tourists | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Backstreet Academy works with NGOs across Asia, enabling local hosts to offer tours and classes to visitors in search of authentic experiences.
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Make room for mobile-friendly hotel review platforms

Make room for mobile-friendly hotel review platforms | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Travelers use hotel reviews to make decisions. Reading them on a mobile device does not need to be a clunky, time-consuming endeavor says TrustYou.
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