Route 97 Touring Program
Discover Route 97 — Be Curious…
The Route 97 Touring program, Discover Route 97 is a joint partnership between the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and the North Central Washington Economic Development District (NCWEDD). This partnership has the full and active support of elected officials from three counties and their cities in Washington State (Okanogan, Chelan, and Douglas), the elected officials from the three Regional Districts and their communities in British Columbia (RDOS, CORD, NORD), the Colville confederated Tribes and the Okanagan Nations Alliance. Part of our mission is to promote this unique region, with particular emphasis on the Interior Cascades section of the Highway 97 corridor and all its tributaries, for the benefit of all its varied communities.
We encourage all stakeholders to engage in the Route 97 Touring Program. Here’s how….
- Hyperlink to Route 97 from the footer of your website. Download the Route97 logo file and link to http://route97.net/
- Use #Route97 on your social media posts
- Share your favourite pages from the website or social media channels through your social platforms
- Post key events from your community, business or organization for FREE at http://route97.net/events/
- Provide feedback on the website — we will be developing new sections over the next year. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Distribute the Route 97 Map Guides (available at all visitor centres)
- Share your imagery for use on the website, social media, blog, etc. by contacting email@example.com
- Register your winter experience and get a free link on Route97.net
Facebook Handle: Route 97
Twitter Handle: @DiscoverRoute 97
Instagram Handle: discoverroute97
See below for Program Information and Advertising Opportunities
ROUTE 97 PROGRAM
Route 97 targets the touring and exploring markets in BC, AB and WA. While the promotional component focuses on creating awareness of the Route97.net website as the key resource for trip planning and information while touring through the region, other elements support the Route 97 initiative.
2017 Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide – Now in circulation
The second edition of the Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide is in market! The expanded 64 page guide plus 8 page insert map covers more information on the road trips and loops to move people in and around the entire region. An increased print run of 40,000 copies allows additional distribution at consumer shows through our partnership with the Camping and RVing BC Coalition and CanaDream RV Rentals through Vancouver and Calgary. Distribution area includes North Central Washington and Thompson Okanagan region Visitor Centres, other BC Visitor Centres and Duty Free Shops on both sides of the border and select locations. The 2×3′ poster size map has also been distributed to visitor centers and select locations throughout the region.
Advertising Opportunities Digital Only or Print/Digital Combo
Have your own web page on the Route 97 website or choose the print guide and digital combination. Advertising available for communities, destination regions and businesses. Starting at $299. Digital ads can be purchased anytime and print ads cut off in March each year for our annual May publication.
Environics Analytics Research
Research exclusive to TOTA under sub-license from Destination BC with Environics Analytics provides detailed market profiles by a variety of sectors to support the marketing of Route 97. Profiles by EQ type provide rich insights into the travel values, media habits and physical locations of key targets right down to the postal code level.
Destination Guest Blogger Program
Promote your destination through the Route 97 blog. Share your destination story, all blogs will be reviewed prior to publishing and we will add a link to the corresponding Route 97 road trip page that features your community. These blogs will feature your town or community and will see traffic from the Route 97 website, as well as online distribution through social media.
To participate, please submit the following: Less than 500 words ideally focused around a central theme or idea. The goal is to use this as native advertising, no need to sell, sell, sell. Some examples: 5 Things to Do in Merritt, 24 Hours in Kamloops, 3 Parks to Camp at This Summer, etc. Keep the content light, informative, and consumer-friendly. Make sure any outbound links are provided. Photos for consideration. Destination BC brand imagery preferred. User-Generated Content can also be sourced. Please provide photo credits where necessary. The name of the blogger (if applicable) or the organization for credit. Images need to be at least 1200px wide, can be any shape or size as long as resolution is med-high. Email content to: Niki Kennedy, Digital Marketing Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Content Development of Route 97.net
Route97.net content will be expanded over the coming year to create a strong seasonal story of the region and showcase touring routes with sample itineraries, sector themes and signature events to create awareness and interest in the Interior Cascades section of Route 97 to be recognized as a touring route.
April 2017 we launched Spring Dreams the newest seasonal section of Route97.net. Spring content is highlighted by a series of “Route 97 Trails” including Rail Trails, Indigenous Experiences, Golf Trail, Local Flavours featuring the Ale Trail, Culinary Trail, Farmers Market Trail, Fruit Stand Trail and the Wine Trail. Festivals and Events are always highlighted.
Social media and Google Pay-Per-Click campaigns are the focus of our digital promotions. The Route 97 website call to action for travel information links to all official destination websites and visitor centers from the Contact Us section as well as select pages throughout the site.
Wonder of Winter
The December 2016 launch of the Wonder of Winter section of Route97.net features key winter activities, events, culinary, mountains and resorts and winter itineraries. Contesting supported the PPC campaign to reach new audiences. Is your winter activity listed?
Register Your Winter Experience with Route97.net
In addition to the Wonder of Winter Development Program, winter experiences are featured on the Wonder of Winter section on Route97.net. This web site content highlights key experiences that link direct to operators and is available to any stakeholder in the region to register for the program.
Implementation of the Digital Strategy
To drive traffic to Route97.net, a content strategy, social media and targeted digital Pay-Per-Click campaign with website optimization and tracking capabilities, will capture leads, increase conversation and generate direct referrals to program participants. Seasonal campaigns will include relevant messaging to promote experiences including compelling video and contests.
Thompson Okanagan Connector — Billboards and Merchandise
When visitors pull into the Thompson Okanagan Visitor Centre they will see the 5×10’ Route 97 board with the map and call to action to Route97.net. The Route 97 cooler bag, electronic charger and thermal cup with the Route 97 brand and call to action to Route97.net now available for purchase.
Consumer Show Partnerships with Camping & RVing BC Coalition
Snowbird RV Show Attendance Sept 22-25, 2016 Abbotsford, Tradex. Show Attendance 14,000; Estimated number of people through booth 3,000. Distribution of both Route 97 guides and digital address cards. Seattle RV Show Feb 9-12, 2017 will be final distribution of the Route 97 2016 print guide and digital address cards.
Coalition partners include BC Lodging and Campground Association; BC Parks; BC Society of Parks Facilities Officers; Parks Canada, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, RV Dealers Association of BC, Fresh Water Fishery Society of BC.
Google Views for Business
Enhance your website listing on Route 97 and your own website with the Google Views for Business 180 degree panoramic images.
Sun Country Highway
Route 97 decals with the call-to-action Route97.net will be placed on select electric car charging stations.
Let’s Go Transportation
Transportation Services Route 97 — airport services available along the route.
Additional elements of the Route 97 Program
We are working on other elements that will include the Route 97 shield on Highway signage, experience development and media relations. We encourage every business and destination to be Google verified so maps and Google searches show accurate details about your business.