Tips & Tricks
How to Share Your Boating And Chartering Adventures Online
We here at Charter Advisors realize we don't always have all the answers. True, true, we have most of them so long as they are sailing related! When we were talking with Evan Jacobsen over at BoatingTravel.com sailing and social media came up. He shed some new light on a popular topic that many of us know about, but don't really understand all that well. Me included! The topic? Social Media and sailing. Namely, where do sailors go online to break though the clutter of all the major social medias? We asked Evan to shed some light on Sailing and Social Media. Here is what he has to say... - Capt. Kev
Share The Adventure With The World, Or Just Your World
In Fall of 2008, a just married northern California couple, packed up their life and bought a previously owned Lagoon 380 catamaran in Virginia. Two months later they set out sailing for the next 14 months, heading down the Atlantic coast to the Caribbean and through the Panama canal. Then on to the Galapagos islands and the Marquesas. From there it was a 20 day pacific crossing through the South Pacific, ending their journey in Sydney, Australia. They were not alone though. They brought thousands of friends and complete strangers along for the journey. They posted text updates to a blog, they shared photos and they even uploaded some really nice short videos to YouTube. Their endearing personalities and incredible adventures made it feel like you were along for the ride. It becomes far more captivating than some professionally produced reality show. Sharing their adventure with so many was easy with the power of social media.
Social Media and Blogs for Chartering, Sailing, And Boating
You''ve probably heard the buzz about these Social Media "tools" to a point of ad nauseam: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, blogging, Wiki''s, oh my! Then there are the blogging platforms, with some of the most popular being WordPress, MovableType, Tumblr and Blogger (Google Product). However, none of these are specific to boating.Every one of these "tools" gives boaters and charterers incredible avenues to share their boating adventures, share in the adventures of others, and connect with a community. As great as all these are, there are others that are set up for us boaters and sailors. Here are a few worth checking out.
Boating Specific Blogging - Sailblogs.com
SailBlogs.com is a blogging site that is exclusively for boating enthusiasts. You can easily setup a blog to share your experiences boating. Sailblogs also make it easy to find other boating blogs if you''re interested in reading about the experiences of others. Another cool feature of the site is to be able to join "groups" and find users on the site with similar interests. For instance there is a group called Caribbean Cruisers for people boating or have an interest in boating the Caribbean. Since the site is specifically targeted at boaters, they offer a cool boater friendly tool that allow users to add a map to their blog. This map displays the boating locations that coincide with a blog posts. Unfortunately, this feature as well as including a photo gallery on a blog is only available with a paid account. Setting up a basic blog however is free.
Boating Social Network - TheBoaters.com
TheBoaters.com is kind of like the Facebook for boating enthusiasts. Users are able to setup a profile page which, as you would expect includes boating specific information. Users can add a page for their boats as well. Similar to other social networks users can "friend" one another and send private messages. Users can also add photos and events, join groups, setup a blog on the site, display a message about their current status and participate in forums. Another useful feature are pages for boating locations. The places pages include information such as the coordinates and users can add comments and photos. A cool feature to find places to go boating at. Although the site''s community still seems to be going strong, it doesn''t appear that much development has been going on with the site for the past couple of years.
Charter Specific - BoatingTravel.com
BoatingTravel.com is a brand new site that brings social media and social networking to boat chartering.It also happens to be the company I work for. Charter boaters are able to use the site to search for charter boats in a desired travel destination and then view useful information such as photos, boat specifications, rates, policies and contact information for the operator or central agent. But where BoatingTravel.com really shines is in enabling users to create a profile page on the site and then share photos and stories in short blog style posts the site calls boating logs. Think of it as the virtual and more social version of a ship log you''re probably used to keeping while at sea. These features make it a great way to see objective third party experiences and photos about a charter boat before embarking on your own journey. The site also makes it possible to connect with a community of charter boat enthusiasts and follow cool charter adventures. The website integrates with Facebook Connect so any user with an existing Facebook account can quickly establish one on BoatingTravel.com by linking their existing Facebook account. Another unique feature of the site connects potential charter boaters with brokers. Users of the site can see a list of brokers on a specific charter boat page, view broker profile pages and can connect with a broker that specializes in a specific destination. Since BoatingTravel.com has just launched the community and number of charter listings is very small. As the site gains traction and becomes popular more charter providers will add their boats to the site and more charter boaters and brokers will join the site. The number of social networking features are on increase as well.
Websites like these make it easier to share your journeys, connect with other charter and boating enthusiasts and learn about exciting adventures, boats and places. Of course these tools are no substitute for actually being out on the water on a beautiful day.
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