By Emily Keel
Montgomery County is home to thousands of businesses, big and small. Our community knows no shortage of retail, restaurants, and other industries. While Montgomery County is a great place to lay the foundations for your business, the sheer size of the county can make community outreach a tough task.
Luckily, the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) is here to help! The VFTCB is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Montgomery County. There are many benefits to partnering with our organization, and joining as a member will connect your business to others across the county and beyond.
The VFTCB strives to provide the best opportunities for its members by connecting area businesses with potential patrons and each other. Additionally, the program provides members with a plethora of benefits and opportunities for exposure. Through multiple marketing strategies, networking opportunities, and business leads, the benefits of membership help grow your business.
Membership with the VFTCB opens the door to unlimited opportunities for you. Get seen on our award-winning website. Tap into our growing social media presence. Land one of the hundreds of pieces of business we send to members every year. Connect with fellow members to develop new business relationships. The rise of the internet has changed the way we approach business ideas and evaluate success. The VFTCB understands the importance of having an active and engaging online presence, that’s why digital marketing and social media is at the forefront of everything we do.
Our award-winning website, www.valleyforge.org, attracts 800,000 unique visitors annually, and that number is steadily growing. When you sign up for our membership program, you secure a spot in our website listings. Looking at the numbers, that means membership connects your business to 800,000 potential new customers via the VFTCB website.
In addition to the website, our social media accounts are here to help promote your Montco- based business. When you sign up for membership, your business has a chance to be seen by 110,000 followers across all our social channels. The VFTCB Facebook page, which has the largest following, can connect your business to 96,000 followers across a wide range of brands.
Membership can also be beneficial for your business in terms of print marketing. The VFTCB has five different print guides that highlight key members and attractions across the county.
The Montco Explorer, our quarterly, in-house newspaper, features new attractions and openings coming to the county. If your business has something new and exciting to offer, the Montco Explorer is the perfect way to get the word out and capitalize on your membership benefits.
Our other publications include the annual Visitor’s Guide, Crave Dining Guide, Arts Montco Guide, and Montco Golf Guide, produced in partnership with Sports Illustrated. Information about local businesses is included in these publications for visitors and residents to enjoy and advertising is also available.
While there are numerous other benefits in the membership package, the networking opportunities are plentiful. With over 560 members across Montgomery County, the VFTCB holds Speaker Series events for its members at least once every three months. Speaker Series offer our members a chance to mingle with one another and learn from industry experts about various topics related to their businesses. Past topics have included social media, website design, public relations, and brand building.
Membership is very important to us at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board. Our members make up a huge portion of the businesses throughout Montgomery County, which contribute to making Montco the best place to live, work, shop, dine, play, and stay.
For more information about our membership program, please visit our website at www.valleyforge.org/members or contact Membership Sales Manager, Debbie Repas, at firstname.lastname@example.org .