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Amy Brock is the Social Media Manager at Visit Savannah. What makes Amy unique is not her Bacon Twitter list. Ok, maybe that does give her a certain je ne sais quoi. But what I’m most fascinated with are her CVB niche social media accounts. Not only does Amy maintain a fantastic social media presence for Savannah’s leisure tourism, she also maintains accounts for other CVB departments such as meetings, sports and weddings.

Here’s some insight on Amy, Visit Savannah and bacon.

How long have you worked at the Savannah CVB?

I have worked for Visit Savannah (formerly known as Savannah Convention & Visitors Bureau) since November 2005, after working in the tourism industry in Charleston, SC for several years.  I’ve held positions with Visit Savannah in the Convention Sales Department as well as in the Marketing and Communications Department as Media Buyer and later on as Internet Marketing Manager.  After having my daughter in 2008, I decided not to return to work so I could focus on motherhood; that lasted about a month.  It was at that time that I found myself right in the middle of a big Twitter conversation and realized there was a huge opportunity for destination marketing organizations that Savannah was missing out on!  After a conversation with Visit Savannah’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, I was contracted to begin a small social media campaign.  Almost 2 years later I am managing 5 Twitter Accounts, 4 Flickr Groups and 5 (soon to be 6) Facebook Pages. (more…)

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Welcome to my new series of blog interviews with outstanding tourism professionals. I hope for this to become a way of connecting you to those who “get” social media in the tourism industry.

Dave Serino is the Founder and e-Strategist at Gammet Interactive. He’s also the man behind #SoMeT, the Symposium on the Use of Social Media in the Tourism Industry, which will be held November 17-19 in Ashburn (Loudoun County), VA, and the How Social is Your DMO rankings.

I first met Dave in person at an Illinois Tourism Alliance event on an evening cruise along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. I was working for Chicago Plus at the time. I don’t remember all our conversations but I know we talked about our dogs. Since then, we’ve become good friends and even have a favorite meet-up place when he’s in town — O’Callaghan’s Pub.

Here’s a little insight on Gammet Interactive, #SoMeT and @GammetGuy himself. (more…)

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