Winter Baycation – A New Approach to Tourism Videos

We had a proven concept. Our “Newfoundland in 10 days” video has been viewed over half a million times and continues to perform (whenever people start planning their trips to Newfoundland) with extremely positive engagement.

That video has increased our Facebook page likes by about 330% but that is a very broad audience and where do you think most of those new likes are coming from? Newfoundland of course!

My primary goal with Winter Baycation was to recreate that same success closer to home, engaging an audience in the Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, and broader South Georgian Bay area.

The secondary goal was to try and monetize that model. The first video was just for fun, and once it’s online, noone has to buy it. Anyone can freely share it and use it to engage their own audiences which is what the official tourism board of Newfoundland and Labrador did among others. And that’s completely fine because all those views are counted at the source - the BFresh.Media facebook page.

So to monetize this we decided on a sponsorship model. The main reason was so that BFresh.Media would retain copyright ownership and therefore have full creative control. We wanted to execute our own vision and not let client influence pull us too far away from that. The second reason was to keep the cost more affordable for those involved.

The Georgian Triangle Tourism Association (AKA Visit South Georgian Bay) saw this as a great opportunity to promote their brand, our region, and provide value to their amazing Members by taking on the Title Sponsorship. We worked out a deal for exclusivity to feature members only which worked out fine because all of the destinations and experiences that were on our checklist were already members.

The result was another fun, fast paced adventure featuring real people and real experiences. For your viewing pleasure here is the video:

Winter Baycation Presented by Visit South Georgian Bay

The video launched on February 13th and was viewed over 10,000 times in 10 days. As of March 15th it has been shared 193 times and received 983 post engagements, all of which have been extremely positive.

Each participating member also received a short teaser clip to post on their own Instagram or Facebook accounts.

The video saw huge success but the only issue was that winter was effectively ending, something that was obviously out of our control. As of February 26th there was no longer any snow on the ground and we had been seeing temperatures as high as +15 for a few days.

While there was little we could do to get this video out earlier, it’s now ready for next season and that’s the good news. As we see all the time with our Newfoundland Video, when it’s relevant, it has just as much potential to take off as the first time. It might need just a push to get the ball rolling but all we need to do is share this video again next season and it’s sure to perform even better at the beginning of the season.

To learn more about South Georgian Bay and some of the amazing experiences that await, check out

Thanks again to our amazing partners, we couldn't have done it without them.

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Lip Dub project with NDDLH in Collingwood

I get asked a lot, “what makes a video go viral?” Well the answer is “a lot of things” but often it just takes a creative idea and little hard work to put it together.

Now granted, this particular video didn’t go viral globally but given the size of the school and surrounding community (school of 100 students in a town of 22k) it certainly did better than most other video advertisements shared by local busineses. And don’t be mistaken, this is 100% an advertisement for Notre Dame de la Huronie.

This video advertisement was created to show off the brand new school and help grow enrollment for the fully French school. Yes we could have done a real estate style tour, but where’s the fun in that? The “fun” part is why it was shared over 60 times. Plus the blooper reel at the end made it extra special. See for yourself, the end result that took a lot of creative planning, coordination, and practice.

So how did we do it? Well a huge credit goes to the Art teacher Mme Nalisa (my amazing wife) who planned the entire video with her grade 5/6 students. Together they mapped out where the camera was going plus the where and when all the students and faculty were to be. They even choreographed that dance and taught it to the whole school. How amazing is that?

We chose the lip dub style because it would be easier for me on the back end. This approach is done in one single take from start to finish so the editing process is very simple. I just dropped in the song and did a little bit of colour correction.

As you can see from the blooper reel however, there were several rehearsals before the final shoot. Because of the large colourful banner that gets destroyed and the silly string mess at the end, we had one chance to get it right and I think they did a pretty amazing job.

For businesses thinking that they want to create a viral video this is just a sample of what that takes. It may require you to step outside of your comfort zone for the sake of creativity and do something that viewers would not expect. Yes, it is more expensive than your traditional advertisement as we would take care of all that extra planning and coordination but that’s the price of creating buzz. That’s what it takes to get people talking about you and sharing your video. There is risk involved absolutely, but it is often very calculated and the payoff can be much better than any traditional advertising approach.

So when someone says to me “I want to make a viral video” my response is: “great, but do you have what it takes?”


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