CAPC partners with chamber on Summer Fun co-op
The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission are working on a partnership to encourage families to spend their summer vacation in town.
At a special called meeting Wednesday, April 24, the commission voted to spend $10,000 on the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce's Summer Fun digital marketing campaign. Damon Henke, interim director of the chamber, said the initiative is a cooperative effort between the CAPC, chamber and lodging, restaurant and attraction partners.
The CAPC would put forward $10,000 for the digital marketing, Henke said, and the chamber would work with business partners to raise $5,000 to pay social media influencers to promote Eureka Springs. Rick Bright, interim director of the CAPC, said it wouldn't be a problem to find the money in the commission's budget.
"Last year, we budgeted $20,000 for special events ads," Bright said. "Well, that's already been brought through the regular print budget, so we actually have the money we can move from special ads."
Commissioner Susan Harman asked Henke how soon he'd like to get the campaign going, and Henke said he wants to kick it off as soon as possible.
"The whole point of this is summer vacations, so the clock's ticking," Henke said. "You could do it at the end of June, but our real value of doing it is decreasing as we go further into the season."
Henke said the campaign would run for four weeks in May, with influencers coming to town to write blogs during that time.
"They'd turn that into usable social media, and it still hits early in the summer," Henke said. "As far as the digital marketing goes, obviously it'll just be a matter of days to get that launched. There's two parts to this campaign."
He continued, "One's the $10,000 digital. That's pretty easy to execute, because we already have players in digital marketing. The other is the $5,000 influencer part. "
Influencers are people with large social media followings, Henke said, who write about their experiences from a personal standpoint. Commission chairwoman Carol Wright said she looked up how much influencers charge, and it's about $2,000 per social media post.
"An influencer will have an excessive amount of reach," Henke said.
The landing page is a critical part of the digital marketing campaign, Henke said, and will feature a video promoting summer activities in Eureka Springs. Henke said he'd like to use an existing promotional video and showed a clip from the commission's Made in Eureka Springs campaign from last year.
"We want to show something that show us as a planned vacation destination," Henke said. "The whole point of that topic isn't to point to any specific entity. It's to paint the whole town as a vacation destination. "
The businesses that partner with the campaign, Henke said, would have their information listed on the landing page beneath the video. Bright said it's OK for the businesses to be featured so long as they're paying for the ad.
“This is about the destination. At the bottom, it says, 'For all attractions and lodging click here,' " Henke said, "which is just going to go over to EurekaSprings.org. Everybody's included in that."
Harman asked how the chamber will collect information from the campaign to continue promoting Eureka Springs in the future.
"There's always an opportunity for someone to give you contact information, regardless of how it's worded," Harman said.
There will be a contest for lodging, Henke said, and those who sign up will be required to use their email addresses. Wright said they'd find a way to use the information to their advantage.
"We'll figure out some way of getting that information in the time constraints we have," Wright said.
Commissioner Terry McClung asked if it was too late to start the campaign, and Henke said it isn't.
"I think if we don't get started today, we're starting too late," Henke said.
Commissioner James DeVito moved to accept the proposal for the Summer of Fun campaign, and the commission agreed to do so.
The commission's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at The Auditorium.