CHAMPAIGN — All through a objective-location session a yr back, the town council endorsed a project to “develop and put into practice a extensive internet marketing campaign to promote Champaign’s good attributes and fortify neighborhood pleasure.”
But when the two-year, $140,000 pilot application was set underneath the highlight a the aim of a examine session this week, several customers had thoughts. Most of them revolved all over the normal difficulty of: How to pull it off with out trumping, or repeating, the strategies that now exist — several of them involving some of the city’s closest companions?
There’s “Outside of Normal,” the familiar slogan of Visit Champaign County (which receives a minimal of $255,000 in once-a-year funding from the city).
There is “The Heart of it All,” a Champaign Center Partnership marketing campaign launched past calendar year and funded by a city grant.
There is “You’re Welcome CU,” a joint 2015 work of the town, the UI Study Park and the Champaign County Financial Improvement Corporation, amongst other sponsors.
Presenter Jeff Hamilton, the city’s communications supervisor, pointed out that quite a few of the existing strategies center all over Champaign the county, not Champaign the town. This 1 would be done with input from these agencies and lots of other folks, he explained, but focus on what tends to make the town “a excellent position to dwell, work, study, and play” — to citizens and visitors alike, with the likely to “boost tourism and spur economic advancement.”
“I love the plan of performing this for the metropolis of Champaign. I also want to be conscious of trying to rebrand us in a way that by some means scuttles the branding that we now have as a region,” Mayor Deb Feinen claimed. “I do believe — and I’m certain this is some town of Champaign conceitedness below — but we are sort of the major entity in the Champaign County toolbox. And so when you see those people other branding strategies, for a ton of men and women what will come to brain is the metropolis of Champaign presently.”
Echoing a worry expressed by council member Vanna Pianfetti, Feinen added: “I feel it is really critical that what ever we do, as council member Pianfetti stated, amplifies what’’s previously there and that we’re performing together and not at cross applications.”
Due to the fact “city workers do not possess the capabilities and experience needed to create and start a detailed advertising and marketing marketing campaign at the large amount essential for this challenge to be productive,” Hamilton encouraged employing a skilled firm to acquire the marketing campaign, which council users signed off on, approving a request for proposals to be issued.
The tentative timeline calls for the council to decide on a seller in February 2023, adopted by community engagement in April and the implementation of a group promoting marketing campaign in September.