Canadian creative agency Cosette, launched a new series on Québec: Born to Let Go. Created to promote the destination in the French, US and Ontario markets, the series follows two pairs of travellers as they discover the province.
It was created by the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec, the organisation in charge of promoting the destination to markets outside Québec through the QuébecOriginal brand.
“Québec isn’t simply a destination. It’s an invitation to let go and get in touch with what really matters,” explained Martin Soucy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec. “We all feel the need to let go, but too often, we ignore it. When you visit Québec, it becomes instinctive, as this place has everything it takes to make it happen. In Québec, you can go off the beaten path and feel free to try new things.”
We no longer travel just to check destinations off a list. We travel to have powerful, transformative experiences that create lasting memories and leave an indelible impression. And creating a strong emotional connection with potential travellers takes time.
“During last year’s campaign, we saw an increased appetite for longer content formats,” said Sébastien Viau, the Alliance’s VP, Sales and Marketing. “This year is a departure from classic formats with a series of eight episodes of three to five minutes in length. They follow two pairs of travellers as they explore Québec.”
The series can be viewed on the province’s YouTube channel and was designed to be watched more than once. The episodes are extremely detailed, providing information on places and experiences that are fun to discover in depth.
The campaign’s media placements are targeted to each market and present tailored content in the audience’s language to attract them to the Alliance’s ecosystem. Users are redirected to YouTube or to the destination’s website where they are encouraged to watch the entire web series. Contents are available with subtitles to allow users from many different countries to watch them.
Once they are in the Alliance’s ecosystem, users can access all complementary content to get inspired and learn more. For example, they can discover more about the experiences highlighted in the videos and find out how to add them to their itineraries.
“Showcasing Québec from an original angle, conveying its true flavour, sharing its culture in a way that goes beyond clichés, that all takes time. With longer content pieces, we can go into the experience in greater detail, explore emotions, and be less generic,” said Florence Girod, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Integrated Products at Cossette. “Our experience last year confirmed that when content is relevant and attractive, the audience takes the time to view it. And Québec is sufficiently inspiring to make an impression and sustain attention.”
The episodes on Montréal, Québec City and the Outaouais were developed in partnership with each region’s tourism office. The content and tone were adapted to reflect the positioning of each region while simultaneously conveying QuébecOriginal’s brand image and communications platform.
Canada’s tourism industry is filled with passionate people who work hard to make Québec shine. Spending time with them allows viewers to gain a new perspective, to learn more about a place and to immerse themselves. It also helps them let go and become open to something new.
To introduce them to the world, the Alliance teamed up with travellers from our priority target markets: Ontario, the US and France. The travellers’ itineraries and experiences were chosen according to the target markets. The first four episodes share the experiences of Alex Vizéo and Steven Herteleer, friends and globetrotters from France who travel for fun and for work. The objective was to allow them to let go and take a break from their hectic lives.
The next four episodes follow the escapades of Paola Franqui and Sandra Rodriguez, a close mother-daughter duo who represent multigenerational travel. Paola quit her day job to follow her passion: photography. Her mother came along on her Québec adventure, which allowed the pair to connect deeply by leaving their daily routines behind.
Québec singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin and music producer CRi are behind the official song for the series, a cover of Fous n’importe où by Daniel Bélanger. It’s an ode to escape and a classic vacation soundtrack for thousands of Quebecers.
Four additional episodes aimed at the Mexican market are planned for fall 2019. Mexican actor and blogger Alan Estrada, who was part of the Alliance’s previous Québec promotional campaign, visited the province again, this time to discover its winter tourism offerings.