Member Marketing Programs

Outdoor Message Centre Map Board

Located directly outside the Welcome Centre in Grand Bend, the Outdoor Message Centre board provides a large map of the business centre of Grand Bend flanked by two advertising areas. Each of these advertising areas can display up to 8 ads and each ad is 13-inches wide by 8-inches high. There are a total of 16 advertising spots which are sold on a first come, first booked, first paid basis. These ad spots are ONLY available to Members.

The Message Centre board also features weather-protected literature slots where we display copies of the visitor guide. Each slot holds 10 guides and typically in the summer months we replenish suppy weekly. This means we know at least 70 people or groups of people have viewed the board during a week!

  • The advertising period runs from July 1 to June 30
  • Advertisers can change their ad as many times as they like during that period.
  • Cost is $399+HST
  • Advertisers get first right of renewal before the spot is sold to another member

Official Area Visitor’s Guide

Annually, the Chamber produces a full-colour area visitor guide called It Starts at the Beach…and ends where you want and distributes 30,000 copies throughout Ontario in official provincial tourist information centres, independently operated welcome centres and locally along the Highway 21 corridor from Sarnia to Goderich at key locations such as restaurants, hotels, gas stations, libraries, banks and merchants. At the Welcome Centre in Grand Bend, we handout about 4,000 copies a year to area visitors and residents.

The guide has become the “go-to” guide for information about what to, where to eat, where to go, local events and where to obtain  services to local residents and area visitors. The guide showcases key attractions – natural and commercial – promotes over 68 local festivals and events, includes area maps and offers businesses – Members and Non-Members – the opportunity to purchase  display ads.

Chamber members are offered discounted advertising rates (note – this guide is fully advertising sales supported and is not the Chamber’s membership directory).  More Information about the Guide. Book my ad now!

GrandBendTourism.com — Website

WebLink! Advertising Program — $70

Your Chamber membership includes a free listing for your business on both the GrandBendChamber.ca and GrandBendTourism.com websites. As a member you get a Full Listing on this website and a Basic Listing on the tourism website.

  • Basic Listing includes: business name,  address, phone, email and brief description. You can upgrade your GrandBendTourism.com listing with a Weblink to your website, photo and interactive Google map. Weblink Standard: $70 annually. This can be to your website or Facebook. The price includes a $20 credit towards banner advertising. Upgraded Listing: $19 annually. This adds a photo and interactive Google map to your listing.
  • Full Listing includes: business name, contact, address, phone, email, weblink, social media links, extended descriptions, logo, photo and interactive Google map.

Web Badge / Banner Advertising

Information on our websites is organized into key categories that helps customers find businesses and services. Key categories are named to match a consumer’s thought process and goal: Stay, Play, Dine, Shop, Services. Your business is listed under the appropriate category or in some cases multiple categories.

Increase your visibility through a large or small banner ad that appears on the category’s page  sidebar. The large banner ad is 250px by 250px; the small banner ad is 125px by 125px.

 3-Months6-Months9-Months12-Months
250px by 250px
(Large)
$45$84$117$144
125px by 125px
(Small)
$34$63$88$108

Badge Ad Specifications

  • Acceptable file formats: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, swf
  • Acceptable file sizes for large web badge: 25kb for standard graphic file; 35kb for Flash/swf
  • Acceptable file sizes for small web badge: 15kb for standard graphic file; 20kb for Flash/swf

Design Services: Our designer can create a banner ad for you. Cost — $40.

Contact Susan Mills at 519-238-2001 or email info@grandbendchamber.ca if you are interested in this option.

Sponsorship Opportunities

All Member events are open to sponsorship. As an event sponsor of the Breakfast with the Mayor or Members’ Mixers events, you are given an opportunity to speak/present to the attendees for up to 10 minutes. Sponsors of previous events have used these opportunities to celebrate business anniversaries and aunch of new product lines and services.

The annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament offers many sponsorship opportunities and levels with corresponding business recognition methods from tee and hole signage, power cart signage, banquet table-talkers, large promotional boards and customized wine bottle gift tags. As well, we include all sponsor logos on this website leading up to and post event, business recognition in our post-event thank you ad and annual report. As well, items donated to the golfers’ prize table are identified with your business card and your business name is listed on several table-top flyer stands recognizing your contribution.

All sponsors are provided with invoices for tax reduction purposes.

Retail Event Advertising

The Chamber runs two retail events annually – the Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale and Christmas Comes Early events.

Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale:  focuses on Grand Bend’s retailers, restaurants and accommodation providers. A 2-day, open-air vendors market is held in the Mid-Town parking lot which the Chamber organizes with vendors’ booth locations pre-registered and pre-paid. Vendors pay $40 for a 10-foot frontage booth space. Vendors fees are pooled and used to promote the event in local newspapers as well as radio ads, social media and website promotion, bag stuffers and flyers.

Christmas Comes Early: Research shows people will travel up to 2-hours for an event perceived to take 4-hours or more. This event is timed to coincide with Christmas-themed events in other area towns and to kick-off the Christmas shopping period prior to the point when many local residents travel to large urban malls. This event continues to grow and features businesses along the Highway 21 corridor from Forest to Bayfield. Participating businesses pay a $150 marketing fee which is pooled to provide considerable marketing and advertising coverage in print, radio, web and digital media. Typically, the overall marketing budget for this event is around $4500.