Visit California Takes Over YouTube on February 28, 2014; Dream365 Project Launches with ‘24 Hours. 24 Dreams’

Visit California’s “24 Hours. 24 Dreams.” YouTube takeover, happening simultaneously in four countries, will take place in the U.S. on Feb. 28 starting at midnight EST. “24 Hours. 24 Dreams.” is the initial campaign launch effort for Visit California’s new Dream365 Project, which will feature a collection of cool, fun, offbeat, thought-provoking content including videos, memes, tweets, time-lapses, photos and more.

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Band of Horses play Hollywood sign.

Band of Horses plays their DreamGig at the Hollywood sign. Watch the exclusive performance on 2/28.

California is the place where people don’t just dream, they Dream Big. - Caroline Beteta, president & CEO of Visit California

Sacramento. CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2014

In a first-of-its-kind global campaign in four countries, Visit California will take over YouTube with “24 Hours. 24 Dreams” – a collection of videos focused on inspiring and celebrating Californians who have made their dreams possible in the Golden State.

The YouTube takeover will start at midnight EST on Feb. 28 in the U.S., with a new video released every hour showcasing California dreamers and over-the top experiences statewide. “24 Hours. 24 Dreams.” is the initial campaign launch effort for Visit California’s new Dream365 Project, which will feature a variety of cool, fun, offbeat, thought-provoking content including videos, memes, tweets, time-lapses, photos and more. The collection will highlight the abundance of iconic, as well as off-the-beaten-path, experiences for travelers to explore in California.

To fuel this innovative content initiative, Visit California selected Google as the global media platform to launch the Dream365 Project, which celebrates the “if you can dream it, you can do it in California” attitude.

“We want the launch of this campaign to emulate the pioneering attitude California is known for,” said Caroline Beteta, president & CEO of Visit California. “Our first-of-its-kind content partnership with Google will showcase the unique and creative ways Californians from across the state realize their dreams; the land of boundless opportunity, epitomized by Hollywood, Silicon Valley and its frontier heritage, California is the place where people don’t just dream, they Dream Big.”

"We're excited to see Visit California launching such a cool and unique campaign that features new content every hour in the YouTube Masthead," said Rob Torres, Industry Director, Travel for Google. "The travel industry is starting to embrace the power of online video and this Visit California initiative is leading the way. They are creating a memorable brand experience for consumers online and leveraging the capabilities of YouTube and the Google Display Network to extend that experience across devices and international markets."

The 24 videos that will be featured Feb. 28 include everything from Bob Burnquist’s floating skate ramp, Edward Sharpe’s Big Top and a first-ever California DreamGig with popular musical group Band of Horses to Coachella from the vantage point of a GoPro camera hovering above the crowd, a Boston Terrier’s Shasta Cascade adventure weekend, David Garibaldi, a California dreamer who turns a blank canvas into an iconic portrait against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, to name a few.

Visit California’s partnership with Google began last March when the organization and its advertising agency, MeringCarson, visited the Google BrandLab to develop a new digital strategy for communicating California’s brand message across the globe. Visit California will have 100 percent share of voice on YouTube desktop and mobile sites for 24 hours in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, delivering more than 135 million impressions.

In the lead-up to the new Dream365 Project, national TV spots have been airing in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., as well as key markets in Australia, showcasing Visit California’s new brand messaging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmkSUq_yDHI.

*Interview opportunities available with Visit California’s Caroline Beteta and Google’s Rob Torres.

Visit California (formerly known as the California Travel & Tourism Commission) is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs - in partnership with the state's travel industry - that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, travel and tourism expenditures total $106.4 billion annually in California, support jobs for 917,000 Californians and generate $6.6 billion in state and local tax revenues. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor's Guide, go to http://www.visitcalifornia.com. For story ideas, media information, downloadable images and more, go to media.visitcalifornia.com.