By Dorn Martell

We live in an interconnected world. The more we learned about the role that coral reef ecosystems played in the overall health of our planet we knew we had to get involved. Tinsley and Coral Restoration Foundation™ have worked together for several years raising awareness about the threats that coral reefs are facing, not only in The Florida Keys, but around the world. This year we are happy to report that not only are the coral communities improving and spawning new coral our fundraising efforts were the most successful in the history of the organization.

We created a series of posts on Facebook and Instagram that lead up to Giving Tuesday. We tracked each post for effectiveness and saw that our videos outperformed our still posts by a considerable margin. All our efforts lead to a strong push to hit that DONATE button on the global day of giving.

Tinsley also created a long-form film that ran on YouTube and was the main sales tool at their annual Gala. Giving Tuesday and the Gala raised more money than any other promotions in the history of the organization.

“Tinsley has been a consistent supporter of Coral Restoration Foundation™ since 2019, lending their advertising savvy to the mission to restore Florida’s Coral Reef. Thanks to their donated expertise, our Giving Tuesday campaign has grown year over year. In 2021, we raised more than twice as much as we raised in 2020, and far exceeding our previous fundraising records for the global day of giving. This success was in no small part due to the extraordinary assets that the Tinsley team put together for us. We are still crunching numbers, but the gala was a huge success – far and away our best one yet. Thank you and Tinsley again for the fantastic video! “We are so grateful and look forward to continuing to build on this wonderful relationship,” said Martha Roeseler, CRF™ Chief Development Officer.

We look forward to the continuing success of Coral Restoration Foundation™ and we believe that giving back defines who we are as a company.





by Dorn Martell

New videos for The Florida Keys & Key West launched January 10th promoting eco-tourism and wide-open spaces. The three new videos “Slice of Heaven”, “Find your way” and “Wonders of the world” all embrace the brand pillars of The Keys: Sustainability, Diversity and Geo-tourism. Slice of Heaven promotes the vast expanses of The Keys and shows viewers that there is a perfect spot, just for them. Find your way reminds us of the healing powers of nature and the natural escapes in The Florida Keys. Wonders of the world reveals the world-class destinations and treasures within The Florida Keys.

The new videos were shot throughout The Keys from the Everglades to the Dry Tortugas with local and national crews and talent. We shot with underwater specialists as well as nature experts, delivering a stunning array of breathtaking natural moments.

Holiday Greeting

At a time when it’s been so hard to see things from the same point of view, the holidays give us a chance to focus on the simple things we all have in common.

Wishing you peace, happiness and health for the holidays and throughout the New Year.



Tinsley takes Best of Show at 2021 Flagler Awards


We are excited to announce that Tinsley Advertising led in wins at the Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Held in Hollywood, Florida on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, this year’s Flagler Awards attracted diverse entries from Florida’s tourism partners of all sizes. Against the odds, Tinsley took home a total of nine (9) Flagler Awards for our creative work for The Florida Keys & Key West.   

The agency’s awards included three (3) Henrys (the top honor) for Print Advertising, Radio Advertising, and Direct Marketing and five (5) additional Flagler Awards for Niche Marketing, Television Advertising, Resource/Promotional Material (Trade), Out-of-Home, and Mobile Marketing. But that’s not all. The agency was also awarded Best of Show for The Florida Keys & Key West Diving and Snorkeling multi-media campaign…a first-time achievement for both Tinsley and the destination.

The Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Annually, the Flagler Awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. 

While it’s an honor to be recognized for the success of our efforts, we are especially grateful for our partnership with The Florida Keys & Key West. We are enthusiastic about continuing to create award-winning campaigns that bring great success to the destination.

The Florida Keys experience epic comeback after the COVID shutdown.

by Dorn Martell

On the morning of March 24, 2020 a roadblock went up on the only road leading into The Florida Keys. The lifeblood of The Keys, the tourism industry, was completely shut down. The roadblocks were up for over two months and places like world-famous Duval Street were completely void of travelers. It was predicted that it would take years to get back to the occupancy and room rates of the pre COVID world. But Tinsley had a plan to keep The Florida Keys & Key West top-of-mind during the lock-down in anticipation of meeting pent-up demand after travel restrictions were lifted.

It is now one year later, so how are The Keys doing?

According to The Miami Herald, “A year after the Keys did what no other place in Florida could do — put up barriers to keep people out — the lifeblood of tourism has returned. The crowds are back. Tax revenues are up.” “In October 2019, for instance, the county collected about $1.8 million in tourist development taxes. In October 2020, that rose to nearly $2.6 million, by July it shot up to 3.2 million” according to data provided by the tax collector’s office.

“We’re busier now than in 2019,” said Richard Strickland, Director Key West Airport.

Smith Travel Research reported that the Florida Keys led the nation in occupancy at 95% and led the rest of Florida in both room rate and RevPar.

Our strategy of “Keeping our distance. Remaining connected.” really worked. We created digital post cards so the tourism industry could reach out to past guests. We ran “PSA” messaging during the lockdown to encourage wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing instead of going silent. We wanted people to know that The Keys have safety protocols in place and that The Keys have plenty of open spaces and room to spread out. And as The Keys reopened in June, we announced the re-opening in all media while continuing to encourage responsible behavior, in-county, on pole banners, digital billboards and signage at the airport.

It’s been a tough year and our hearts go out to those who have suffered, but the future looks bright and we are honored to be an integral part of the recovery of The Florida Keys & Key West.