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Webtivity Selected for Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Social Media Campaign
Posted by Troy Newport on 03 February 2015 11:44 am

Webtivity has been selected to develop a comprehensive social media strategy for the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce.  The initial phase of the relationship will include optimizing tampa-bay-beaches-logoexisting social media properties and evaluating current strategies.  Future phases will include refining messaging, cultivating a more active audience in the areas of tourism and local business, and eventually exploring monetization strategies.  Webtivity has consulted with other Chambers of Commerce in the Tampa Bay Area to deploy similar strategies.

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce serves beach communities from Sand Key in northern Pinellas County to Pass-A-Grille in the south.  The Chamber serves tourism related businesses who leverage the Chamber to promote the area and their companies, as well as service businesses who leverage the Chamber as a means of networking with the local business community to identify potential customers and strategic partners.  The Chamber is an independent, non-profit corporation and was created in its current form in 1997, when three previously autonomous chambers joined forces to better promote the Tampa Bay Beaches area as a whole and offer visitor centers for tourists.

For more information on the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce:

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The Founding Fathers and Summer Heat
Posted by Matthew Haller on 03 July 2014 07:19 am

This blog is going to be a little out of the ordinary for a tech and marketing company, but because the long July 4th weekend is upon us it is completely fitting.

Our country declared independence from Great Britain 238 years ago this Friday.


It is remarkable that the United States, a country of little significance at the time, was able to win a war against arguably the world’s best army. What is truly extraordinary, however, is that the United States was able to become the great country that it is today. How did we do it? How did the United States become so great? There are thousands of reasons why this country became the wonderful place it is now but the one that stands out the most is the ingenuity of our Founding Fathers to construct the Constitution. The push to create a more effective system of government began 11 years after we declared independence in the summer of 1787. The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that started it all took place during an extremely hot and humid summer. 

I would like to take this time to point out the obvious fact that our Founding Fathers did not have air conditioning. As they debated hours on end about the functionality of the Constitution they also sweat through their clothes. To make matters worse, they preferred their proper fashion, that is, they wore stuffy vests and coats. Temperatures were high and so were tempers, but despite the heat they were still able to come together to finish what they had started.

As we prepare to enjoy fireworks and barbecues this Friday we should also be preparing for the heat. Drinking lots of water and wearing sunscreen are just a few of the essentials for those who plan on basking in the hot sun this independence day. For those of you who are planning on skipping out on the hot summer activities, I would like you to take a moment and reflect. If our Founding Fathers had had the luxury of air conditioning the United States may have never come into existence. The heat would not have pushed them towards a thorough and swift construction of one of the best documents ever written.  My recommendation, therefore, is this: enjoy the heat this July 4th weekend, sweat a little, and you may think of something that could change the course of history.

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Marketing and Public Relations Workshop – May 14
Posted by Troy Newport on 07 May 2014 07:46 am

The Sarasota Chamber has partnered with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Florida Public Relations Association to present a Marketing and Public Relations Workshop on Wednesday, May 14 at the Polo Grill.  The workshop will feature an opening keynote followed by a choice of three workshops, which you can pick two.

Troy Newport of  Webtivity Marketing & Design will be presenting a workshop titled, “Content Marketing: Creating Outside the Box“.  This workshop will offer tips and suggestions to tackle the difficult task of creating unique content for your human audience, dispersing it through blogging, social media and other channels while making it work for search engine purposes too.


Workshops will be followed by a Luncheon and Keynote presentation “7 Reasons Why This Year Will Be Great” by Doug Van Dyke.

To register please visit the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance website

Marketing and Public Relations Workshop

Polo Grill (map it)

Wednesday, May 14 from 8am – 1:30pm

See you there!

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Webtivity Opens Satellite Office in St. Petersburg Florida
Posted by Troy Newport on 02 April 2014 08:15 am

The last fourteen years have been exciting and rewarding for Webtivity, and the world has changed immensely around us over the years.  Our company started in a small location in central Bradenton in 1999 and was originally founded to provide computer education services for business owners.  Because word was spreading rapidly at the time that businesses needed to start worrying about building these things called “websites” our staff were asked if that was a service we could provide.  And so began the first evolution of Webtivity. 

Over time we added design and programming staff to meet market demands as businesses wanted to add more functionality to their websites.  As the web became more crowded and something called “Google” became important, we began educating business owners on the importance of Search Engine Optimization.  Then “social media” happened, and over time the major search engines started paying attention to social sites for ranking factors. In between this explosion of internet technology the world experienced the tech bubble, the first iPod, the eruption of smartphones, and the widespread adoption of video across the web. webtivity-marketing-design

As technology and the internet has evolved so has Webtivity.   But what we’ve never changed is our mission to provide excellent customer service, to never promise things we can’t deliver, and to always recommend solutions that are in our clients’ best interest.  Unfortunately for our industry as a whole there are few companies that operate that way, but fortunately for us it has been one of our great differentiators.   As our reputation has grown we have built a portfolio of customers around the greater Tampa Bay area, and over time we have continued to hear from our clients to the north that there are few good choices for internet marketing companies. 

That is why we are pleased to announce we have opened a satellite location in St. Petersburg, FL.  The new office space is located at 3021 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33713 in the Grand Central District, which received the Main Street community designation in 2001 by both the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Main Street program.   Our new office will allow us to better serve our clients in Pinellas County and we are excited we were able to secure office space in the growing District on Central Avenue near downtown St. Pete.

Webtivity has also made a brand transition to better reflect the services we’ve been offering our clients over the years.  Webtivity Design Solutions has been transitioned to Webtivity Marketing & Design.  Or you can simply call us what our friends have always called us: Webtivity.

So as we continue to grow and evolve, one thing that will always stay the same:  our mission will continue to be to provide excellent customer service, to never promise things we can’t deliver, and to always recommend solutions that are in our clients’ best interest.  Thank you to all our clients and strategic partners who have been with us all these years!

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Happy Thanksgiving From Webtivity!
Posted by Troy Newport on 28 November 2013 06:05 am

We are so thankful for all our amazing clients and strategic partners–without you we couldn’t do what we love every day!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your friends and families, watch some football, do some shopping, or just relax!  Whatever makes you happiest, that is what we wish for you over the holiday weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!
The Webtivity Team








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2013 Chamber Expo
Posted by Troy Newport on 13 November 2013 08:03 am

Ready for the biggest networking event of the year??  Come see us at our booth at the 2013 Chamber Expo TONIGHT at the Bradenton Convention Center!  There will be hundreds of Chamber members and guests, and there is always amazing food and door prizes.  And of course the opportunity to meet people from the best businesses in the area!

We will have a fun game to play at our booth, so come see us tonight!

Chamber Expo 2013

Location: Manatee Convention Center  (map it)
Date: 11/13/2013
Time: 5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

For more info on the Chamber Expo:
Manatee Chamber – Kim Dalglish
941-748-4842 x121




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