Hickory Global Partners Announce Strategic Partnership with Rich Media Exchange Providing Digital Media Access to Members

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HICKORY's Global Membership will now have Access to Rich Media Exchange

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"This agreement will allow our industry suppliers as well as our agency and CTD members access to a dynamic online Digital Marketing platform to manage content including videos, images, articles and guides to facilitate in the sale of their travel." Chris Dane, President, Hickory Global Partners

Hickory Global Partners and Rich Media Exchange (RME), announced their joint partnership, designed to provide digital media resources and services to HICKORY'S membership network.

The partnership centers around RME's next generation of digital asset management and marketing (DAM), capabilites which enable HICKORY to host their own internal rich media portal, (the HICKORY Media Portal), providing multiple features and benefits for travel agents and suppliers alike. "We are very excited to launch our partnership with Rich Media Exchange," said Chris Dane, President, Hickory Global Partners. "This agreement will allow our industry suppliers as well as our agency and CTD members to have access to a dynamic online Digital Marketing platform to manage content including videos, images, articles and guides to facilitate in the sale of their travel. "What is more convenient, beginning in June, the HICKORY Media Portal will become a standard benefit within their annual renewal agreement, making the process even easier for suppliers going forward," added Dane.

HICKORY'S preferred suppliers can upload, store, host, manage and share their rich media assets to the portal, including high resolution videos, imagery, tour guides, training materials and more. Accordingly, member agents and CTD's will have free access to those assets through the portal, providing high quality rich media resources for use in their marketing and sales material as well as their customers. "This 'exchange' of rich media assets between suppliers and sellers is what RME is all about - ensuring that all segments of the industry have simple and affordable access to high quality rich media content that is essential in today's competitive marketplace," said Kulin Strimbu, President and CEO of Rich Media Exchange.

The partnership agreement also allows for HICKORY's membership to access the distribution and syndication channels available through RME's Strategic Distribution Network, which includes thousands of travel bloggers, influencers, travel agency partners, as well as popular consumer and industry media outlets. Designed to maximize the investment in digital media, this benefit adds thousands of additional impressions beyond the original media.

The HICKORY Media Portal offers easy sharing capabilities, including convenient playlist-building features for use in marketing and social media. All rich media in the portal is uniquely coded to provide enhanced SEO and tailored data analytics for the supplier. Additionally, RME will build individual media portals for HICKORY'S top suppliers who desire and need multiple subscriptions and their own digital media solution. "We value our partnership with HICKORY and are happy to extend this technology solution and marketing tool to their preferred supplier network, which naturally aligns with their goals of service excellence and ROI optimization," added Strimbu.

The HICKORY Media Portal is currently available at media.hickorytravel.com.

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About HICKORY - Hickory Global Partners

HICKORY's unique approach focuses on return on investment for agency and supplier partners alike, guaranteeing them a positive ROI. Its visionary hotel incentive program, a robust and one-of-a-kind air program, a car rental program, and 24/7 support products make HICKORY an important strategic partner to travel agencies. Proprietary, innovative tools designed to share data with agency partners enable agencies to make better, faster decisions - thus driving more revenue. Supplier partners benefit from measurable results and extensive distribution and marketing opportunities across the HICKORY global network.

For more information, please visit http://www.HickoryTravel.com.

About Rich Media Exchange - RME

RME is a B2B digital content management and marketing company, specializing in video management, production, delivery and distribution. With over 2,500 videos and 600,000 images, RME owns the largest library of travel content available in the industry. Dedicated to simplifying the use of rich media for travel marketing, RME offers a multi-tiered solution offering asset management, marketing, analytics and select distribution through RME's Strategic Partnership Network, including thousands of targeted travel bloggers, influencers, travel agents, top travel agency consortia, as well as more than 1800 consumer media outlets. Learn more at http://www.richmediaexchange.com.

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