Recently, I attended the “Gatlinburg Tennessee Tourism Summit” where each year cities roll out their marketing campaign for the coming year. I have been in advertising for many years; I have seen the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly when it comes to creativity.
I would like to congratulate Gatlinburg TN for doing all the right things when it came to this year’s marketing and media campaign. They took their time, planned well, listened to the creative minds, managed three separate agencies, harnessed the collective marketing mental resources and produced a campaign that MOVES you. This campaign has reached an “emotional nudge.” There are certain sights, sounds, and smells that are so intimate that they are difficult to define. A good example of an emotional nudge is that feeling you get when you smell brownies baking at your grandmother’s house.
Being a student of history and passionate about all forms of marketing and advertising, it took just a few moments for me to realize that this campaign is an iconic representation of two of my marketing mentors. The video aspect of this campaign reminds me of very much of a Hal Rainey experience. I have always loved Hal’s commercials. Recently, I found out who Hal Rainey is by watching a wonderful documentary “Art & Copy.” His commercials always seem to be spoken in a story-teller fashion; an all-knowing voice leads you through a voyage where your imagination kicks in and you are along for a fantastic adventure. Listen to the music; feel the words that are spoken… this is not a 30-second commercial; this is 30-second ”religious experience.” It moves the viewer to see, feel, and experience, thus freeing the viewer to ponder and purchase.
The video is an impressive representation of how best to feature your product. As we move further into the marketing campaign, the overlap and cohesive nature of digital and print media continues.
Featuring a minimalist approach to its print and intercept marketing campaign, Gatlinburg had me reminiscing about the legendary Bill Bernbach of Doyle, Dane & Bernbach. Bill was the master of getting to the heart of what a product was about. He understood that people want to know about a product; but you as the marketing expert must be creative and succinct in what you are doing. You must get the viewer involved so that they become emotionally vested in the fewest words possible. Many try to copy this style of marketing; they rush and the product and the campaign suffer for it. If you were a child of the 60′s I guarantee that you were exposed to their work. Doyle, Dane & Bernbach took marketing to new levels by taking unheard chances by throwing status quo out the window. Every point of copy has been masterfully written; each word is strategically placed to either build an emotion or elicit a desired response.
As I stated in the beginning, congratulations to the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism on a job well done. I can not wait to see what the rewards will be from this clean and uplifting approach to visiting the Great Smoky Mountains.Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg SEO, Tourism Marketing advice