Top 100 Social Media Friendly Chambers Of Commerce 2015

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COCSocialMediaBadge100-2015Two years ago, we set out to create a list of the top 100 social media friendly chambers of commerce. Now it’s time for an update.

State and local chambers of commerce have been providing valuable networking opportunities for members for years, but social media is rapidly changing the way we meet and interact with people. LinkedIn, especially, has become an essential tool for business networking. Still, there is no substitute for the in-person networking opportunities provided by the local chamber of commerce. It is much easier to build a rapport—and relationships—with people you can see and talk to face to face.

But social media has its place, even for local chambers. When used correctly, social media interaction can help chambers gain new members, spread the word about chamber events, and form new partnerships.

It’s impossible for us to know whether the chambers we’ve featured here are accomplishing their goals, whatever those might be, but we can evaluate the number of likes, followers, etc. that each chamber has on various platforms, so that is what we did. We started out by eliminating any chamber that had fewer than 2,000 likes on Facebook or fewer than 500 Twitter followers. We feel that a solid presence on these two platforms is essential to being considered “social media friendly.”

Social media is constantly evolving, and so is our formula. There are still 100 points possible, but the way they are allocated has changed. This time, there were 20 points for Facebook, 20 for Twitter, 15 for YouTube, 15 for LinkedIn, 15 for Google Plus, 5 for Pinterest, 5 for Instagram, and 5 for Flickr. Instagram is new in this update, but it is now being used by almost 40% of the chambers we evaluated.

If your chamber of commerce made the list, feel free to share your accomplishment with the world. Use the top 100 badge on your website or share it on your social media accounts. We started with over 2,000 chambers, so just making the list puts you in the top 5%.

1) U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2) Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

3) Austin Chamber of Commerce

4) Metro Atlanta Chamber

5) Greater Des Moines Partnership

6) Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

7) Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

8) Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

9) Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

10) Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce

11) Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

12) Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

13) Manatee Chamber of Commerce

14) Aspen Chamber Resort Association

15) JAX Chamber

16) Texas Association of Business

17) Salt Lake Chamber

18) Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

19) Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce

20) Knoxville Chamber

21) San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

22) Greater Omaha Chamber

23) Destin Area Chamber of Commerce

25) Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

26) Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

27) Greater Houston Partnership

28) Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

29) Longview Chamber of Commerce

31) Park City Chamber of Commerce

32) Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

33) Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

34) Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

35) Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

36) Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

37) Columbus Chamber of Commerce

38) Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

39) San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

40) Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

41) New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce

43) Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

44) Greater Louisville Inc.

45) Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

46) Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

47) Asheville Chamber of Commerce

48) Dallas Regional Chamber

49) San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

50) Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

51) Bryson City – Swain County Chamber of Commerce

52) Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry

53) Greater Memphis Chamber

54) Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

55) Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

56) Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

57) Buffalo Niagara Partnership

58) US Green Chamber of Commerce

59) Andersonville Chamber of Commerce

60) Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

61) Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

62) Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Inc.

63) Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry

64) Mobile Area Chamber of CommerceÊ

65) Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

66) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando

67) Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce

68) Loveland Chamber of Commerce

69) Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce

70) Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

71) Flagler County Chamber of Commerce

72) Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce

73) Jackson Hole Wyoming Chamber of Commerce

74) Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

75) Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce

76) Boulder Chamber of Commerce

77) Clovis Chamber of Commerce

78) Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce

79) Cobb Chamber of Commerce

80) Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

81) Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

82) Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership

83) St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

84) Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce

85) Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce

86) Indy Chamber

87) Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

88) Columbia Chamber

89) Greater Spokane Incorporated

90) Capital Region Chamber

91) Mt Washington Valley Chamber Of Commerce

92) Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

93) Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce

94) Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

95) United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

96) Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

97) Frisco Chamber of Commerce

98) Independence Chamber of Commerce

99) Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

100) Mesa Chamber of Commerce

What should you do if your chamber isn’t on the list? First, realize that your own chamber’s goals are more important than getting on any list—even this one. Review your chamber’s goals and come up with a social media strategy that is designed to help you meet them. If you want to attract more tourists to your town, for example, you might choose to focus more attention on Pinterest since many users create boards to store photos of potential vacation destinations. Be sure to review your results regularly to see what’s working and what’s not, and make adjustments to your plan as needed.

Note: While we did our best to ensure the accuracy of the stats we used, we are only human. If you notice an error, please let us know so we can make a correction.

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