Announcing Social Media Day Tampa Bay 2017!

We are so excited that it’s that time of year once again, Social Media Day is right around the corner! We are gearing up to make this year’s celebration the best one yet! #SMDAYTampa occurs every year on June 30th thanks to Mashable, we are able to recognize all of the amazing contributions social media has on our community.  While every day is essentially Social Media Day, June 30th, 2017 marks the eighth-annual global celebration and seventh in Tampa. Last year we threw an unforgettable party, but this year we are ready to blow it of the water!

Get your tickets HERE.

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We have been organizing Social Media Day since it began here in Tampa and this year we are expecting hundreds of local social media professionals, influencers, and bloggers to come out for an amazing evening. The past few years have been fantastic and this year we have some surprises in store.

Blogger Caravan sponsored by Reeves VW

Thanks to our presenting Sponsor, Reeves VW, we will kickoff Social Media Day with our returning Blogger Caravan. Twelve of Tampa’s most engaging and influential bloggers will take a ride around town in VW Beetles! We caravan and stop by a handful of local spots to share snaps, photos, and complete challenges leading up to the #SMDAYTampa Main Event!

If you are a blogger, sign up HERE for the Blogger Caravan.

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Early Access VIP Hour

At 5pm, we invite our best and brightest VIP’s to come by for our Early Access VIP Hour at Ferg’s Live! This exclusive pre-party sells out every year and is extremely limited, so if you are interested in networking with some of the best social media professionals in Tampa Bay, be sure to grab your ticket NOW! Although #SMDAYTampa is a FREE event, we do encourage ALL attendees to make a donation which goes directly to a local charity. This year, we are excited to announce our amazing beneficiary, Gasparilla Music Fest! GMF is a local nonprofit that celebrates the best of Tampa Bay’s diverse music scene, highlighting local emerging acts and nationally recognized headliners.

Six o’clock kicks off the main festivities that include engagements with our sponsors, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, Chef Inspired Popcorn, Mini Doughnut Factory and more to come. Sip on a specialty cocktail from Tito’s Vodka and grub on some food supplied by Ferg’s Live!

In addition to great tasting cocktails and delicious food, we also encourage everyone to participate in our amazing raffle. Your donation will grant you 5 raffle tickets to start the fun and we also sell additional tickets too! Throughout the night, we raffle off great local baskets to raise funds for this year’s local charity, GMF.

Get your tickets HERE for Early Access VIP Hour.

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Social Media Day Awards

Also returning to the festivities are the Second Annual Social Media Day Awards! With help from the community, we have put together some really fun categories including:

  • Best Local Instagram Account
  • Best Local Blogger
  • Social Media Professional of the Year
  • Social Charity

To nominate your favorite in each category today, click HERE.

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Winners will be announced during the event, so stay tuned for more on that! And remember to follow along and get social with us too by using #SMDayTampa whenever you post! Registration is NOW open for the event, so  Sign up today before it’s too late! See you Friday, June 30th from 6-9pm at Ferg’s Live Tampa! #SMDayTampa

Get your tickets HERE.

Your hosts,
NHIE Guys
Nicholas & Ryan

The Winners Are… | Social Media Day Tampa Bay Awards

Thanks to hundreds of you for nominating and hundreds more of you for voting in the first ever Social Media Day Tampa Bay Awards. With so many great people in the running for your votes, it was a tight race.

These winners are driving our community forward through their use of social media. They are innovators, relationship builders and believers in the power of social media.

Here they are…

Best Local Blogger has been awarded to: Lauren Gay- The Outdoorsy Diva

Best Local Instagram Account has been awarded to: Datz 7 Dough- @Datz4Foodies

Best Local Social Media Professional has been awarded to: Jenn Thai

Best Local Social Charity has been awarded to: The Ryan Nece Foundation

Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s nominations, voting and event! We look forward to having you back next year as we make the event even better!

Emoji Fortunes Told | Madame Hashtag | #SMDayTampa

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Make sure to arrive early as we have a very special guest joining us to tell your emoji fortune!

Madame Hashtag will be taking a look into your soul through your emoji usage. What do your emoji’s say about you? Find out tomorrow.

Limited readings available.

Join the Conversation with Strea.ma! | #SMDayTampa

Social Media Day is here and we want you to get social with us! Join the conversation by using #SMDayTampa and your content will appear LIVE on the Strea.ma!

It will be live on the BIG screen tonight so come join us at Ferg’s Live in downtown Tampa starting at 6pm!

