Hilton Head Properties Hires Internet Marketing Expert Group

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Hilton Head Island Realty and Rentals recently hired Tennessee marketing agency, Internet Marketing Expert Group (IMEG) to improve upon marketing efforts.

Darcey Sundling, Property Manager with Hilton Head Properties R and R stated, “Beginning on September 1, 2017, we will be working with the team at IMEG to continue growing our company while increasing bookings and revenues for each of our owners with proprietary software to improve our guest experiences.

IMEG is focused on growing businesses in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry with a proven track record of increasing revenues through their digital marketing strategies and tools. They have also been named to the Inc. 5000 List of fastest growing private companies in America each year since 2013.

“We are excited to add Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals to our list of clients. We love partnering with forward-thinking vacation rental companies, like Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals who are already successful and looking to partner with people to take their business to the next level. As business owners, we understand the amount of time, effort and money it takes to establish and maintain an organization. Because of this, we are determined to help Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals achieve the highest results possible for the company and their stakeholders, the property owners,” said Justin Jones, CEO and Founder of IMEG.

Property owners can expect an increase in visibility from social media to organic search as well as an improved guest experience and online reviews to help with conversion and repeat guests.

Some of the services IMEG will be providing include: search engine optimization, social media, email marketing and content marketing. Each of these services will assist in building our online presence and increasing revenues for our owners.

For more information about IMEG, please visit www.imegonline.com.  If you would like to contact Hilton Head Properties R and R for more information about rental management, rental proformas or vacation opportunities, please contact Darcey Sundling at (843)785-2242.



Vacation Rental Properties on Hilton Head Island

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Have you ever considered owning and renting a vacation property on Hilton Head Island?   While these properties don’t always pay for themselves, there are many benefits of ownership that make these properties a great way to get your foot in the door on Hilton Head Island.  We have listed below a few shopping list requirements in choosing a vacation rental property to buy and several articles highlighting possible benefits of ownership. Read the rest of this entry



What’s on your Hilton Head Bucket List?

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Living the Dream – A Hilton Head Bucket List

Listed below are 100 ideas for your next Hilton Head visit.  We have included some fun and local things for you to do whether you live here or are just visiting.  Have Fun!

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Sea Turtles and Hilton Head Island!

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September 19, 2017

Your adopted Sea Turtle nest may have hatched – but we don’t know the results!  As Hurricane Irma approached, the Turtle Patrol was authorized to inventory all nests that had reached 70 days of incubation to determine how many eggs had been in the nest, how many hatchlings had climbed out, and how many were still in the nest needing help to get out.

By the time we returned from the mandatory evacuation, all of the marking poles had been washed away in the storm surge – so we could not locate the nest again.  However, the nest was three feet under the sand, and we feel certain that those hatchlings made it out just fine.  It is nature – and our sea turtles are strong and resilient.  The only down side is that we don’t have the actual numbers of eggs and hatch success for our records.

We are still watching the beach for more hatchlings to emerge from the now unmarked nests.  Interestingly, those tiny hatchlings have a built in GPS!  That is why it is crucial that no one interfere with the hatchlings during their run to the ocean.  They must make their own way.   It is believed that during this trip across the sand, the magnetic field of the earth imprints on the hatchling’s brains, which give them their sense of direction.  In addition to guiding them on their long journey in the ocean (it will take them three days just to reach the gulf stream), this built in GPS will also guide them back to the beach of their birth for nesting in 20-25 years. Amazing creatures!

More news later –

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project


August 29, 2017

Hi, Sea Turtle Nest adopters and Friends,

Lots and lots of hatchlings!!!  And these loggerhead babies are beautiful, aren’t they:

It has been a busy time –nest hatchings are happening very steadily now (several a day) and I want to get your nest result information to you as quickly as possible. We have had 319 nests for the season and 122 nests are remaining to hatch.  All nests through #147 have been inventoried.  Generally the inventory is done by the team on the third day after the hatch.  However, many nests are not inventoried until the 75th day of incubation because we were not able to see the signs of hatching – probably due to rain between patrols.  Also, there is little consistency in the length of incubation:  Four nests hatched today with all different incubation times from 54 to 60 days.  Last week, a nest hatched at 48 days!

