About The Author of Folkestone Tourist Information
So I’ve decided to come out from the closet and tell everyone what I’ve been doing and why for the last four years. Why now? I’ll come to that later.
When I started Folkestone Tourist Information, I was on maternity leave waiting for the arrival of offspring no.2. My objective was to provide a website where tourists researching their trip to our lovely part of the world would have a good starting point to what we have to offer. From our lovely beaches, including Sunny Sands, the sandy beach we have near Folkestone Harbour, the award winning coastal park with an adventure playground that’s beyond most childrens’ dreams in terms of fun and variety. I also added the basics such as parking, hotels, restaurants and cafes to show them that they’ll be well looked after when they get here.
When I launched the website I thought it would be a useful, but unassuming, website which people would find if they looked hard enough.I couldn’t have been more wrong – on the day it was published it went up to No.1 spot on Google and has been there ever since. Between 100 and 800 visitors come to the website, every single day and it’s become a great responsibility to keep it going. But it’s something I love doing.
Why Did I Do It In The First Place?
My husband & I run a very successful Estate Agency in Folkestone and I felt quite strongly that the lack of tourist information available at the time would adversely affect the growth of the town which Folkestone residents were expecting from the arrival of the fast train. Visit Kent were doing a great job for the whole of Kent, but when the website called Discover Folkestone was shut down and diverted to the wider Visit Kent website (understandably due to austerity measures) I felt that this was a great loss to Folkestone and our residents. Hopes for a brochure for visitors also evaporated at the same time.
I set about to “Put Folkestone on The Map” which is why I chose a map pin for my logo.
What Else Have I Been Up To?
The Facebook Page Folkestone Events & Things To Do has been running for a few years letting people know about local events. The focus here has been for Folkestone residents rather than tourists coming from afar.
Why Tell Everyone Now?
Because I want to take it to the next level and make our website even better and I shouldn’t do it alone. If I ask for people’s help then the content on the website will be more varied and appeal to differing types of tourists. By having more people working on our Facebook Page, things won’t grind to a halt when I’m not available.
Finally, I get quite a few emails from people thinking that the website and Facebook Page is run by one of the local authorities and I’d like to cut back on receiving these. I can also send them a link to this page and it’ll explain everything!
How Can You Help?
So glad you asked! I’ve thought up many ways that people can help, either directly or indirectly. Have a look at the below and see if there’s something you’re up for:
Folkestone Event Organisers
Please create your events on Facebook via your own Facebook Page and then they’ll automatically import into the website. The first time you do it, check back later in the day to see that it’s appeared on the Folkestone Events page. If it hasn’t happened then I’ll need to set up your feed. Drop an email to me via the Contact page and I’ll sort you out. It’ll happen automatically from then on.
Folkestone Web Designers / Writers
I’d love to hear from web designers who could lend a hand with the mobile usability of our website and the template of the Events page.
Writers – please donate articles about things to do in Folkestone. Have a look for your topic on the website, if it’s not there, then please help by providing tourist information for Folkestone. Send me a pic too.
I’m also looking at an App at a later date… get in touch if your skills are a match.
Consider sponsoring the website for a reasonable annual fee. In return I’ll prioritise your hotel and remove the booking.com affiliate link from your listing and you’ll keep more of your profit in your pocket! If you’re not already on the website, I’ll get you up there as soon as possible.
When I’m not working on Tourist Information and our Estate Agency, I also help local people save money on their bills. Most of my customers save somewhere between £300 and £500 per annum by joining our Discount Club. Joining the club is great for you because you’ll be saving money on things you’re already buying, and you’ll also be indirectly supporting my volunteer work on the website. Send me an email via the Contact Page.
Of course, if you’re selling or renting your property then you can support my work indirectly by choosing Martin & Co.
Make sure you Like and follow our Facebook Page and if you’ve got a great idea you’d like to contribute and have the time to make it happen, drop me a line and let me know.
My Plans For The Future (stuff I don’t have the budget for at the moment…)
These are a few things I’d love to do, but would need financial support or technical volunteers to achieve:
- A mobile app for tourists with attractions, hotels, cafes, restaurants and “Guided Tours”
- A brochure for tourists which can be made available across town, in the tourist information centre and in hotel rooms.
- Employ a person to work on the content, though I realise that it’s probably a long way off.
Drop me a line if you can help with that, items 1 & 2. It’s a bit early for No.3!
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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How You Can Help
Please create your events on your own Facebook Page and then they’ll automatically import into the website. The first time you do it, check back later in the day to see that it’s appeared on the Folkestone Events page.
If it hasn’t happened then I’ll need to set up your feed. Drop an email to me via the Contact page and I’ll sort you out. It’ll happen automatically from then on.
Web designers, mobile app designers, writers, photographers and social media experts… do get in touch!