I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket to SoFabU on the Road; however, all opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #SoFabUOTR #ad
I have been blogging here at Creative Ramblings for over 2 years. In that time this blog has gone from a hobby to a business, and I have transitioned from doing everything myself to reaching out and using the expertise of those around me. The blogging community I have grown to know and love is amazingly supportive and has helped me grow my blog and continue my passion for sharing creative projects. My next step in this blogging adventure is attending a conference. No they are not just for big bloggers and yes they can absolutely be worth the time and money! Let me share how you can Up Your Blogging Game with a Conference.
Networking: A blogging conference is a day or more filled with bloggers serious about what they do. Many times there are key contacts from brands and companies you may want to work with. Go in armed with business cards and an elevator pitch and get your name out there. At the very least, and what I most looking forward to, put a face with the name of your favorite blog. You will head home with new friends and connections.
New Skills: Blogging conferences feature keynote speakers and break out sessions led by people who are at the top of their game and really know the subject they are talking about. You are bound to learn something and have a couple AHA moments that you can use to grow your blog. There is a lot of information on the web and you can watch videos and listen to podcasts, but there is something about being there in person that helps these new skills sink in. You also have the ability to ask questions and chat face to face with the presenter.
A day dedicated to you and your blog: Blogging is a business for me, but it is not my full-time job. I am a nap time blogger, I spend the rest of my time at home with my girls enjoying them and running my household. I work at most a couple of hours a day while my kids sleep. I often long for a day, or a few hours, alone to think and blog. A conference is a day, without kids or a full-time job, to focus on your blog. You get to brainstorm, network, take notes, and soak it all up. This alone might just make the cost and travel worth it.
I am attending SoFabU on the Road, a conference open to all bloggers and influencers, a unique event that allows influencers to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help set them apart from the rest. I am looking forward to hands-on, interactive sessions and a fun city-specific adventure where I will get to practice some newly learned skills. The full agenda for my conference in Minneapolis can be found here: Minneapolis information. The keynotes by Marybeth Hamilton and Sarah Mock on storytelling and monetizing are going to be awesome and I am planning on taking lots of notes.
Another perk, it’s at the Mall of America. Guess where I’ll be spending my Friday before the conference, can’t wait!
This conference has traveled around the country in 2015 and the next stop is Minneapolis MN. A short drive for me that I am roping into a family vacation. The final stop for SoFabU on the Road is Atlanta in September. All the details on this traveling conference can be found on the SoFabU on the Road Website. The conference is sponsored by a organiztion I love, Collective Bias®, and national sponsors Müller, Kraft, Mitsubishi, Johnny Rockets and iBlog magazine.
If you are thinking of attending a blogging conference I highly recommend this one. Not only is it close to me but the cost is reasonable and the number of tickets is limited. This will be a relatively small group of bloggers learning and implementing skills in real-time.
Early bird tickets end today July 24! I would love to see some of my Midwest blogger friends there.
- Date: August 29th, 8:30-9:00 registration – Mall of America, Executive Center
Let me tell you a little about Collective Bias®, the sponsoring organization of this conference. They are the only shopper social media company that solves shopper marketing problems by weaving together organic social content with engaging, real-life stories to generate millions of impressions, increased share of voice, SEO and retail sales for brands and retailers. Top brands such as Tyson, Nestlé and Duane Reade rely on Collective Bias to sell their stories socially. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, with satellite offices in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Cincinnati and London, Collective Bias was named one of America’s 25 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a part of the Inc. 5000.
Social Fabric® is Collective Bias’ proprietary community of nearly 3,000 shopping-focused influencers with an aggregate multichannel reach in excess of 130 million. This is by far my favorite network to work with. Joining this community kickstarted my blogging business and I now make the majority of my blogging income through Social Fabric. I am able to write posts for big brands that are so much more than a product review. In fact, product reviews are not at all what they are looking for. I am able to try and review products I really like and weave them into stories and tutorials that I know my readers will enjoy. It’s kind of the perfect balance.
Whether you attend this conference or not I highly urge you to check out this amazing network.
For more information, please visit Collectivebias.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Talk to me about conferences, have you attended one yet? What conference and what was your biggest take away? If you haven’t been to one yet tell me what’s holding you back?
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