Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Curb Appeal… (Part 1)

 A while ago, Gary and I attended an event that had very little “Curb Appeal”! It’s too bad because it really took away from what could be a great event. As Judi pointed out, if we had just been passing by, we’d likely not have gone in. That being said, we did go in and as a result, I am writing this article.

The main problem with this event was their venue. It was older and not in very good repair. It was also too small for the type of event being held! To be honest, the best solution to the problem would be to move locations, but this is probably not a viable solution. So here are a few suggestions for organizers to help them improve the Curb Appeal of their festival or event:

1. Preliminary Inspection – Once you have decided on a location, make a thorough preliminary inspection of it. Be very critical of everything, especially how it will look to festival visitors on event day. After completing your inspection make a list of both the positives and negatives. Strike a location committee to determine what can be done to minimize the negative aspects of the location and then prepare an action plan.

2. Work with Location Owner – After you have completed your inspection list, you might want to contact the owner of the property to see if he/she will remedy some of the problems. If the owner is not willing to help or there are problems the owner can’t or won’t fix, the location committee will have to see what improvements they can make.

(To be continued in Part 2)

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The Importance of a Festival/Event Name… (Part 2)

As you can see, all these names connect with the main festival plus they suggest what the sub-events are all about. Choosing your name carefully is not only important for event identification, but it is additionally important for event marketing and promotion! This is especially true for internet promotion on your website. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts agree that one of the quickest ways to gain page ranking on one of the main search engines (Google, Yahoo and Bing/MSN) is to have keywords (your event name) that potential visitors, on the internet, will use to “search” for events like yours. This is why your name is so important. The internet has now become one of the most powerful and least expensive marketing tools available. Let’s say you live in a town called “Acme” and you are holding an art festival. You’d likely want to name your event the “Acme Art Festival”. Then when people make their event search, they will likely type in the words “Acme festivals” or “Acme Art”. If they do, your events name should be listed on the first search page. Of course, there are other things you need to do to “optimize” your website, but a “smart” name is one of the main keys! 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Importance of a Festival/Event Name… (Part 1)

 One of the most important decisions any new festival or event committee must make is the naming of their event! Your festival/event name should tell potential visitors exactly what the event is all about. Before choosing the name, organizers have to decide the main purpose of the event. That is, is it a sporting event, an art show, wine festival, music festival, etc? Once a theme has been agreed upon, you need to decide if including your geographical location in the name is necessary. Depending on the type of event or area, adding your location may be positive or negative. Sometimes if you have a broad-based event, you might want to have a general name and then a number of sub-names. A good example of a broad-based event is the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. The main name tells where the event is being held and what the theme is, Oktoberfest. Within this great event they have a number of events. These include such events as their Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball, Oktoberfest Idol and the Onkel Hans Food Drive! In fact, they have over 40 different events!

(To be continued in Part 2)

Thursday, August 5, 2021

What’s In an Article?

 Over the past 14+ years, we have written articles about each of the 350 plus communities and their attractions and events Gary and I have visited. We try to keep each article fresh and interesting. When you visit and write about as many events as we have, it can be a daunting task! We enjoy it, though. Not only because of the challenge, but because it gives us the opportunity to think carefully about the uniqueness each of the festivals and events we visit. Sometime when we write, we are able to use my own experiences to tell the story, while other times we just describe what we have seen and heard. One of the tools that really helps us recall the details of each event are the photographs and videos taken at the event. Right now, we have over 100,000 photographs in our archives and about 5,000 videos! Another tool we use just for accuracy and content is personal. Before, and as, we write an article, we bounce ideas off each other. We always come up with something that we have forgotten! We are also our harshest critics. When I write an article about an event that we have visited, we always try to find the positive aspects of the event. We are not critics! We don’t want to be! There are enough of those in this world! We believe the festival and event organizers try their hardest to produce the best product possible and, most events are run and organized by dedicated volunteers. They deserve all the help and accolades they can get. The whole purpose of Ontario Visited and our festival and event articles are to provide potential event visitors with information about the events we have visited. In doing this, we also hope that we are helping to promote all of Ontario’s fantastic festivals and events.