Category: Innovative culture

Fostering culture of innovation: practices, benefits and case studies

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Destination Marketing 3.0: Targeting tourists 3.0

Once the Mission, vision and goals are defined, it’s time to think about the necessary strategies to guide our efforts towards the goals. Prior to the mission statement, there has to be a marketing diagnosis to set the starting point from which we intend to achieve all these goals.

Beyond the conventional segmentation criteria according to geographical origin, sociological and motivational profile, the key target group to engage in order to succeed in the marketing 3.0 transformation are the creative activists, also referred to as creative society or tourists 3.0. The challenge is mainly expanding the network of mission driven activists and other like-minded contributors.

These kinds of tourists are more likely to be found in specific communities or social networks, for the conventional marketing channels are not likely to work. They are concerned about the impact of the tourism activity on the environment and the local communities, and are driven by the aim for contribution to make the world a better place, and for spiritual fulfillment above other motivations.

They are activists in the social media either criticizing the brands creating negative impacts on the society and the environment, or promoting brands concerned about positive impacts. Such networks are becoming the main and most trusted source of information for most consumers who increasingly trust other consumers rather than companies. It is through these social networks that consumers share their knowledge and are to share stories about the life-changing experiences offered in the destinations.

Unlike typical passive consumers, tourists 3.0 are willing to take an active role in their relationships with their favorite brands, through co-creation of products and marketing contents. They want to be active players in the brand’s marketing activities, mostly through the social media networks. They are the ones who hold the community’s trust, and so have the power to decide which brands are to be supported.

They are more motivated by self-actualization, which is what unleashes most of their creativity, and by giving them the opportunity to contribute in social and environmental issues the destination is targeting and appealing to their human spirit, their primary motivator. In the destination, they look for authentic experiences through which to develop new skills, learn about new realities, cultures, and ways of life, which open their mindset and ultimately change or influence their life.

Attracting, convincing and engaging them in the mission purpose turns them into brand ambassadors who spread the stories about the destination’s experiences, ultimately expanding the network of brand enthusiasts at no cost to the destination.

Another strategic target is that of the young generations, who may get engaged through special educational programs and game-playing activities. Furthermore, it is interesting to explore the many niches and segments of special interest travelers, characterized by a high educational level, sensitivity towards cultural and environmental issues, and high expenditure in the destination.

What percentage of the desired marketing impacts do you think we can expect from this type of brand ambassadors, compared to the impacts created through conventional marketing in mission driven destinations?

Collaborative cultureCulture changeInnovative culture

The 7 credos of tourism 3.0

In Tourism 3.0, values are embedded in the core of the business models’ value proposition, attaining the maximum integration stage within the corporate strategy. Values are no longer a marketing tool to improve the brand image through philanthropy, but an essential component of the corporate mission. To better understand how values are integrated in the new business model generation, the 7 credos illustrate the values driven principles of Tourism 3.0.

  1. Love your stakeholders to convey mission engagement. The key success factor for accomplishing the mission is to deliver superior value conveying passion and enthusiasm to engage all stakeholders in the mission pursuit, making them brand ambassadors to further expand the network. It is by touching their emotions and human spirit that they are to become engaged with the brand mission.
  2. Become a change agent. Tourism 3.0 is about creating positive change through tourism activities. Such change is to be spread through change agents or leaders who tell stories about how change may be attained and set examples of the attitudes and values –initiative, fairness, generosity, etc. – that create trust and foster cultural change towards collaboration and innovation.
  3. Care about the brand integrity. Unlike in other tourism businesses, Tourism 3.0 places its mission accomplishment above short term profits, which engages stakeholders to deliver value superior to conventional business. Such engagement and motivation is the most valuable intangible asset of the business model, but is also very fragile. Therefore, caring about integrity is critical for success.
  4. Live and work with vision. Tourism 3.0 intends to attain ambitious goals over the long term, which requires patience and vision, resisting temptation of short term profitable alternatives which deviate from the vision and the mission. The vision is the guiding force that drives the stakeholders’ efforts towards the mission accomplishment, and so it has to be present in their daily lives.
  5. Be flexible and understanding. Even if the core of the destination models 3.0 is to be driven by mission oriented stakeholders, it is necessary to understand that not everybody is enthusiastic and passionate about it at least in the beginning. For many people it takes time to become engaged in some purpose that goes beyond their own convenience in the short term, and this is acceptable.
  6. Be ambitious and strive for self-improvement. Tourism destinations 3.0 strive for ambitious missions and goals, and so they need their stakeholders to be ambitious in their efforts in learning and developing new skills to the utmost of their potential, which ultimately benefits the competitiveness of the destination as they manage to improve the value delivered.
  7. Aim for contribution to the greater good. Along with the change agents and leaders, cultural change is fostered so long as individuals think beyond their own interests and focus their efforts and creativity on higher purposes related to community issues and mission accomplishment. Such efforts are to be embraced and rewarded by the open innovation system to nurture further motivation.

