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    August 03, 2008


    Roger D

    I just saw the Eiffel Tower ad in the AAA Journeys magazine. I like everything about it except the concept and execution! It is the worst ad Ive ever seen. Theres no need to evaluate it further. People of Columbus should be mortified, to live in a town that allows this crap to represent the community. Its fascinating to observe the poor judgement that decided this is the best work for marketing Columbus. They are so out of touch!


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    Has anyone ever done a decent local travel campaign? I’m not convinced the “creative class” is a draw, unless you’re seeking to attract creative class enthusiasts. So it’s tough to offer suggestions or input here without having the original brief in hand. I feel sorry for the ad agency responsible, especially if their client is using these comments as directives for revisions. The agency should be leading the charge on the revisions. I mean, what does it say about a client who seeks outsider opinions like this? Reminds me of the executive who takes the layouts home to show his wife. That said, I still stand behind my original critique that the work is inherently flawed because of a bad conceptual format.


    I completely agree with your assessment that Columbus' draw is its creative class. I'd love to see them rework the campaign with a real point of view like this. The "you can do everything else here" idea is vanilla, tired and meaningless. Could Pittsburgh and Indianapolis say the same thing? You bet they could. And it would be just as meaningless to them.

    non-Columbus CD

    Well, since everyone else has offered an opinion, here’s mine. I always think it’s tough to create problem-solution/negative-positive advertising where the problem/negative becomes more memorable and interesting than the solution/positive. The line says, “But I did everything else,” but we never really get a sense for everything else. And the small pics in the print don’t make everything else interesting. At all. Plus, they’re comparing apples and oranges. The Eiffel Tower is not an option to vacationing or visiting Columbus. Ditto the pyramids and other attractions. It has nothing to do with a client having low self-esteem. It’s really just a matter of a bad conceptual format. If a creative team presented this idea to me, I’d say, “Nice try. Show me some new ideas tomorrow please.” I don’t think the work can be fixed without making it worse.


    I think they would've lost my vote with the intro of "Not in Columbus"…it's really hard to pull off a campaign that's all based on negatives: "not in Columbus", "I didn't see the Eiffel Tower"…it begs the question, "well, is there anything you CAN do in Columbus???" Guess not…just all the stuff you can't do.

    The campaign is clever. It's definitely not cheezy. But it's going to be tough to cast a positive spin with all the negative thoughts.


    Holy shit, did Pete McGinty even read your post? You ripped him a proverbial new one, and he’s thanking you for the deed. Damn, you made Bob Garfield look like Gandhi. You go, Advergirl. Hee-larious.

    Billy Fischer

    First off, I'm impressed with Experience Columbus and its partners effort to include the local blogging community. I agree though, Columbus needs to stop apologizing.

    We need to take off the comma. Notice when describing other cities you didn't include the state that follows. Next time I travel I want to be able to tell people I'm from Columbus and they know I'm not from Georgia.



    I've visited Columbus a few times and have to say it's a cool, 'creative' place as you describe.

    I wonder who the 'target' is for this campaign.

    I assume they are people within driving distance. I can't imagine the city has the budget to advertise enough to increase the awareness of Columbus enough to make someone buy a plane ticket.

    So, let's say the target is people within a couple hundred miles...

    Within a few hundred mile radius of Columbus are residents of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia. Just a few competitive cities in the region are Nashville, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Indianapollis and Louisville - so there are more than a few alternatives that Columbus is up against.

    If, as noted in your piece above, one of Columbus' two challenges is that "no one outside of Columbus knows us" why dosen't the creative mention that Columbus is in Ohio?

    If the "we don't have the eiffel tower" message gets the prospect to stop and consider Columbus the next part of the equation falls a little flat. What would motivate them to come to Columbus over another nearby destination? They (and I) ask, well Columbus, what do you have then?

    To me, someone who already is a lukewarm fan of Columbus, nothing grabs and inspires me to make the next step.

    Maybe the "right process" above should have (and maybe it did but wasn't reported) also included some research among the target audience to see what they'd find most compelling about a visit to Columubus.

    Pete McGinty


    I'm glad that you were able to make it to our event last week. We found it extremely valuable to gain the direct feedback of people like yourself. And, of course, the feedback keeps on coming, which is what we hoped for.

    It is exciting for us to hear from those who are engaged in this city and have the same kind of passion for it that we do.

    Thanks again for coming and thanks for your post.


    Lara Kretler

    Leigh, thanks so much for coming and for your take on the event and campaign. I agree with you completely that Columbus rocks. Now, how do we sell that message without sounding like everyone else!

    David Griner

    Wait, if you guys aren't going to use "somewhere between milk toast and total suck" as a slogan, can I call dibs on pitching it to some folks?

    Have to say I agree this campaign is lacking something. I was really impressed with Columbus during my (admittedly short) stay, and I definitely think it's true that you guys have nothing to be ashamed about.

    Some of the ideas in the new campaign are clever, but I have a hard time seeing how they would spark me to visit. With tourism stuff, it's always tough to avoid the trap of "We've got everything." Even when it's true, it's just not specific enough to spark my curiosity.

    All that said, I applaud them for doing anything that's not a montage of beauty shots with some cheesy slogan like "Where dreams come to awaken."

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