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Simple, friendly, human; get to know Hiram on the Hill.

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This year I’ve written about all sorts of cool stuff.

Amazing things resorts have done with websites and email and video. I’ve covered beautiful photography and brilliant branding and everything in between. I’ve nerded out on data and dug deep into big ideas.

Yet one of the most recognizable, useful bits of content I see in my feed is a daily video update from Mt Ashland with a lot of heart but zero frills.

Hiram on the Hill
Mt Ashland needs to provide a simple update about the day’s conditions. The GM, Hiram Towle, knows everything that happened.

So, and see if you can follow me here, he:

  • Turns on a camera
  • Hits record
  • Tells you what’s happening that day

One take? Probably most times, especially now that Hiram has done this a bunch.

Editing? Very little.

Music? None.

The same edit (rendered in a couple of sizes/frames) is shared across their channels. First to YouTube, then the video is embedded in a blog post on their website before being shared on Twitter, Facebook, and occasionally even Instagram.

And yet I always notice Hiram’s smiling face in my feed, usually watch, and always enjoy when I do.

Pure Simplicity
I love the simplicity of this campaign.

It conveys the most important things Mt Ashland needs folks to know in a simple, human, honest way and doesn’t overcomplicate the final product. It gets the job done in a friendly, on-brand way without giving into the pressure to deliver flashy, exciting marketing that doesn’t actually perform any better that it’s simpler alternative.

Great work, Hiram. I look forward to seeing you in my feed tomorrow.

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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