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Susan George: Expand the reach of your marketing campaigns

Susan George
Columnist

Most destination websites have a section called “events”. Clicking on one of these sections reveals a list of local events ranging from street festivals, to art walks to agricultural tours and more. Typically the events are locally led and only in recent years travel industry leaders recognize they can play a major role in establishing the brand image of a destination. Many Nevada County events, though driven by local interests, have the panache to engage visitors and enhance the brand value of the community.

As a reminder to event promoters and tourism advocates, there are effective tools available that can expand the reach of marketing campaigns beyond local audiences and connect to visitors. These tools are available at no cost.

The Nevada County Community Calendar is a robust online calendaring system that receives and displays event submissions through participating Chamber of Commerce, KNCO Radio, Gold Magazine, GoNevadaCounty.com and Arts Council websites. Submissions are not difficult. The calendar will prompt the submitter with questions and provide some optional drop-down answers. Upon submission to the calendar, the best description for an event should be short and to the point. Engaging bullet points can be very effective. A single submission on any one of the participating calendars, if tourism related, will automatically populate the other participating calendars.

Those looking for information about events can search from any participating website and the search can be filtered by event type or location. For example, a search can be specifically for “Concerts” in “Nevada City”. Selected events can then be added to personal calendars and information updates, reminders, and forwards to friends can be sent by email or text from the calendar system to a designated person.

If you are looking to engage the greater Sacramento area the new Go Nevada County mobile app is the ticket. It is a powerful mobile marketing platform that delivers a dynamic connection to the special events, shop, dine, and play activities found in Western Nevada County.

Currently, the platform has about 100,000 members in the greater Sacramento and Sierra Foothills. As members travel from the Sacramento region toward Grass Valley and Nevada City the app will prompt them to join the Go Nevada County Group. Members receive ongoing notifications about upcoming events and businesses offerings. The resulting analytics are available to help event planners and businesses craft successful marketing campaigns. Down load it FREE today! TEXT GoNC19 TO 63975. If you want to add an event, please contact Susan George, sugeorge@earthlink.net

Don’t forget to send a press release to Valerie Costa at The Union. When deemed appropriate the content is disseminated through press and public relations contacts, social media channels and other inbound marketing activities. The strategy is to curate fresh content from the community that serves to promote events and influence targeted population sectors. For more information contact Valerie Costa, vcosta@theunion.com or 530-477-4237.

The 13th annual edition of the official Nevada County Calendar of Events Brochure & Map is scheduled for publication in January 2020! The brochure is a valuable resource for promoting Nevada County tourism and businesses. The brochures are distributed at points of purchase locations, parks, festivals, wedding packets, visitor packages, trade shows, chamber offices, and lodging establishments, including key locations in the greater Sacramento, Bay Area, and Reno-Tahoe basin. To submit an event please contact Susan George, sugeorge@earthlink.net.

Yes, all of these promotional opportunities are available to use at no cost. However, there are important guidelines to keep in mind.

The event must be held in Nevada County.

Events must be of interest to visitors.

Events cannot be of a religious or political nature.

Events must have a firm date. GoNevadaCounty.com and the Regional Chambers of Commerce reserve the right to approve or reject submissions and submissions may be edited for length, content and format.

The synergy derived from the collective use of these tools helps leverage tourism and event marketing dollars!

Susan George is a co-founder of The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce. She can be reached at sugeorge@earthlink.net.


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