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Galveston.com Greatly Expands Its Social Media Presence with Pinterest

[ March 21, 2012 ] - Galveston.com & Company, creator of the official website of Galveston Island Marketing and Tourism, is pleased to announce a sixth media channel for Galveston tourism information, expanding its current social media presence.

The new channel is on Pinterest, a social networking site that allows users to create online image collages, then quickly and easily share those collages - called “pinboards”- with other Pinterest users.

There are currently over 10 million registered users on Pinterest, which has seen its daily users increase by 145% since the beginning of 2012. In fact, Pinterest received more than 103 million visits in February, according to Experian Hitwise. It's currently the third most popular social networking site behind Facebook and Twitter in the United States - and interest is generating more referral traffic to websites than Youtube, Google+ and LinkedIn...combined!

Galveston.com & Company is one of the first organizations in the United States to utilize the site to primarily promote tourism.

Along with social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare, and YouTube, the new Galveston.com Pinterest Channel will allow the company to engage with visitors and tourists by providing instantaneous access to relevant and useful information about life on the Island.

Galveston.com & Company maintains each of the pages.

"Without question, the Digital Age is dramatically changing the way would-be visitors to the Island get their tourism information," said Jim Cordell, Galveston.com & Company's Vice-President said. "And now that we can offer that information in a dazzling format such as Pinterest, it's another venue for us to extend Galveston Island's - and Galveston.com's - presence on the web."

Galveston.com & Company President & CEO Lee Roane is equally excited about the implications of another aspect of Galveston.com's Pinterest presence: Vacation Rentals.

"Since photographs are proven to inspire and evoke emotion, Pinterest is a perfect complement for travel planning," Roane says. "That's why we're offering all our vacation rental customers placement on both Galveston.com AND in a special section on our Pinterest site. Those homes are then shareable to additional social media venues including Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, and more. The potential audience is nothing short of staggering."

Galveston.com's Vacation Rental program is open to private homeowners and all Island vacation rental companies interested in tapping into the website's daily 20,000 visitors, greatly increasing exposure. Visitors to Galveston Island who wish to book vacation rentals may view inventory by clicking here. To have someone contact you to discuss adding your property to our portfolio, please fill out the form at http://www.galveston.com/addmyhouse/; or contact Scott Moon at (409)765-3511.

To complement the Galveston.com Pinterest Channel, specially-produced Island tourism videos and blogs created in partnership with The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau provide visitors with useful information about Island life, events, and attractions. But arguably the most important facet of the channel is the stunning photography provided by Galveston.com & Company's Vadim Troshkin.

Millions of people use social media across Texas and the world, and its use is growing exponentially each year. Galveston.com's social media hubs continue to open the door for visitors and residents to easily follow Island event and tourism information.

Pinterest
Galveston.com's Pinterest Hub allows visitors to view Galveston Island scenery while reading brief descriptions of island businesses, attractions, events, and more. Visitors can then share these "pins" on their own boards, via Facebook, Twitter, and more. The page may be found at pinterest.com/galvestoncom/.

@GalvestonCom on Twitter
@GalvestonCom highlights Island events, with tweets about those things visitors to the Island want to know when planning their vacations. Tweets also feature oficial City news and alerts. As an added convenience to Galveston.com visitors, the website also offers a "Twisitors" Center, which features tweets from local attractions, businesses, and restaurants.

Facebook
Galveston.com & Company's Facebook page enables visitors and residents to get all the information they need in one place and share it with friends. Galveston.com's Facebook page features photography by Vadim Troshkin, videos produced by Galveston.com and The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, an interactive forum, and more. Visit the page by visiting facebook.com/galveston. Galveston.com & Company fully integrated Facebook throughout its website in 2011, allowing site visitors to comment on and "like" literally thousands of topics, businesses, and attractions.

Tumblr
Galveston.com & Company's Tumblr site is a blog that publishes a broad collection topics that are important to visitors to Coastal Texas, like things to do, lodging opportunities, living on the Island, planning conventions & meetings, and more. The site features surf reports, exclusive photos and videos - and site visitors can easily share them by reblogging. Users can submit questions, read recent Tweets, view Galveston.com's Flickr photostream, and much more. Visit Galveston.com Tumblr at galvestoncom.tumblr.com

Foursquare
Galveston.com & Company's foursquare site features lists and tips for a wide range of Galveston Island attractions, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Whether visiting The Strand or cooling off at Schlitterbahn, we make it easy to find out more to do across the Island. Visit foursquare.com/galvestoncom.

YouTube
Galveston.com & Company's You Tube channel features literally hundreds of videos in a variety of categories, including general Galveston tourism, attractions, events, lodging, outdoor recreation, arts & entertainment, and more. The channel is also used to host high-definition b-roll clips for use by local and national media outlets to promote Island tourism. The channel is located at youtube.com/galvestoncom.

About Galveston.com & Company...

Galveston.com & Company, Inc.is a destination marketing corporation based in Galveston, Texas. The company specializes in destination portals, as well as online lodging, cruise, parking, and transportation reservations; and event ticketing via its proprietary DestinationNext™ software. For more information, contact Galveston.com & Company at via phone (409)763-8676 or email at websites@galveston.com.

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