YESMilano launches campaign promoting Italian city’s reopening

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YESMilano, the official site of the Italian city of Milan has launched a campaign to promote the reopening of the city created by We Are Social Italy.

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The pandemic has had a negative effect on many sectors, including business-related tourism. 

With three-quarters of the Milanese and Lombard population already vaccinated, Milan – which continues to closely monitor the international health situation – has reopened and is experiencing a renaissance, as tourists resume travelling for business and pleasure.

To support this return to international travel, Milano & Partners and YesMilano, together with We Are Social Italy, have launched a new international campaign, Not in Milano, which aims to promote the city as the ideal destination for business trips – able to offer the perfect balance between work and leisure – through digital out-of-home billboard advertising in London and Milan. 

Included in the project is a social-first digital campaign that will run simultaneously to audiences in New York, Berlin and Paris, as well as in London.

The ‘Not in Milano’ campaign identifies some of the pain points of business travel and highlights how Milan is a city that combines professionalism with an excellent quality of life, where you can do business while enjoying a rich cultural heritage and incredible contemporary fashion and design, all while being located in the perfect hub to reach Italy’s other major tourist destinations.

Moreover, a campaign video, hosted on YesMilano’s YouTube channel, poses questions such as: “Do you ever run into the first appointment of the day without having had your cappuccino? Not in Milano!” and “Do you ever spend your entire business trip counting the days that separate you from vacation? Not in Milano!” 

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While the billboard advertising includes a series of testimonials from people with strong links to the city, including designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni, gallery owner Rossana Orlandi, chef Carlo Cracco, and Alberto Dalmasso, the CEO & co-founder of Satispay.

The campaign’s concept and strategy were developed by We Are Social Italy, the strategic and creative partner of YESMilano, with We Are Social Studios playing a key role in its production, including photography and post-production.

“This unprecedented marketing campaign comes at a pivotal moment for our city and for an entire country affected by the pandemic, showing the energy, dynamism and strong spirit of resilience with which Milan is ready to give the warmest welcome to anyone coming to our city for business, tourism and study,” said Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala.

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Gabriele Cucinella, Stefano Maggi and Ottavio Nava, CEOs of We Are Social Italy added: “The ‘Not in Milano’ project is particularly close to our hearts because Milan is our city, the city where the agency was born and has steadily grown over the past 11 years. 

“We like the idea of giving something back to a place that gives us so much. 

“In fact, collaborating with Milano & Partners and YesMilano allows us to actively contribute to its restart, in a still delicate phase, enhancing all the best that the city has to offer, even on the international scene,”