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March 2, 2014

Coast-to-coast love

NORMAN — In the past two weeks, three different blogs have highlighted the Norman community.

First, a Boston-based writer shared a blog with us, Hopper Blog, and its entry, “Travel Spotlight on Norman, Oklahoma, and its 11 Best Attractions.” He had us hooked from the first sentence: “The buzzing metropolitan heart of Oklahoma’s Frontier Country, Norman is a town that has not lost any of the pioneering routes and forward-thinking energy of its first inhabitants. Known primarily as a youthful university center, the cultural and artistic undercurrents that define Norman ooze from its place at the forefront of the state’s higher education.” The writer experienced various locales from a football game and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to eating at Tarahumara’s and staying overnight at The Montford Inn.

The next blog mention came courtesy of website, Huffington Post, which posted “This Is The ONE Thing You Must Do In Each U.S. State.” Published just two days after the announcement of the first round of bands for this year’s Norman Music Festival, the blog said the free three-day event is the one thing to do in Oklahoma.

Then to close out last week, California-based Movoto Real Estate posted “These are the best 15 places in Oklahoma” which named Norman at the top of the list. Using a criteria that included total amenities, quality of life (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student to teacher ratio), total crimes, tax rates, unemployment, commute time and weather, the blog said: “Why is Norman the best place in Oklahoma? This city near Oklahoma City scored high marks in four of our criteria: quality of life, tax rate, weather and amenities.”

These three online mentions highlight a strategic initiative that VisitNorman intends to pursue aggressively moving forward as these types of grass-roots travel stories are highly visible and can be shared easily through online communities, via social media and in larger publicity pieces for Norman.

Stefanie Brickman, CTA, is the communications manager for the VisitNorman which exists to promote the city.

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