How to Make Your Event Social | #SMDayTampa | GreenBarLabs

“Socialness” is intrinsic to any event where people are involved. With social media, organizers can give away prizes, share professional photos, announce upcoming speakers, or just interact with the guests so they feel welcomed. Unfortunately, event organizers don’t always have the time or ability to keep up with social media while the event is going on. Here at GreenBarLabs, we specialize in event social media and we have a couple of tips that will make sure you have the best social presence during your awesome, but busy event.

Schedule Announcements

There are usually a few different events within events that happen that people need to be reminded of. Speakers, workshops, presentations, games, whatever you’ve got going on; if people are following along on Twitter, schedule a tweet to announce these things so they won’t miss it. There are several ways to do this. You can use Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Buffer, whatever. You could also encourage people to Star your profile so that the Twitter app sends mobile notifications whenever you tweet. That way they’re always up to date with whatever’s going on.

Take Professional Photography

Amateur photography is great. Retweeting the pictures that other people take doesn’t take a lot of effort and shares moments that are meaningful to people. On the other hand, professional photography makes people come back and take a second look at your profile. People will pay attention when a picture looks really good. If you hire a professional photographer for your event, ask them if you can take their digital photographs every half hour so you can share them on social channels. Not every photographer will do this, but it’s worth the ask. And if you have a good, professional camera, use it!

Give Away Prizes

If you find that you’ve got a lot of interaction going on through social media, it might be a good idea to start giving away prizes! Get a lot more engagement by requiring users to accomplish a simple task in exchange for some swag, for example, sharing a specific picture, quoting a speaker and using a hashtag, or mentioning a relevant profile. What you give away is up to you, but make sure it’s worth it to the people participating!

Interact With Guests

Most importantly, if people are tweeting at your profile or commenting on your Facebook page during your event, it’s important that they get a response as quickly as possible. Interacting with them is the best way to make sure they are satisfied with their experience. Whether they have an issue that you need to correct, or they just want to say how amazing their experience has been, respond with kindness and personality and you’ll gain a friend for life!
Thank you for participating in Social Media Day this year! We’ll see you on the Internet!

GreenBarLabs is a digital marketing and web development company based out of Tampa Bay WaVE in beautiful downtown Tampa. Check out our website for more info!

Vote for your favorite nominee!

Thanks to the hundreds of you that placed your suggestions for nominees. We appreciate your help in acknowledging those in our community that have gone above and beyond in their respective expertise to drive our community forward.

The official nominees are here and you have less than 72 hours to help pick the winners! One winner from each category will be announced this Thursday LIVE during the Social Media Day event at Ferg’s Live Tampa. All of your votes in conjunction with input from a panel of industry experts will determine this year’s winners.

**Nominees must be present to win.**

30 DAY COUNTDOWN!

Today marks 30 days until Social Media Day Tampa bay takes over Ferg’s Live in Downtown Tampa. Keep up with all the action on our socials and this blog as we provide ongoing updates.

Smile #smdaytampa is coming June 30th! 😍😎😘

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This year is going to be bigger and better than the past. Here are some thing you should know.

  1. If you are a social media professional, influencer or blogger sign up for VIP for early access (5pm) light food and free drinks. VIP is limited to 100 people, Sign up now before it’s full.
  2. We will be awarding four Social Media Awards at this years main event. Make your nominations today!
  3. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Reeves VW, we will be hosting the annual VW Beetle Blogger Caravan. If you are a blogger, head over to Instagram and comment on one of our photos to be considered.
  4. We will be collecting $5 at the door that goes directly to Where Love grows to help in their mission to end childhood hunger.
  5. There will be tons of raffles, giveaway sand social contests so bring a charged phone, extra donation money (for raffle tickets) and be prepared to be active!
  6. Remember to use the hashtag #SMDayTampa

More to come!

Special thanks to all of our sponsors!

 

Thank You, and Good Night

Last night was a huge success! There were Beetles and prizes and food and drinks and everyone having the time of their lives. Best of all, over $700 was raised for Tech Start! If you had any doubts about the fun that was had, here are a few pictures to answer your questions.

THIS is how you do social! If you see yourself, tag yourself!

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We’re going to have a blast next year! For one thing, we’ll hold Tampa’s first Social Media Awards including the category for Best Social Charity which was decided on last night. Stay tuned until then to see how you can get involved. And happy tweeting!

Social Media Day Activities

We’ve got a LOT going on at tonight’s big event. To be prepared, check out the following flyers with more information on the different activities we have planned.

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Social Media Day is TODAY!

Welcome to Social Media Day! To your left you will see a bird chirping, to your right you will see a big blue wall. Tonight there will be a party at Fergs Live and YOU ARE INVITED! You can go here to see all the details, or just show up tonight at 6 at the address below. See you there!