April 2019 Newsletter
2019 News and 2020 Retreat Information
We Grow Retreat 2020! Sounds like a long way off – but it’s less than a year away and already being planned.
We have been hard at work with two different destinations for 2020. One is a definite – just waiting to work out the dates. We just may end up having two retreats in 2020 if they both come together! How exciting is that? The approval for our second destination has made it’s way up the ladder and is now in the hands of the Board of the destination so fingers crossed As you can imagine, asking a destination for lots of free stuff for a group can be challenging and requires lots of back and forth and promises and hopes!
Here’s a hint about where one will be!
Our 2020 retreats will be a slightly different format from our usual retreats. It will be more of a -“LET’S SEE WHAT 10 TRAVEL BLOGGERS/INFLUENCERS CAN DO FOR A DESTINATION IN 4 DAYS!!”
Other than a quick morning get-together (approx. 1 hour) our chats on the shuttles and while we experience the area, there will be no scheduled in-depth sessions. We will learn from each other while having fun and promoting the destination. Relax – Refresh – Renew!
Have a question about how to do something? Shout it out on the bus. Want to know how another blogger handles something – ask her/him over dinner. Do you think you know how the others can do something differently – let them know over a cup of coffee in the morning or while waiting for the shuttle to an attraction.
We Grow Retreat 2020 is going to be a super informal – fun – relaxing retreat! We all need to relax – refresh – renew while being #bloggershelpingbloggers.
What will be included?
Your registration fee ($200) will cover your accommodations, meals and all visited attractions. You will be responsible for your own transportation to the destination.
What we will look for:
Your site must feature a large amount of travel content. Enough that you are considered a travel blogger more than a “lifestyle” or “general” blogger.
You should have experience with destination promotion on social media. A proven record of provided hashtag use as well as being able to share your experience in the moment in a family friendly way.
Your social media numbers should be good. No – you don’t need millions of followers but you do need a nice number of followers along with good engagement.
The destinations will have final approval of all invitees. We will submit a list of applicants to the destination with our recommendations.
We Grow Retreat 2019 is all planned and I know our attendees will be excited with all that we have lined up. We Grow Retreat 2019 will be held in Orlando September 23 through September 26, 2019.
I know it will be a great time for everyone!
Just some highlights for 2019 Retreat:
We will be staying at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs, where we will also hold our morning sessions. We have a wine tasting/pairing with Master Sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs.
For those of you that don’t know who George is, he is one of only 249 Master Sommeliers in the world. He was also part of the opening team of the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort way back when!
We will also hear from Disney Master Artist (one of only a handful) Kevin John Jobczynski who is a pleasure to be around and great at letting everyone know how to create their own brand. We will enjoy a menu tasting at Paddlefish at Disney Springs, do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom and more!
I feel certain that We Grow Retreat 2019 will be a huge success!
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If you have any blogger friends that you think will be interested in applying for WGR2020, be sure to tell them to send an email to email@example.com asking to be placed on our mailing list.
Remember: We Grow Retreat will always be small. No more than 10 or 12 invitees. We always want the retreat to be intimate. Because we ask a destination to give our attendees free accommodations, it is also difficult to get much larger. In order to go larger, we would have to start charging much larger fees which we do not want to do.
Post Retreat 2018 Newsletter
Our 2018 retreat was a huge success. It will be time to start taking names and applications for 2019 before we know it! Be watching for our 2019 announcement. If you would like to join our mailing list to get the information right to your inbox – send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on the list. No spam. No unnecessary emails – just our retreat information.
#WeGrowRetreat2018 was packed full of adventure, fun and learning thanks to our sponsors, Universal Orlando Resort and Discovery Cove/SeaWorld Orlando, Mediavine and DoubleTree Orlando at SeaWorld. Our attendees had an unbelievable time!
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HOW WE WORK:
Because we want to continue to keep your cost to attend as low as possible with the sponsoring venue absorbing most of the cost, we give the sponsoring venue final control/approval over the bloggers invited, asking they keep in mind our original intent of lesser experienced bloggers learning from more experienced influencers. We feel it’s only fair since they are basically footing the bill for accommodations, food, activities, etc. The brand/venue needs to be sure they will get their monies worth when it comes to the influencers attending. We submit a list of applicants, social media numbers and analytics with our suggestions highlighted and it can be a bit of a back and forth before the final list is ready for invitations. Each venue has their own wants, needs and desired type of site. We will always try to keep the cost to attend at a registration fee and your own transportation.
The group attending will always be kept small. There will never be more than 10 to 15 in attendance.
Our sponsored retreats have itineraries and schedules based on the needs of the brand as well as our vision of bloggers helping bloggers to succeed. Because of this, we are expected to work for our keep and deliverables are tracked by both the sponsor and retreat organizers.
On our application we ask if there is an area/topic you would be comfortable and willing to share your knowledge in with the group. The 2018 retreat had great sessions on SEO, photo editing, pitch building, Pinterest and using Canva.
We are working hard on 2019’s sponsored retreat and information and applications will be made available as soon as it is all finalized. Information will be provided to individuals on our mailing list before being made public. Be sure to share with your blogging friends!
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We Grow Retreat 2018 Highlights:
Twitter Impressions: 20,453,865
Instagram Impressions: 399,507
The 2018 We Grow Retreat is being held September 19 through September 23, 2018 in Orlando, Florida and is being sponsored by Universal Orlando and Discovery Cove/Sea World.
We will have morning sessions to focus on growing our blogs/business. Then we will hit the parks and showcase Universal Orlando Resort with our amazing team of influencers!
- Breakfast 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
- Sessions 8:00 a.m. to approx. 11:30 a.m.
- Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort accommodations
- 3 day-3 park tickets (includes Volcano Bay) including Universal Express Pass
- Halloween Horror Nights Ticket
- Blue Man Group Tickets
- Various meals at hotel/parks/City Walk to be included
- Check out of Universal Orlando Resort and head to Discovery Cove for a full day of VIP treatment. If you have never been, get ready for an amazing and relaxing day. The day will include SeaVenture and Dolphin Swim opportunities as well as a private cabana for the group.
- Check Into Doubletree at Sea World
- Closing evening event sponsored by Doubletree at Sea World
Sept 23 ,2018
The group will have a ticket for Sea World Orlando to use this day. This is optional.