For 10+ years VInow.com has provided a comprehensive on-line resource where first-time and avid visitors of the U.S. Virgin Islands find answers to questions like where to stay, where to go and what to do. The website includes vacation planning guides for St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. It is also an interactive community; readers can browse monthly newsletters, listen to daily podcast, watch regular video web-episodes and share USVI vacation experiences with other readers on the discussion board. We encourage readers to learn about the islands, experience them and to stay connected; all on an informational and user-friendly website.
Visitors of the U.S. Virgin Islands are researching their trip and making their plans on VInow.com! They are looking for where to stay, eat, shop and play. They are customers looking for a rental car, a wedding coordinator, a fishing trip… Customers are looking for YOU!
Tel: (340) 774-1181
Mail: P.O. Box 9678
St. Thomas, USVI 00801
VInow.com ranks high in search engines like Google and Yahoo for Virgin Islands related terms, often appearing on the first page of results. These two search engines in addition to Bing, AOL and MSN are the top referrers of visitors to the website.
VInow.com is listed in Virgin Islands’ guide books such as Explore the Virgin Islands where it is described as an “excellent Virgin Islands website”.
It is included in popular USVI travel booklets that are widely distributed to visitors such as Places to Explore, the Marine Guide and Places to Eat.
Publications like USA Today and Islands have referenced VInow.com in articles about the U.S. Virgin Islands, the latter referring to VInow.com as “a wise stop for anyone planning a visit to the USVI. ” National Geographic Traveler included VInow.com in an article about St. John where they presented “the best links on planning every leg of your trip.” Other articles have referenced VInow.com as a source for information on planning a visit, hiking, Carnival, transportation and other topics.
In addition to referrals VInow.com also receives direct visits. The website was launched in 1999. Over the years it has become a favorite USVI website, maintaining high reader loyalty. In a 2009 reader survey some readers reported having used the site for 7+ years. These regular readers visit the website directly.
|MONTH/YEAR||2010 VISITS||2011 VISITS||GROWTH 10 TO 11|
(Source, VInow Readers Survey 2009)
The primary audience is travelers; seasoned annual visitors, 1st time visitors and cruise ship visitors. Based on the VInow 2009 Readers Survey, 54% of our readers are female and 46% are male. Readers indicated that 84% of them are married or in long term relationships; and 25% travel to the USVI with children. 51.5% are between 35-54 years old, and 39% are between 55-74 years old.
USVI Travel Behavior:
10% said they were planning their first trip.
59% reported visiting the USVI at least once a year.
73% planned to visit within the next 12 months.
Comments from Readers
“The site is the number one site I use for USVI vacation planning. I visit the message board 3 to 5 times per week.”
“I LOVE VInow. I’ve been very impressed with how well it is done and it certainly has helped make my vacations to St. Croix more fun!”
“VInow.com has been tremendous in helping us plan for our vacation.”
“This is a great site. We’ve used it extensively for our planning of trips.”
“You offer a great web site! I have enjoyed it & use it frequently. It helped us to have a wonderful land trip to St. John and to find villas there.”
- Reach travelers that are researching and making their vacation plans.
- Increase traffic to your website.
- Increase direct bookings.
- Increase brand awareness and name recognition.
Place your ad right where your customers are looking for it; get targeted exposure. Listing ads are category specific, for example St. John Accommodations or St. Croix Car Rentals. A listing includes: a photo or logo, business description up to 100 words, telephone numbers, email and link to website.
Upgrade you listing and really showcase your business with up to 3 additional images, show your business’ location on a map so customers can easily find you, offer a coupon or promotion, and have a link to you business’ video on YouTube.
Display a colorful creative ad across our website. Creative ad unit rotates throughout the site in the right column of content pages. Media spots are graphic advertisements and can include logo or photo and text. The graphic ad links to your business’ website or e-mail. Size: 300 x 250 pixels.
Include your property, business or product on engaging site features like the newsletter, blog, podcast or video series. Increase brand awareness and showcase your business to viewers and readers.
Maximize you visibility by sponsoring a section; St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Water Island, About the USVI, Cruise Guide and/or the Forum, Events & More section. Your graphic ad will appear throughout the section you sponsor.