Have you ever been a part of a movement? I mean a real tried and true event created to inspire others to do good in the world and be a blessing to someone other than themselves. A life-changing part of history that will always be remembered by those involved. I just experienced such an event, thanks to social media.
If you followed all of my tweets, Instagram pictures and Facebook updates last week, you probably know that I was fortunate enough to be part of the Jersey Love Social Media for Social Good retreat. 40 bloggers joined together in Atlantic City and Belmar, NJ to announce that the Jersey Shore is back and open for business. As a New Jersey resident, I was ecstatic to see that these women were willing to come on their own accord to help my state get back on it’s feet. They were women from all walks of life, with their own stories to tell, but they came here to tell OUR story.
Throughout the (sometimes rainy) weekend, each blogger shared their experience with their followers. We were treated like VIP at Ceasar’s Palace in Atlantic City, enjoying wonderful meals, hotel suites and room service. On our beach day in Belmar we spent quality time with one another, while enjoying the ambiance of DJais, a well-known club that is a big part of the history of Belmar and the Jersey Shore. D6 sports gave us surf lessons and introduced their new D6 Surf Skimmer. D6 Sports could have launched the release of their new surf toy anywhere, but they chose New Jersey. They chose a group of ambitious bloggers to get the word out. That says something about the power of what we do, and how we share on social media.
After 3 days on the hashtag #JerseyLove, a week of reflection of our experiences, over 3,000 photos on Instagram, over 6,000 tweets and 80 million impressions, social media will play a big part in the growth of business we’ll see at New Jersey beaches this summer. Thanks to New Jersey Digital Moms and Social Media Moms, NJ residents can not only show that we’re stronger than the storm, but that an online influence can be used towards a love worth fighting for. A love for New Jersey.