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We’re Onta Something

Halfway Through “Onta Something,” Trampoline Updates Common Council

Halfway Through Campaign

‘Onta Something,’ Trampoline

Updates Common Council

Ali Havens, a graphic designer with Trampoline, presented at Common Council with Derek Slayton, creative director, on the continued plans for the “We’re ONTA Something” campaign. (Ian Austin/

By IAN AUSTIN • Special To

Common Council member Mark Drnek, Eighth Ward, wanted to know if the campaign was working.

ONEONTA – Following a presentation by Trampoline Advertising & Design, Co. this evening before Common Council, the big question was “When do we see results?”

Derek Slayton, Partner and Creative Director of Trampoline addressed council this evening with graphic designer Ali Havens, to update Common Council on the progress of Oneonta’s new branding campaign, which was launched in 2018 as part of the DRI Program.

“How do we know this is working?” asked Council member Mark Drnek, Eighth Ward, as he stressed the importance of goals and benchmarks. “It is not only bringing them to our webpage, but calling them to act and actually come to Oneonta itself. We want to be certain there is a reason. If there isn’t something happening that puts feet on the ground then it is unsuccessful.”

Shearer Rig Tells Nation: ‘We’re Onto Something’

53-Foot Trailer Bears City Logo

Shearers Rig Tells Nation:

‘We’re Onta Something’

The City of Oneonta’s new slogan and logo – “We’re Onta Something” – will be trumpeted across the U.S. on a 53-foot Shearers Express trailer, owners Debbie and Rick Warner reported this morning. Mayor Gary Herzig snapped this photo over the weekend and sent it out with the message, “Shearers Express is showing their Oneonta spirit.”  Though the space was donated to the city, Warner is planning to sell additional advertising on the side of  his trailers for any enterprise looking to send their message far and wide.
With 4 Slogans, ‘We’re Onta Something’ Campaign Nears Launch

With 4 Distinct Slogans,

‘We’re Onta Something’

Campaign Nears Launch

During the Mayor’s Report, Gary Herzig gave an update on the downtown revitalization grant progress including applications and the upcoming ‘We’re ONTA Something” ad campaign. “We want to make people curious about coming to Oneonta, and not just visiting, maybe to stay.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO,com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – Oneonta is “onta” adventure. And art. And something delicious and something unique.

“The campaign will let people know that Oneonta exists and what it has to offer,” said Mayor Gary Herzig.

During Common Council this evening, Herzig announced a statewide online marketing campaign Trampoline Ad & Design, the who created the city’s new campaign, “We’re Onta Something,” will launch statewide “soon.”

Herzig explained Trampoline’s marketing campaign will be on social media, with some of it “just on websites,” and show four categories in which Oneonta is “onta something” – artistic, unique, adventurous and delicious.

Trampoline Debuts ‘We’re Onta Something’ 

Trampoline Debuts

‘We’re Onta Something’

Derek Slayton, partner and creative director with Trampoline Advertising and Design Co. officially unveiled the new branding for the new advertising campaign for Downtown Oneonta during a special event at the B-Side Ballroom this evening. Multiple mock-ups for promotional stickers, gift wrap, signage, shirts, bus wraps and more were on display so visitors could better grasp the campaign that will be rolled out in two weeks. At right, Slayton explains some of the ideas behind the design to Oneonta’s Michelle Catan and Maddy Silber. (Ian Austin/

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