New ad seeks to entice Ohio tourism with perfect road trip
A student is walking across Ohio University's campus when she spots a welcome surprise: Grandma, with a cloying grin, beckoning her for a spontaneous road trip.
- Off they go on a whirlwind weekend tour that would make Ferris Bueller jealous — biking in Cleveland, hiking in Yellow Springs and paddling down the Scioto River.
- The two even contemplate matching tattoos from Evolved Body Art on North High Street.
What's happening: Ohio is showcasing that impromptu journey and other Buckeye State experiences as part of its "Find It Here" tourism campaign.
- The state plans to invest $8 million in TV, radio and digital ads across Ohio and its five neighboring states.
Why it matters: Ohio tourism typically generates tens of billions of dollars in visitor spending each year, per the state's department of development, but that figure took a major hit during the pandemic.
- With travel on the rise again and summer approaching, Ohio wants Midwesterners to choose our cities, amusement parks and trails.
The big picture: Ohio's been on a major self-promotion kick in recent years, between this and the ongoing attempts to convince coastal residents and businesses to relocate here.
Our take: While those "Ohio is for Leaders" billboards are a bit cringey, this advertisement feels more heartfelt and effective. Who doesn't want to skip homework and ride roller coasters instead?
- Montage music from the Columbus folk band Caamp is a nice touch.
🤔 This ad got us thinking … what would a Central Ohio-centric promo look like?
- We envision a family enjoying the boisterous Nordecke section at a Crew game, taking a stroll through the Columbus Arts Festival and feeding giraffes at the zoo's Heart of Africa exhibit.
- Then finishing off the day with a cold drink at Edison Brewing Company, watching planes take off and land from the hilltop patio. Now that's a day worth skipping class for.
📬 What would your Ohio advertisement look like? Email [email protected] with your ideas.
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