We are saddened by the hurricane and flooding that has hit Texas recently.  Hilton Head Island’s brush with a hurricane last year is still fresh in our memories. Since our hurricane hit in October, all of our remaining nests were quickly inventoried and closed up.   However, at this point in the season, there are still plenty of nests on Texas beaches so it will be interesting to see how they fare.

There was another exciting rescue a few weeks ago:  A young loggerhead sea turtle was caught by a fisherman in Sea Pines.

Since the fishhook was stuck, Amber took him to the Aquarium in Charleston (a fabulous place to visit – they have a wonderful sea turtle hospital there!).  The hospital named him Caldwell, did surgery on him to remove the first hook AND an ingested hook, and now he is recovering nicely.  Once he is healed, he will be released back into the ocean.

 

Enjoy the end of summer – more updates later!

 

Andrea

 

Andrea B. Siebold

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

843-415-2211

 


Update August 12, 2017

Dear Nest Adopters and Friends

We seemed pretty solid at 315 nests for the year – Nest # 315 was laid on August 6th and we have not had any nestings, false crawls or sightings since then.  (You can almost set your calendar on these creatures:  last year, the last nest was laid on August 16th; in 2015 it was August 2nd.

However, what we do have is a new WILD NEST – sometimes called an undetected nest – that brought us to 316 this week!  This nest was not noted at the time of the laying – maybe a heavy rainstorm occurred after the mother was finished – so we had no way to know that a nest had been laid……until yesterday morning when the unmistakable signs of a hatch were spotted by the patrol not far from the Dunes House in Palmetto Dunes!

The nests are hatching!!  We have had 105 nests inventoried as of this morning (so far only 9 have not been successful and 2 have washed out to sea but the rest were great!).  What a joy to see the baby hatchlings run to the ocean!  However, since they generally do their great escape during the night when we can’t see them, here is a picture of a hatchling from Nest # 110:

Amazing how those babies all leave at once, climbing over each other to get out – they are really in a hurry to get to the relative safety of the ocean!!!  We continue to have challenges with lights on the beach which disorient the hatchlings, and big holes in the sand blocking their path to the ocean.  There is a large hole right in front of this hatching nest – luckily people were there to quickly fill in the hole just before the hatchlings got to the spot:

The help of our adopters is so appreciated in spreading the word on the beach about how we can save the sea turtles!!!

More later – want to tell you about the sea turtle DNA next time!

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

843-415-2211

 


7/22/17

Hi, all,

* An injured Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle was discovered during the morning patrol this week.  He was taken by our Project Manager, Amber, to the sea turtle hospital at the aquarium in Charleston where it will be treated and released when he recovers.   Kemp’s Ridley’s are an extremely rare sea turtle – and are critically endangered.  This one had been hit by a boat propeller but we have great hopes for a full recovery for him! Attached is the video of his rescue.

 

 

 

 

 

* This is the busiest time of the season for our hardworking turtle team:  there are still new nests appearing every day, (here is Nest # 301 laid today),

many of those need to be relocated (3 just today), false crawls need to be explored (3 of those today as well), green ribbons are being put on all nests of 45+ days of incubation, those nests need to be checked for signs of hatching (31 hatched so far), and then inventories need to be done three days after hatching.  This sometimes makes for a LONG morning patrol!  Hooray for the team!!

* The tracks left by a sea turtle in a false crawl can be a little bizarre:  This mother turtle climbed way over the dune, and the wrack, and all the way up to the renourished beach, did a beautiful Figure Eight in the sand – and left without laying any eggs.  Poor tired and confused mother!

I will try to get hatching results to you as soon as they happen – stay tuned for more news!

 

Andrea

 

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project

 


May 31, 2017

Dear Sea Turtle Friends,

WOW!  Exciting times on the beach near North Forest Beach and Shipyard yesterday morning:  a HUGE (400 pound) mother loggerhead sea turtle was found deep in the dunes.  She had become disoriented (probably by lights) after nesting and wandered through the dunes for more than a mile.  Our turtle patrol came to the rescue –they followed her tracks to locate her, gathered some volunteers, and helped that poor exhausted mother back to the ocean.  She is a cold blooded creature and hours in the daytime sun would not have been good news for her!  Here is the Island Packet article:  They have some great pictures included! http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/untamed-lowcountry/article153386539.html

A happy ending but a good opportunity to remind us to keep our beachfront lights off during sea turtle nesting season…..

