Our Work

We have been online storytellers since 2009. Here are some examples of what we do:

Content Marketing for Travel Brands


Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges

red mangrove galapagos lodgesRed Mangrove Galapagos Lodges hired us initially to run their company blog. In August 2015, we completed a site overhaul complete with copy editing and optimization for search. This included creation of keyworded photo galleries and new keyword-targeted tour pages.

Red Mangrove owns lodges on two islands in the Galapagos and also offers tours on mainland Ecuador.

Hernan Rodas, Founder & Owner
Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges (Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos)

“Thanks Bryan and Dena. We have always sought someone to help us with our website, our principal sales tool. And the computer geeks and technicians we found never cared or couldn’t help with our site content.

In Bryan and Dena we found that, in addition to all their technical knowledge, they put themselves in our clients shoes to understand their needs.

It’s really a complete service: SEO, site structure, design and most importantly, our website content. Just great to work of people with such a great values.”

We translated the above comments from Spanish. Here are the original comments in Spanish.

Hernan Rodas, Founder & Owner
Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges (Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos)

“Gracias Bryan y Dena, siempre hemos buscado alguien que nos ayude con nuestra principal herramienta de venta que es nuestra pagina web y siempre hemos encontrado computer geeks y técnicos que nunca se interesaron o nos pudieron ayudar con el contenido mismo de nuestro sitio, nosotros en Bryan y Dena encontramos que ademas de todo su conocimiento técnico se ponen en los zapatos de nuestros clientes para entender las necesidades de ellos, realmente un servicio completo, SEO, estructura, diseño y lo mas importante contenido mismo de nuestra web. Just great to work of people with such a great values”


LatinRootsTravel

latin roots travelIn August 2015, we completed a transfer of the site from Joomla to WordPress.

As part of this project, we also optimized the content for search, improved navigation and page formatting. All images were edited, keyworded and uploaded at full size.

Latin Roots Travel offers tours in Ecuador's Amazon, Andes, and coastal regions. They also offer Galapagos land and water based tours.

María Fernanda Pareja V., General Manager
Latin Roots Travel Co. (Quito, Ecuador)

“Thanks a lot for all your good work with our web page, we really appreciate your good ideas. You have been a great professional assistance.I really appreciate you going even beyond your job to accomplish our needs. It is good to know we are working with people who really care about doing their job right.It is a pleasure working with you.”

GringosAbroad

gringosabroadThis was our first commercial blog. Started in 2009, we blogged about our life as a Canadian expat family living in South America. Our readership grew quickly to become the largest English language site about Ecuador in the world.

We've published 496 posts with 10,439 comments with an average interaction of more than 21 comments per post. Our content has been read millions of times.

Here are some comments from our readers:

  • Monte Montana: “Dena and Bryan write one of the most interesting and THE most credible blog about being an expat and ways to improve one's life in a new environment.”
  • Veronica Pelaez: “The information that Bryan and Dena have provided over the years has been beneficial for the obvious reasons, such as daily life details that can only be known with “boots on the ground”. But even more than this, what I have truly appreciated has been that the information presented has been with the truth of the entire situation. Though many aspects of Expat Life are rosy, many are not, as in “real life”. Knowing the truth of the muddier bits helps me to prepare emotionally and intellectually, so that when the time comes for me to make my move, I will have more tools in my belt to get me through the rough spots! Thank you Bryan and Dena!”
  • Bruce Wilkinson: “Once we decided to retire abroad, my wife and I read everything we could find about destinations and the implications of such a life-changing move. In the information-gathering stage our single most helpful discovery was Bryan and Dena Haines’ “GringosAbroad.com.” That occurred eighteen months before we left Bozeman, Montana and moved to Cuenca, Ecuador, where we have now lived for over two years, and from that day to this I’ve read every article the Haines have published and have found their blogs to be balanced, practical and accurate portrayals of expat life as I have experienced it, as well as trustworthy sources of useful information. The Haines cover both the expat and host communities with a positive, refreshing and honest appreciation of the struggles and joys of adopting a new country and culture that we have found invaluable.”
  • Alli, Joseph & Ella Hawley: “Your website has been my family's go to blog for two years now! Whenever we have a question that needs answered correctly and quickly we always pull up gringosabroad.com! Having a child ourselves we know you look at locating to a foreign country through parents eyes! Keep the info coming!!”
  • Pauline Howes: “I've been following your blogs for almost two years now. Living in Ottawa, Canada, I was excited when I first discovered your family blog.  You struck me as brave, adventurous souls.  You've proven time and time again, anything is possible if you put your mind to it and plan a little. I've learned most useful information from real estate to buying the best coffee!”
  • Magali Ipina: “When my Ecuadorian husband manifested his wish to return to his beloved country, I was excited and nervous at the same time.  I wasn't sure if we were making the right choice for our family, it felt like a big leap to take.  When I found your blog and saw that a Canadian family like ours had done it, without having any connections with Ecuador, it gave me the courage I needed!  I found a lot of useful information in your articles before we left, and when the big day came I felt ready!”

Ecuador Dental Care

ecuador dental careWe built this site from scratch with provided copy. The goal was to target specific keywords for English speaking tourists and expats. The site generates regular inquiries from new patients.

Doctor Jose Acosta is a third generation dentist in the city of Cuenca. He now works alongside his daughter and son-in-law.

Dr. Pamela Acosta
Dr. Andres Vega
Dr. Jose Acosta

“We sought for someone to help us out to design a webpage and we could’ve not found someone better than Bryan and Dena. They understood our needs, gave us advice and helped us make our website accessible, efficient and easy for our patients. We are very pleased with the results and we highly recommend them.”

 


About.com

Bryan wrote for About.com for four years (2010-2014) on the online business topic. Some of the topics he wrote about were How to use content marketing in your online business and What is content marketing?


Current Projects

Both of these are our personal blogs.


Click Like This

click like thisThis is our newest project. While we've written about photography on our other sites, this blog is 100% dedicated to the art of photography. This self-owned blog was launched in September 2015 with the goal of providing concise photo tutorials for better shots.

Dena covers DSLR photography and Bryan writes about GoPro action cameras.


BryanHaines

bryanhaines.comBryanHaines.com covers the specifics of running an online business. The site began as BloggerAbroad (to match our GringosAbroad brand) and was rebranded in June 2015.

He writes about traffic, SEO, WordPress, and monetization. The site itself is an exercise in content marketing.


Are you using content marketing in your travel business? At Storyteller Media, we specialize in the creation of custom content marketing plans for travel brands. Contact us to get started.