Where Is My Conference Hotel? Improving Conference Sites With Maps

Attending a conference almost always means travel.   Love it or hate it, the travel experience goes with the territory.  As a conference director, one of the best ways to increase the satisfaction level of conference attendees is to provide not only killer content but to also make them feel as though they are a welcomed guest in the host city.    Providing resources that help get people acquainted with the host city as quickly as possible is one way to make travel more of a perk than a pain for the attendee.    Do a good job playing host in your city and people will want to return year-after-year.

A great way to do this is by providing a resource directory that includes more than a map showing people where the venue is and how to get there.    In our “Hosting Conferences and Events” series we are going to walk through various ways you can build a great online resource that shows people around your city without making it a full time job for you or your online content authors.    The primary tool we are going to use is the My Store Locator Plus SaaS service.    By using the service effectively you can keep costs down while providing easy-to-use interactive maps for your attendees.

In our first video on presenting local resources for a conference we are going to focus on the upcoming SyntaxCon that is coming up in May 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.   One of the first things people are going to look for is places to stay that are convenient to the main venue.  With that in mind we are going to show how to setup an appropriate level of service and add some hotels to our map then simulate deployment on a live site.    As we add to this series we will show how to refine the user experience and finally deploy to the general public.

 

On a related note, if you are planning on hosting a venue and are in need of a full-service consulting shop to help you get a site setup, please contact our Cyber Sprocket Labs consulting division and we’ll get you setup at a fair price.

Top US Travel Cities

We’ve written articles on Google Search metrics and the Near Me phenomenon now that everyone is mobile. In the “Near Me article” we highlighted the fact that most people search for things near them when they travel. The most common “near me” search is restaurants. This is the companion article of our research on the top travel destinations in the US.

The Top US Travel Cities

Like golf, the lowest score wins. Add ranking of top 10 on all sites. If un-ranked on a site the default score is 15. Any entry must rank at least 10 or higher on one of our sampled sites to appear on the list. Destinations must be a city not a region.
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