Visit Savannah and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce have hired Lauren Cleland as social media manager. Cleland will manage all of the organizations’ social media pages, focusing on strategy and implementation to support Savannah’s tourism promotion efforts and grow its audience.
“We are definitely in an age where social media and digital advertising are having a huge influence on how people make their travel buying decisions,” said Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah president. “The timing is ideal for us to add a full-time, seasoned and successful tourism social media professional to our team.”
A Georgia native, Cleland graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications. She previously worked for the Georgia Department of Economic Development in its tourism division as the new media specialist, where she managed 12 social media platforms and developed the Explore Georgia brand into one of the top 10 states on social media.
“We are fortunate to have Lauren, a recognized expert in travel social media, join our team and carry on our award-winning social campaigns,” said Jeremy Harvey, Visit Savannah vice president of marketing and communications.