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Q&A: Sean Boyle, EVP & director of strategic planning, Publicis Dallas

Q&A: Sean Boyle, EVP & director of strategic planning, Publicis Dallas

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Sean Boyle, EVP and director of strategic planning at Publicis Dallas, on why overreliance on data will keep brands from creative greatness.

For Virgin America, the Sky's the Limit

For Virgin America, the Sky's the Limit

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Email marketing helps Virgin America's customer satisfaction soar.

Marketing and the Interboom

Marketing and the Interboom

In lean economic times marketing can harness technology to streamline costs and improve results.

Why customer experience will rule travel this holiday season

Why customer experience will rule travel this holiday season

Customer experience is king when it comes to travel this holiday season.

Delivered: Tourism emails

Delivered: Tourism emails

What's in our mailbox this month: Tourism emails. Do these emails make you want to get up and go?

Irish tourism targets harried Londoners during Olympics

Irish tourism targets harried Londoners during Olympics

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Tourism Ireland encouraged Londoners to pack a bag this summer and head over to Ireland to "Escape the Madness" wrought on the city by the Olympics.

JetBlue launches iPhone app, redesigns web and mobile sites

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JetBlue Airways redesigned its website and mobile site, and has also launched an iPhone application, all with the intent of personalizing and simplifying the customer experience, the airline said on Feb. 6.

Take me away

Take me away

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An appealing travel campaign has the potential to transport an audience, literally making hearts take flight with a desire to travel to the country or city depicted. And then there are the travel campaigns that inspire you to stay at home.

MMG Worldwide acquires Ypartnership, forms MMGY Global

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Digital travel marketing company MMG Worldwide acquired Ypartnership, a travel research services company, both companies said Dec. 14. The agencies have merged to form MMGY Global, a full-service travel marketing agency.

Google, Visit Florida partner on digital travel marketing co-op

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Google and Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing organization, have partnered on a digital marketing cooperative program that spans display, video and mobile, the companies said on Dec. 12.

Orbitz launches Facebook sweepstakes campaign

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Online travel company Orbitz Worldwide has launched a Facebook sweepstakes to increase consumer participation on its Facebook fan page. Orbitz worked with AOR BBDO and social media agency Socialbomb to create the "Orbitz 50 Faves" sweepstakes.

Virgin America, Hertz partner on car-rental promotions

Virgin America, Hertz partner on car-rental promotions

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Virgin America and The Hertz Corp. have partnered to give members of the airline's Elevate loyalty program exclusive deals on Hertz rental cars. Elevate members who rent cars from Hertz will earn one point per $1 spent on qualifying rentals.

June credit spending increases 8.8%: report

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The amount of money spent at US merchant locations increased by 8.8% in June, compared with the prior year, according to First Data Corp.'s SpendTrend analysis for the month. The report measured credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT cards and checks spending.

Groupon to launch 'Getaways' deals this week, platform updates privacy policy

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Groupon will launch travel vertical Groupon Getaways with Expedia this week, Julie Mossler, PR and consumer marketing manager at Groupon, said July 11. The Chicago-based company will offer travel deals including discounts on flights, hotels and cruises through the service.

Bermuda resort to launch multichannel fall campaign with new AOR Merge

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Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa will launch a campaign this fall using direct mail, email, social media and banner ads, said Michael Winfield, president and CEO of the company. The Bermuda resort is working with Merge Consumer Marketing, which it selected last month as its AOR after an RFP process that included five agencies.

Marriott and JetBlue launch joint loyalty program initiative

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Marriott International and JetBlue Airways launched a joint loyalty program initiative on May 2 that will allow JetBlue TrueBlue members to earn points for staying at any Marriott hotel.

TripAdvisor names Messing CMO

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Travel website TripAdvisor.com has hired Barbara Messing as its CMO, the company said February 23. Messing will lead TripAdvisor's global marketing, including its CRM, SEM, traffic acquisition, mobile partnerships, brand development and experience, and PR.

Two of the travel industry's largest hotel companies face off on their direct marketing prowess

Two of the travel industry's largest hotel companies face off on their direct marketing prowess

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Travelers often believe that once you've seen one mid-priced room, you've pretty much seen them all. To unearth the subtle differences from one loyalty program to the next, you must dig deeper still.

Q&A: Geoff Lewis, CEO of Topguest

Q&A: Geoff Lewis, CEO of Topguest

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There's no shortage of geolocation apps these days, but relative newcomer Topguest aims to stand out for travelers.

Orbitz touts reliability in new campaign

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Orbitz Worldwide launched an integrated marketing campaign July 15 that aims to assure travelers that the online travel company can prevent any unwelcome surprises.

IHG program allows members to redeem for rooms elsewhere

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is allowing Priority Club Rewards members to use their points at competitor hotels through its "Hotels Anywhere" program. The company introduced the initiative May 18 after an April soft launch.

Travel marketers boost digital efforts

Travel marketers boost digital efforts

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For travel and tourism marketers, an integrated direct marketing strategy is the best way to engage with consumers.

Nailed It: DMNews talks with Alexandra Palau, e-marketing manager at Carnival

Nailed It: DMNews talks with Alexandra Palau, e-marketing manager at Carnival

In July, Carnival began sending e-mails to customers who abandoned their shopping carts while booking online. Alexandra Palau, e-marketing manager at Carnival, discusses the effort

InterContinental Hotels picks StrongMail to streamline e-mail marketing

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has selected e-mail vendor StrongMail to manage its e-mail marketing efforts and deliverability. Under the terms of the partnership, set to be announced January 5, IHG will work with the vendor to streamline its e-mail marketing messaging across brands and campaigns.

JetBlue working with e-Dialog on e-mail marketing, loyalty program

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JetBlue Airways is working with e-mail service provider e-Dialog to power its e-mail marketing messages and revamp its TrueBlue loyalty program. JetBlue is using e-Dialog's software to create e-mail campaigns in-house. The airline is also collaborating with the agency's team on e-mail strategy, as well as technical and data services.

Miles Media uses social tools in e-mails for travel campaigns

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Miles Media, an agency that specializes in marketing for travel and tourism bureaus, is using a share-to-social tool for its clients' e-mail marketing efforts. Miles used the Silverpop tool in e-mail marketing efforts for Visit Florida and for West Virginia's tourism board. The technology allows recipients to share the message with friends by posting it directly to their Facebook, MySpace or Twitter pages. The goal of both campaigns was to acquire new customers.

Keeping pace with mainstream social media

Keeping pace with mainstream social media

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Social network membership is growing among Americans, according to a recent Forrester Research study. The most rapid growth has occurred among consumers 35 and older; however, all ages and demographics use social networking sites regularly.

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