Sligo was promoted in 2018 to over five million people through the social media account ‘Best Of Sligo’. The account features images and videos from local photographers, videographers and also from visitors to County Sligo.
Corey Whyte founded the site in 2016 and runs it on a voluntary basis. Speaking about the accounts he said: “The page has grown enormously since it was first started. A community has grown online that continue to engage with the eye catching content shared displaying the beauty around county Sligo. All credit lies with the talented photographers who share their images online, with the aspiration being that both the county and the creatives within it are being advertised to the world”.
The social media pages had over 3.5 million views on Facebook, 1.5 million people viewing on Instagram and over 1 million on Twitter during 2018. The majority of views are from counties around Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US.
Talking about the future of the pages Mr Whyte said: “My goal is to continue to grow the pages and further promote Sligo. I’m looking to create a new campaign that will involve the people of Sligo in helping to promote our county online. At the moment I run the page voluntarily, but perhaps in 2019 there may be room to work with those in the tourism industry which has the potential to expand the reach of the social media accounts even further and continue to grow Sligo’s presence online.