Friday, December 03, 2010

Visit Adventure Engine at the American Outdoors Assoc Conference Salt Lake Dec.7-9th

Adventure Engine will be showcasing the new summit system at the conference... come visit us.

http://www.americaoutdoors.org/vacation/confluence.php



Attend the Active Travel Industry's Best Marketing and Management Conference
Å Management Revolution
Dec. 7-9, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah

Growing Your Business in the New Economy!
Don't wait for the market to cycle back to your product!

* Learn new advertising and marketing strategies to make your trips appeal to new consumer values.
* See the latest results of market research. Which market segments offer the greatest potential?
* Get the latest social media and mobile strategies to keep your company in the loop and up-to-date.
* Health care reform affects everyone; learn what it means to you and your company.
* Learn to implement staff level risk management strategies to deal with an aging market and the primary causes of claims against active and adventure travel companies.
* Learn how to hire and recruit productive employees to build a high performance culture.


http://www.americaoutdoors.org/vacation/confluence.php

Agents looking for tour operators

Now over 1600 adventure tourism professionals LinkedIn group discussions include:
- agents looking for trips
- evnts
- partnership requests
and much more ... join today at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1926114

Sunday, October 24, 2010

1400+ members of Adventure Travel group plan online meetings

The Adventure Travel and Tourism LinkedIn professionals group has a very active community with new conversations, tours and events shared daily.
Press and agencey queries are also going out almost daily now.
Most recently the group decided to review the concept of online confrences where tour operators could mingle in real time and keynotes can share their products with the crowd.
Join us and stay tuned for updates http://www.linkedin.com/groups?viewMembers=&gid=1926114

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Author looking for adventure companies in Yucatan Peninsula

As always there are lots of conversations going on in the LinkedIn group ~ here is one...
Hi All, I'm writing a book on the "undiscovered" Yucatan Peninsula. Would like info on any unusual, out-of-the-way trips or adventures in that area--cenotes and caves especially
Check the discussion and share your knowledge at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1926114

Monday, July 26, 2010

Adventure Engine is hiring! Office manger

Join this fast paced, cutting edge company!

Skill Set:
Energetic
‘Multi-tasker’
Writing skills – Marketing material, website copy, system manual, client correspondence
Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Bookkeeping – Simply Accounting, invoices, cash receipt reconciliation etc
FAST typing skills
Excellent organizational and analytical skills

Departments:
Administration
Customer Service Ongoing
Client Care (training new clients on system)

The job is FT (40 hrs/week)with some shift work involved.

Required:
Home office with computer, phone and internet connection.
Some hours will be in main office located in Rossland BC other work from home.

Starts asap, hourly wage dependant on experience.
Applicants can email a resume or questions to Amber Hayes at amber@adventureengine.com
Only those applicants shortlisted for the position will be contacted.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tour operator with 15k+ customer database looking for partners

The Adventure Travel professional group on LinkedIn is buzzing these days with partnership requests,job postings and journalists looking for stories.
Its free to join here

excerpts from recent discussions:

"Looking for partnerships with non-competing adventure travel companies that could benefit from our database of active clients.We deal with around 15-20k clients per year and have enquires from many more. We are looking to expand via partnerships ..."

"Looking for high quality operators targeting particularly on the age 40+/higher end market with programs focused on learning, culinary, voluntourism, soft adventure experiences..."

Friday, July 02, 2010

Learn how to use free business network service LinkedIn

We will be hosting a free webinar on how to use LinkedIn to promote your business - July 13th 12 noon Pacific time!

The LinkedIn Adventure Travel professionals group has over 900 members in the adventure travel field. Just last week there were discussions like agents looking for womens only programs, journalists looking for bike/hike stories, queries on biking in Greece and more.
This is a free forum dedicated to adventure travel professional networking and is moderated to ensure no spam or inappropriate discussions.
Join today and share your products, events and find new partners and clients.

The upcoming webinar will teach you how to:
- set up an account
- maximize your profile
- network and add contacts
- create a group
- synch with facebook and twitter

Click here to register free of charge.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Online reservation systems and distribution explained

Feeling the need to keep up with travel industry using online sales but unsure if your company can easily take advantage of the benefits? Will your products, business methods and staff be successful online?

