Self-made videos make connections

'Local organizations unlock YouTube's power.'

By Rebecca Keister
Contributing Writer
Is there anyone who doesn’t like bunnies? More

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Focus: TOURISM

Self-made videos make connections

'Local organizations unlock YouTube's power.'

By Rebecca Keister
Contributing Writer
Posted 5/14/12

Is there anyone who doesn’t like bunnies?

Possibly, but the children who recently visited the Providence Children’s Museum when the organization hosted some hoppy friends close to the Easter holiday sure do.

A video captured then by the Providence-Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau for its YouTube channel shows a group of youngsters petting and giggling at the four-footed nose twitchers. Others seemed to like it, too.

Once it was posted online, the video had 200 views in two days and a couple weeks later had close to 400 – a measure of success for the bureau and its video-marketing efforts.

“We got this really adorable video [with the bunnies]. We try to be clever and thematic,” said Kristen Adamo, vice president of marketing and communications for the bureau. “I think we’ve made a good start.”

Destination marketing via promotional videos isn’t exactly a novel idea, as they’ve long been a staple of vacation guide and planning packages and, as times changed, of travel-company websites.

But the concepts of dedicating a video site page for the project and the roguish way the PWCVB has taken to designing content are among new aspects that have followed the popularity of social media and the do-it-yourself avenues that has allowed.

“It’s definitely a trend and it’s a way that consumers like to interact and engage,” said Kristen Clemens, vice president of marketing and communications at Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C. “Video is going to be a very powerful tool, no matter your product.”

The PWCVB started their effort about a year ago.

So far, they’ve posted just shy of 30 videos, including an official tourism video it developed with the help of Ocean State Video in Cranston.

The rest are a mix of self-made videos, including a trip to RiRa in Providence for St. Patrick’s Day, recaps of bureau events, and member-chef demonstrations from the bureau’s segment on Fox Providence’s The Rhode Show.

“I think we’re learning from each one what we need to do to hone our marketing,” said Adamo. “[Video] was something we had been thinking about for a long time. Travel and tourism really is a visual media. People want to experience and understand what it’s like to visit somewhere. I think video is the best way to afford that experience.”

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