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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's very interesting you are posting from India and have a Danish website. Is that a good idea? I don't know. You will be welcome if you join in and become part of the community, otherwise... goodbye.

And of course this community is interactive, that's what an Internet community is all about.

Anyway, welcome to Aardvark, you can tell us a little about yourself and aspirations and make some good friends and contacts on here.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolling Eyes @kraig3

Another update from me... I got this email from someone at The Times who sounded quite interested. I fired an email back but didn't hear anything. I chased that email a couple of days ago, but still nothing...

Meanwhile, just now, someone else at The Times has just got in touch sounding very interested... I'm not sure how 'PC' it is to post this, but here's the gist of the email:

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Hi Paul

Thanks for the email, and apologies first of all for the delay in
getting back to you.

Your ideas looks great - we'd certainly welcome any news on trends from
your travel retail sites, like quirky reactions to world events, sudden
flooding of the market with hotel/attraction deals etc... do drop me a
line if you noctyice anything unusual from consumers or suppliers as it
can make an interesting travel story, like this one for e.g.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/news/article6865836.ece

And re the Luxury Travel Blog, I'd welcome some ideas for features, if
you're happy to submit some - best travel gadgets for Christmas perhaps,
or travel luxuries worth paying for versus not worth paying for (e.g.
luggage courier services, airport meet and greet, ryanair's onboard seat
reservation vs easyJet's speedy boarding), and perhaps we could accompany
that with a live Q&A on how to upgrade your holiday without spending a lot
of money? We've got software that means you could answer questions from
home and we can field questions from here in a live debate.

Do let me know what you thinka dn whether you ahve any other ideas.

Best wishes

[name removed]


I'd say that's quite encouraging. For the moment, I've just written back suggesting an article about how we've seen a shift to more budget accommodation (Premier Inn, Travelodge, etc.) and self-catering, with the downturn in the economy... and I'm going to have a think about the other ideas in the meantime. I'm sure there must be some potential in both these areas.

How are the rest of you (or is just Kay?) getting on...? Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm running through quicksand.

It's not as easy as one might hope. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kay wrote:
I'm running through quicksand.

It's not as easy as one might hope. Smile


Yes - it's far easier (and cheaper in the long run) to invest in a few good "brandable keyword" domains.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL! I'm a domain junkie. I just looked at a list of what I've got today and had to laugh at some of them. (Seemed like a good idea at the time. Laughing )

But how would a brandable domain name help us to get a mention in the UK broadsheets?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure it would.

I think getting in the broadsheets is more about who you know than anything else. I'm making one or two encouraging contacts but there's still nothing concrete yet. I am hopeful that I might be getting close to something, though... Smile

How are you getting on, Kay?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not getting on well at all, Paul. I guess I don't have the contacts I hoped I had. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A partial success! (very partial!!!!)

I made it into the local paper with a couple of photographs and a reference to the website of a new venture (sadly not hyperlinked as yet - will see if I can do something about that).

Here are the pictures:

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/photos/kendalfloods/view/gallery_118878.Kendal_floods_/

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/photos/kendalfloods/view/gallery_118877.Kendal_floods_/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crikey! Hope you and yours are OK, Paul.

That's a bit of a swizz - using your photos and not giving you a link.

Several years ago I was interviewed by the Grauniad about Marmite. I agreed on condition that they gave me a link to BE. They duly quoted me by name, etc, and then got the bleedin' link wrong. Rolling Eyes I did write to them, but resistance is futile.

I've kinda given up on this competition and have decided it's all about who you know. Bah!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sent it to the paper saying they could use it on the condition that they linked to the site with the words 'Kendal Cottages' rather than credited it to me as an individual.

They went ahead and just referenced it as you see so I emailed them and politely asked that they comply with my request, only to be told it was company policy not to link to commercial sites from their news pages. A bit of a cheek to have used them and have not said first IMHO but I'm working on the principle that even that mention - albeit without a link - could be of some benefit.

I'm hoping I'll get a mention in one of the nationals in the next couple of months with this new venture as quite a few travel journalists seem to be interested in hearing about new openings.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

News websites are awful for linking out. The PR guy here never tires of telling me that it's simply the way things work, editorial policy etc. It's particularly rich when various news sites do so well out of getting links from other sites, indeed encouraging people to share links on other sites, yet seem so unwilling to participate in the link ecosystem themselves.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This reminds me of an annoyance I had a few years back with a big expat site. Their business development guy kept writing to ask (insist, more like) that we should link to them, because it would be useful for our visitors. Rolling Eyes

I replied that I'd consider it, if they linked to us in return. But, no, it was their "policy" not to link out to others. I just told him that it was my policy not to link to people who tried to scrounge links off me and offer nothing in return.

You'd think that would have been the end of the matter, but he kept pestering me, and then got one of his staff to do it. I refused point blank.

More recently I've been seeing quite a few new sites wanting one-way stuff. Not just links but volunteer bloggers. I'm happy enough to do a guest blog spot for someone, but there has to be something in it for me, such as a link back on an established site. Why the heck would I want to join in and help someone create their new site? Yet there seems to be an endless stream of people asking for this.

If you're asking people to do something for you, you have to be able to answer the "What's in it for me?" question.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get this in a different area:
"Can you run a course for us?" "Sure, and this is my fee..."

"Oh, we were hoping you'd do it for nothing." "Well, I see that you're charging people to attend, so how does me making money for you with nothing in return for me work then?"

"Oh. It would be good for your reputation." "Yes, but I already have an excellent reputation. If I didn't you wouldn't have asked me in the first place would you?"

"Oh. How about we pay expenses then?"

Happened more than once...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just dropping by to claim my prize!

My new venture has got a mention in The Guardian (with a link), which I'm pretty chuffed about, especially considering that we've not even opened yet.

You can see the article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/mar/12/easter-cottages-self-catering?page=all

We are the 10th place mentioned in the list of 20 and the link in question is to http://www.kendalcottages.com

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bah! I'm green with envy.

Well done, Paul! Very Happy You really must share some of your secrets one of these days.
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