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#SeaTweetup – What to Expect [Images]

25 Aug

What are you waiting for!?! Come aboard the #SeaTweetup on Norwegian Sky from November 18-21! 

#SeaTweetup Itinerary

18 Aug

Why should you come aboard the @SeaTweetup? Because Norwegian Cruise Line, Kaufman, Rossin & Co., SocialBuzzTV, Soul of Miami, Social Esquire, Cruise Deals, Jeff Cohen, Rich Tucker and I have planned this kick ass itinerary!

$100 a day for your cabin, meals (there are 10 different dining options), entertainment, fitness center, bars & lounges, pools, shops, casino, the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private, renovated island) and parties! Where can you get all this on land for $100 a day? Put down that deposit to secure the current cruise rate, priority cabin preference, free WiFi minutes (first 30 to book get 30 free minutes; <30 free minutes to those who book thereafter), and the opportunity to speak at our roundtable presentation!

#SeaTweetup Itinerary (all activities listed below are optional)

Friday, November 18, 2011

  • 12:00-4:00pm – Boarding onto the NCL Sky
  • 12:00-2:00pm – Meet & Tweet (meet the planning committee and the tweeps who will be aboard for the next 3 days. Internet access in port)
  • 2:00-4:00pm – Social Media Scavenger Hunt (friendly competition against the other #SeaTweetup participants. Can you solve our clues and complete our social media tasks while in port? Be sure your camera phone is charged 😉 )
  • 5:00-6:00pm – Sail Away Tweetup & BBQ (enjoy networking and meeting the #SeaTweetup participants all around a delicious BBQ poolside and at Champs Bar)
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Group Dinner @ Garden Café
  • 10:00-11:30pm – Karaoke @ Outrigger Lounge
  • 11:30-12:15am – 70’s Groove Dance Party @ Dazzles Nightclub
  • 12:15am – South Beach Rave Dance Party @ Dazzles Nightclub
Saturday, November 19, 2011
  • 8:00-4:30pm – Free time + free BBQ @ Great Stirrup Cay (NCL’s private, renovated island)
  • 6:00-8:00pm – How Can We Improve Twitter – 15 presenters in 45 minutes (roundtable presentation with cocktails @ Plantation Club. Book now to have the opportunity to present!)
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Group Dinner @ Crossings Main Dining Room
  • 9:00-11:00pm – Stardust Showtime: Comedy and Magic of Rich Purpura @ Stardust Lounge
  • 11:00pm – White Hot Dance Party – poolside
Sunday, November 20, 2011
  • 8:00-2:00pm – Free time @ Nassau
  • 2:00-4:30pm – Show & Tell Tweetup @ Senor Frogs (opportunity for #SeaTweetup participants to come together after 2 days of relationship-building to share what they’ve discussed and learned. We’ll be connecting to Senor Frogs’ free WiFi and projecting the #SeaTweetup hash tag to see what everyone’s been tweeting!)
  • 4:30pm – All aboard the Sky
  • 6:00-8:00pm – Cocktails @ Longboard Bar
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Group Dinner @ Palace Main Dining Room
  • 9:00-10:00pm – Dancing in Dazzles @ Dazzles Nightclub
  • 10:15-11:00pm – Game Show: Over in 60 Seconds @ Dazzles Nightclub
  • 11:00-11:30pm – Country Hits @ Dazzles Nightclub
  • 11:45-12:00am – Farewell “Burlesque Party” @ Dazzles Nightclub
  • 12:00-1:00am – Battle of the DJs Dance Party @ Dazzles Nightclub
  • 1:00am – Late Night Party with DJ Watson @ Dazzles Nightclub
So… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? 🙂
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Cruise + Bahamas + Tweeps = #SeaTweetup

14 Aug

First thing’s first, I’d like to apologize for being a busy bum and not blogging since…um…end…of…May… (YIKES!) But my laziness worked out to my strategic advantage because now I can return with a BANG! *BANG*

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to invite you to the FIRST ever #SeaTweetup!!!

#SeaTweetup = social media enthusiasts + networking + tweetups + cruising + boozing + Bahamas + social media presentations + social media scavenger hunt + special events + no work!

Organized by South Florida social media enthusiasts – Jeff Cohen @iamJeffCohen, James Echols @SoulOfMiami, Rochelle Gapere @roriffic, Annette Peikert @thepumagirl, Sebastian Rusk @sebrusk, Rich Tucker @RichTucker, and myself @Aubrey_Swanson – along with the support of Kaufman, Rossin & Co., Norwegian Cruise Line, SocialBuzzTV, Social Esquire and Soul of Miami, the world’s first ever tweetup at sea will bring together social media enthusiasts from across the globe for a one-of-a-kind 3-day/3-night networking event to build lasting relationships!