According to what you have read so far about Tourism 3.0, do you think there should be any other credo?

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Approaching tourism 3.0: Destination intelligence 3.0

Beyond developing new business models at a local level, it is possible to foster Tourism 3.0 from the regional level. Destination intelligence 3.0 envisions how the practice of collaborative research and innovation is to become a key discipline in sustaining competitiveness and improving the destinations’ marketing efficiency and effectiveness. Further, by fostering collaboration and innovation at a region-wide level, it becomes a powerful change agent to promote this culture down to the local level.

Destination intelligence 3.0 envisions how the current practices in research and monitoring of the tourism markets and destination performance may be improved to keep track of the fast-changing environment and leverage all the collective intelligence available through the existing networks. Moreover, market intelligence systems may be expanded to become open innovation systems to further leverage the collective intelligence of the industry stakeholders in bringing in fresh, new ideas for business model innovations, new products, management practices, marketing practices, etc.

The key idea is to foster collaboration among all stakeholders to both monitor the market and social trends in a deeper sense to better orientate the tourism development, and to innovate in all aspects of the business models to continually improve competitiveness.

The Whitepaper “Envisioning Destination Intelligence 3.0” explains in detail the vision on this new approach to collaborative research and innovation.

In which aspects do you think there is room for further cooperation between DMOs and operators in producing and sharing intelligence data and insights?

Collaborative cultureCulture changeInnovative cultureMarketing 3.0

Key concepts of tourism 3.0: Culture shift towards collaboration and innovation

The new realities of communitization and increasing competitiveness inevitably demand a cultural shift towards more collaboration and innovation, not to say that the most effective innovation is to be carried out through collaboration, as it is the case with open innovation systems.

Fostering a cultural shift towards further collaboration and innovation is not likely to be a minor challenge, depending on the local culture of the destination. However, the great advantage of tourism destinations approaching the “Vision of Tourism 3.0” is that mission driven purposes are those which naturally motivate the most contribution and collaboration among humankind.

As the Whitepaper “Building a culture of collaboration and innovation” is to explain, such change has to be driven primarily by the right kind of leadership and an adequate system of rewards to change attitudes and build trust throughout the community.

What kind of cultures do you think are more likely to succeed in developing destinations based upon the Vision of Tourism 3.0?

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Key concepts of tourism 3.0: Tourists 3.0, the creative society

The main drivers of the socio-cultural change entailing the aforementioned trends are called the “creative society”, hereby referred to as “Tourists 3.0”. Such tourists are concerned about the impact of the tourism activity on the environment and the local communities, and are driven by the aim for contribution to make the world a better place, and for spiritual fulfillment above other motivations, which makes them the primary target to take into account in mission driven destinations.

Tourists 3.0 are engaged in communities and are very active in social media networks, where they are opinion leaders and change agents. Such networks are becoming the main and most trusted source of information for most consumers who increasingly trust other consumers rather than companies. It is through these social networks that consumers share their knowledge and are to share stories about the life-changing experiences offered in the destinations.

Unlike typical passive consumers, tourists 3.0 are willing to take an active role in their relationships with their favorite brands, through co-creation of products and marketing contents. They want to be active players in the brand’s marketing activities, mostly through the social media networks. They are the ones who hold the community’s trust, and so have the power to decide which brands are to be supported.

In the destination, they look for authentic experiences through which to develop new skills, learn about new realities, cultures, and ways of life, which open their mindset and ultimately change or influence his life. These are the so called life-changing experiences that set destinations 3.0 apart from others.

Beyond developing life-changing experiences, what challenges do you think that tourists 3.0 pose to the destination’s executives to leverage all their influence power?