Do Bloggers Tours Work?
by staff on December 17th, 2014

We hosted a Bloggers Tour on December 13, 2014 here in Webster City.  We invited the North Iowa Bloggers to town.  https://www.facebook.com/NorthIowaBloggers 

Six of the bloggers came and spent the day in Webster City.  We started at 9 am and finished at 5 pm.  Lunch was provided by the Grid Iron Grill and each shop had either a short demo, told the story of their business, or offered some gifts.  The cost to the Chamber was simply Deb's time in organizing and leading the tour. 

We had arranged for them to visit these shops:
  • SOS Vintage (and TiDe Creations and Relax the Bath housed in that location)
  • R Company
  • Shanti Wellness and Day Spa
  • Gilberts Jewelry
  • Osweiler's Fashions
  • Classic Carpet and Interiors
  • Produce Station Pottery
  • Stony Creek Landscapes
  • Heart 'n Home

They had lunch at Grid Iron Grill and were scheduled for supper at Seneca Street Saloon. 

They toured the Jane Young House, Kendall Young Library and the Lighted Drive at Briggs Woods Campgrounds. 

They spent time at inTANDEM Workspace and did some writing, and had a recap conversation. 

They met the mayor and he spoke and answered questions. 
​Pictured: Sara Broers, BethAnn Chiles, Jennie Flaa, Alicia Schmidt, Amy Hild, Donna Hupp

So ... did it work? 

Early results are a definite yes!  Three blog posts have been written so far, they tweeted, instagrammed, facebooked the entire time they were in town and continue to share online.  BethAnn Chiles was on the radio and talked all about the tour.  

The hard part is tracking the results.  And frankly, it's not that hard.  First of all we used the hashtag #buywebcity.  You can go to these three places and search for the results of that hashtag:
 http://www.twitter.com and put #buywebcity in the search box  (after you set up your free account)
http://iconosquare.com/ and put #buywebcity in the search box (after you set up your free account)

You can follow us on our facebook page and we will keep you updated with the links. https://www.facebook.com/WebsterCityAreaChamber 

We will keep following and review again in a couple of months.  We can safely say it was a great day and we were pleased and honored to show the North Iowa Bloggers around town!  

This blog post was originally article shared with our business newsletter readers. 

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