Vote, Vote and Vote Some More for Cleveland!

What do the Social Media Tourism Symposium, The Avengers and Donate Life Ohio have in common? Read on, then vote!

Those who know me off-blog know that I can be a competitive person. Maybe not as competitive as Mad Men’s favorite copywriter Peggy (who was described in last week’s episode as so competitive she “races people to the toilet”), but when it comes to a person or place I’m proud of, my competitive streak can quickly get fierce.

That’s why I wanted to share that Cleveland needs to be represented in not one, but three contests currently going on. It’s easy to participate in all three online contests and show some CLE pride:

(Logo from SoMeT12)

Social Media Tourism Symposium

The Symposium on the Use of Social Media in the Tourism Industry will be held November 7-9, 2012. And right now, Cleveland is in the running to host the conference.  However, before we can be the host city, we need to win SoMeT12′s brackets-style Facebook contest.

Which means, it’s time to vote!

Last week, Cleveland edged out Kansas City in the last seconds of the first round to continue to Round 2.  Starting today (April 4) at noon and running til 11:59pm tomorrow (April 5), we take on #1-seed Knoxville, Tennessee.

You can help Cleveland make it to the Final Four by visiting today and tomorrow and casting your vote for Cleveland! Then encourage everyone you know to vote by sharing the link on your social networks and with family, friends and coworkers.

The symposium is a combination of destination marketing organizations like Positively Cleveland, hotels, resorts, attractions and other tourism related entities sharing ideas and learning more about how social media is effecting promotion within the travel industry. To host this event would be a great win for Cleveland and our city as a travel destination.

You’ll need to “Like” SoMeTourism on Facebook, then go to the Cleveland/Knoxville Matchup tab between today and tomorrow to place your vote. You can also follow @SoMeTourism on Twitter for more information and use hashtag #SoMeT12 when spreading the word about voting for Cleveland.

(Logo from Donate Life Ohio)

Donate Life Ohio’s Digital Donor Designation Drive

In honor of Donate Life Month, Donate Life Ohio has launched a statewide Digital Donor Designation Drive via Facebook. Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo are facing off in a friendly competition to see who can drive the most participation and encourage people in these five cities to register as organ donors and help save lives.

Visit this Digital Donor Drive’s tab on Donate Life Ohio’s facebook page to “check in” on behalf of Cleveland.  While there, you can also learn more about what it means to register as an organ and tissue donor and you’ll find a link to the BMV’s online registration.

The city with the most participation at the end of the month will be named the winning city and 50 people from that city will be randomly selected to win a t-shirt. However, everyone involved will win knowing that together they helped save lives in Ohio.

Why it’s important to participate and learn more about organ/tissue donation:

  • More than 111,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. More than 4,300 of them are from Ohio.
  • 18 men, women, and children die each day in the U.S. because the necessary organs were not available to meet the need. Statistically, that is one Ohioan every other day that loses their life because a life-saving organ transplant did not come in time.
  • A single donor can save the lives of up to eight people and heal up to 50 more by donating vital organs (heart, two lungs, two kidneys, liver, pancreas and small bowel) and tissue (corneas, bone, fascia, skin, veins, nerves, tendons, ligaments and heart valves).

(Avengers Poster from

Bring The Avengers to Cleveland Early

As an avid fan of both Cleveland and comic books, I am counting down the days til The Avengers movie opens on May 4 (we’re only a month away!!!).  I plan on seeing it multiple times, including a midnight screening the day it opens.

However, 5 additional cities will join LA, New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Miami in getting an early screening before May 4.

Those five locales will be announced on April 9 and the winner will be based on how many people from a particular area “like” The Avengers on Facebook.

Although reports that The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is finalizing details with Disney’s Marvel Studios for a special advance screening in Cleveland, let’s put the odds even more in our favor by visiting and liking The Avengers on Facebook.


Cleveland is a hard-fighting city, which is one of my favorite things about living here. So, join me in showing that CLE tenacity and vote for these wins!

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