SD Tourism Department announces new out-of-state partners in ad campaign

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Published: May. 20, 2022 at 6:25 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Four ad agencies, Karsh Hagan, Love Communications, Lou Hammond Group, and Two by Four, all from outside South Dakota, have been selected to collaborate with the state’s tourism department after a request for proposal process.

After only one South Dakota company bid for the partnership, the four out of state companies were selected because of what the Department of Tourism sees as new and fresh ideas to give South Dakota tourism a broader appeal.

“When it came down to it, these folks inspired us, and they really encouraged us to think differently about our state and how consumers are looking at it, and that’s what’s important to us because we’re advertising to millions of people across the country and internationally.”

The department in recent years has strayed away from in-state agencies.

Robert Sharp with Rapid City-based marketing group Sharp & Associates, told us in a phone call that it’s baffling that the state can’t find marketing talent in its own borders to promote what South Dakota has to offer.

Svendsen says the new campaigns in recent years have been able to better spread the word.

“Where we have gone in the last few years, we’ve taken our brand nationally, we’ve been able to place our first national TV spot in the last few years, and we’ve really continued to elevate our brand and be on the rise.”

The companies have signed three-year contracts with the state, and are tasked with working with the department to develop comprehensive marketing strategies.

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