Beaches Social Media on the Sand was literally a dream moment for me!!! It’s nice to get that pat on the back and told you’re an internet badass and to keep on doing you since it can be easy to lose yourself in this industry.
I would be lying if I didn’t admit we all get paranoid that we aren’t pretty enough in front of the camera. We don’t have enough likes! We don’t have the best equipment! We can’t spell, so will that effect our chances of landing dream opportunities (ok that one might be for me lol) But really, the list goes on!!!
So to have such a fab and glam company such as Beaches Resorts invite me to such a prestigious event?!? Ahhhh!!!! I needed that reassurance that’s for sure.
Since all my fellow boss babes have been blowing up my Instagram inbox with questions, I figured I would share the most popular ones here!!!
1. What Is Social Media On The Sand?
#SMOTS #BeachesMoms for short is an invite only social media conference for influencers, content creators, marketers, media, and blogging professionals held at Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos. A total #bossbabe event where Beaches Resorts invites incredible business insiders such as Daymond John (FUBU/Shark Tank), Rebecca Minkoff(fashion designer), Jamie Kern Lima (founder It’s Cosmetics) to spill all their secrets!!
Definitely an event for professionals! Regardless of how big you may think you are, I guarantee there will be someone twice your size sitting right next to you. Be prepared to be in awe the whole time!
2. How To Get Invited?
The question that still pops up in my inbox!! How did I get invited? Honestly, I wish I had the answer, but after experiencing #SMOTS , I think I have a little direction for those wanting to attend in the future!
We all need to keep in mind that these types of partnerships need to benefit EVERYONE! We all want to be invited on a tropical vacation, but will your brand help the Beaches brand?! Think about that one!
“Eat, Well, Look Fab, Travel Often” is my sites motto! BUT luxury travel deals is my specialty when it comes to travel! The hashtag #BoujeeOnABudget is what I’m known for and an all inclusive resort screams #BoujeeOnABudget !
Then add the fact that Beaches is a Sesame Street partner and my child is Sesame Street obsessed! Boom!
The cherry on top? Beaches is the #1 resort in the world for special needs families. IBCCES Certified baby!!! My child is high functioning autistic! I use all of those special needs services especially their Camp Sesame & after hours babysitting!
It’s safe to say Beaches and I are a match made in heaven and my readers will be intrigued with everything I share when it comes to Beaches since they live a similar lifestyle to my own family.
Can your brand offer the same return? Beaches gives you a luxury vacation with a conference day full of entrepreneur leaders giving brand changing advice. Can you give them something valuable back in return? That my friends I feel is the secret to the invite! Not likes! Not follows! Your online community and what you and your community offer the Beaches brand.
3. Was It Worth It?
Regardless of all the brand deals, sponsors, things content creators get for “free”, the truth is nothing is exactly free! Everything in life costs $$$$! You can’t just show up places, especially conferences. You have to pay for this that and the other thing and those extras all add up! I keep on getting asked if as a content creator, was this trip worth everything I put into It?
For my brand yes! As I mentioned before, luxury travel is what I specialize in on my “Travel Often” section of my site. You will never see me stay somewhere below a 4 star rating. Beaches is 100% my niche and the conference definitely sharpened this mama’s business skills!
You definitely get out what you put in when it comes to an experience like this. If your brand isn’t an exact match, I would not recommend such a trip because your readers would not want such content from you. It would be a waste of time & money! I have so much content from this week long trip that I’m trying to figure out what makes the final cut! Best decision I’ve made in a very long time was to attend #SMOTS
However, I was chatting with another boss babe and she felt the opposite. Her kids are tweens. She felt like she was leaving with a hotel review and that’s it since her kids were not interested in shooting pics at anything Sesame and would rather text via WiFi the day away instead of hitting the water slides. Long story short, this all depends on YOUR family and brand! I can only hope I get invited again next year. My daughter has a few years of that sesame obsession left!!!
4. The Other Content Creators
This was actually another very popular question! Influencers aren’t exactly known for being the nicest bunch. There are definitely mean girls and my fellow boss babes all wanted to know if this was a mean girl event. Honestly, I didn’t encounter one mean girl situation. I actually feel like a lot of people were on their best behavior and this socially awkward content creator was very thankful for that!
However, this is definitely an event for those going places in this industry. No itty bitty nobodies! This is an invite only event after all. So do expect a little ego, but that’s expected when you get a group of badass captains together at an event.
I know I was in awe the whole time when people would tell me what they contribute to on a national level. Instead of being intimated, use this to your advantage. Make friends and chat business!! We can all learn from each other.
5. Did You Feel Safe?
Another question I was frequently asked. As a world traveler, I definitely get why people may be frightened at the idea of heading to an island out of the country for a week. I swear all that drama in the DR still has people freaked out thinking every island is unsafe.
My answer however is I did feel 100% safe. I wandered the resort many times solo! Even at night to grab a midnight snack and never once was creeped out or scared. I never did leave the resort besides airport transfers, so I can’t speak about exploring the island outside of Beaches, but if you stay on property as I did, nothing to worry about!
6. Who Should You Take With You?
So many have asked if this is something to attend solo or is this for real a family affair? While you can do anything in life solo if you choose, this is a week long event families are welcome to with open arms. You will definitely be in the minority if you were to attend solo!
I do NOT attend events that you cannot bring your family. Like if it’s a day event? No big deal! Over night however, nah! I’m still a mom to a little one. Maybe I will feel differently when she’s a tween/teen and I can send her off to friends and family. That’s why #SMOTS was a dream come true. An event for content creators AND my family gets to attend?!? Score!!!
7. Would You Attend Again?
Heck yeah!!! A content creator that loves to write all things high end travel & a mother to a Sesame Street obsessed special needs child, Beaches Resort is my family’s paradise. Mom gets to network with professionals and boss babes while my hubby and kiddo get to enjoy a high end vacation that charters to special needs kids! Only other resort that goes out of the way for autistic children is Sesame Place, so it was very relaxing for us to not feel obligated to explain my daughters diagnosis over and over to staff. The staff at Beaches already know how to deal with special needs kids and are trained not be obnoxious! If only there were Beaches Resorts everywhere in the world because we felt right at home! Fingers crossed an invite to #SMOTS lands in my inbox next year!!!
Have you even been to a Beaches Resort?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.