Taiwan Deserves Better Tourism Marketing than This

Read the Chinese version here.

Yesterday we looked at the horrific social media marketing from the Taiwan Tourism’s New York office. Unfortunately it doesn’t end there. This is the Facebook page of Taiwan Tourism UK. All screenshots below were taken today, April 20, 2018.

The government’s tourism office in Frankfurt, Germany is responsible for this page since the Frankfurt office covers all marketing campaigns in Europe. As usual, there’s no verified checkmark on this account, or any of Taiwan’s official tourism accounts.

There are more than 11K likes. But sometimes it’s the only one liking its posts. Hey, there’s no shame in that.

Other times, the only share comes from 謝長明, the director of the Taiwan Tourism in the Frankfurt office. Yes, the boss is watching.

So what are they sharing out into the world about Taiwan?

There’s the expected word salad English like this post below about Ximending. Luckily it’s nowhere near as ludicrous as what was happening on the @triptotaiwan account.

But do they filter for appropriate content that shows the world how great Taiwan is? Of course not.

Below might be the first time in history that a government-run tourism account shared a video with the word “rape” in it. So part of their message is “come to Taiwan because you won’t get raped”? You can watch the whole thing here.

Like the NY-run account, Taiwan Tourism UK also has issues with using images without crediting sources. But the difference is they’re picking irrelevant images. If we’re discussing Taiwanese cuisine, which of the 4 images below doesn’t belong? That’s right. The one of steak.

Something else totally baffling is Taiwan’s official tourism office offering prizes of “GBP20 worth of ASOS vouchers”. What’s ASOS got to do with Taiwan? Nothing. ASOS is a fast fashion online store.

This new quiz concept started last Friday the 13th and entries were open for a week. There were zero entries.

Perhaps they’re trying to make everyone forget that Taiwan is just “an industrial hub”? No wait, they say it right here.

This one is particularly irritating. For a Lantern Festival promotion, they expected travelers to fill out this form, attach evidence of their itinerary, email it to a gmail account, then visit a specific counter between the hours of 4-9pm at the Lantern Festival in Chiayi County. Oh, with their passport. All to pick up this dog lantern.

Why didn’t this person think to show an image of the dog lantern with the post? You’re asking people to go to that much trouble and decide to entice them with this?

Is 謝長明 actually reading this stuff his office is producing? Apparently not. And it’s not the Frankfurt office that’s behind it. Note the email in the account’s contact info section.

Who is “Brighter Group”? Their website says: “We do travel PR, travel marketing, travel representation and everything in between – and, as our record shows, we do these really, really well.”

Taiwan is listed on their website as a client. The relationship goes all the way back to October 2012 when they won a “competitive six-way pitch”. Here’s the announcement.

Hello, is anyone at Taiwan Tourism paying attention? Does this count as some of Brighter Group’s best work? Or is someone in the Frankfurt office responsible? I’m just saying it might be time for another competitive six-way pitch.

So again, my big questions for the Taiwan Tourism Bureau…

  • When was the last time (or first time!) you audited your marketing strategy?
  • What’s the vetting process for your vendors? Who writes the Requests For Proposals (RFPs)?
  • Are there content guidelines in place for marketing and social media posts for the overseas offices?
  • Who decides the people managing and creating content for the official social media accounts?
  • Seriously, who’s behind the @triptotaiwan account? Is it okay for this account to block followers?
  • Finally, how much will you be spending this year to make Taiwan look so bad?

Top image credit: Logopedia

Comments (2):

  1. Robert Nutsch

    August 29, 2018 at 11:40

    As a German, just having worked in Taiwan for 2 years, in Marketing, and about to depart, I can tell you why “this” is all happening … it is easy, nobody cares about Marketing. That is the simple and correct answer. Marketing is printing a brochure and posting on social media, with no regard to quality of content or material. Sad, but true.

  2. Jeremy

    October 10, 2018 at 07:38

    I’ve learnt heaps from local You tubes like This is Taiwan, My life in Taiwan and Taiwan Everything. Will be traveling around the island in November.


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