On the Beat: 3/29/16

Lights, camera, Dayton!

By Jim Bucher

Are you like me? When out-of-town family and friends visit, I show off my city. I always plan a trip to Carillon Park, hit a brew pub, the Air Force Museum of course, and then a visit to the many wonderful Five Rivers MetroParks.

Well, if you love to ‘show off’ too, then I have an offer you can’t refuse. Make a video, highlight the things to see and do in Dayton and Montgomery County and you could win a cool prize. It’s from the fine folks at the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau in conjunction with National Tourism Week.

Come on! It’s easy and most of us have smartphones with video capabilities. That’s all you need, with a little creativity thrown in.

“The Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to host this community video contest that will highlight what area residents love about our area and want to invite visitors to experience,” says Jacquie Powell, president and CEO of the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These varied ‘authentic’ videos will live on our website and be pushed out via our social media channels.”

How about that? You’ll have a built in audience! “Potential visitors are often most interested in what local residents have to say and recommend,” Powell says. “These videos will be fun content to share and will help drive more visitation to our area.”

Here’s the deal.

Submit a one- to two-minute video on what you love about Dayton and/or what you’d like visitors to see, do and experience here in our hometown. You know, pat ourselves on the back, highlighting our wonderful attractions and amenities.

Again, use your iPhone, Droid or other equipment.

They’re looking for fun, authentic videos featuring you or a group. Go out and have great time and no worries—you don’t have to be a professional. It can be solo or a group, humorous or serious, all up to you.

The bureau wants your authentic input and point of view. You can help the Dayton CVB promote Dayton and Montgomery County to lots of potential visitors.

OK, here are some ideas. You can highlight a single thing, a restaurant, or favorite shopping location in Dayton and Montgomery County. There are tons of possibilities!

How about the Dayton Art Institute? Wright-Dunbar Village, Oregon District? Do I have your creative juices flowing yet? Your video can be of one thing or multiple locations.

You can be on camera as the host or add your voiceover, add text and/or music. It’s important to note that you can’t use copyrighted music. To be safe, go to YouTube and download “rights free music.” They have a bunch to choose from.

Now for the best part.

There will be two winners selected. A “best video” selected by a panel of judges and “people’s choice” winner based on the most votes received on the Dayton CVB’s website and social media platforms between April 25 through April 29.

You have until April 22 to submit your video and it’s easy.

To enter, log on to daytoncvb.com and fill out the information requested and upload your video to YouTube and provide the link information.

This is really cool, because you and your winning video will be recognized and shown at Dayton CVB’s annual breakfast May 5 and you could take home a brand spanking new GoPro Camera.

That’s right—a GoPro!

Then your video will be posted for the world to see. Could Hollywood be calling next?

Where or what would some of our fabulous readers submit for show and tell?

Bobby writes, “My video would be all about the Wright Brothers history here. I travel a lot and many think it’s all about Kittyhawk in North Carolina. It’s here where they did everything!”

“My video would highlight all our great parks. We have tons of them offering many amenities,” Kathy says.

“My video travelogue would include the Oregon District. I’d put any of the fine restaurants there against any in bigger cities. Night life is great too,” Andre says.

“This is a no brainer,” writes Carol. “Bike trails, bike trails, bike trails. Need I say more?”

So, get those script writing fingers moving. Let’s hear from you and what you love about Dayton and Montgomery County.

Start brainstorming now and enter today! And that, as they say, is a wrap! Good luck! Cheers! Buch For more information, please visit daytoncvb.com.

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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