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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Win Travel + Leisure SMITTY Award 2014 for Best Contest/Giveaway

June 9, 2014 – (Kansas City, Mo.) The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has been recognized for innovative social media efforts with a Travel + Leisure SMITTY (Social Media in Travel + Tourism) Award 2014 in the category of Best Contest / Giveaway. 

The campaign, which was developed and executed by agency of record MMGY Global, brought five influential Google Glass beta testers from across the country to explore the Southwest Florida destination and share their experiences on social media in real-time, marked the first time the new technology was used as a means of marketing a tourism destination. Through original content tagged with #FindYourIsland and #ThroughGlass, the campaign generated awareness for the destination among new markets, as the beta testers or “explorers” were chosen from a variety of geographic and demographic backgrounds. It also helped shatter the perception that the destination caters primarily to older travelers by showcasing a wide variety of unconventional activities available in the destination, as captured by explorers. Those viewing and interacting with the explorers’ content online were invited to enter to win a trip to the destination and their own pair of Google Glass. 

“Through Google Glass, we were able to position The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel as innovative, creative and digitally sophisticated,” said Robert Patterson, Vice President of Content and Social Strategy at MMGY Global. “The ability to go hands-free with this technology also allowed us to convey that it’s possible to have an active vacation in the destination without interruption, no matter your age or interest. We’re really proud of the work that went into the Find Your Island campaign and are thrilled to see the destination receive a SMITTY Award.”

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in southwest Florida includes: Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande and Outer islands, North Fort Myers, and Lehigh Acres. 

MMGY Global is the world’s largest and most integrated global marketing firm with more than 35 years of experience in the travel, hospitality and entertainment industries. The award-winning agency maintains a global communications practice in all marketing channels, serving many of the world’s premier travel and tourism brands. MMGY Global is author of acclaimed industry research (including the Portrait of American Travelers) that identifies the habits and preferences of travelers – insights that serve as the foundation for its marketing strategy. For more information, visit www.mmgyglobal.com.

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