THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS, London / PROMOTE ICELAND / 2017
THE WORLD’S FIRST ACADEMY FOR TOURISTS
Most tourism campaigns are aimed at attracting potential tourists.
But we had a very different challenge – to get tourists to behave responsibly when they visited our unique country.
So we knew we had to approach things differently.
The creative breakthrough came during a conversation with members of the Icelandic rescue service who were talking about some of the irresponsible behaviour they had experienced from tourists. While talking about the problem, one said, “I don’t actually blame tourists – they’ve just never been taught to behave any differently.”
This provided our inspiration.
We realised our audience needed an education, not a traditional marketing campaign.
So together with Promote Iceland, we created Iceland Academy - The world’s first tourism academy. It would form the centre of all our marketing with the sole ambition of turning bad tourists, into good ones.
MOST EDUCATIONAL TOURIST CAMPAIGN EVER
Iceland Academy rolled out over three ‘educational’ terms across the year.
Using a multi-platform (paid, owned, earned) approach we delivered global strategic sell-in with bespoke pitches across media sectors at launch and subsequently to introduce our Autumn/Winter term content, further supported by tailored press trips.
Subjects covered everything from ‘Avoiding hot tub awkwardness’ to ‘How to take a safe selfie’ on our online Academy hub, which contained all free online classes with embedded links to owned social channels.
Throughout, we invited tourists to engage daily with the content across owned channels and by successfully completing The Academy classes, receive graduation status.
850 Icelandic tourism companies participated in bringing the idea to life through every facet of the tourism industry.
A wider package of photographic assets, tutor biographies, Facebook Live classes, interview opportunities and digital badges were also created for local market activation.
1) QUALITY COVERAGE
Iceland Academy generated over 1186 articles, of which 99% has been positive.
Key titles included BBC News, USA Today, Die Welt, Mashable, PSFK and Lonely Planet.
“Head, armpits, crotch and toes: Hilarious new video teaches spa etiquette to confused visitors to Iceland.”
- Mail Online
2) GROWING RESPONSIBLE TOURISTS
Tourists consumed over 150,000 hours of Academy content.
More importantly, 99.3% of said the campaign made them want to act responsibly in Iceland.
Academy videos were watched 8.2m times across our YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and InspiredbyIceland.com.
Throughout, we had more than 19.5k graduates from 75 countries.
“Hooray, I’m a graduate - I will be putting these lessons into action soon!”
- Kym Tula, Academy Graduate
3) A COMMERCIAL SUCCESS
The Academy generated global earned media coverage of +£15.8m, at an ROI of 7:1.
Consideration of Iceland amongst tourists who have engaged with the content increased 30% year-on-year.
2018, PROMOTE ICELAND
HALL & PARTNERS, New York
ROGALSKI GRIGORIU PUBLIC RELATIONS, Bucharest
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