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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Take advantage of online video and show who and what make your state worthy of a visit for locals and foreigners.
With Visit California and Travel Oklahoma’s successful online video campaigns, we decided to take a peek at top U.S. destinations to see how states were communicating their stories and garnering the most visibility on YouTube based on views and subscribers.
Over the first half of 2014, thirteen tourism boards have had over one million views on their respective YouTube channels. Of this group, 70 percent have over one thousand subscribers. The top performers had four million views and the majority averaged at 250,500 views.
In terms of the best performing videos year-to-date, ten of thirteen videos were about being outside. Visit Florida and Go Hawaii were the two that focused on beaches, and the rest presented mountains, forests, and lakes. Travel Oregon featured its states’ seven wonders with a teaser video for each of the sites that it prominently highlights on its YouTube channel and its main page.
Visit Virginia and Alabama Tourism videos were about local food and beverages. Other states also uploaded videos about local artisans and food with video profiles of local businesses and its owners.
Enjoy Illinois was the only state that showed a wide range of activities that included outdoor and city sites — as seen through the eyes of one of its most celebrated natives, Abe Lincoln.
A few of the states paid tribute not only to its natural beauty but also to its musical talents. Visit California partnered with skater, Bob Burnquist and band frontman Edward Sharpe on its #DreamBig campaign; Travel Nevada collaborated with the band The Killers, and Colorado Tourism worked with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to provide music for their state’s commercial.
Out of all the states mentioned, Visit California and Travel Oklahoma blended their online video content with YouTube Advertise solutions to increase its visibility. The results of Visit California’s YouTube takeover was a 7% lift in consideration and 17% lift in likelihood to visit California. Travel Oklahoma was able to increase web traffic nearly fivefold in just over one year, as reported by Google.
|U.S. Destination||Views||Subscribers||Video Uploads/Month||Growth of Views/Day|
|South Dakota Tourism||1,166,611||922||1.47||540|
Notes: * Included in top ten American state tourism boards with the most subscribers.
Below is a curated list of the U.S. Destinations’ top performing videos year-to-date: