MOTT's domestic marketing programs focus on generating overnight leisure travel by consumers in selected markets within New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Research is used extensively to determine best customer prospects, markets, campaign timing, messages and collateral materials. It's also used to evaluate results. Advertising spending is focused heavily on the spring and summer seasons; secondary marketing programs; promotional activity cover the winter and fall seasons; and public relations is used year-round to help keep MOTT’s messaging in the marketplace. MOTT's marketing programs are fully integrated with a mix of broad-based media—television, radio, print, online and newspaper—and email components that target existing customers.
All marketing programs target Massachusetts' best customer prospects: 35-64 years old with a household income of $75,000.
MOTT’s Web site, www.massvacation.com, is the platform for all promotional programs and provides comprehensive travel planning information. MOTT's Web site provides users with:
(Top Five Markets, Ranked by Visitor Spending)
1. BOSTON DMA:
Visitation to MA (2009): 4,626,500 Visitors
Est. Visitor Spending (09): $2.9 billion
2. NEW YORK DMA:
Visitation to MA (2009): 2,993,000 Visitors
Est. Visitor Spending (09): $2.7 billion
3. HARTFORD & NEW HAVEN DMA:
Visitation to MA (2009): 1,416,000 Visitors
Est. Visitor Spending (09): $817 million
4. PROVIDENCE/NEW BEDFORD DMA:
Visitation to MA (2009): 1,369,600 Visitors
Est. Visitor Spending (09): $660 million
5. NEW HAMPSHIRE (BEYOND BOSTON DMA):
Visitation to MA (2009): 229,875 Visitors
Est. Visitor Spending (09): $537 million
FALL FOLIAGE MICROSITE
MOTT’s ground-breaking fall foliage advertising and marketing efforts is geared to position Massachusetts as an outstanding destination for viewing fall foliage and to raise awareness about all of the unique seasonal activities that are part of autumn in Massachusetts. The platform is an interactive microsite which accomplishes the following goals:
A $100,000 fall advertising and media support for this campaign was developed at a $10K/SEM and $90K/online banner advertising ration; efforts were implemented from September 27 to October 25, 2011. Online sites include: boston.com, nytimes.com, bostonherald.com, thebostonchannel.co, yahoo, and masslive.com.
MOTT provides free links from massvacation.com to attractions and accommodations that are listed on the site. MOTT encourages travel businesses to link to massvacation.com. Link instructions are available on the Industry Info page.
For additional information about MOTT's domestic marketing programs, contact MOTT
MOTT pursues an aggressive national and in-state public relations program including media interviews, frequent press releases, event newsletters and familiarization trips for travel writers.
MOTT's Executive Director, Betsy Wall, is available for media interviews and is frequently a guest speaker on tourism, its economic impact, travel trends, events and MOTT's programs. Please contact MOTT's Director of PR & Communications Lisa Simmons.
We welcome press releases from tourism organizations across the state to use in our releases and newsletters. Releases should be sent or emailed to MOTT and our domestic public relations agency, Connelly Partners. To find out more information please visit our press room.
MOTT hosts more than 100 domestic journalists each year. Themed group trips and personalized individual trips are organized throughout the year with the help of MOTT's public relations agency, Connelly Partners.
A survey of 1,300 U.S. adults conducted by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) in July 2001 found that 61% of travelers said they read articles about travel destinations in the media or listen to travel shows on television. This is up from 55% of travelers who said they used travel media last year. The survey found that 45% of travelers said they contacted a destination after they read or heard about it in the travel media, and 44% said they visited a destination they learned about in the travel media.
The media exposure generated by MOTT's domestic FAM trips, press releases and media pitches totaled approximately $3 million in FY2002.
Writers often include detailed information on the accommodations, restaurants and the attractions they visit. If you would like to participate in upcoming FAMs in your area, please contact Ron D'Amico (info below).
|Win a Prize Package|