Winnipeg just finished hosting GoMedia Marketplace — the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)‘s annual travel media marketplace that profiles Canadian tourism products to domestic and international travel media. Since Travel Manitoba was this year’s host, I was asked to join the Social Media team, which also included peeps from Tourism Winnipeg and the CTC.
Way back in January, we were tasked with creating something fun and engaging to do on our social channels during the event. The first idea was a scavenger hunt in Assiniboine Park, however that quickly fell through due to logistical issues. So back to the drawing board we went and it got me to thinking, “what would be extremely simple and get people smiling?” Why, selfies, of course! Who doesn’t love taking or laughing at a selfie? I know James Franco certainly doesn’t. I pitched it to Travel Manitoba’s media team and Tourism Winnipeg and they liked the idea and helped me develop it further. Once we felt we had a good concept I wrote up a project brief and sent it off to the CTC. After getting their approval, we were off to the races.
For the design, I had a picture in my mind of a polar bear taking a selfie at the CMHR. I thought the visual of that would be smile-inducing while also highlighting what attendees would see at our two main events — polar bears at Assiniboine Park, and a sneak peek inside the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Once the polar bear design was finished, other ideas just kept coming: The Golden Boy at FortWhyte Alive, Louis Riel in front of St. Boniface Cathedral, and so on. This was definitely a fun contest to create and execute.
It looks like the contest was a hit. At last count, there were over 150 selfies posted on Instagram and Twitter, with some even including polar bears, belugas and gold bricks. Real ones! It was especially hilarious seeing attendees try to get selfies with the swimming polar bears. People be funny.
Big thanks to my colleagues Eric and Jillian at Travel Manitoba for helping me out and giving me tips and inspiration.