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SOLVE Agency Honored at Visit California Poppy Awards

Fast-Growing Creative Agency Named Best Digital Category for “Visit Cambria” Campaign

San Luis Obispo, CA - SOLVE, a leading digital marketing agency was named as "Best Digital Agency" for its work with the Cambria Tourism Board for their "California Unplugged, Visit Cambria" campaign.

The Visit California Poppy Awards are a biennial contest that honors the best and brightest of California tourism promotion. “Outstanding marketing programs are a big part of the reason that California is the leading tourism destination in the United States,” said Caroline Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California.  “We bestow the Poppy Awards to celebrate California’s innovative, creative spirit and raise the bar for travel marketing statewide and beyond."
“The Poppy Awards celebrate California’s innovative, creative spirit and raise the bar for travel marketing statewide and beyond. Congratulations to the winners whose ingenuity and hard work inspire our industry and visitors worldwide.”

“We are thrilled to receive this award and we share the honor with the Cambria Tourism Board with whom the vision for marketing Cambria as a leading destination was truly exceptional and instrumental, said Judith Cohen, SOLVE Agency Founder & CEO.

The prime goal of the Visit Cambria campaign stated Cohen; “was to create an extraordinary and engaging, integrated marketing campaign that provided a vibrant, rewarding and informative experience of Cambria’s unique destination and lodging offerings”.  The multi-channel marketing campaign included creative digital and social strategies, cutting-edge apps, targeted advertising and unique branding opportunities (including wrapping a bus for the Hearst Castle’s visitors center) that provided a multi-channel, information source for visitors. “These campaign strategies were not only influential in growing a high level of engagement and creating a sustained buzz about Cambria, they also contributed to increased occupancy rates measured by a 2.0% increase in the Transient Occupancy tax collection over the previous year”.

Other finalists in this award category include Visit Carlsbad, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Diego Tourism Authority and Catalyst Marketing Company,


The San Luis Obispo County Tourism Business Improvement District (CBID) coordinated the formation of the Cambria Tourism Board in an effort to create and implement new marketing ideas with a goal of bringing visitors to Cambria and increasing TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax). The funds provided are to be used to promote the area and generate additional revenues as well as support community events related to tourism. The Cambria Tourism Board secured SOLVE Agency to develop a strategic digital and content strategy and marketing plan to help guide the efforts in a strategic and tactically successful manner. For more information, please visit:

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, please visit: