The awardees for the very first HMI Storytelling Scholarships have been announced! Read about the talented recipients, plus a message from our CEO on why she started the #ShareBetterStories program, in this blog post.
In partnership with Travel Alberta and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, we are so pleased to announce the very first #CreatorHouseAB to run January through March, 2019, in Banff, Alberta. Creators will be invited to enjoy up to five days in Banff and the surrounding areas and share their experiences with the world. More details can be found here.
We are excited to announce that our long-standing relationship with the mobile app Trover, specifically for influencer marketing, will be continuing into 2019. Watch for exciting changes as we launch a top-tier ambassador program. Details to be announced soon.
Our CEO Dalene Heck will be speaking at the International Indigenous Tourism Conference on “Working with Influencers”. The event will be held on October 30-31, 2018, on Treaty 6 Territory and in the Homeland of the Métis, at TCU Place in Saskatoon.
Our CEO and COO, Dalene and Pete Heck, will be speaking at the Rocky Mountain Social Summit on “The Science of Storytelling”. The event will be held on March 5-6, 2019, in Banff, Alberta.
At HMI, we believe in the power of stories. And we want to help travel bloggers up their game! We are thrilled to introduce the first HMI Scholarships. We will be awarding seven people access to Mike Sowden’s “Engage: A Storytelling Course for Bloggers” and the application process opens on October 1st, 2018. For more details, click here.
After a successful summer job with HMI, we are pleased to welcome Sophie Schneider as a permanent member of our team while she continues her studies in communications at Mount Royal University.
The ambassadors chosen for this year’s #CBTAmbassador campaign for the Canadian Badlands. Follow the hashtag and our ambassadors on Instagram for a deep look at their stellar base of work: @brokencurfew; @tara_h03; @kindredspiritsphotography; @rykieimagesevents; @smashley1991; @palomadelapaznavarro; @prairieeyes; @kforbes_photography; @jaimevedres; @julielowellcan; @_bozlo_ ; @nurselovesfarmr; @peachtreee_; @hecktictravels; @travelswbaggage.
HMI has been named a finalist for “Social Agency of the Year” at the second annual Hashtag Awards, as put on by SocialWest, the largest digital marketing conference on the Prairies. The awards will be announced in Calgary on June 13, 2018.
We’re so pleased to welcome Kaira Weatherall to the HMI team! Studied in Communication Arts, Kaira is a passionate graphic artist with expertise in social media management and marketing.
After completing two successful content marketing campaigns for World Expeditions in 2017, we are embarking on a third to begin this summer. We will be inviting adventurous bloggers to share their #BestMountainTreks from around the globe – watch for their exciting stories to be shared via that hashtag across social media.
In continuation of a successful ambassador program last summer, we are pleased to announce that our relationship with the Canadian Badlands will continue. This summer, watch for ambassadors in new areas within the Badlands create exciting content from their home region.
We are pleased to announce that our CEO, Dalene Heck, will be joining the Board of Directors for the Destination Management Organization in her home city of Lethbridge, Alberta. Dalene is very excited to contribute and for the personal growth that such an opportunity will bring.
Last summer, HMI led an exciting influencer marketing campaign with the Canadian Badlands. It involved the Canadian icon Tom Jackson, four influencers from across North America, and the talented local videographer Luke Fandrich. Luke’s first beautiful video of the project has been released, with more to come.
Join the HMI team and a score of prominent Canadian influencers in the next #AllTravelChat Twitter sponsored by Tourism Nova Scotia. The chat will take place on April 26th at 1pm EST/10am PST.
HMI has signed Brendan Van Son for a second 3-month round of ambassadorship with our long-standing client Trover (Expedia), to supplement the monthly influencer marketing campaigns we have been coordinating for over a year. Brendan has contributed significantly to the Trover mandate of app downloads and an engaged community, and we look forward to further developments.
Our CEO and COO, Dalene and Pete Heck, have signed on to speak at the inaugural Travelcon, scheduled to be held in Austin, Texas, on September 20-22, 2018. Focused towards an audience of content creators, they will be presenting on “How to Work With Travel Brands.” The event quickly sold out, but a waiting list is available.
We are pleased to announce that our CEO, Dalene Heck, will be speaking at the HOST Tourism Saskatchewan conference on April 12th, 2018, in Regina, Saskatchewan. Dalene’s speech is titled “What’s Your Story?” and focuses on using the science of storytelling to drive home tourism marketing messages. More on the conference here.
Our popular ebook How to Work With Travel Influencers has gotten a facelift, and included some valuable new updates. Read the glowing reviews and download your free copy here.
We are so pleased to announce our new relationship with Heritage Inn for 7 lunch-and-learn sessions on social media training for small businesses, to be held throughout April in High River, Alberta. Get your tickets here.
Today we welcome Tawny Bertolozzi as a new Project Manager with HMI. Tawny came to us most recently from the Chinook Country Tourism Association, and brings with her a wealth of experiences from running FAM tours to creating quality content. She was recognized with an ALTO Award (from Travel Alberta) for Marketing Excellence in 2016 and is a significant addition to our team.
Find our own HMI Project Manager Megan Stetzel and a score of other fabulous speakers at the Women in Travel Summit in Quebec City from May 4-6, 2018. Megan will be leading a talk entitled “Next Level Pinterest: From Social to Search Engine” to shift your thinking with this platform from being a social to search, and take your strategy to the next level.