Travel · Blogging

We are creating a travel suggestion app, how would you lure travel bloggers, to make it community?

Stan Podolski CEO at Nimble Aircraft.

September 18th, 2015

The app analyzes the instagram and twitter feeds in real time, find where people are happy (sentiment analyses is already there, pic analyses is coming) and created Trending Places. 


However it is all good, but lacks human touch, how would you lure travel bloggers to participate?

If anybody wants to the the site, I am happy to send a link, I am afraid to give it here will be against rules.

Stan Podolski CEO at Nimble Aircraft.

September 18th, 2015

Tried. Results were.... disappointing.

The reason maybe that I can not give a lot of incentive moneywise, the model is freemium. From the user perspective it is very interesting to see what is going right now or see the recent trends (we have some delay when sentiment is accumulated, but otherwise it is very real time, Lollapalooza for example was catched in an hour). But I am still trying to figure out what would it be for the blogger.

Gaurav Dwivedi

September 19th, 2015

Hey Stan,
For Freemium, You can target some newbie blogger, they can help you or you can also connect them on blogging marketplace. 

Marina Janeiko Founder & UX Designer at What's It Like

September 20th, 2015

I can't say much about bloggers, but it really depends on what kind of data moderation you're looking for. I'm working on a data driven travel product as well, if you want to swap experiences ;)

Peter Olfe Mobile Product Management

September 23rd, 2015

Stan,

I was struggling with the same issue 5 years back.
I was trying to get travel bloggers to add our code next to addresses so that travelers could save it to their "to go" list that we were enabling.
The hard part is that most travel bloggers are trying to make a living from their hobby.  They said "sure, we'll do it.  Pay us!"  As a self-funded startup, this was impossible.  I think you'll have a lot more luck if they only have to change their behavior once or twice; i.e. add some code and forget about it.
One great place to meet travel bloggers is Travel Massive.  It looks like they have a Chicago chapter:
https://travelmassive.com/chapters/chicago

Good luck!

Peter

David Leibowitz

September 23rd, 2015

Hi Stan - I'm also working on a similar problem and would love to check out the site you're working on. Would be happy to give specific thoughts or trade ideas.

Anonymous

September 18th, 2015

Hey Stan, 

Have you tried contacting travel bloggers? I'd advise that you give them an incentive/trade-off to use your app & I'm sure you could come to an agreement. Hope that helped! 

Stan Podolski CEO at Nimble Aircraft.

September 20th, 2015

That is a question of a chicken and an egg. I have to get few bloggers first to understand what they might want. And bloggers need that something first to get to the platform.

Ideally, it is kinda a mix between nomadlist.com and   detour.com (I have no affiliation with any). Except the model is not based on the bloggers interaction alone, the Trends are generated automatically. And more users are looking at them, the more accurate Trends come to be.

So it is just feeling, the Trends are good, but I am aiming at community. Alas, it is not at the moment

Stan Podolski CEO at Nimble Aircraft.

September 20th, 2015

Marina, would love to. I have sent you a PM, let's talk

David Hsu Vice President Deloitte CRG

September 21st, 2015

Stand please send along your app. I'm an avid traveler and building something in the space. Thanks 

Marina Janeiko Founder & UX Designer at What's It Like

September 21st, 2015

Hey David, would love to know what you're working on in this space ;)