In the meantime, we are up to 73 nests as of this morning – about the same pace as the last two years.  The season is off to a great start!

Stay tuned –

Andrea

Adrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

843-415-2211


May 5, 2017

Dear Sea Turtle Nest Adopters,

Whoever guessed May 4th for the first Hilton Head Island sea turtle nest would have been correct – today was the day of our first AND second nests of the season!

In the early hours of this morning,

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a mother loggerhead sea turtle like this one dragged her huge body ashore in Sea Pines Plantation, spent a long time digging a 3 foot deep hole, and laid her 133 eggs into it, then tiredly made her way back to the ocean.

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Little did she know that she had chosen a spot on the beach that will be having an emergency re-nourishment this summer…..but not to worry!  Our trained and experienced turtle patrol very gently removed all of her eggs and re-buried them in a safe spot further up the beach.  This relocation of nests is very safe when done by experts – in fact our relocated nests last year had a higher success rate than non-relocated nests.  (Even sea turtles need some help sometimes!)

Here are Carrell and Pat carefully moving the eggs from Nest # 1:

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The turtle team marked the nest to alert everyone to the endangered species nest there and continued down the beach, searching for more tracks…..and found a set of tracks in Port Royal Plantation near the Westin – Nest # 2.  We are off to a great start!!!

 

 

Many more details about the process as we go along – thank you so much for your support of the Hilton Head Sea Turtle Protection Project!

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project

843-415-2211

 


 

Beach towel shotWe have a fun event for your summer visit to Hilton Head Island.  We have adopted four turtle nest, one in Sea Pines, one in Palmetto Dunes, one in Forest Beach and one in Folly Field.  We will send you the Turtle Nest Numbers once the mom’s make their nest.

Find one of our nest, take a photo in front (without disturbing it) and send us the photo.  Email or text.  We will enter you in a monthly drawing for 2 big beach towels.   If you would like to adopt your own nest, click here.  See below for the 2017 update on the Sea Turtles.

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Hilton Head Vacation Itinerary for The Day Tripper

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Hilton Head Properties Realty and RentalsWe put together this Itinerary for the Hilton Head vacationer that loves to take day trips.  Hilton Head Island, SC is in the geographic center of some significant historic towns including Beaufort, Charleston and Savannah.  As well there are some out of the way places that are fun for day trips from Hilton Head.  We hope this gives you some ideas!

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A Tennis Getaway to Hilton Head Island

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Tennis on Hilton Head IslandHilton Head Island is one of the top tennis destinations in the world. Boasting over 500 tennis courts and eight of the top 100 tennis resorts, Hilton Head Tennis is hard to beat.  Our vacation itinerary is centered around the tennis and clinics offered on Hilton Head.

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A Great Golf Itinerary for a Hilton Head Getaway

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The Front Nine Vacation Itinerary on Hilton HeadThis itinerary offers golfers that are vacationing on Hilton Head Island the very best courses with the most famous holes to play.  These courses are part of  The Ultimate 18 Hole Golf Course on Hilton Head.  Have fun, swing easy and let us know what you think! Read the rest of this entry



The “Beach-Nut” Vacation on Hilton Head Island

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Coligny Beach Hilton HeadAre you a Beach-Nut? Hilton Head Island has several beaches to enjoy during your vacation.  If you like to explore, we have listed a different day of the week for a different beach.  We hope you have some fun in the Sun with our The Beach-Nut Itinerary!

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Vacation Itinerary “The Kingfisher” on Hilton Head

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3_Kingfisher_HHILooking for a fun filled week on Hilton Head Island?  “The Kingfisher” offers day trips to Savannah by boat,  a carriage ride in Historic Beaufort and Fireworks in Shelter Cove.  This itinerary was designed to fit perfectly with one of our big vacation homes or we can scale it back for a Sea Cloisters, Ocean Palms or one of our other properties!

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Vacation Itinerary “The Local” on Hilton Head Island

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Bikes and Home Ready to Go!Looking for the perfect week on Hilton Head Island?  We will post a different itinerary for the next several weeks with ideas for ways to spend your days and nights on the Island.  Our first itinerary will be called “The Local” as it will be all things that are local! Read the rest of this entry




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