Your resort is making a significant effort to create Social Media Buzz simply because it works to attracts new guests and brings them back. In this post I take you through setting up a Facebook page so you can jump on this bandwagon. Giving you a place to generate your own buzz about how great it is to take a lesson with you.
Interaction vs. Your Bragging Rights
Some resort websites feature a page with instructor profiles. This helps market their staff, but it fails in one important category: Instructor-student interaction. Some instructors do it themselves and create their own web pages. This is a step in the right direction, but they must face the challenge of gaining meaningful exposure and producing enough attractive content. Many instructors post their credentials and bragging rights, but client interaction and that important stream of comments and likes from your guest’s friends is conspicuous in its absence.
Your Students Want to Share Their Experience
And they are doing it online. Ski resort management understands this. Want to track your vertical, measure elevation, count your calories? There’s a ski app for that, and people are using them on their social media networks. These devices, however do not have a feature that lets students talk about what they learned at ski school. All these social media plays are integrated into Facebook so items can easily flow into your guest’s news stream.
The Facebook Advantage
Facebook offers a free web presence for the instructor, with social media engagement and integration with your resorts efforts built in. Your students are on facebook . By creating a ski instructor profile on Facebook, you connect with your clients, as well as their friends. Dave Wasserman’s page at VailSkiInstructor is a good example of what you can do with a little effort and its free!
1. Choose a vanity URL, such as SkiTipsfromJoe.
2. Create a Facebook page.
3. Add photos that show you interacting with students.
4. Invite students to friend your page.
5. Ask questions that encourage answers. Example: Are you afraid of moguls?
6. Answer the questions and encourage discussion.
7. Post content in the form of articles, images and videos.
8. Write an opening paragraph about the content. Ask a question that sparks discussion. Never post naked links without including an introductory paragraph.
9. Include a call to action that encourages members to share your content. They are not just doing you a favor.
An article on TripleSEO.com explains how sharing content enhances self-fulfillment. http://tripleseo.com/why-do-people-share/ Shared content improves your “webutation,” and strengthens your position as a thought leader in the ski instruction universe.