Betsy A. Decillis

Tourism Twitter Accounts I Think You Should Follow (Part 1)

I know… That title makes me sound like I have a HUGE ego. Regardless, I have lots of people that I love to follow and the list doesn’t really allow me to tell you why. So I’m actually kind of really excited to tell you a little bit about why I follow who I follow.

Todd Davidson & Amir Eylon: These two are interesting to me. Todd is the state tourism director of Oregon and Amir is the state tourism director of Ohio. They’re both newer at actively tweeting. Normally, that would make me pause before I tell you to follow someone, because it just really takes some time before you can figure out how Twitter works for you. However, the brain power here really makes me throw that thinking out the window. And we are talking two extremely nice guys that are really looking to inspire and connect. The amount that you can possibly learn here is endless.

Tom Martin: Tom Martin has class. I don’t know why, but he reminds me of the 50s where it was totally acceptable to have a three martini lunch. I think that’s cool. Tom’s knowledge of marketing is ridiculous. We’re lucky enough that he is always willing to share and he is constantly coming up with innovative ways to help us. I told him once that of all the people on Twitter, I’d be okay if he had an ego, because he has the goods to back it up. But there is no ego here. Just one of the few great guys out there that can teach everyone from the newbie to the seasoned veteran.

Amy Brock: Amy is my go-to example of why personal brands work. Traveling to Savannah would be perfect for me, but I never knew that until I started talking to Amy. And did she hook me by constantly promoting Savannah? No. She hooked me by constantly talking about Bravo shows and bacon. Yes, I know that’s weird, but it’s true. We made a connection on the weird and I ended up finding out that Savannah is really cool too. She’s really genius at social media and I am a huge fan of Visit Savannah’s efforts. I always see her as being ahead of the curve and the first one to try something new. Seriously exciting to watch. And my God, no one could be sweeter than Amy. I dare you to find someone that doesn’t love her. There is no such person.

Patricia Winter: I fell in love with Trish before I even knew who she was. She runs the Madden Media account. That account participated in #tourismchat and was actively reaching out to our community in a really fun way. When I got to know the person behind it, I saw why. Trish has a passion for the tourism industry that has resulted in a thirst for learning that you can really feel. Add to it the fact that she’s not afraid to get downright silly with us and I kind of want to hug her. Don’t worry Trish. I’ll leave the shiv at home… this time.

Chrissy Blackwell: Chrissy is on my list of people that need to bang their own drum louder. She’s smart. She is making sure a county that most people don’t know how to pronounce the name of is making waves nationally. I kind of love it. When she jumps in with questions, they are always smart. When she answers questions, she’s always spot on. And she is a downright geek. When she talks programming and Mt. Dew, it is perfection.

Mo Sherifdeen: If there was an award for the nicest guy on Twitter, I don’t think anyone would argue against Mo winning it hands down. And when I met him in person, I was overjoyed that he lived up to that reputation. With Oregon trying such cool things in social, it’s fantastic to see that the guy behind much of it is so down-to-earth and humble. Mo would easily make my top five smartest people in social and tourism right now, because he brings it and he is willing to step back and learn at the same time. The wealth of knowledge here is enormous and I consider myself beyond lucky to have gotten to know him.

Troy Thompson: I mostly talk to Troy to up my Klout score. Oh alright, that’s not exactly true. If someone were to ask me what is the top tourism blog out there, I would hands down say Troy’s. I don’t always agree with him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect the hell out of that blog. You will regularly be able to chat with the top minds in his comment section and that is just kind of awesome. He does a lot for the tourism community and has some great chops of his own. Definitely someone you want to follow.

I’m going to leave it here for today, but I will be back tomorrow. In the meantime, who are some of your favorite follows?

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Troy Thompson
Troy Thompson

Thanks Betsy. Honored to be part of the list. I am at the bottom, but still, honored all the same. Thanks for always keeping me honest. - Troy

Tom Martin
Tom Martin

Wow -- truly speechless... you're words are too kind and this list too full of smarties... couldn't agree more... all have and share such wonderful knowledge... I'd also add @theresaoverby that girl is smarter than she lets on.... Oh, and you left out what a great dancer I am.... '-) @TomMartin

Trish Winter
Trish Winter

Whoa! Thanks so much!! How exciting to be included with such a great list of people. Your support and kudos mean a lot. Also, thanks for your shiv restraint. Haha!

Todd
Todd

Betsy, I am so flattered to be among your recommendations, especially when mentioned alongside someone I enjoy and respect so much, Amir Eylon. And to be called both "interesting" and "nice" has me forwarding this post to my mom and my wife (and I'll probably let the kittens know too!)! You're spot on calling Mo the "nicest guy" and the real deal wherever you find him - in person, at home, on Twitter, at a brewpub, watching a soccer game (though this might push it a little depending on the outcome). Thank you again for honoring me in this way and for being willing to put it all out there for us who care about you! Affectionately, Todd

Amir
Amir

Wow! Thank you, Betsy! I am truly honored (especially to be put in the same category of "nice guy" as Todd Davidson)!

Katie Cook
Katie Cook

Great post, Betsy! I literally ran into people going both on and off the elevator this morning as I tried to read this on my phone. I totally agree with these recommendations (and the two that I don't follow, I am going to starting today.)

Betsy
Betsy

Yes, I did put you on the bottom, Troy. You can look at it two ways: I saved the best for last or I was trying to keep your ego in check. Whichever. ;) In all honesty, I don't think anyone can argue against your blog being one of the top in our industry. That is a ridiculous feat. Thanks for putting in the work that it took to make that happen!

Betsy
Betsy

Oh Tom... don't give away any secrets about Part 2. ;) And yes, you can outshine me on the dance floor, but only when the two step is involved!

Betsy
Betsy

I'm just glad you came out from behind the account! You've definitely added A LOT to our community and I think a lot of us have really enjoyed getting to know your crazy self.

Betsy
Betsy

You are so sweet, Todd! I'm glad you started tweeting. You've been a fun add for me. And I think you should totally take a picture of the kittens' reaction to the news. ;)

Betsy
Betsy

No, thank you for getting more active on Twitter, Amir!

Betsy
Betsy

Thanks Katie! And I have more. Hopefully, you still agree with me after tomorrow too. :)

Troy Thompson
Troy Thompson

I am going to go with glass half full and agree with the best for last reasoning. Thanks for the kudos on the blog. It really is a privilege to help educate, inform and entertain my fellow tourism peers. Now if you all would just stop demanding so many articles...Oy. - Troy

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