As a Tattle ambassador, your job is to identify potential hosts for Tattle and get them signed up with Tattle, creating new travel experiences across the globe – but a lot of you will be asking, “What exactly does a potential host look like? How do I know where to start?”
Fear not, we’re happy to give you a lot of tips to help you out!
Individuals and Businesses
At Tattle, we’re pleased to have a mix of full-time hosts who represent tourism businesses, and regular people who want to run experiences as a side hustle. Someone representing a tourism business will definitely have the “running the experience” part down – they’ve probably be doing it for a while, and it will be fairly easy for them to submit their experience for Tattle. On the other hand, regular people might be able to come up with more niche or unusual experiences that aren’t well covered by traditional tourism businesses yet.
What often works out well is having entrepreneurs or businesses who aren’t in the conventional tourism industry create experiences – the tourism industry is growing so it could be a great way for them to get new sources of income! For example, consider asking a restaurant owner could create an incredible cooking class, and the head of a dance studio to create an introductory lesson for people who have never tried dancing before.
Personality of the Host
Hosting an experience involves entertaining people from around the world. It’s not going to be for everyone – so here’s how to identify a potential host.
Tattle is all about creating authentic experiences and real connections. Someone with a friendly and easy personality will have a much easier time getting to know their guests, making for a better time for all involved.
They’re Passionate About Something Shareable and Interesting to Travellers
While it might sound obvious, this is an important piece of the puzzle. Everyone has passions, but not ALL passions can be easily shared with others. Hiking, cooking, and photography are all examples of activities someone might be interested in exploring on their travels, but solving a Rubik’s Cube is the same no matter what part of the world you are in. We want to showcase the local culture in an authentic manner.
They Love Being A Tourist In Their Own City
Some people really enjoy their city – maybe they post pictures of it all the time on Instagram, or they’re always out and about trying new restaurants, new tea shops, new outdoor activities. Other people just passively live in their city – it’s just a place to work and put food on the table, but that’s about it. The first kind of person is what you’re looking for – through Tattle they will have a chance to show off their city to visitors.
They Have Unique Access to Places and Communities in Their City
Do they have access to some facility or skill that very few people have? Do they know the ins-and-outs of the area AND the drive to show it off? Tattle is perfect for them. The most special experiences are the ones you can’t find anywhere else.
Characteristics of the Host’s Business
Sometimes, you’ll find a business that could be the source of a great experience. Someone in that business might be the perfect candidate for a Tattle Host! (Usually, you’ll have to approach the owner or manager first to get permission, although the actual experience host could end up being someone else)
They Offer a Unique Experience
Is there a local business that has something unique they can offer to incoming tourists? Don’t just think about touristy businesses – a tea shop that’s really well known for making special concoctions would work great. So would the local brewery that you get your drinks from.
They Want to Reach A Larger, International Audience
Is the business not reaching its full capacity? Or perhaps they want to reach new markets? Tattle could be an excellent way for the business to experiment with new income streams.
You could also look at what kinds of experiences are popular! According to a report of experiential travel trends conducted by Tripadvisor, the fastest growing types of experiences in 2018 were food tours, water sports, and cultural walking tours. Do you know someone who always knows the best places to eat and takes you and your friends to great dining experiences all the time? Or is there someone you know who’s a history buff and can tell you stories about how
Some common examples of experiences are:
- Photo tours run by a professional or hobbyist photographer – takes guests to scenic spots and helps them get a great shot that they can use to cherish the memories of their vacation or wow their friends
- Classes – some activities like ice skating, surfing, or samba dancing can’t be found in every city. If you can find an instructor or facility that offers lessons in one of these areas, it could make a great experience
- “Sample our service” experiences – for example, a tea shop/coffee shop/brewery running a behind-the-scenes tour of its facility or a tasting for their product. Or a theatre club running an experience where guests get to try their hand at improv.
So at the end of the day …
What does this mean for you? It means that good hosts could be anywhere you look! You probably know a few yourself:
Do you have a friend who loves taking pictures in your city? Perfect.
Know somebody that knows the local music scene inside and out? Perfect.
Work with someone who loves food and knows the best restaurants around? Also perfect.
Hosts Have Questions?
Have you been reaching out to people you think would make great hosts, and they have questions for you? Point them to our FAQ page – and if you keep getting asked a question that we don’t have in our FAQ, please let us know and we’ll make sure to add it!
If you have any specific questions regarding the host on-boarding process or anything else to do with the Tattle Ambassador Program, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!