VISIT Milwaukee launches new campaign to position city as top meeting destination
MILWAUKEE (April 12, 2021) — VISIT Milwaukee is proud to announce the launch of a new advertising campaign that positions Milwaukee as a bold, modern, and experienced-obsessed destination ready to safely host meeting and events.
Launching this month, and created in close collaboration with the Wisconsin Center District, this colorful, dynamic campaign targets meeting and event planners across the country with an emphasis on key markets in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Denver, and with an additional focus on industry segments that have proven successful for the destination. The goal of the campaign is to support long-lead convention bookings for 2022 and beyond and maximize event attendance for 2021.
The creative direction for the campaign, led by award-winning, Milwaukee-based agency Hanson Dodge, showcases Milwaukee as a community with top-notch infrastructure and amenities. The campaign builds on the concept of “Unique Unites,” an idea that was originally introduced last year in a short promotional video. Like Unique Unites, this multimedia campaign brings this vision to life through striking side-by-side visuals that balance the meetings-centric experiences while also showcasing the city lifestyle.
“Milwaukee is where ‘unique unites’ for everything and everyone,” said Mitch Markussen, creative director at Hanson Dodge. “Successful meetings have a spirit — a spirit that draws on the location around it. From visionary cuisine to beer gardens, miles of trails, and a great lake, this campaign celebrates the spirit that is uniquely Milwaukee.”
The media buy for the campaign blends highly targeted digital and programmatic ads, utilizes trade publications, targeted emails, and sponsorship activations at trade shows VISIT Milwaukee’s sales team will attend. The campaign is continuously monitored and optimized for the best performing ad units, and the focus is on driving leads and bookings to the Wisconsin Center and hotel community.
These ads also target niche market segments like regional associations, religious, sports, diverse, agricultural, and hobby and vocational groups. Secondary audiences are clients and prospective clients who will now be able to book their events in Milwaukee once the Wisconsin Center’s expansion is complete in 2024.
New in 2021, the campaign has an ancillary component that reassures customers hosting events in Milwaukee this year that the city is taking the pandemic seriously and has rigorous health and safety protocols in place. The new safety video, Meet Confidently in Milwaukee, will be promoted as part of this campaign.