About Julie Thorner

Julie is the founder and president of Liquid Spark. She is a digital adventure parent nomad, strategic marketer, and geo-tourism advocate. Julie looks at the total business ecosystem with any marketing/business opportunity - with a focus on sustainability impacts and reciprocal benefit for people, place, and planet. She believes experiences in the outdoors are profoundly important and healthy for all people to enjoy - and they create opportunities for awareness and engagement to be part of solutions for our blue planet.

Adventure in Black with Courtney Simone

By |2021-04-12T14:36:43+00:00April 12th, 2021|

Meet Courtney Simone, founder of Adventure in Black! She joined Julie Thorner for a wonderful conversation about her startup business that she launched in late 2019, right before covid hit.  Topics covered include tourism marketing to people of color, building a community as a startup adventure company, what we think is to come [...]

Diversity Leadership Resources in the Outdoor Industry

By |2021-02-24T15:05:03+00:00January 29th, 2021|

Diversity Resources in the Outdoor Industry Explore Organizations Supporting and Facilitating Diversity Outdoors *Note: This blog is continuously updated to promote diverse resources in the outdoors. Last updated February 24, 2021. The original post was created on June 12, 2020.  At Liquid Spark, we realize that the ethnic diversity of participants in the outdoor [...]

The 4 Pillars of Sustainable Tourism

By |2021-01-20T22:39:12+00:00January 20th, 2021|

Embracing Sustainable Tourism: An Obvious Foundation for Adventure Brands Global Sustainable Tourism - it’s so much more than a nice catch phrase. What we do now in operating our adventure companies, educating our customers, collaborating with our vendors, supporting our communities, and empowering and diversifying our staff will indeed contribute to making a positive [...]

A 2020 Holiday Message, From Us to You!

By |2021-02-24T16:01:04+00:00December 23rd, 2020|

Our 2020 Holiday Message; from the Liquid Spark team, to you! Happy Holidays from the Liquid Spark team! What a year... We have much to be grateful for, including the resilience of the adventure tourism industry and the overwhelming new number of people worldwide who discovered nature's "social distance" and reconnected with healthy, active, [...]

How to Create a Marketing Roadmap for 2021 Business Success

By |2020-12-11T22:09:48+00:00December 11th, 2020|

How to Create a Marketing Roadmap for 2021 Business Success A marketing roadmap can be a very useful tool in your annual planning process. Done right, it becomes your treasure map to identifying the best marketing initiatives to meet your business goals. Your roadmap will lay out your marketing initiatives by quarter, and help [...]

How to Win Search with Effective PPC Campaigns – Part 3

By |2021-04-11T19:41:58+00:00November 13th, 2020|

How to Win Search with Effective PPC Campaigns – Part 3 Ad Extensions, Landing Pages, Bidding Strategies, Budget Setting, Auction Insights Part 3 in our PPC (Pay-per-Click) series - How to Win Search with Effective Campaigns - dives deep into how to extend the reach and impact of your ad with the versatile ad [...]

How to Win Search with Effective PPC Campaigns – Part 2

By |2021-04-11T19:51:31+00:00November 6th, 2020|

How to Win Search with Effective PPC Campaigns – Part 2 Keywords, Match Types, Quality Score, Search Ad Types Search engine marketing with paid ad campaigns (also called PPC ads for Pay-per-Click advertising) is the fastest way to the top of search results in Google. At the time of writing this article, Google is [...]

How to Win Search with Effective PPC Campaigns – Part 1

By |2021-01-15T18:24:39+00:00October 23rd, 2020|

How to Win Search with Effective PPC Campaigns - Part 1 PPC (Pay Per Click) marketing, also known as search engine marketing (SEM), is an especially important tool in the toolbox of every marketer. SEM uses PPC ads, such as Google Ads (formerly called AdWords) or Bing ads to achieve paid top of page [...]

7 Components for Building A Successful New Website

By |2021-01-15T18:26:03+00:00September 11th, 2020|

7 Components for Building A Successful New Website When you begin to consider a new website, do you begin to imagine something visually stunning that injects new life into your brand? Do you picture your competitors seeing this new website and doubting their ability to stay in this race with you? Typically, the biggest [...]

Tips for Evaluating Website Development Partners

By |2020-09-11T22:50:50+00:00September 11th, 2020|

Tips for Evaluating Website Development Partners You have identified that you need a new website or a comprehensive redesign and you have a good understanding of what your business goals are with a new site. Now you are ready to find the right partner to bring your new website vision to life. You can [...]

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