• MEET MINNEAPOLIS, SPONG NAMED PR NEWS DIGITAL FINALISTS

     
    POSTED October 28, 2014
     
Meet Minneapolis and Spong, were recognized for Twitter Communications when they were named finalists in the PR News Digital Awards in New York. The award reflects a strong understanding and skill for social strategy and campaign management.
 
The organizations are being recognized after teaming up during the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Week to create a social media command center as an expected 160,000 visitors were coming to Minneapolis.
 
For the week surrounding the MLB All-Star Game, visitors used #askMPLS to inquire about lodging, activity or restaurant recommendations from Minneapolis tourism experts. Notable guest tweeters including Mayor Betsy Hodges and local television anchor and social-media-extraordinaire Jason DeRusha also took the helm and answered visitors’ questions as @MeetMinneapolis.
 
“Our goals for the social media command center and #askMPLS were to engage visitors through the entire Minneapolis experience,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “It is an honor to be recognized for being a real-time resource to visitors and residents in our great city.”
 
Spong led the social engagement efforts from its headquarters at the center of downtown Minneapolis and the All-Star Action. Meet Minneapolis helped recruit social media professionals from the Twin Cities to join the Spong social media experts in answering the thousands of visitors expected to attend All-Star Week events. The success of #askMPLS continues on past All-Star Week, as Meet Minneapolis continues to provide expertise to those exploring Minneapolis.​

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.

 

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, most people are working from home. Many are social distancing or quarantining with their children, who have transitioned to online classes. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, offices, stores and so much more have been temporarily shut down in many states, affecting daily life in the most unexpected of ways.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The recommendation covers events like parades, concerts, festivals, conferences, sporting events, weddings and more.