Bloggers, Tourism, and Supporting Local Businesses – Talk About it Tuesday

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by

Our hosts. Photo taken by Jo-Lynne of www.musingsofahousewife.com

We recently had the pleasure of being invited to Delaware Beach Bloggin, an overnight blogger’s event showcasing what’s great about Rehoboth Beach and Southern Delaware.  The event was hosted by Mel of Mel’s Box of Chocolates and Delaware Beach Families and Aubrey of Southern Delaware Tourism.

After having such a great time and getting to know some of the businesses in Southern Delaware, I have to say they get it! In a way, that Jersey Family Fun is hoping to help Jersey get it.

When a business connects to social media and bloggers they are giving themselves exposure that a newspaper ad could never do. When bloggers come to your business, they experience what you have first hand. And because we are storytellers, at heart, we fully immense ourselves in the experience. We take photos. We ask questions. We see what you offer through our eyes, through the eyes of our children, through the eyes of our readers. And yes we even see your business through your eyes. Then, we tell the world through our blogs, our tweets, and by sharing on Facebook. In a 5 day period alone, almost 30,000 people on Twitter learned about Southern Delaware. Nothing else, can match the power of Social Media. It takes word of mouth to a whole new level. So yeah, for Mel and Aubrey and all the businesses that took advantage of a great opportunity to get themselves out there.

Our Delaware Beach Bloggin event started at The Bellmoor, who graciously provided us with rooms for the night. When we went up to check out our room, we were greeted with delicious cupcakes from CakeBreak. Some bloggers even arrived earlier in the day to enjoy spa services at a discount. The staff took great care with us, not only treating us as they would any paying guest, but also showing off the hotel’s areas.  It was an inside look at The Bellmoor. For our review, complete with photos, click here.

After check in, we had our first introduction to the businesses of Rehoboth Beach. @VisitSouthDel hosted a cocktail hour for all of us at The Bellmoor. Fenwick Wine Cellars provided the wine. Which we sampled while snacking away on chocolate covered strawberries and picking up our Swag Bags.

For those not familiar with swag bags, think take-home bags with a BAM! During blogger events, businesses want your business, what better way to entice you to visit them than by offering you a special treat or incredible coupon. Our thanks to Mel and Aubrey for bringing these swag bag sponsors on board.

For dinner, we visited Dogfish Head Brewing Company, aka Dog Fish Beer. They hooked us up with complimentary appetizers and a pint glass to take home. Our meals were discounted as well. But more to come about the restaurant in an upcoming review. ;)

From there, we visited Movies at Midway and were escorted upstairs to a private viewing room. It was so spacious, that if any of us wanted to go off and have a private conversation it wouldn’t have disturbed anyone. Those lucky Delaware families, that private room looks like a great place to have a party. The staff was so superb (even though we were all running late), we each got our own bag of popcorn. More treats were provided from The Point Coffeehouse and Bake Shoppe and Atlantic Liquors. We closed out the theater making great memories and returning to The Bellmoor at the wee hours of the morning. ( A late night, we couldn’t blame on the kids.)

After a good night’s rest at The Bellmoor, we woke up refreshed and hungry. The Bellmoor breakfast buffet did not disappoint. (Read my review for more details.) Then, we headed off to explore the beaches, downtown Rehoboth, and Tanger Outlets. We showed them our appreciation, for their hospitality, through our pocketbooks. Which although they got lighter, our shopping bags got heavier. ;)

Before we knew it, it was time to return home. We are so thankful for the weekend Mel and Aubrey were able to provide us and that we can share with our readers a wonderful family-friendly place to visit when they leave Jersey. (For even more ideas on how to spend your family time while visiting Delaware check out Mel’s site, Delaware Beach Families.)

Also it seems we have some leftover treats from our Swag Bag. We’ve got a great Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt, an 8 oz box of Snyder’s Salt Water Taffy and some Tanger Outlet coupons. The first one to ask for it on our Facebook page gets it.

We are also more inspired than ever to host blogger events in Jersey. We can’t wait to share with you all the family-friendly activities and attractions we have going on in Jersey. In fact, Atlantic City is first up. Jersey Family Fun, A Magical Mommy, and Cape May Moms will soon be hosting Bloggers at the Beach. For too long the family-friendly attractions in Atlantic City have been a secret. Now it’s time to let that secret out.

If you have a family-friendly business in the Atlantic City area and you are interested in teaming up with us for the Bloggers at the Beach, please contact us at Jerseyfamilyfun@comcast.net

In full disclosure Jersey Family Fun was invited to Delaware Beach Bloggin. As part of the event we were provided with a free room and breakfast from The Bellmoor and discounted meals at Dog Fish Beer and Nicola’s Pizzeria. We were not paid for any of our Delaware Beach Bloggin blogs or reviews. Our opinions are our own and come from our experience in Delaware.

Posted in: All, Family Vacation Ideas, Family Vacations to Delaware, Family Vacations to the Jersey Shore, New Jersey Family Vacations, Places to Visit in New Jersey, Things to do in Atlantic County, Things to do in New Jersey

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

One thought on “Bloggers, Tourism, and Supporting Local Businesses – Talk About it Tuesday

  1. Heather says:

    Let me know when you set up Bloggers at the Beach. I would love more information about it.

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