LA is a hipster paradise, says a new tourism campaign aimed at millennials

Shop for vinyl and Instagram your lunch in the City of Angels, says a new campaign from Prettybird.

Looking to attract more millennial tourists, Discover Los Angeles is portraying its city as a hipster paradise in a new campaign.

The centerpiece of the effort, a two-minute YouTube video, follows a young couple as they shop for vinyl, take pictures of their food, eat tacos from a food truch, and pose for selfies during a whirlwind day in the city.

Instagram influencers Sonya Esman and Devin Brugman make appearances in the video, as does local chef, and foodie favorite, Roy Choi. The video was created by Culver City creative agency Prettybird.

Don Skeoch, CMO for Discover Los Angeles, said the campaign was conceived after focus groups conducted in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia last June indicated millennials hold a more forgiving view of LA than their parents and are more likely to vacation there.

"Millennials are much more responsive to traveling to Los Angeles than the Baby Boomer cohort," he said. "Baby Boomers in the focus groups were still a little bit skeptical about Los Angeles. They looked at New York or LA. There was a little bit of competition between NY and Tinseltown."

"Millennials like both cities equally," Skeoch added.

The research also revealed that millennials spend as much on travel as older groups.  

"We learned that millennials in particular embody an ‘anything is possible’ sentiment about Los Angeles. These unscripted moments make one’s LA trip unexpectedly amazing, and we’re encouraging visitors to ‘get lost’ in these only-in-LA experiences," he said. 

The campaign, which broke last week, is aimed at tourists between the ages of 22 and 37. The 2015 campaign targeted people 25 to 54. Radio, TV, out-of-home, and digital ads are slated to run for two months, but could be revived later in the organization’s next fiscal year, Skeoch said. 

The YouTube video has been cut down into 30- and 60-second TV spots. Among the locations featured are the Hotel Erwin and boardwalk in Venice. It also shows Caveman Vintage, Grand Central Market, the Broad museum, wrestling arena Lucha Underground, and restaurants Toca Madera, Cafe Dulce, and the Commissary at the Line Hotel.

The video and TV spots have a Shazam element embedded in them, inviting viewers to use the app to enter a contest for a trip for four to LA. "Electric Love," by LA resident Borns, is the soundtrack for the video and TV spots. 

Two 30-second radio spots are featuring millennials discussing various experiences they had getting "lost in LA." Digital ads are employing what Skeoch called a "speed-reading technique," a stream-of-consciousness writing style that lets the reader easily read many words per second and ultimately "get lost" in the story.

For example, one digital ad discusses getting "lost in a surf break: under the bright dawn sun and you lose track of time and now you ride bikes down the weird wonderful Venice."

The campaign will run in three cities outside of California — New York, Washington, and Chicago — and four within the state, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, and Fresno — all of which Skeoch said generate 40% of LA’s tourists annually.

The organization will buy time in these markets on prime-time shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and The Voice, while geo-targeted ads will run on websites such as TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Instagram. Prettybird created the advertising.

Skeoch declined to specify the budget for the campaign, though he said it is "millions of dollars." One-third will be spent on TV advertising, while 60% will go towards digital ads. More than half of its 2015 budget was devoted to TV, while 30% went to digital.

He added that he was not concerned about Baby Boomers or Gen Xers feeling ignored by the strategy.

"Millennials are the middle of the doughnut," he said. "Baby boomers may be 55 or 60, but they can still have the same experiences or aspire to have the same experiences as millennials."

This story originally appeared on Campaign US.

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