the great #sfgirlguide + giveaway.


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i thought it might be fun to involve you readers in a wee experiment — putting together some unique city guides — not just san francisco — we’re going worldwide! this guide will be for everyone and very visual, too because we’re doing this via instagram. when i was in italy with bri and jen, we found it invaluable to consult instagram for tips on where to go by searching hashtags like #rome or #venice. we found the best places to eat, drink and shop all with the help of the people we follow on instagram. and because you could see the place, it made spotting the places we’d like that much easier. so we’re going to crowd source a visual travel guide for everyone to use, using a few simple hashtags. and just for contributing, one winner per month will win a little spending money — a $100 amazon gift card to use as you like.


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here’s what to do to contribute TO THE #SFGIRLGUIDE, and enter the monthly giveaways:

• follow me on instagram so i can instant message you if you win the giveaway.

• take instagram photos (the more the merrier) of your city (or, if you like, a city you’re traveling in) — cafes, coffee, favorite shops, anything special that makes the city unique.

• tag your instagram photo #sfgirlguide and also tag the city, for example #chicago #sanfrancisco #newyork etc.

• if it’s a specific cafe, shop or attraction be sure to tag the name of the place, too — like #zunicafe or #ritualcoffee or #marinagreen — this will help followers find these places when they visit that city.

• if you want to search multiple hashtags on instagram (i.e. #sfgirlguide and #losangeles) you can use this tool. add the webpage to your home screen on your phone and it works like an app for easy multiple hashtag searches.

• add the location if you have ‘locations’ turned on in your instagram preferences.

• each friday we’ll feature a blog post of a bunch of our favorite instagrams and identify the city and location. we’ll continue to grow the guide so you can keep contributing at any time.

• and if we feature you on the blog post, we’ll also link to your instagram accounts — so it’ll also be fun way to find and gain new followers and together create fun and useful visual city guides on sfgirlbybay; and totally accessible to everyone on instagram.

• another big incentive? anyone who contributes instagrams and tags them #sfgirlguide will be eligible each month for a $100 amazon gift card. gift card to use any way you like. i’ll be choosing my favorite images, and you may enter as many times as you like.

• i’ll direct message the winners on instagram (or comment on their most recent instagram letting them know they’ve won) and then announce winners on the last day of each month on twitter.

you in? alrighty then, let’s get instagramming and hashtagging! if we’ve got enough of you contributing, we’ll post the first guide next friday, february 21st. any questions? please comment below and i will do my best to clarify. happy trails and happy snapping!


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32 Responses to “the great #sfgirlguide + giveaway.”
  1. erin says:

    is it OK to hashtag past photos? i went ahead and did a few, so they are accessible, but didn’t know if they could be included in the contest??
    PS, brilliant idea, cause i do this all the time when visiting cities to get ideas of fun “off the beaten path” ideas

  2. Ilenia says:

    this is such an amazing idea! I always do the same with instagram if I’m going somewhere new. I love it!

  3. Meghan says:

    Uhhhh, LOVE THIS IDEA. What a great concoction of magical things all in one spot. So into it.

  4. Very cool, thanks for the idea! I can’t wait to see what people tag in the East Bay… this will be a great excuse for me to explore Berkeley/Oakland more!

  5. Vicky says:

    GREAT IDEA!!!!! love it!

  6. Soraia M. says:

    I’m totally in! :)
    My city is Lisbon, Portugal, btw. Tough it’s been raining A LOT lately, I’ll try to participate anyway. :)

  7. Oh Victoria, this is a fantastic idea!!!

    I have not yet blogged about my book research tour to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. I was thinking of designing a little travel brochure of our adventures to coincide with my book launch events, but this fits very well too.

  8. Erin says:

    I just told my husband we should go on a date to the Macaron store for V-day after seeing that picture. I’ve been all over France but this place in Germany beats them all! Totally off topic, sorry!

  9. Anathalia says:

    What an amazing idea! Can’t wait to see featured cities and photos!

  10. Maia says:

    I LOVE this idea! I’m also finding inspiration for places to eat and visit from instagram and now it will be even easier! Hooray :)

  11. Amie says:

    What a neat competition idea! I will be sure to take some snaps of my favourite places here in New Zealand’s post earthquake city Christchurch!
    xox Amie Spoonful of Vintage

  12. Andrea says:

    Great idea. One question though: how exactly are you planning on emailing winners? I mean how do you get their email address?

  13. Absolutely love the idea! So simple and effective! You’re a girl after my own heart Victoria. XO

  14. maggie says:

    What a cute and amazing idea! Definitely going to take part.

  15. nanette says:

    So fun!! Can we still submit photos of San Francisco if it’s our own town? :)

  16. Cori says:

    I may have just gone nuts and tagged too many! oops.

  17. Kayla says:

    Love this idea! I’ll cover San Luis Obispo, CA :)

  18. rena says:

    um, just wanted to say that you are such a smartie :)

  19. Emily says:

    SO SMART VICTORIA! I just hashtagged like I’ve never hashtagged before.

  20. Bee says:

    Great idea! Thanks for putting the travel guide together, Victoria.

  21. Ana says:

    Amazing idea Victoria!

  22. you are brilliant! love this!

  23. Sally says:

    Somehow I’ve only just seen this – such a great idea! Will definitely be checking out these hashtags when I next go on holiday :)

  24. maggie says:

    Great idea, Victoria! These will certainly be interesting and pretty little city guides.

  25. Ashleigh says:

    GIRLS! This is an AWESOME idea. Can’t wait to follow along x

  26. rae says:

    what a fun idea! definitely going to be participating!

    rae of lovefromberlin

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