ITS Campus ITS News – The Community Service Team (Abmas) from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) is again moving to contribute to the outside community. This time, to promote the potential of Gapurosukolilo Village, Gresik, the ITS Abmas team helped improve the village’s image through the design of a representative branding strategy.
As the Head of the Abmas Project, Putri Dwitasari ST MDs said. However, it is located in the tomb area of Wali Songo, Sunan Maulana Malik Ibrahim. Unfortunately, Gapurosukolilo Village is not well known by many people. In addition, the village community also does not have an awareness of the many tourist wealth that exists in Gapurosukolilo Village. “Its strategic location in the scope of cultural heritage and tourist destinations has great potential for tourists to visit,” said the lecturer of the Visual Communication Design Department (DKV).
If the potential in the village can be maximized, continued Putri can help economic growth. The community will get decent, productive, and comprehensive work opportunities. “This is in line with the goals that this village wants to achieve and realize the mission of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 8,” he explained.
Therefore, according to Putri, strong and lasting branding is needed to represent this village. A clear and consistent identity can later be remembered, creating a sense of trust for consumers or visitors. “Of course, this can also facilitate promotion and marketing from Gapurosukolilo Village itself,” he said.
The Abmas team led by Putri consisted of Ari Dwi Krisbianto ST MDs, Hertina Susandari ST MT (lecturer in the Department of Industrial Product Design), and five DKV students. This team feels that Gapurosukolilo Village does not yet have an integrated branding strategy to reach the target segment.
In addition, the village headed by Hasan Hasim Al Habsyi does not yet have digital media to promote its tourism potential. “Therefore, our Abmas team carries out several strategies and proposals to build the image of the village,” said the former Head of the ITS Institutional Promotion and Image Subunit.
The branding system implemented by the Abmas team uses data collection methods through literature studies, competitor studies, observations, and interviews with local village officials. The discussion regarding the design of this branding also invited a public figure who served as the Chairman of the Sunan Malik Ibrahim Tomb Foundation, Dr. Taufiq Harris MPd.
Putri said that the people of Gapurosukolilo Village welcomed this abmas project. Discussions with the village head and secretary were also very cooperative. Outcomes resulting from discussions related to the proposed branding design in this village include the visual identity of Gapurosukolilo Village, the creation of the village Sign System, and print media in the form of a Graphic Standard Manual (GSM), and banners and banners. “In addition, there is village promotion through Television Commercial (TVC) which is still in the editing stage,” he said.
Furthermore, explained Putri, later they will continue the promotion of village potential that they worked on from June 2022 until now to realize the new image of Gapurosukolilo Village. The hope is that this branding will generate trust from tourists to experience the tourism potential of Gapurosukolilo Village. “It is hoped that this strategic planning can have an impact on village development and its derivative products in the fields of economy, tourism, culture, and others,” he concluded. (ITS PR)
Reporter: Fatima Az Zahra
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