Local Search and Social Media Use in Christmas Travels

Last weekend, I had a good time in Delano just to basically live like a local for a few hours noting how well the city uses social media.

Over Christmas, I’m in Rochester and Reads Landing (just north of Wabasha), Minnesota. I’m not going to talk about a social media policy or a single town, I just want to note how local search and social media is in front of us every, single day no matter where we go.

This morning my Christmas travels started. It turns out that we have a little snowy whether this holiday season.

Blizzard Warning

Blizzard Warning

This does make auto travel less than stellar, but we’re Minnesotan. Plus, the worst hit in the Dakotas.

My niece cooked Christmas Eve dinner in Rochester although I wanted to bring some meat and cheese for snacks. So, one of my favorite meat shops is on the way. It’s called Greg’s Meats in Hampton, MN, and wound up giving them an honest user review yesterday. They also sell bones for dumb, but cute dogs like Hannah.

Gregs Meats

Gregs Meats

Greg’s Meats doesn’t use social media and their website isn’t the prettiest, but that’s fine. They sell locally raised meat and they do it well. For you deer hunters, they’ll also make sausage out of your successful hunt.

From Hampton included a detour to Welch Village for some boarding. The con of this is weather made it a tad difficult to get there. The pros? Fresh snow and no lift lines! I heart no lift lines.

No Lift Lines

No Lift Lines

If you visit their website, they do have a social media presence and would probably admit that they don’t have an huge strategy for it. They have that automated Twitter-Facebook thing (never understood that – different audiences), and their Flickr and YouTube accounts are fairly stagnant. I bet they’re on the right track, though.

Nonetheless, Welch is a lot of fun after fresh snow falls and when no one else is there, although I did see friends Terra and Pete so I got to ride with them for over two hours. Here’s Pete doing a 360 while saying “Slim Shady”.

After Welch, it was off to the Pine Island Cheese Mart. Growing up in nearby Rochester, it’s surprising that I’ve never been there. They do have a few reviews on their Google Place page. They don’t seem to have a social media presence, although I’m not really sure they need one. It’s a very established place located right off of Hwy 52 and it turns out their smoked gouda cheese is beyond awesome.

Pine Island Cheese Mart

Pine Island Cheese Mart

Overall, great Christmas Eve and all is well. I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

*Note – Christmas Day travels were just fine. It’s apparently bad in the general Midwest. it’s not bad around Minneapolis and Southeast Minnesota.

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One Response to Local Search and Social Media Use in Christmas Travels

  1. […] Greg’s Meats doesn’t use social media and their website isn’t the prettiest, but that’s fine. They sell locally raised meat and they do it well. For you deer hunters, they’ll make sausage out of your successful hunt. …More […]

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