Join our free webinar, online reservation systems explained, to get the answers you need.

There are a lot of different tour operations out there and online reservation systems need to be able to handle both the simple and complex aspects.

* How will the system work?
* How easy it is to add an online shopping cart?
* What will customers experience?
* How easy will it be for your staff?
* How are different businesses benefiting?

This session will answer all of these questions and allow you the chance to ask your own!

July 8th , 12 noon Pacific
July 15th, 9 a.m. Pacific
July 29th, 12 noon Pacific

Click here to register free of charge.

Learn how to use LinkedIn to promote your travel business

Learn how to use LinkedIn!
We will be hosting a free webinar on how to use LinkedIn to promote your business - July 13th 12 noon Pacific time!

LinkedIn is a free business networking service and has millions of user world wide. You can use this network to promote your tourism business, find agents and partners, post jobs and share your product.
This webinar will teach you how to:
- set up an account
- maximize your profile
- network and add contacts
- create a group
- synch with facebook and twitter

Click here to register free of charge

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Operators looking for Womens Only Tours in Europe, agents looking for info on hiking..

The Adventure Tourism and Travel Professionals online forum has over 900+ members including agents, operators, journalists and tour providers. It is free to join and share your latest trips, stories, partner and build networks. Click here to visit LinkedIn

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New system demo days! Free webinars in June.

Feeling the need to keep up with travel industry using online sales but unsure if your company can easily take advantage of the benefits? Will your products, business methods and staff be successful online?

There are a lot of different tour operations out there and online reservation systems need to be able to handle both the simple and complex aspects.
How will the system work?
How easy it is to add an online shopping cart?
What will customers experience?
how easy will it be for your staff?
How are different businesses benefiting?

This session will answer all of these questions and allow you the chance to ask your own!

Click here to register free of charge for any of these dates
June 9th, 9 a.m. PDT
June 15th, 12 p.m. PDT
June 21st, 9 a.m. PDT
June 29th, 12 p.m. PDT

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NEW! sneak peak at Summit: create custom client form

In this short video we review how Adventure Engine allows tour operators total control over design and function of the forms clients complete upon check-out.

One of key features is rule setting such as will this question be answered by all the participants in the group or just the group leader.
This functionality was created based on feedback we received from tour operators who needed a lot of information from the person booking the tour but only the name and email of the rest of the group members.

Operators create the question, determine the answers type (text, single, multiple choice) and can make the question required (or not)

And much more...!

Check the video and tell us what you think
(Hint: if you want to view full screen click the symbol of four arrows just below the YouTube logo)


Free webinar: how online reservation systems can work for you

Feeling the need to keep up with travel industry using online sales but unsure if your company can easily take advantage of the benefits? Will your products, business methods and staff be successful online?

There are a lot of different tour operations out there and online reservation systems need to be able to handle both the simple and complex aspects.
How will the system work?
How easy it is to add an online shopping cart?
What will customers experience?
how easy will it be for your staff?
How are different businesses benefiting?

This session will answer all of these questions and allow you the chance to ask your own!

May 27th, 12 p.m. PDT click here to register free of charge.

Monday, May 17, 2010

LinkedIn for AdventureTourism Industry: access 800+ peers

LinkedIn is an powerful, free tool for professionals in any industry.
It allows you to connect with your industry peers, network, quickly share news, events, find partners and much more.
Adventure Engine hosts a LinkedIn group that has over 800 members from the adventure tourism and travel industry. The group is moderated and only those with industry connections are permitted to access the group and discussions are limited to topics of interest to adventure tour and travel professionals (not weight loss pills!)
Every day there are new discussions, journalists looking for tourism story leads, agents looking for providers and tourism providers commenting on industry trends, new trip launches and events.
It is a great way to interact with a large group of industry professionals easily and the dialogue is fast a valuable in these channels.
LinkedIn has over 65 million members worldwide and grows steadily every day, the ability for your message to extrapolate through member networks is astonishing and it is a fabulous way to build your industry connections.
Hope you give it a try at www.linkedin.com and once you are on (or if you are already a member) be sure to try the Adventure Travel and Tourism Professionals Group click here. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your content.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Adventure Engine welcomes EverGreen Escapes

EverGreen Escapes is the Pacific Northwest's premier local and sustainable adventure travel company based in Seattle, Washington USA. EverGreen Escapes specializes in crafting upscale nature, active and education based experiences throughout the Northwestern U.S. & British Columbia, Canada.

