Persuading people to stay in Randers (not so much about selling Randers to outsiders, mainly people in Århus)
Needs to get beyond the (post-)industrialisation image
Citizens should be proud of the city again - they have lost their faith in constructive dialogue because of scandals at Laksetorvet
“ Is it necessary to brand Randers when we could use the money for a lot of other things, especially now when we need to cut spendings in the municipality budget? To my mind it is of great importance not to stop development in a period when you need to save money. When the bonds are tightening, when we feel economic pressure more than usual, creativity and new ways of thinking is perhaps more important than ever, and a need to profile Randers internally and externally.” (Mayor of Randers, Michael Aastrup Jensen).
Speech at the citizen meeting in Randers 09-12-03 where the branding-campaign was presented.
“ [Involvement of the residents] …that is the most important, that this will be a project where all inhabitants are involved 100%. I hope that this will result in that all citizens are good ambassadors of the city.” (Mayor of Randers, Michael Aastrup Jensen).
Speech at the conference Branding, Urban Identity and Housing Politics, Randers, 27-11-03.
” In-house model” - the municipality has a marketing department
Branding campaign to attract new inhabitants from Stockholm
Co-branding with Ryanair
Co-branding: Ryanair & Nyköping
55-mio SEK aggreement (10 years)
“ The co-operation with Ryanair has opened the door to an enormous European market….The deal is an investment in Nyköpings future. 200 jobs today, 1000 jobs tomorrow is just the beginning of a fantastic development.”
(Göran Forsberg, Mayor, Nyköping).
“ Today, the Ryanair-brand is worth several millions that Nyköping now has the chance to hook up on”.
(Ulf Dahlqvist, Director of Information & Marketing, Nyköping Municipality).
” Nyköping - the attractive alternative” (to Stockholm)
Newspaper adds in STK papers
Adds at housing/real estate websites
A special website presenting Nyköping as a place to live (with added life-value)
Open city activities
“ Branding! Just the word shines of advertising, and more or less conscious attempts to blow up things to look better than they are…. [In the branding-report on Randers made by ElevenDanes] Randers is compared with a 50 year old man, who drinks cheap red-wine. I would prefer not to have that predicate pulled down over a city that I very much like to live in. What is the point of all this besides entertainment?”
(Uffe Thorsen, member of Randers City Council for Beboerlisten).
City-branding seems to be increasingly necessary, also for SMC’s
Potentially, it can expand the ”reach” of the city, and city-prodcuct, outwards
Searching for ”city stories”, ”city values”, ”city pictures (images)” and ”city visions”, can be especially relevant for cities that have lost their identity during a phase of transition (”Inward-branding”)
It can create joining visions (and missions), and bring citizens and local actors together - but it can also create split-visions
How much resources (money!) should be used, and is it necessary for all SMC?