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If not Facebook, where could ad dollars go in 2020/21?

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I’ve talked about products this week and I’ve talked about segments. Today, it’s time to talk about ads and channels.

Specifically, I want to talk about the Facebook Ad boycott.

On the one hand, maybe it’s just a handy way to get some good PR and save a few bucks. On the other, I think it’s a great opportunity to think differently about marketing dollars.

And where could those marketing dollars go? I’m glad you asked.

On the Inntopia Partner Services call this morning, Trevor (our CEO) made a really good point (forgive me Trevor if this isn’t word for word):

“With drive markets being so critical, I’m really curious to see if some of these dollars end up going to into local economies.”

As a lover of small towns and small businesses, I loved this idea. And it’s one I’ve highlighted before.

Jay Peak
Remember how Jay Peak featured all the cool other stuff to do while in the area? Favorite bars and activities and hotels and such were all part of a simple, but awesome “On the way to Jay” campaign.

Seven Springs
And don’t get me started on Seven Springs’ annual shop tour. It’s one of the smartest marketing traditions out there that builds an amazing amount of community and goodwill in their local markets.

A Content Idea: Two Lists
I would love to see the focus of these ad dollars shift not just to other channels, but to local communities.

Why not try something like this. Take some strips of paper. First, make a list of content types or ideas that you and your team like and set those strips into a pile. Things like:

  • YouTube-like video collab
  • “How I built this” interview
  • Instagram takeover
  • Sponsored content
  • etc

And then make a list of local businesses with some sort of marketing presence and/or reach and set those in another pile. Stuff like:

  • The local newspaper
  • Your favorite coffee shop
  • The library in town
  • The startups in the co-working space downtown
  • etc

And then mix up each pile and start drawing one slip from each pile and see what you come up with:

YouTube collab with that famous coffee shop in the city an hour away

How I built this interview with the oldest hotel in town

Instagram takeover by the new startup founder who brought her team up here last year

Forgive those mediocre lists, but I think you get the idea. Do something that gets you to see more opportunities within your local markets even if it’s as simple as a content play like those random combinations above.

Then start to experiment. More than ever, these local communities may need to rely on one another during the upcoming season. And if some of those ad dollars could help both of your boats rise together instead of propping up Zuck’s balance sheet?

Well, maybe worth a shot.

About Gregg & SlopeFillers
I've had more first-time visitors lately, so adding a quick "about" section. I started SlopeFillers in 2010 with the simple goal of sharing great resort marketing strategies. Today I run marketing for resort ecommerce and CRM provider Inntopia, my home mountain is the lovely Nordic Valley, and my favorite marketing campaign remains the Ski Utah TV show that sold me on skiing as a kid in the 90s.

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