Whatever the pursuit-bird watching, hiking, sea kayaking, cycling, snowshoeing, rock climbing or wine tasting-your escape is creatively designed and executed with a commitment to environmental and social sustainability.

In keeping green, EverGreen Escapes is working with STI to help offset their carbon footprint. Through EverGreen Escapes' Adventure Engine shopping cart, customers will now be able to voluntarily opt-in and offset during the reservation process.

"My AE system will allow me to offer carbon offset donations right into the shopping carts of my existing trips. Even better, I can choose whether it's a fixed, mandatory amount or a variable, optional amount. I love the flexibility. Super quick and easy."


- Jake Haupert, Owner

EverGreen Escapes

Agents and tour operators seeking tours to sell!

Adventureengine hosts a very active community of tourism professionals in the online community LinkedIn. Currently there are several operators looking for ground tour providers to represent.

"Looking for high quality operators targeting particularly on the age 40+/higher end market with programs focused on learning, culinary, voluntourism, soft adventure experiences.

We are currently hosting trip content provided by approximately 600 small/medium size tour providers worldwide. We could use more unique programs in the listed categories. We do not host inventory but rather connect consumers directly with tour providers. If you offer this type of program please contact me! Recommendations required. "

Click here to join the LinkedIn group and respond to this and other requests.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Google Analytics and Third Party Booking Engines

An important part of any marketing campaign is the aftermath - analyzing the return on investment. So how do you know what works and what falls flat?

Sarah Greener from Bay of Islands Rock Cruises had already integrated Google Analytics with her website, but she wanted to go a step further and track her customers' behavior in her Adventure Engine shopping carts.

By adding Google Analytics to her Adventure Engine online shopping carts Sarah is now reaping the benefits of being able to track traffic through her site including her shopping carts.


Sample Google Analytics Features

Geo targeting
- identify your most lucrative geographic markets

Ecommerce reporting - trace transactions to campaigns and keywords, get loyalty and latency metrics, and identify your best revenue sources

Campaign Tracking - track email campaigns, banner ads, offline ads and more

Integrated with AdWords and AdSense - optimize your AdWords performance with post-click data on your keywords, search queries, match type and more; AdSense reports show publishers which site content generates the most revenue.

Sample Adventure Engine Shopping cart features:

Real time - by using the Adventure Engine system and trip changes made by the operator or seats sold (either through the online shopping cart or in the adminstration area) are automatically relfested in the online availability calendar and shopping cart. Time saver!

Easy to install: only one line of code and your website is a an ecommerce site.

Easily add carts to your agent or partner sites- want to sell your trips on other websites but don't want the hassle of updating them? The Adventure Engine carts can be placed on your partners sites in minutes, track sales and commissions plus they udate instantly with any change just like the supplier cart. never have stale information on your distribution network again!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Agent looking for hiking, biking trips in N America and Europe

The Adventure Travel Professionals LinkedIn group has a lot of discussions going on - journalists looking for stories, agents for trips and tons of industry news.
Here is a snippet http://bit.ly/cUBnjS

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Follow us on Twitter at adventureengine

We will be reposting conversations from the LinkedIn group as well as other valuable industry news.

LinkedIn Adventure Tourism group reaching 500 with agents looking for trips and journalists for stories

If you have not joined yet you should definately check our Adventure Tourism and Travel professionals group at linkedIn. Conversations are raging about insurance, best practice, writers looking for stories, agents picking up new trips and more...
Check it out here
Highlight: company looking to represent hiking, biking and kayaking trips click to view