Carlsbad CVB looks to keep momentum going with San Diego, California-based digital media firm.

SAN DIEGO,CA – After two successful campaigns over the spring and summer of 2009, Visit Carlsbad has once again decided to tap their neighbor to the south, digital media firm, Mindgruve, to take on their interactive marketing efforts over the next year. “Working with Mindgruve, we saw phenomenal results right away for both our spring campaign and our Endless Summer campaign. We received over 15 million online impressions and had an almost 16% rise in ‘room nights’ year-over-year, while most of the industry was experiencing a decrease in occupancy,” stated Sam Ross, Visit Carlsbad Executive Director.

Having moved Carlsbad into the number one ranking in both ADR and RevPar against all other San Diego regions in May, Mindgruve looks to not only maintain that status, but build upon it. “We’re extremely excited about the contract extension with Visit Carlsbad. We had great success through behavioral targeting and retargeting our display ads, as well as email marketing and our deal-centric microsites. In the coming year, we will overhaul Visit Carlsbad’s existing website to introduce in-depth content and improve usability,” said Chad Robley, Mindgruve President.

Another main focus moving forward will be forging a powerful two-way dialog with consumers. Carlsbad shows a longer than average trip stay compared to other areas (2.5 nights versus 1.8 nights elsewhere). Understanding and promoting why this is will help serve to better solidify Carlsbad as a top vacation spot. Sam Ross extrapolated, “Now that summer is over, we want to make sure that people will continue to take advantage of everything the Carlsbad area has to offer. It’s why we’re in the process of establishing a strong social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, among other sites. Through these channels, we can connect with visitors, helping them be the first to know about our travel deals, as well as allowing them to share stories about, or offer suggestions on, planning the perfect getaway.”

About Visit Carlsbad

Visit Carlsbad is the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Carlsbad area. It serves approximately 30 area hotels ranging from beach bungalows to luxury accommodations by presenting and promoting vacation ideas, packages, attractions and deals for the area.