Thunderbird Inn Takes Two Telly Awards: Social and Digital Marketing with Travel Videos

Telly Awards for retro travel's Thunderbird Inn Savannah Georgia travel videos by Popcorn Octane LLC video production Hilton Head SC

Telly Awards 2012 for Thunderbird Inn's travel video shorts by Popcorn Octane LLC


We don’t have a red carpet – but if we did, we’d be walking it! Two videos produced for the Thunderbird Inn in Savannah, Georgia have received two prestigious Telly Awards.

“Winning two Telly Awards validates that the retro vibe of 'Swinging Sixties meets modern attitude' can and does resonate in the media,” states marketing media strategist Sandy Traub. “In addition to technical and marketing professionals, significant people in tourism and in the City of Savannah are watching, applauding, and praising Thunderbird Inn for its gutsy, creative marketing.”

“When Thunderbird Inn markets that the retro hotel is 'the hippest hotel in Savannah', Georgia, it's important that staffers and creative media help to stretch the retro inn's marketing dollars, repeat and convey that message in every way possible. We've proven that digital videos deliver results. It is unbelievably thrilling to learn that our worldwide marketing colleagues in this field think we have this retro hotel's message delivered really right!” concludes Ms. Traub. “The inn's owners are delighted with the budget and the business results.”

The Telly Awards are not a household name, unless you are in a business that involves producing or running commercial or Internet video. But within that large and growing industry, the Telly is the top!

The Thunderbird Inn was among the first Savannah businesses to develop Internet videos for marketing. “We feature them on our website, and you can also see them on YouTube. Hey, we’re retro, but we mastered the present before we went back to the past,” states General Manager Mark Thomas.

Thunderbird Inn's quirky “Dog Days in Historic Savannah” won a Silver Telly, the competition’s highest award. “The Thunderbird Inn in downtown Savannah is pet friendly. This video showcases some of the activities dog owners can enjoy with their pets during a trip to Savannah, as well as to introduce several dog-friendly Savannah businesses that serve them. Special thanks to Savannah pet photographer Becky Smith who brought pups and their owners, including Hope Bernstein, and to local Dachshund Rescue volunteers who helped to make our now-popular and award-winning dog video possible!” Mark adds.

A Bronze Telly went to our newest video, “Meet Up on the Boulevard,” showcasing the attractions of the Thunderbird’s neighbors along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor, flanked by Barnard Street and Boundary Street. “We introduce you, in a fast-paced style, to some of the nearby places your feet can take you when you stay at the Thunderbird Inn,” Mark adds.

Both videos were produced by Popcorn Octane LLC — an award winning video production company in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina lead by cinematographer Guy Smith. Marketing media strategist Sandy Traub directed both video projects. The work was commissioned by Thunderbird Inn's general manager, Mark A. Thomas, a passionate vintage travel champion who embraces digital video as a powerful multimedia marketing tool.

From 50 USA states and 5 continents over 11,000 films and videos were submitted to the 33rd Annual Telly Awards. “We are beyond thrilled to learn of that Thunderbird Inn’s video marketing is recognized and praised internationally. Last year’s Silver Telly winner included Turner Studios, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bass Pros Shops Film & Video Productions, Lockheed Martin, Miami Dolphins Ltd., Kansas City Chiefs, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Outdoor Channel, Time Warner Cable, and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center only to name a few. We will be so eager to learn who the other Silver and Bronze Telly winners are for 2012.”

“The ‘Silver Telly’ is the ‘highest’ award and more rare, meaning we did something unique,” says video producer Guy Smith, the videographer and creative force at Popcorn Octane LLC. A listing of all winners will be posted at this link.


Declaring itself “The hippest hotel in Savannah”™, the delightfully quirky, Thunderbird Inn (42 rooms) is where the historic downtown Savannah location and hip motel eccentricities meet up. Featured in New York Times, Southern Living, Miami Herald,,, Dog Friendly magazine, the Telly Silver and Telly Bronze award-winning, downtown Georgia inn-hotel recaptures the southern retro spirit of the Swinging Sixties. The youthful General Manager, Mark Thomas, has directed the much-touted marketing toward a bold, free-spirited and young again approach, making the most of the popular resurgence of retro in the United States. Discounted Savannah lodging was never so much fun! Ask about discount local coupons, Staff Picks, MoonPie® on your pillow, and dog friendly / pet-friendly vacation accommodations. 611 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA USA 31401. load testing website Toll Free Reservations (866) 324-2661; International +1/912-232-2661; Fax 912-233-5551. Twitter: @TBirdInn; E-mail; Web:

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