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Discovercasscounty.com | Government Grant Application

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  • General Information

    Business Registration Number: Discovercasscounty.com

    Location: Cassopolis, MI, United States

    Length of Operation: 11plus

    Number of Employees: 1-10 Employees

    Annual Gross Income: Less than $100k

    Annual Gross Expense: Less than $100k

    Open to Loans: NO

  • Funding Usage

    $50,000 - Website upgrade $5,000 - Hosting & Security (including domain names) $25,000 - SEO Campaign $30,000 - Mobile App Development $75,000 - Marketing staff for directory sales, digital and print ads, sponsorships $35,000 - Social Media part-time staff for posting, sharing, and finding influencers $30,000 - Video for website and YouTube channel

  • Business Plan

    Year 1: Market Research - continue to identify target audiences and market segments, analyze competitors and industry trends, and assess the unique selling points of Cass County, Michigan destinations. Website Development - Improve user-friendly and responsive website, including essential features like booking capabilities, interactive maps, virtual tours, and relevant content, and optimize SEO to improve visibility. Content Creation - Develop high-quality, engaging content about the destination, including multimedia elements such as images, videos, and virtual tours. Mobile App Development - Develop a mobile app for enhanced accessibility and integrate features like push notifications and location-based services. Marketing Team - Hire talent for sales, video, and social media. Partnerships and Collaborations - Establish partnerships with local businesses, attractions, and accommodations, and collaborate with relevant stakeholders. Launch with Promotion - Launch the upgraded website with a comprehensive marketing campaign, utilizing social media, email marketing, and business partnerships to drive initial traffic. Year 2-3: Growth and Expansion User Experience - Gather feedback, make improvements to the website, and implement features based on user preferences, keeping emerging technologies in mind. Diversify Content - Cover a broader range of attractions and activities. Incorporate user-generated content and reviews. Data Analytics - Implement advanced analytics tools to track user behavior and use insights to optimize content and marketing strategies. Social Media - Grow social media presence Marketing - Continue building business partnerships including affiliate marketing Year 4: Sustainability and Community Engagement Sustainability Initiatives - Introduce sustainable tourism practices, and highlight eco-friendly attractions and accommodations. Community Engagement - Engage local communities through events and partnerships, showcasing the positive impact of tourism on the community. Education and Awareness - Create additional educational content about responsible tourism, and raise awareness about local culture and heritage. (Indigenous population and Underground Railroad) Year 5: Monetization and Scaling Monetization Strategies - Explore additional revenue streams, such as premium content, memberships, and exclusive experiences. Optimize advertising and affiliate marketing. Scaling Efforts - Expand the website's coverage to nearby destinations. Consider franchising or licensing the model to other regions. Customer Loyalty Programs - Implement loyalty programs to encourage repeat visits. Offer exclusive deals and discounts to regular users. Evaluate and Adjust - Regularly evaluating visitor analytics and changes in the tourism market will require adjusting the marketing plan. Throughout the 5-year plan, staying flexible and responsive to market changes is crucial. Regularly updating the website, leveraging emerging technologies, and maintaining a strong focus on customer satisfaction is essential. Investors can leverage a tourism website for effective marketing and promotion, providing a centralized platform to showcase the unique features of a destination, and encouraging more people to visit. A well-developed tourism website can serve as a platform for advertising, partnerships, and affiliate marketing, generating revenue through these channels for local businesses. A user-friendly and informative tourism website can attract more visitors to a destination, benefitting local businesses, accommodations, and attractions, ultimately boosting overall tourism. Success defined in terms of revenue and visitor analytics requires regular evaluations and adjusting marketing plans based on market conditions and user feedback.

  • Self Identified Competition

    #1- https://swmichigan.org/ covers a larger area including several counties in SW Lower Michigan. They also have a well-funded website company, marketing staff, and SEO budget. #2 - https://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/ has a well-funded digital and print marketing program. They also have a network of government-funded ambassador programs. #3 https://www.visitsouthbend.com/ because of proximity to Notre Dame, less than 20 miles away from Cass County, MI. And, South Bend has a wide variety of lodging and restaurant We offer many of the same or similar opportunities for recreation, entertainment, and education but cannot compete in the tourism marketplace for SW Lower Michigan and northern Indiana for lack of funding. We don't have a team of specialized marketing or social media people promoting our venues and opportunities. With funding, we would be able to bring together a team of people to compete.

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