AshevilleGroundFogAsheville has a new tagline: “Asheville: Discovery, Inside and Out.”

The tagline was revealed on Wednesday night at the annual meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. The entity is connected to the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and is in charge of spending thousands of dollars on print, television and social media advertising in outside markets to draw tourists to town.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the new advertising campaign will target tourists from 25 to 55 years old, with an average household income of $75,000 and an interest in the outdoors, food, art and “discovery.” The new tagline replaces the old “Asheville, Any Way You Like It” tagline.

The Buncombe County TDA hired the New Orleans ad agency Peter Mayer to create the tagline and an advertising campaign around it. The agency showed the tagline to 2,000 customers, who liked it, according to the Citizen-Times story. The Buncombe TDA’s decision to hire an outside agency to create the campaign has been criticized by some who argue that outside agencies don’t offer up an authentic view of Asheville, and say the money spent on promoting Asheville should go to Asheville agencies. Local tourism officials say they seek an agency with the negotiating power to make big media buys and the infrastructure to adhere to strict payment requirements for those buys. Local tourism officials also note that they hire a number of Asheville-based freelancers and companies for work.

I haven’t seen any of the images or videos created around the tagline yet, but I’ll add that when I get it.

For now, what do you think of the new tagline?

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21 Comments

  1. Reminds me of that old programmer’s chestnut “garbage in, garbage out”.

  2. Sounds like a bad porn title. But then again so does “Any Way You Want It”

  3. Oh dear gawd. Really? That’s the best they can do? It’s just fu***ng dumb!

  4. Lindig Harris says:

    Surely folk from New Orleans could have jazzed it up a little:

    Inside. Outside. All around the town!

    And we could all have the kids’ ditty stuck in our heads for days.

    You’re welcome.

  5. “Come..poop on us”

  6. So now we’re marketing ourselves as a vacation destination for proctologists?

  7. not much. I could have come up with something better for a lot less than they paid for that.

  8. Chris Sparks says:

    Love to have seen the other choices.
    Asheville: Outsiders deciding how to promote what the insiders know best?

  9. Beats the shit out of the former tag line, in my humble opinion.

  10. Taking Shape Design says:

    Just awful…not that the previous tagline was much better. What good is media buying power when the message you’re sending out is lacking in authenticity/creativity?

  11. While the strategy to shift the marketing to target visitors who are drawn here for outdoor adventure totally makes sense (duh, about time), I agree that the tagline is a bit bland and vague to what inside discovery means. Not very adventurous. Maybe inside discovery is like art, up to personal interpretation

  12. That makes no sense whatsoever. What is this inside they speak of? Asheville Mall?

  13. Stupid!

  14. What does it even mean – inside what? Inside Biltmore, very likely.

  15. Gentrification continues in 3…2…1… The tagline sounds exactly like something an outside agency (i.e. not in Asheville itself) would come up with. Bland, nondescript, generic. Asheville is now a product that is being distilled down so the lowest common denominator can come in, consume, and move on. Guessing the concept of ‘Keep Asheville Weird’ it just too much for the ‘suits’ to handle.

  16. H.D. Wimbledon says:

    i don’t understand why everyone is having trouble wrapping their heads around this. there will, likely, be the phrase ‘inside’ over a series of pictures of restaurants, shopping, etc. & then the phrase ‘outside’ over a series of pictures of mountains, the river, etc.
    it might not roll of the tongue, but it’s fairly easy to envision how it will be laid out w/graphics.

    also, i see on social media a number of people who bitch about tourists bemoaning how unsuccessful this tourism campaign will be. classic asheville non-issue controversy.

  17. Barry Summers says:

    Vapid, Inside and Out.

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