Last month I mentioned my falling stats due to not blogging as much.  As any social media expert will tell you, few posts = low traffic. At the time, the big news was that the Social Media Tourism conference had chosen Tunica for its next conference in November (even more important now).  I posted about this and resolved to be a better blogger.

Heres where the weirdness started… I made a trip to Vegas and my traffic started rising before I even put out a post. The flooding around the Mississippi especially around Memphis and Tunica was becoming news and I’m guessing some of my Tunica posts were becoming news too (see first 4 columns in the post above)  Of course, being a Tunica Casino regular, I was glued to the internet watching what happened. I wrote about Tunica looking like a “Reel’em in game” (a popular video fishing game at many of the casinos) and when I saw some good pictures and videos, I did a post on this too. These things compounded and I’m now getting well over a 1000 hits a day. (more…)

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The big thing happening in Las Vegas right now are some discussions about fairly famous tweeters @VegasBill and @24K.You can read Steve Friess‘s article here called “Setting the record straight about Vegas’ Twitter twerps” .  @Vegastripping then followed up with his own blog post called “Twitter  Racketeering for Fun and Profit“. I also saw this has triggered some parody accounts @VegasBilll and @2424k.

Now I haven’t had a lot of interactions with @24k or @VegasBill and don’t know their side of the story. In any case, I really don’t want to get into if they did or didn’t do anything wrong.  You all can decide that on your own.  I do want to follow up on one of  my old posts about casino and blogger social media  responsibility. (more…)

If you are a regular casino customer, stop reading now. I want to talk with the casino people.
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Who is your favorite casino to engage with in the world of social media?  Or are you still looking for who to follow or fan?  I took some time to rank and link to all the Tunica casinos, their twitter addresses, Facebook fan pages, and blogs.

My ranking is just my opinion and you are welcome to call me out on anything you don’t agree with.  I’m certainly no social media expert, just someone who likes to connect with the businesses I frequent.  Also, these rankings don’t say anything about the quality of the casinos or hotels – I’m just looking at how useful, helpful and entertaining they are to engage within the online world.

So here is my list from top to bottom.  I hope you find it useful: (more…)

One of the cool things about Twitter, Facebook and social media is that you can connect and make friends with people all over the world.  One of the people I love to follow is @memphisMullen and her blog called Deena’s Days.

She doesn’t work for the casino industry and blogs about different things but she is good with an iPhone and gives a great customer view of the places she visits.

This week she is in Delaware visiting Dover Downs and just did a series of posts on her stay there.  (more…)

I did a post on some things the casino industry does wrong with social media so now lets talk about some example where they do it right.

One thing  resorts and casinos need to do is built community and support the communities that are out there.  Casinos, you have some great products – cool games, great meals, and fun places – which gives you a big advantage.  I talk all the time to friends (real and virtual) and we talk about you.  We don’t mind people that work for the casinos participating in the conversation although we do get irritated with heavy handed marketing.  So, to start,  I’ll point you to a great resource – Chris Brogan who has a good talk on Social Media and Building community (watch it now… I’ll wait).

So now, let me throw out a very good example. (more…)

Even if you don’t own a computer, you have likely seen the quickly growing references to Twitter and Facebook on TV.  There is a whole domain out there called “social media” that includes this, those Youtube videos you watch and even this blog.

Businesses are trying to tap into this and casino’s are no different.  Why do they want to “get social?”  The fact is, we are more likely to visit a casino or hotel or city because the friends we trust recommended it than because of a fancy ad on a web page. We are also more likely to avoid it if those we consider knowledgeable have a bad experience. (more…)