Recently, Tampa celebrated Social Media Day 2017 in a big way! It was a day to celebrate, network and enjoy this new age of marketing!

Social Media has made a ripple in the marketing world faster than most people thought it was.  About 8 years ago, as a senior at USF, I completed an independent study in my final semester about the changes in marketing.  At that time social media marketing was just starting to become a thing.  I wrote about how advertisers would have to work past the 30-second TV commercial to reach consumers where they are and in a way that feel relational.

So how did we celebrate?

By going on a joy ride… well not really!  Reeves VW of Tampa hosted 10 bloggers for scavenger hunt around Tampa prior to the Main event! Pictured below: Lauren from Outdoorsy Diva and Alex from Alex The Real Housemom

Emojis… lots of emojis!  Emojis have changed the way that the next generation will communicate with each other!

Raffles, Raffles and more Raffles!  This one, won by Jen (@ivegotseoul), was from Soho Cycling Studio!

Proclaimations!  Did you know that Social Media Day is an ordained day in Tampa by Mayor Bob Buckhorn? It is!

Music! Gasparilla Music Fest was the featured charity this year. GMF is a local nonprofit that celebrates the best of Tampa Bay’s diverse music scene, highlighting local emerging acts and nationally recognized headliners.

Awards!  Pictured below is Best Local Instagram Account Award Winner – John Weatherby of Weatherby Photography. Also pictured with him are Ryan and Nicholas of NHIE Guys – the men behind Social Media Day Tampa!

Didn’t get to attend this year – be on the lookout for the event hosted in the summer every year!

#SMDayTampa – A Celebration of a Marketing Revolution
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