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 http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca

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

Travel Video Open Casting Call

We are creating a travel video that will document the adventures of 2 people and you could be those people. All expenses paid! Seriously, hotel, transportation, meals, along with skiing, beer & wine tours and more is what we have planned.  

We are very excited to announce that The Georgian Triangle Tourism Association, has sponsored Bfresh.Media's Collingwood and The Blue Mountains travel video that will be filming in January 2018. We are partnering with Association Members like Cranberry Resort to create one amazing travel experience. That means that the search is on for our tourists that want to be featured in this all inclusive getaway film project.

This is a documentary style video which does not require acting. So if you love to travel and love the outdoors, YOU could be a great fit. What we really want is to show off real people, enjoying real experiences. Here are more details and how you can enter.

ARE YOU EXCITED YET?

Who we’re looking for:

  1. A duo (2 friends/couple/siblings) - must be 19 years of age or older.
  2. You must be free to film January 14th - 17th
  3. You live outside of the Georgian Triangle but no more than 200km from Collingwood Ontario. (so Barrie, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener or anywhere in-between) For anyone really eager, note that Pearson International Airport is in that radius... just sayin'.
  4. You’re fun, outdoorsy, and adventurous.
  5. You love winter activities like skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, and skating.

Here’s how to audition:

  1. Shoot a video of yourselves 1 min long or less. We want to see personality! Tell us why you should be featured in our travel video. Perhaps you’ve not been to Collingwood for years or you’ve never been here before. We’d love to hear your story.
  2. Upload said video to Facebook,  Instagram, or both. In your post, make sure to tag @SGeorgianBay, @bfresh.media, and use the hashtag #SouthGeorgianBaycation so that we can find it.
  3. Feel good knowing you could be a part of something awesome. 🙂

The Deadline for submissions is Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 at 12:00am so get your audition up before then, otherwise you will miss out on this incredible opportunity. The chosen pair will be contacted by Friday January 5th. Transportation to and from Collingwood will be provided, picking up on January 14th and returning you home on the 17th.  

To learn more about South Georgian Bay and some of the amazing experiences that await, check out http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca

The Difference Between Marketing and Advertising

I was recently asked by a new client, What is the difference between Marketing and Advertising?

Well this may seem like a simple question to some, it’s actually a fairly common one. To me, there are no simple questions I always take pride in trying to educate (even potential) clients, to help them up their marketing game.

Marketing vs. Advertising, bfresh media production

So for anyone who has wondered but never asked, here is your Marketing 101 for the day, The difference between marketing and advertising:

Advertising is merely a component of marketing because marketing is defined as the planning, execution, control, and analysis of various business activities that are meant to bring together buyers and sellers. These business activities include advertising as well as many other components like branding, direct sales, market research, public relations, and community involvement. There are many other components of marketing but these are ones that are most relevant to my clients.

To further wrap your head around this, here is a definition of each of those marketing components:

Advertising: A sponsored message from producers to consumers in order to persuade buying activity. Advertising is communicated across media such as TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, outdoor, direct mail, online, or on a mobile device.

Brand: is the identity of a specific company or product. A “Brand Identity” refers directly to the symbols, colors, sounds, imagery, and even thoughts and feelings that are associated with a particular brand. You as an artist can think of your brand identity as your style, subject choice, medium, and even your signature. Later on I am going to talk about how to build your brand in more depth.

Direct Sales: Any form of face-to-face solicitation. Example: Public art exhibit; you’re not just talking to people, you are selling yourself. Later on I will talk more about the dos and don’ts of direct sales.

Market Research: is an objective collection and analysis of data about a particular target market, competition, and/or environment. The purpose of any market research project is to achieve an increased understanding of the subject matter. As an entrepreneur or small business owner, simple forms of market research can be conducted through surveys or by simply speaking to the public or customers about your product.

Public Relations: refers to the actions of a corporation, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc. Artists are often contributing to charitable causes or community organizations through participation and donation and these are forms of public relations. Basically any new person you meet is an act of Public Relations, so don’t forget to give them a business card.

Community Involvement: is similar to public relations, however, the key difference is leadership. By actively engaging members of your community and leading the charge to promote a local event, charity, organization or an exhibit, you are taking pr one step further to community involvement.

So, as I’ve said before, one of our goals is to change the marketing landscape with small businesses and that begins with education. So if your business doesn’t have one, consider writing a marketing plan. You need to think of every decision that you make, from where you show your ads to the look of your website and business cards and your participation in community events as part of your overall marketing plan instead of just buying a single print ad. You might already be doing these things with your business but it’s good to be able to apply these terms to your actions in order to understand the value of your marketing. And with a little creativity, who knows where that will take you.