Column: Travel Agents on Instagram

If you’re a small business owner, you can make your agency look bigger by using social media. Here are some tips to do just that.

Travel Agent
By Ruthanne Terrero
May 4, 2015

One of the gardeners I follow on Instagram frequently posts close-ups of his plants, which tend to be rarer than most. His photo captions always emit a strong sense of excitement, either that he’s gotten his hands on a rare variety or that a plant he already owns has finally bloomed. His posts generate hundreds of comments that show an equal amount of enthusiasm; he’s got more than 1,000 followers.

One day this past winter, he posted a photo of his garden to show us how it looked during the off-season. Turns out, it’s a tiny plot of land, probably about six feet by six feet. Seems this gardener lives in a condo and gleefully creates his dynamic world in the small space he’s been allotted.

It made me realize that travel advisors can have the same effect with their business, even if it’s just you and your laptop, a cup of coffee and a cat. On Instagram, well-curated travel images, expert commentary, enthusiasm, and the sense that you’re revealing bit by bit glimpses of a world that is yours and yours alone will make you a star if you post frequently and thoughtfully. I use apps that feed in to Instagram and make my photos interesting, such as Flipagram, which creates a video from multiple photos (excellent to illustrate tours you’ve taken of a city, a hotel or a farmer’s market), and, of course, using hashtags will get you more followers; if you add, say, #Amsterdam to your photo of the city’s famous canals, those who click on that hashtag will see your photo and potentially follow you. Read more

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