The Omiš Guitar Festival begins a day early due to an unprecedented number of applications, and so, is gearing up to be another record-breaking year!
On Saturday the 7th April, well-known artists gathered at Hotel Split for a humanitarian action, Total Split was there to witness the magic in motion.
There is no doubt that the Total Project is moving forward well, and our recent quote in The Guardian was the latest example of the growing international reach of our websites. It has been a lot of work, but a lot of fun.
I have been particularly pleased with the rise in popularity of Total Split, especially with our friend Mr. Google (we now get more than 70% of our traffic from Google Search), who kindly put quality at the top of his agenda, and we are now number one on Google for that all-important search term 'Dubrovnik to Split'. It is only March, but already we are getting 300 hits a day on that one article alone, and it will be interesting to see how things are in the summer... Tourists tend to figure out how to get here first, then what to do after, so the site's great ranking in getting here is already having benefits for our advertisers.
But I need a little help. Munich, Hvar and Split is quite a challenge to manage, not to mention inland Dalmatia and a few other gigs I have, so I just wanted to see if there was anyone interested in helping out in some shape or form. My ideal person would be able to do the following:
A dream list which will never happen in its entirety. There is some money to play with (more if we get more advertisers, and I am not against giving a percentage of the business to the right candidate, but it has to be the right one), but if you are interested and have some of the above, I would like to hear from you. I am not 100% sure exactly what we are looking for, but some combination of the above I think.
And even if you are not interested but would like to contribute a guest blog or two to give people an insight of Split through your eyes, that would be really interesting. The more diverse opinions and contributions on the site, the better. Here is an example of a guest blog from a Scottish resident of Hvar, for example.
I am really excited about the future of the Total Project. I have just taken on someone part time for Total Hvar which is working out very well, and it would be nice to do the same in Split.
Thanks for all your interest and support so far, and cheers from a rather nice beer hall in Munich!
A first visit to the studios of Radio Split this morning, after I was invited to some and do an interview by my Radio Split colleague who was also on the recent Gastonaut press trip to Hvar this weekend.
The interview was about the promotion of tourism in Dalmatia, and is part of a wider report of the Gastronaut trip on Turizam Danas, which will be broadcast on Thursday April 3, from 09:10 to 09:50.
For those of you who want to hear Croatian spoken as you have never heard it before, you are welcome to tune in. For Croatian language purists, turn off all radios at these times.
On a more serious note, it is nice to see a little more attention from the regional and national (more very soon) press on the Total project. After an intense 16 months, things are finally moving in the right direction. Many thanks for all your support and interest so far.
It has been a good month here at Total Split, and not just because much of it was spent in gorgeous Spring weather. After 16 months of very hard work, things are finally starting to move at an accelerated pace.
Apart from the hard work, and the focus on providing the best English-language information about this gorgeous city, delivered in an informative and lively format, certain factors and recognitions have played their part to significantly raise the profile of the Total Project on a national level.
Without doubt the main catalyst was the very generous endorsement of our work by Croatia's leading PR guru, Kresimir Macan, at a recent conference on tourism strategies, and we are obviously very delighted at such an unexpected and public show of support and appreciation of the Total project. That led to an appearance on the nightly news on Nova TV, followed by lots of phone calls and emails from people I had been trying to contact for some time without success.
After that came the Tportal interview with Leo Nikolic under the title English Adventurer Who Brought a Sea of Tourists to Dalmatia, which led to more emails and phone calls, as well as media requests.
But there were other significant developments this month as well. Huffington Post, one of the top 100 websites in the world, and one of the most influential media outlets, decided to link to Total Split when they hightlighted Split in an article, just as they had linked to Total Hvar in another piece earlier this year. Total Split's Alexa raking went below 1,000,000 for the first time, taking it into the top 0.5% of websites in the world.
And perhaps most satisfyingly, the first article we wrote to hit more than 1,000 Facebook likes. Even more satisfying was the fact that when I first wrote the article 14 months ago, it only had 184 FB likes - a simple Facebook repost yesterday has taken that number to a current 1,115 FB likes, a sign of the increasing popularity of the site.
Of all the places I did not expect to be yesterday, sitting on the front page next to Vladimir Putin and Slobodan Milosevic was one of them. The photos of the three of us on the landing page caused considerable amusement among friends. If the question was to spot which of these three men was not a strongarm dictator, I don't think it would have been too hard to guess...
Many thanks to the MANY emails and calls that came our way after Leo's very kind interview (you can see it here). Apart from the many kind words, there were several emails from Split businesses looking for ways to cooperate to promote the destination and their business. I will come back to you all in the next couple of days, but am away on a business trip for the next couple, so it may take time to respond.
This is going to be a great year for Split tourism, and we would be delighted to work with you to make it even better for you.
It is a year (ok, and a couple of days) since I posted my first blog on a new website called Total Split called After a Decade on Hvar, an Englishman Discovers Split. I had no idea back then how the site would develop - all I knew what taking the 6am catamaran to Split, returning home at 11pm three times a week was not a lot of fun, but it was certainly interesting - and I am very grateful to the number of amazing people I met along the way, which has helped build a site about Split in a year that has become a useful resource and information point for many people. Particular thanks to contributors Mila, Frane, Ivica, Tim and Alex - all of whom posted articles which were way more popular than anything I have written (I am getting the message...). Thanks also to our initial supporters and sponsors - after a year of discovery and finding our feet, we will be rewarding them with increased coverage in 2014.
I had no idea who the site would turn out, if we could keep the momentum up while running Total Hvar and other projects, but if someone had shown me the site today a year ago, I would have been more than delighted. Having built a solid structure, it is time to push on for 2014, and we will be having some new initiatives.
I would like to thank all of you for your interest in the Total Split project in its first year - whether as a blogger, sponsor or reader, and I look forward to working with you to push the site forward in 2014 to make it an even better resource for this fabulous city. If you would like to work with us, or contribute a blog or three, we would be delighted to hear from you.
It is almost nine months since we launched Total Split back in November, and we would like to thank you for your continuing support. The feedback we have had on the website has been very favourable (with several constructive suggestions on how to improve things as well...).
Having started Total Hvar on a relatively small island, Total Split was always going to be a bigger challenge in a big city, and we have been feeling our way and learning as we go along. There have been plenty of lessons learned, lessons which will help make the site an even more effective and useful force for the 2014 season. The current Alexa rankings put Total Split in the top 1% of global websites and in Croatia's top 6500 in terms of traffic.
We have been delighted in the interest that Mr. Google has taken in the site, with more and more specific search terms for businesses in Split, making the website an increasingly effective tool for promoting your Split business. As of today, some readers from some 157 countries have visited the website since November, which is very pleasing, as is the list of top ten countries from where our visitors come:
2. United Kingdom
3. United States
A nice platform for businesses targeting foreign visitors to Split. If you would like to work with us to promote your business, please contact us.