I know it can feel like three eternities ago, but think back to February of this year. Think about your marketing. Think about other resorts’ marketing. Think about ski media.
Now, get some of those messages in your head and start to describe the tone of what you’re remembering. If you’re like me, words that come to mind are:
Let’s fast forward, not to March or April, but to today. July 2020. What are the words that come to mind? As a guy that watches most move resorts make? This is what I see.
I’m not saying all messages are like this, but more are. Many, many more are.
There is absolutely a need for more careful, serious information than years past. That is what it is. What I’m worried about is whether this is too much of what we say. Or, said another way, the only way we talk about things that, with a little creativity, can be warmer without sacrificing meaning.
Take a recent card from Jay, for example, about wearing a mask. It gets the point across, but it also uses Jay’s voice.
Another example from Blue Mountain. A serious point gets made, but in the classic ski “we don’t take ourselves too seriously” way.
We tried to get creative but it turns out there is only one right way to wear your mask. Thank you for making sure it covers both your nose and your mouth. Don’t forget that you can purchase a reusable cotton make from our Blue Mountain retail stores. pic.twitter.com/9LQe3GM06h
— Blue Mountain Resort (@BlueMtnResort) July 13, 2020
Or how Snowbird approached Fathers Day: say nothing about anything at all and make people smile (or roll their eyes, which is just as good in my book).
— Snowbird (@Snowbird) June 21, 2020
What I’m saying is that I’m seeing a TON of the message. But I’m not seeing any of the old voice. And that worries me.
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This is unfamiliar territory. We’ve never had to share these messages before, let alone in a way that’s both reflective of the nature of the situation while neatly mixed with our usual, fun-loving natures.
It’ll take some practice, to be sure. Maybe it’ll simply take posting more content that has nothing to do with COVID or what to know when you visit, simply to tip the scales more toward for the vibe of pre-COVID days.
But I think it’s time to try to find ways to sneak in the old voice more and more. To, yes, help folks know what’s going on. But also help them think of words like fun and inspiring when they think of us, not serious and formal. A vibe that’s important for our sport both now and after all this blows over.
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