CVB Partnership – including everything listed below (unless otherwise noted) – is now available to all tourism related businesses in Calaveras County, regardless of whether you have contributed financially to any CVB marketing programs. Learn more about the new partnership model the Calaveras Visitors Bureau is now following.
Here are the topics covered in this write-up:
Keep your CVB listings up to date | Keep us informed | Share our blogs | Link to us | Use our social media handles | Participate in our VIP program | Like our Facebook page | Provide us with photos | Use our Curated Photos | Attend our Annual Dinner & Innovations in Tourism Awards | Read partner newsletters | Schedule a Meeting | Get on our Fam List
Keep your CVB listings up to date
Your CVB partnership includes being listed here on our website. Make sure we have included the most relevant and up-to-date information you want visitors to know about your business. Make sure to correct any inaccurate information, and send us your very best photo(s) for your listing(s). Does your business belong under several categories? Let us know and we’ll include you there! Be sure to check any links that link out of your listings(s) including Yelp, Facebook and Trip Advisor.
Keep us informed for best coverage of your business
Please make sure to send us information on any and all events or announcements you may have over the coming year. Our events calendar is the most comprehensive in the county and is the most popular page on our website. Your event, if open to the public and of interest to visitors, should be included. We’re also interested if you’re moving or opening a new location, offering new services or have anything exciting to share. Send your latest news and event info to: [email protected]. Check out this article on what we need from you to make an event listing.
Utilize our blogs
We publish blogs multiple times per month on events and activities of interest to visitors to Calaveras County. Links to these blogs are included in our partner emails and on the Calaveras Bloggin’ section of our website. Please resend these blogs to YOUR email lists or share on your social media networks to get even more exposure to Calaveras destinations.
Link to us
As part of your CVB partnership we provide at least one listing of your business or service on our website. Check and make sure we’re linking correctly to you and then be sure to link back to us using the words Calaveras Visitors Bureau linking to https://www.GoCalaveras.com. This develops a higher search engine ranking for our website. A more valuable CVB website benefits you as a partner business.
Use our social media handles
If you’re making a post on Facebook you want us to see, be sure to include this tag: #GoCalaveras. If you’re uploading a photo to Instagram, also use #GoCalaveras or #LovingCalaveras. This allows us to see your content without you having to email us, giving us the opportunity to share your content for our news feed.
Drive visitors to your location with our VIP program
Every tourist entering the Visitor Center in Angels Camp receives a Calaveras Activities Guide AND a VIP card with a list of the businesses participating in our free VIP program. Offer a simple discount or deal of your choice in order to give visitors an even greater reason to visit your business!
Like our Social Media pages
We want to target the best possible demographic with our online ads and that includes YOUR business’s Facebook fans. When you like our page located at Facebook.com/GoCalaveras, we can include your fans in our targeted audience for ads. This will result in more tourism business coming in to Calaveras County and your business. Plus, if you like us, we’ll like you right back and the cycle of positivity continues! Be sure to like our Instagram page too: https://www.instagram.com/gocalaveras.
Provide us with photos and video
We can never have too many great photos of Calaveras County for our website, for our Activities Guide, available online at: https://gocalaveras.com/activity-guide/ and for travel writers and tour operators. Are you an amateur photographer? Do you have great photos and/or video of your family and friends in the county? Do you have great photos of your business? Please email us high resolution copies – and let us know if they’re non-copyrighted and shareable. If so, we can add them to our online photo galleries for journalists and media professionals to use. Provide the name of the photographer to make sure they’re properly attributed. You can also email us links to your videos to use in your listing(s) and for other marketing purposes.
Use our beautiful, curated photos
Knowing that photography is so essential to destination marketing, we’ve put together quite the collection of photos publicly available for your use – as long as you credit the photographer. Use our online form to access our photo galleries, and make use of the beautiful Calaveras photography to bring visitors to your business.
Attend our Annual Dinners & Innovations in Tourism Awards
Network with your tourism partners, get inspiration on contributing to our outstanding tourism destination, learn how the CVB’s marketing plan has fared over the year, and what our return on investment has been, and compete in the Calaveras Craniacs trivia contest to win prizes! The evening is fabulously fun with entertaining and informative presentations, great company, food and wine.
Keep informed by reading Partner Newsletters
The best way to keep up to date with CVB activities, promotional offers, free or reduced fee seminars, events and invitations is to read our partner email blasts. We send one per month specifically to you, our partners, and another showing what we’ve sent to our visitor subscribers so you can see how we’re marketing the county. If you don’t seem to be receiving our emails, please email us with your best contact email address and we will update the information in our database.
Please call or come by if we can be of further assistance to you. Don’t forget, we’re YOUR marketing organization. Be sure to let us know about anything newsworthy going on in your business so we can brag about you!
Schedule a Meeting for free website & social media support
If you’re looking for some marketing suggestions and inspiration, call to set an appointment to meet with Lisa and/or Kaedence. We can provide a social media audit, an evaluation of the effectiveness of your website and make suggestions for marketing your business based on educational seminars we attend annually, research by Visit California and DMAWest, and independent research we perform in-house. We’re here to help you succeed. Need more help than just marketing? Check out the additional resources available to you from Accelerating Business in Calaveras.
Get on our Fam List for more media coverage
As part of our annual marketing plan, the CVB works on familiarization tours with media, travel writers and tour operators multiple times per year, Fam tours (as they are known) make up an important part of our marketing – as a first-hand experience often sells a destination better than any other marketing effort. Sometimes a fam tour consists of an individual, and sometimes it’s a group. But we always set up these tours with a custom itinerary, catering to the particular interests, readership/followers and requirements of the individual or group. When we put together these fam tours, we ask our local businesses to provide lodging, restaurants and experiences as complimentary (unpaid) with the promise of potential coverage in the media piece being researched, or inclusion in travel itineraries. There is more than a 50% chance that each contributing business will be covered, but we cannot guarantee it. Giving a special, personalized experience and meeting with the individual or group is much more likely to get you coverage than just providing your usual service.
If you are interested in having your business be on our Fam List to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming itinerary, please contact us. We would love to have more variety for our fam tours. Please only offer your business if you can guarantee first-rate customer service with an attention to detail and a willingness to help keep the itinerary proceeding on time for other participating businesses.