The back-story: The #SeaTweetup idea was sparked after Norwegian Cruise Line hosted their first tweetup on their largest cruise ship, The Epic. Attendees were given an amazing tour of the ship and treated to a delicious meal while tweeting #TwEpic. But then, we had to exit the Epic so that the real cruisers could board. It was kind of a bummer, especially for someone who’s never been on a cruise before! So we had a great idea – why not extend this #TwEpic idea and actually set sail?! #SeaTweetup was born 🙂

#SeaTweetup logistics:

  • Date: November 18-21, 2011
  • Cost: $301.32 ($100 refundable deposit due by September 10th. Full payment or cancellation due by September 10th.)

Itinerary includes:

  • Meet & Tweet
  • Social Media Scavenger Hunt
  • Sail Away Tweetup & BBQ
  • Roundtable presentation – “How Can We Improve Twitter – 15 presenters in 45 minutes”
  • Show & Tell Tweetup
  • Private island excursions
  • Nassau adventures
  • Cocktail parties
  • Group dinners
  • Discussions
  • Parties
  • Anything and everything your hopes and dreams desire (as long as it’s legal)

I’m incredibly excited for this social media extravaganza at sea! I’ve never been on a cruise, and I’ve never to the Bahamas! I cannot wait to meet new people and have fun with those I already know. If you like social media/cruises/networking/partying, then I think this is the trip for you!

For more information and to join the discussion, visit the SeaTweetup Facebook Fan Page, check the #SeaTweetup hash tag and follow @SeaTweetup as well as the organizers mentioned above.

Can’t wait to jump on board with you 🙂

Let Summer Begin with June Festivities!

30 May

Feel the summer heat wave, grab your flip flops, slather on your sunscreen, and put on your hat because it’s SUMMER time and the livin’s easy….

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Be sure to check back as I’ll update this events list!

For more Miami events, check out: What Miami, Soul of Miami, Miami New Times!

The Best Month of the Year…May!

1 May

May has always been one of the best months of the year (excluding final exams)!  Spring is winding down… Summer is about to begin… And… It’s BIRTHDAY bananza month! Please join me at the following events, especially my birthday celebrations!

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As always, I will add/update events as needed 🙂

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PM Pick-Me-Up from Dunkin’ Donuts

22 Apr

Sometimes I don’t blog in the most timely fashion… But hey, better late than never, right? Just nod your head and go with it… 🙂

17 days ago (if you can’t do the math, that makes it April 5th, 2011), I was invited to be part of Dunkin’ Donuts South FL‘s special Afternoon Blogger Sampling Event. First of all, I got REALLY excited because this was the first time I was specially recognized and acknowledged as a South FL blogger (thank you Dunkin’ Donuts)! Plus, they DM’d me on Twitter so it made me feel extra “special” and “elite” (even though I know I am not… *sad face*). Secondly, if you know me at all, you know I love food + you know I have a lot of student loan debt (thank you UM) = I try to be cost-effective when encouraging my #fatkid status but that usually never works…!

So why was Dunkin’ Donuts South FL hosting this event? Turns out, they’re releasing a new line of PM (afternoon) snacks & beverages and they wanted a select few to be the first to taste-test their newest creations!

Upon arrival at the #PMsnack event, we were fed the following:

  • Cuban Flatbread Sandwiches (exclusive to S FL)
  • Munchkins (mini donut balls)
  • Cheeseburger and pepperoni-stuffed breadsticks
  • Warm apple pie (get your mind out of the gutter)
  • Cheddar bagel twists
  • Lemon-filled donuts + other flavors
  • Mountain Dew Coolatta
  • Cuban coffee
  • I hope I’m not missing anything…

I thought these PM snacks were all pretty tasty! I especially enjoyed the stuffed breadsticks, apple pie and lemon-filled donuts #nomnomnom. Sadly I’ve lived in Miami for the past 4 1/2 years and have yet to try a real Cuban sandwich so I can’t really compare Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Cuban Flatbread Sandwich to the real thing, but I’m sure they were pretty close yet far enough to have its own distinguishment (hence using flatbread and not whatever bread they use to make traditional Cuban sandwiches – Cuban bread?).

This was a really unique experience. Of course like all tweetups and events, there was great networking and meeting new people, as well as bonding with the old (hey Carlos Miller, aka The Social Media Puto)! I definitely have to give Dunkin’ Donuts their props for being such a huge chain yet being able to cater their menu items to different geographical locations and holding these one-of-a-kind events for their local consumers. That is, after all, what really matters these days and converts those consumers into #customers4life 🙂

In case you’re hungry… Try licking your computer/mobile/tablet screen and seeing how these Dunkin’ Donuts food images taste.

