A few days ago I got to go to my very first blogger conference. It was the Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Conference in Portland. It was an invitation only event and I was thrilled to receive one! Nobody knows their method in choosing people to go. There were some big-time bloggers there, and then there was me.
All set to go!!
Portland is a few hours from my house and I was lucky enough to find a carpool buddy. I got to hang out with Maegan from Sounds Fun Mom, a fantastic site about local activities for families-right up my alley!
Unfortunately, we were a bit late to the event. Traffic was horrible and we missed the beginning, including the pin exchange. They handed out pins to everyone at registration and they got a chance to trade with each other. It’s a huge deal at the Disney parks. All of their “cast members” have pins to exchange with guests. At this particular event, the pin exchange portion was the best time for a meet and greet.
The entire event was really fun! There were great speakers, all of whom really knew their stuff!
Some stand out points I thought I’d share:
*when taking photos, “zoom in” with your feet. (It makes so much sense! The zoom on my phone just ruins the quality of the photo!)
*She demonstrated some Video apps, specifically Magisto and Videoliscious. They are quite different from each other, but they both involve making a video out of your photos.
Andrea and Megan from Babble talked about the most effective way they have found to use social media.
*FB-Instead of just posting links, post “shareables” and native uploads
*Pinterest-Use the “guided search” feature. It helps you find the most valuable keywords for your descriptions.
*Twitter-Every morning check to see what’s trending. If you have a relevant way to use it, do it.
*There is “no such thing as too many tweets!”
*Instagram-Always share your photos to FB. (I just recently started doing this. For some reason I had it stuck in my head that we weren’t supposed to.)
*if you want to connect with brands or other bloggers, always start with Twitter.
Marianne Richmond, children’s book author and illustrator-
*Know your “why”
*Embrace your design and your unique voice.
(In our goodie bags, we received a copy of Ms. Richmond’s most popular book, If I Could Keep You Little…She was gracious enough to sign everyone’s copy. By the way, total tear-jerker! But such a great book!)
*What are the top search terms for your site?
*Don’t be afraid to block people on social media
*Let your kids be involved. They’re going to be online anyway, may as well be involved.
These weren’t all of the speakers that were there, and this is just a snippet of what I learned, it was quite an busy day!
And what kind of Disney event would it be, without a photo with Mickey?! I’ve got to be completely honest here, this is the first time I’ve met him. One last thing I learned while I was there. I am not the social butterfly I thought I was. I was so intimidated but all the great bloggers, I only handed out a few of my cards! Oh, well! Something to work on for next time.
Your turn! Have you ever been to a #Disneysmmc event? Or another blogging conference? Did you enjoy it? What were you able to take away from it?