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Guerrilla marketing attracts guests to a start-up escape room

Escape rooms have only become popular in the last ten years or so, and advertising this kind of experience involves a lot of explanation. Many people still aren’t familiar with the concept of escape rooms. So how are you supposed to effectively and creatively market this new interactive form of entertainment while educating the public at the same time? Well, Chris Sparks has it all figured out. Chris is the owner of Surelocked In Escape Games in Frederick, Maryland. His family-owned business dabbles in what he calls “special unorthodox marketing” -- and it’s working! Surelocked In has been tremendously successful and has earned an impressive return on its start-up investment, all thanks to Chris and his family’s energetic and unique marketing tactics.

Thirty Zesty Podcast Episodes Reveal The Best (and Worst) of Tourism and Attraction Marketing

For a tightly niched audience, “The Zesty Marketing Podcast” delivers an edu-tational way to eavesdrop on conversations with marketing professionals from destinations and attractions. In its first year, episodes featuring guests from Madison Square Garden, Flying Dog Brewery, Dollywood, Jellystone Campgrounds, the Newseum, The Public Theater and more have gathered over 1500 listens.

Setting yourself up for success as an aspiring marketer

Austin Widdowson is no stranger to marketing, branding, and designing, as he is the Brand Marketing Director at Evolution Craft Brewing Co. in Salisbury, Maryland. But Austin takes this knowledge beyond his work at the brewery; he believes self-marketing, taking risks, and becoming a self-learner are vital for all those who are aspiring marketers, artists, or searching for a new job opportunity. On this week’s episode of the Zesty Marketing Podcast, Austin tell us how to brand and sell the best version of yourself to employers, build and strengthen your creative portfolio, and become a jack-of-all-trades marketer.

How the DMO created targeted websites to attract the right guests

Anne Arundel County, Md, is nestled alongside the Chesapeake Bay, easily accessible to Baltimore and D.C., home to BWI Airport, and boasts a number of historic sites, parks, and walkable downtowns -- not to mention that Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland, is the heart of the county! Quite an exciting challenge for any destination marketer. We know as well as you do that marketing an entire city, region, or county is not a easy job -- and Frank DiVenti knows it, too! Frank is the COO of Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, a non-profit DMO for the Maryland county. Frank will tell us how he and his team manage to successfully market the diverse, expansive, and distinct regions in his county by dividing their audience base and websites to serve each of their distinct niche markets.

The beloved camp-resort sweeps guests off their feet with sweepstakes

With locations across the United States and Canada, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park takes family camping trips to the next level. So naturally, they take their marketing campaigns to the next level, too. Last summer, they drove an actual log cabin all around the Midwest! And this summer? Well, what else but a wildly successful Camping Hacks Sweepstakes that Jellystone guests were all too eager to take part in. This week’s Zesty Marketing Podcast guest is Jim Westover, Vice President of Product Development and Sales at Leisure Systems, Inc., which is the franchising company of Jellystone Park. Jim tells us what inspired the sweepstakes, how he went about executing it here in the States as well as in Canada, and how it got thousands of Jellystone fans to engage with the brand.

Attracting foreign visitors to the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area

Imagine you're responsible for marketing an international tourism hotspot of America: Washington, DC, Maryland, AND Virginia all in one. For Stacey Sheetz, she doesn't have to imagine -- she does it! Stacey is the Digital Marketing Manager for Capital Region USA (CRUSA), a non-profit tourism coalition that seeks to attract visitors from select international markets and bring them to the tri-state area. In this episode of the Zesty Marketing Podcast.Stacey discusses the challenges of international marketing, such as language barriers, social media differences, and cultural sensitivities. She also reveals how she leverages partnerships with travel organizations both overseas. Here at home to offer the most diverse and incredible itineraries to foreign visitors.