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BlogHer12 Recap Part II: Sessions and Glitter

Friday

Friday Morning, I  woke up bright and early. I was READY to get started.

Breakfast was served…..

blogher breakfast

The opening address from Blogher co founders was like a rallying cheer! Go forth  and learn and network!!

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And to start that off, we started with Speed Dating.  In that short time,I managed to meet Erin from abookformydaughter.com.  Amazing since we had just been messaging each other!

And then, off to the sessions!

I had a plan, if you remember. But I ended up at Brand Blogger Connection.

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Speakers were Anna Lingeris from Hershey, Doug French, Kevin Brown from Huggies, Maria Niles, Stephanie Quilao and the fabulous Denene Millner from My Brown Baby.

She rocks by the way.  Did you know she has never pitched a brand? Her thought: Brands are attracted to the voice.

Just a few points:

  • Don’t compromise your integrity JUST to work with a brand.
  • Remember that YOU are the brand!
  • The future is mobile! Look at your blog on all devices( iphone, ipad, android etc). Does it default to moble viewing?
  • Keep your pitches and convos super short with Brands. Tweet them. Use bullet points.
  • When bringing up monetary compensation, know your worth.

There was more, and you can go here to the live blog of this session. It was awesome. I’m glad I went!

Next was lunch…..

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And the fabulous Martha Stewart!

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You know, I liked Martha Stewart before  I heard her speak. but I always thought of her as….stiff.

But wow. I LOVED her!

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After lunch, we headed over to Strategic Content Development Across Multiple Media: Onstage, Onscreen and Online.

THIS was the session I HAD to go to.  The speakers were: Dr Goddess, Franchesca Ramsey, Issa Rae and Luvvie Ajayi.  I follow all of these ladies and was sooo soo pleased to see this panel of hilariously creative women all on one panel.

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To say it was funny was an understatement.

Highlights:

  • WordPress is easy to use, consider tumbler too. It’s easy to update
  • Invest in a good camera
  • tech tools to analyze productivity: tweetreach, google analytics, You Tube insights and crowdbooster.com
  • Dont underestimate yourself!
  • you don’t have to be on twitter everyday!
  • twitter is a dinner party, facebook: you already know everyone.
As before you can go here to read the live blog of the session. There was more but I was too busy listening to write!

The last session that I went to that day was Leveraging Facebook and Twitter.

Speakers were: Diane Lang, Leticia Barr and Nelly Yusupova.

I mainly went to this session because my Facebook game sucks. Big time.

But I still learned a lot about twitter that I didn’t know!

  • Invest in a good headshot. Keep it the same across social media
  • Bio on twitter: link to your about page on your blog
  • 80/20 rule: share 80% personal stuff and 20% other stuff
  • Links help define who you are

Facebook:

  • Create a marketing strategy to drive folks to your Facebook page.
  • 88% of Facebook users never return to your page after liking it.
  • Put out questions on Facebook. It creates engagement. Ask thought provoking questions.
  • Post “did you know” facts, polls/surveys, talk about the news
  • You cannot ask people to “like” your page on Facebook. But you can ask them to like a post.
  • Post outside business hours. Most people can’t get on Facebook at work anymore!

And again, the rest of this talk can be found here.

Blogher12 expo hall

I hung out in the expo halls quite a few times and ran into a few fabulous brands…

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Later on that evening, I ended up at the Hasbro Party. I was amazed, really Amazed when I got the invite to this one.

I LOVED it!

I walked there with Mimi and we met up with Quiana( @HarlemLoveBirds), Nellie ( @Bklynactivemama) and Dani( OK Dani).

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The drinks were STRONG(yes only one)

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I FINALLY FINALLY met Veronica( veronicaarmstrong.com)

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We danced, ate mini quiche and beef wellingtons, took silly photos and got swag.(Which Pookah loved loved loved)

And walked back to the hotel.

Past Times Square!!

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Which is just….really bright……and busy…on the eyes….

And of course, when we got back to the hotel, it was time for the fabulous Sparklecorn!

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This was a cake…

It was all about unicorns and glitter apparently…

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And it was FUN!!

As I headed to bed that night, I realized that I was really loving this conference.

Really!

Stay tuned on Thursday for Part 3.

But COme back tomorrow for a few photos.

 

 

  • Reply
    Kita
    August 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I figured people only like your page on Facebook no one comes back. I am like that also if I happen to browse my page I will see someones blog but most times I never look at the Facebook page again once I liked it. I must get a head-shot done I have been sending out an old picture of me from way back. Great tips

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    KalleyC
    August 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Excellent tips! Also, it must have been a real blast to go! So happy that you picked up things to help you out on your journey, and I will be looking forward to more pictures tomorrow. Keep em’ coming. 🙂
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    Amber
    August 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Looks like a great time! Thanks for posting the transcript links!

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    Xenia
    August 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I did a Twitter search on BlogHer12 recap and glad I came across yours – I had been reading so many blogs about disappointment and yours was refreshing with good tips that I need to use. Love the pictures and see you know Veronica!<3 Yay! Thanks for sharing and keeping it real!
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    Whitney
    August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the links, very generous of you. Glad you had a wonderful time.
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    Terri
    August 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Your pictures are allowing me to live vicariously through you. I definitely wish I attended. I find the 80 – 20 rule with Twitter very interesting. I never thought to make 80% of my Tweets about me. Part of me is still thinking that people don’t actually care that much. I guess it can’t hurt to try it though.
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    Cam - Bibs & Baubles
    August 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    keep the posts coming. I feel like I’m getting the inside scoop. I plan to be there next year in Chicago.
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      rosesdaughter
      August 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Yay!! I hope we get to meet next year!

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    adrienne
    August 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    SO.MUCH.FUN!!!
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    Jessica
    August 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Oh, I loved reading this! Thank you for sharing all of those links! I’m off to check them out now! Would you attend BlogHer again? Or, are you feeling like one time is enough for you?
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      rosesdaughter
      August 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

      I’m really trying to go again! It was HUGE and I met so many people, but I loved it!

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