This week we present our “Guide to Digital Dealer Tampa,” with some overall recommendations about things to do in Tampa and at the conference.

BY CEO & Founder Steve White Tampa, Florida May 14

Digital Dealer consistently puts on an impressive conference. Whether it’s the speakers, the parties or the location, it’s a conference that creates competition as to who will go from our company. But, let’s be honest, this year we are out of our minds STOKED, aren’t you? We’re sick of online living every day and just want to have face-to-face, three-dimensional interactions without screens, slippers on our feet, dogs barking in the background, or kids needing help with their school work.
So, we’re initiating the Digital Dealer 2021 Tampa countdown. This week we present our “Guide to Digital Dealer Tampa,” with some overall recommendations about things to do in Tampa and at the conference. In the upcoming weeks, we will ask our team to share what sessions are “must attend” for them as well as at least one place/party they won’t miss. Stay tuned, and if you haven’t signed up yet- do, and use this discount code, 100TAMPASPEAK, to receive $100 off your registration.

The Basics – Food and Drink
Edison Food and Drink Lab912 W Kennedy Blvd. This restaurant is at the top of our list, and it seems it’s at the top of lots of Tampa lists too. It was named #1 Top 50 Restaurants by the Tampa Bay Times in 2016 and #5 Top 10 of 100 Restaurants in 2018. From its website, “Chef Pierola, Local powerhouse and 5X James Beard Semifinalist leads edison’s crew as they explore flavors using the finest components, precise execution and their collective creativity. The results are new interpretations of everyday food expertly engineered into current, modern cuisine.”

On Swann, 1501 W Swann Ave., “Creating contemporary American cuisine that is thoughtfully sourced and features a seasonal menu with local flair. A place for exploring food and drinks.”

Sparkman Wharf, Water Street, “Sparkman Wharf is a dynamic and vibrant piece of Tampa Bay’s downtown waterfront. We’re proud to be one of the top community and cultural destinations in the area, with an effortless blend of loft-style office space and ground-floor retail, along with an intimate dining garden, biergarten, and recreational lawn. Join us in celebrating the best of Tampa—good weather, waterfront views, live music, craft beer, and exceptional dining.

Sprinkles, 717 S Dakota Ave. Founded by Candace Nelson of Sugar Rush and Cupcake Wars fame, Sprinkles offer baked goods that we will not miss while in Tampa. And, if you find yourself out late and craving a cupcake, don’t forget they have a Cupcake ATM, yep, cupcakes 24/7.

Sight Seeing (in case you arrive early or stay longer)
The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Dr.

Busch Gardens Tampa, 10165 N. McKinley Dr.

The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg

Must-See Sessions
So many engaging sessions to choose from, we decided to highlight those often-overlooked ones at 9. Seriously worth getting out of bed for talks by some seriously smart people.

Tuesday, June 8 (9-10:50 am)
The Post-COVID Guide to Automotive SEO in 2021, Gain Visibility and Attract Local Customers, Greg Gifford, SearchLab Digital
Gifford is smart and knows his SEO stuff. Take your pen and notebook, we think you’ll walk away with some solid action items for your Q3 and 4 To-Do List.

Wednesday, June 9 (9-10:50 am)
Digital Dopamine, the Essential Ingredients to Create Marketing that Consumers will Crave, April Rain, Digital Rain Marketing
Have you seen their website? Ka-pow. Who wants to miss “Ka-pow”?

Thursday, June 10 (9-10:50 am)
Retargeting as You Know it Will Soon Be Extinct, Steve White, Clarivoy
Our very own Founder & CEO Steve White has a don’t-miss session. For real, folks, if you haven’t thought about or planned for marketing without the third-party cookie, you are already behind. Don’t fear, Steve will help you set a course so you can preserve the value of your marketing. Seriously, don’t miss Steve’s session. We know it’s early, on the last day, but we’re telling you that understanding the loss of the third-party cookie, navigating the change, and developing a plan for what’s next is of paramount importance.