I’ve been experimenting with Yahoo! Answers for a few weeks to see what it was all about. Anyone can ask questions about anything they want and anybody who wants to; can try to answer the question.
The beauty of the system is that you can search for a topic like “Hawaii” and subscribe to all the incoming questions via RSS like it was a Blog.
Lots of questions are being asked by potential Hawaii visitors on a wide variety of travel related subjects. People want to know where to stay, what to do, where to get married, etc.
Here is a sample of some of the questions that have been asked and some answers that you might have been able to give.
Q: Does anyone have a recommendation for a condo or hotel in Waikiki Beach, HI area?
A: Stay at my condo.
Going to Oahu, we want to go to a Luau…?
A: Go to my Luau.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to hike on Oahu? Or other island?
A: I am a guide. I’ll take you there.
Q: Where can I find the best prices on flights to Hawaii?
A: I’m a travel agent. Give me a call.
Q: What are the best places to wed in Hawaii?
A: I’m a wedding Planner. Please visit my website and give me a call.
Unfortunately, you don’t see these kinds of answers. Most of the people answering these Hawaii Travel and Vacation related questions are not travel professionals. Most people answering these questions aren’t even from Hawaii. This creates and opportunity.
These types of questions come up over and over. If you answer a question once, you can re-purpose that answer every time the question comes up again.
Yahoo! Answers isn’t exactly a lead generating goldmine at this time, but it’s super easy to subscribe to a topic and be alerted when a potential customer is asking for your help.
Reach out to these people, give them a link to your website and start a dialogue.