Thunderbird Inn Takes Two Telly Awards

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2012 Telly Silver Award for Thunderbird Inn's "Dog Days In Historic Savannah"

We don’t have a red carpet – but if we did, we’d be walking it! Two videos produced for the Thunderbird Inn have received two prestigious Telly Awards. See, we’ve been telling you we were “the hippest hotel in Savannah”!

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.

Now that you are on our website (and you must be if you are reading this), navigate over to our videos and watch “Dog Days in Historic Savannah,” which won a Silver Telly, the competition’s highest award. The Thunderbird is pet friendly and this video showcases some of the activities dog owners can enjoy with their pets, as well as the 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 the Dachshund Rescue volunteers who helped to make our now-popular and award-winning dog video possible!

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 places your feet can take you when you stay at the Thunderbird Inn.

Both videos were produced by Popcorn Octane LLC under the direction of marketing media strategist Sandy Traub. The work was commissioned by our own Mark A. Thomas, the Thunderbird’s master of retro and a champion, too, on our creative team.

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 otherSilver 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 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. Toll Free Reservations (866) 324-2661; International +1/912-232-2661; Fax 912-233-5551. Twitter: @TBirdInn; E-mail; Web:

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