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Sky High PR & Social Media Success!

Now the sand has settled, the aircraft have flown, the event site has been packed away for another year and hundreds of thousands of people have left the resort - marketing and PR statistics show this year’s Air Festival was the most successful in terms of coverage and exposure! With four days of great weather, more than one million people came to see the aviation action and enjoy free entertainment.

Media presence on site at the festival included local and regional television and radio stations alongside media correspondents from Japan’s Nippon TV and Chinese news reporters both here specifically to cover the awesome Gravity Industries jet suit pilots. In addition, news of Gravity’s record breaking success reached Germany and went as far as India.


Air Festival PR coverage has been valued at an impressive £18million, which includes online, print, radio and 12 television pieces over the four days.

Online exposure and engagement amassed an impressive Facebook reach of 6million with 533,000 Facebook user engagement – there were a staggering 741,000 video views, up 192% on 2017.
 
One specific video, which was received incredibly well, was the announcement of the Breitling Jet Team.  Supported by Morgan Sindall Investments Limited and Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure (MSIL & MSC&I) the announcement of the Breitling Jet Team making their long-awaited return to Britain was viewed more than 54,000 times.
 
Duncan Johnston Development Director on behalf of Morgan Sindall Investments said; “The engagement we have had and association with such a great event has been fantastic. The success demonstrated by the turnout and statistics show what professionalism goes on behind the scenes, the team make it a pleasure to support this great event. We’re delighted to have supported the Festival again and bring something new and dynamic to the event. The Breitling Jet Team certainly delivered for us all!”
 
In addition, online statistics showed that the official Air Festival website, bournemouthair.co.uk received over 782,000 page views during the festival week alone. 

Jon Weaver Air Festival Director said; “We had a fantastic programme to promote this year. The team did incredibly well – supported by smooth running operations and a buzzing event site the statistics show what a great team we have in place. Everyone really does work tirelessly and passionately to deliver to the absolute best of their abilities!”  

PS - Embracing the great weather which thousands enjoyed, more than 65,000 ice creams were sold over the weekend!

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