There’s this piece of me that just kind of wants to open this up with a whole slew of bad jokes. Wouldn’t that be awesome? No? Oh fine. Here is the list of the DMOs that have the most tourism professionals following:
The methodology is the same as the tourism pros post, except in the ranking system. Klout is still very much being gamed, as there are still personal profiles being used with some of these accounts. Therefore, rank is given by the percent of tourism pros following and ties are broken by Klout score.
When I first did this list, @VisitFingerLake was done as more of a personal account where you would see the area through her eyes. That was why I ranked it as a part of the tourism pros instead of the DMOs. Sadly, the amazing person behind the account has recently left her position, and it has gone to a more traditional DMO account. It will be interesting to see how this account develops and obviously, a lot of our eyes are on it.
Another improvement I made was ranking more accounts. Despite the fact that I thought it would be too much to do another long list, the biggest feedback that I received last time was that you guys wanted to see more accounts. Well, I gave you that. And now I’m sleepy. Very, very sleepy. *Yawn*
As before, you will notice that there are a lot of mid-sized DMOs on this list. I still argue that these are the most interesting accounts to me. They tend to have hired a dedicated social media person and that person tends to be… oh… scrappy. They have very little budget and they get very, very creative in trying to make that budget stretch. I want to tackle hug these people, because what they do tends to be so much cooler than those with bigger budgets. Yes, I know it’s weird to get as excited as I do about social media.
And here is your Twitter list so you can follow along with the awesome.