MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A list shows Myrtle Beach is one of the top US cities when it comes to social media.
Myrtle Beach ranked in the top three for Facebook fans with over 1 million - that's more than Orlando, Washington DC, and San Francisco.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce says it has worked hard to get to this point, and the next plan is to take over Twitter in 2014.
"The past couple of years have focused extensively on Facebook," says Susan Phillips, the Director of Marketing for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Commerce. "And in last August, we reached over 1 million likes on Facebook."
Myrtle Beach ranks third in Facebook fans - just below Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Spark Loft Media put together the rankings. The company compiled data based on population and social media activity from 68 different destinations.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce says social media is both the present and future. The chamber ranked second on YouTube, where it had more than 4.1 million views last year alone.
Phillips says the goal is simply to reach out to people who want authentic information about their destination, but at the end of the day, the visitors are the ones who make the biggest impact.
"If you look at what they do, they're telling the story for us," Phillips says. "They're sharing their testimonial, their experience, how many times they've been. And again, that's resonating with folks on the social channels. They want that authentic experience. They don't want someone to necessarily always tell them, someone from the destination like us. They want to hear it from other users. So those folks are really just amplifying our brand message for us."
The Chamber has its call center linked to social media sites. The call center responds to visitors by getting them information, updates and answering questions.
As exciting as it is to savor the moment that Myrtle Beach is in contention alongside of Las Vegas and New York, social media is constantly evolving, so the Chamber won't settle here.
"What we're looking to do for this next year is focus a good bit on Twitter and try to really grow that base and engage with them," Phillips says. "And then also looking at all the new emerging social platforms as well. Pinterest is of interest to us, we're doing a lot on that. Instagram, we've looked at a few things like Four Square, things of that nature, so we're continuing to evaluate everything that's coming out on the marketplace."
Phillips says it's extremely important for locals to support the Chamber's efforts to continue to be so successful on social media.
To follow Myrtle Beach on Twitter, visit: https://twitter.com/MyMyrtleBeach.
To "like" on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/VisitMyrtleBeachSC.
To follow on Instagram, visit: http://instagram.com/mymyrtlebeach.
To follow on Pinterest, visit: http://www.pinterest.com/mymyrtlebeach/.
To add on Youtube, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/VisitMyrtleBeach.
Click here to view the complete "Top 10 Cities on Social Media" infographic on SparkLoft.com: