Columbus, Ohio-based Fahlgren Martine will head media buying, public relations and external communications; Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based BVK will direct creative development; and Noble Studios of Reno will lead web and digital development services, including customer relationship management.
“Not only have we got national expertise and presence, but we’ve got a high-level local company working on this,” Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison, who chairs the commission, said in an interview after Wednesday’s meeting. “These are high-level professionals that are going to provide media, PR and digital expertise that will result in more visitors to Nevada. It’s going to be a more sophisticated approach to a more targeted market.”
The collaboration is expected to continue the state’s TravelNevada brand strategy built around its “Don’t Fence Me In” theme, built around a classic Western cowboy song that celebrates expansive wide-open space and freedom to explore. The song was spiced up in a more upbeat version by the Las Vegas band The Killers.
Under the approved contracts, Fahlgren Martine, which helped develop the “Don’t Fence Me In” theme, will get $34.4 million in two contracts. BVK has a $3 million contract while Noble will receive $2.9 million.
Digital media platforms will be used in the state’s efforts which focus on encouraging travelers to Nevada to collect and retell stories about their travels and adventures in the state with colorful local characters.
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