PS – We also received these kick-ass DD swag bags with a tumbler, DD USB drive and pen!

Don’t forget to check out Carlos Miller’s Social Media Puto review and VIDEO!

A Second Wind for April

2 Apr

If you were able to survive March Madness, prepare a second wind for April because things in Miami are NOT slowing down…

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WAKA Kickball - Texas Theme

WAKA Kickball - Texas Theme!

For more events and information, please visit my friends’ websites: What Miami and Soul of Miami!

Love your life. Live your life.

One Hashtag: #ChevyPizzaCrawl

2 Apr

Free Pizza + Drive New Chevys (and an Escalade) + Meet Tweeps In-Person = #ChevyPizzaCrawl 4

So my friends on Facebook (not Twitter) see pictures like this one below and ask, “What?! How did you get to do this? Where do you sign up?”

#ChevyPizzaCrawl

Here’s how:

  1. Join Twitter!
  2. Follow @Lapp, @midtownchica and @ChevyFlorida!
  3. Watch out for #ChevyPizzaCrawl tweets and follow instructions!

The Chevy Pizza Crawl is one of the most creative collaborations I’ve been been lucky enough to partake in in South Florida. Our gracious host, Craig Agranoff, founder of www.worstpizza.com (among other things) teamed up with Chevy Florida and Stephanie Camargo to let  20 +/- tweeps…Wait, get this… Drive around the tri-county area in brand new Chevy vehicles (and a Hybrid Escalade) to taste cheesy, dough-ey, saucy goodness at three delicious pizza restaurants (for free)! It’s truly a remarkable experience. Not only did I get to taste pizza from That Pizza Place (New York-style), Nino’s of Boca 2 (upside-down-style), and Esposito’s (Detroit-style), and not only did I drive an $88,000 Hybrid Escalade, Chevy Cruze, Chevy Equinox, and Chevy Traverse, but I got to meet some of South Florida’s most exceptional locals and social media enthusiasts!

[A little bit of ranting… With a valid point in the end] People always complain about online social networking and how it’s so anti-social because you sit at your computer instead of actually going out and physically socializing and blah blah blah… Well the Chevy Pizza Crawl is a perfect example of social media going above and beyond the internet. Twitter really does bring like-minded individuals together and some of my best friendships have been the result of Twitter! It’s like those online dating TV commercials say, “one in eight married couples met online,” well… I say, “one in eight friendships are created online.” Maybe someday I’ll find my future hubby online…Hmm…Maybe :/ I think I’ll stick to single life for now 😉 You never know what the future holds though…

All three pizza restaurants were #NomNomNom! I especially fell in love with Esposito’s Detroit-style pizza! But I enjoyed all of my 7 huge slices I consumed throughout the day 🙂 #FatKid.

Oh and did I mention there were PRIZES given away for Best Tweet, Best Chevy Tweet, Best Pizza Tweet, Funniest Tweet and more! I actually won a trophy and a $50 AMEX gift card for Best Twit Pic (see below my Best Twit Pic of @Lapp)! I also spent that $50 an hour later on one of my Ultra Music Festival outfits… Oops! We parted ways with full bellies just after GM in the Southeast handed us Chevy goody bags (mind you, they also provided us with Dunkin Donuts BEFORE the Chevy Pizza Crawl commenced)!

@Lapp

THANK YOU to EVERYONE for letting me spend their Saturday with them 🙂 I had a blast and can’t wait until we meet again!

Picture courtesy of Carlos Miller / The Social Media Puto

View all the Chevy Pizza Crawl 4 Photos

See all the Chevy Pizza Crawl 4 participants

Watch Carlos Miller’s hilarious video + blog post

What Kind of Irish Are You?

17 Mar

St. Patty's Day

St. Patty's Day

St. Patty's Day

St. Patty's Day

St. Patty's Day

St. Patty's Day

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Whichever kind of Irish you are… Please think of this…

St. Patty's Day

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

March Madness!

6 Mar

In my opinion, March is the craziest month of the year! I’m overwhelmed just thinking about everything that’s going on. Summer is just around the corner and March marks the epic… SPRING BREAK! This will be my first time that I won’t be partaking in SB… Well, in the literal sense that I won’t have a week off of work/school 😦 Here’s an overview of March events that I’m interested in and /or attending! Hope you can join in on the fun with me 🙂

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Phew! I hope I can hibernate a little in April…

For more events and information, please visit my friends’ websites: What Miami and Soul of Miami!

A Preview of My March...