Sunday, July 23, 2006

What's Your 2 Second Introduction and Magazine Resources

Podcast Number Sixty-nine

Travel trade magazines are a great resource for the home based travel agent. You can learn a lot about destinations, cruises and marketing. One of the great uses for travel trade magazines are as a resource for finding information that you can use in a client newsletter. The list of magazine that Lorene talks about in the co-hosted segment are:

Hawaii Magazine
Agent at Home
The Travel Professional published by the Travel Institute
Travel and Leisure Magazine
The Budget Travel Magazine
Cruise and Vacation Agent Magazine
Porthole Cruise Magazine

What will you say in two seconds to create interest in what you do as a travel agent? Barry talks about the two second introduction. The idea of a two second introduction comes from Heidi Miller at Heidi Miller Presents. Heidi also produces the podcast, "Diary of a Shameless Self Promoter."

I have put together a client introduction letter. The letter is short but grabs your potential client's interest at the beginning and moves into a paragraph about why your potential client should use a travel professional. I will be happy to send you a copy of the letter. Send me an email and I will send a copy of the letter back to you as an attachment!

In the tech segment I talk about a great password manager called Roboform. Roboform will save you a lot of time as you travel to different travel supplier's websites and you have to have a password to enter all of these websites. Roboform will remember all of the passwords and user names and automatically provide the correct username and password when you visit a page that requires a password.

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Stop by my travel business site Special Destinations where you can just browse or create your own account and blog.

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Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com

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