Michael Babick | @MikeyBabick It has become common knowledge that social media is a tool that many companies utilize for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to communicate upcoming promotions, entice current and prospective customers alike to engage in commerce or to provide a more convenient, easy-to-use customer service channel, the possibilities are endless. What has not been highlighted is the endless opportunity that social media also offers to companies both large and small and to cities and government organizations. The following — in alphabetical order — are the top 10 small towns successfully using Facebook and Twitter.
1) Amelia Island
Resting just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island welcomes you to experience its rich, colorful history and breathtaking natural beauty. Amelia Island tweets about upcoming events, and shares images submitted by residents and visitors alike.
Known for their culinary cool, burgeoning beer scene and thriving artistic community, Asheville boasts miles of panoramic vistas; the perfect recipe for an unforgettable escape from the daily grind. Asheville's social media accounts post events around the city and reasons to visit.
3) Historic Downtown Carrollton
Historical charm, great food, friendly shops and businesses, and family friendly activities, can all be found in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Their accounts tweet and post about their local businesses, upcoming events, and history of the community.
4) Clinton County
Ohio's southwest hub for family fun near Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton and known for their Banana Split Festival and High Speed Racing, Clinton County shares local news articles, traveling tips, and interacts with residents and visitors alike. Their pages offer a very small town feel with a big personality.
No trip through Texas is complete without a taste of Fredericksburg’s German heritage and Texan hospitality. Fredericksburg shares news articles, mentions, and photos of the various areas of the city.
6) Florida Keys
The Florida Keys have become a popular destination for Americans looking for a tropical vacation without leaving their own country. The Florida Keys posts anything and everything coastal, fishing, snorkeling, beachcombing, as well as articles about why one should visit.
Voted the Most Fun Town in America in 2011 by Rand McNally and USA Today, Glenwood shares the serene images their fans and residents have shared and spotlights local businesses.
8) Jackson Hole
A small town located just in the Jackson Hole valley of Wyoming, offering quick access to Grand Teton National Park, skiing, hiking, and the National Elk Refuge, Jackson shares news on events coming to town, from music festivals to cultural celebrations, as well as breathtaking landscapes.
Located in Arizona’s high desert under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air. Sedona spotlights local events to draw outsiders to visit and expansive landscapes.
10) Traverse City
Michigan's premiere vacation destination with beaches, 40+ wineries, 12+ craft breweries and distilleries, shopping, championship golf, arts and great dining, Traverse City uses their platforms to keep residents up-to-date on local happenings and to encourage visitors to stop by.