I wish you could have attended Blogalicious 2012 with me, but its ok because I can still get you inside with a few video highlights from my trip.
Branding and Tech Tips w/ Kris Kain – LittleTechGirl
What Blogging Business Women Want – CoachMUp Boni Shares
How to Save and Be Savvy – Tips from Natasha Nicholes
Video Marketing Tips and A Little About MomsView w/ Sarah Malkin
Do you know Power Mommy?
SistaSense Quick Tip: Sharing Your Story in Videos
Why Denene Loves Instagram
What’s Working Now – Talking with the MommyReporter
Why Christie Loves Google+
I hope you enjoy these videos and can make it out to Blogalicious next year! If you want to meet me sooner then be sure to take a look at these upcoming events – SistaSense Power Circle 2013 Conference and the Good Life Girlfriends Women’s Day celebration!
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but that rule doesn’t apply here because I have to tell you all about some of the wonderful brands and bloggers I connected with at Blogalicious 2012. Coming from a mompreneur who loves to blog these are definitely the kinds of businesses, bloggers, and entrepreneurs that you want to be aware of.
My Vegas trip was super fun and super busy. Between speaking at Blogalicous and attending Olympia 2012 with my hubby, I tried to squeeze in some time to see the sites. On the Vegas strip I discovered the biggest ROSS store I have ever seen and decided to pick up the super cute dress seen above. Imagine my surprise when I strolled into Blogalicous and found out ROSS was also one of the featured brands. If you don’t know about ROSS they offer quality name brand and designer apparel for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department store prices. I love my local ROSS, but the Vegas outlet was like 10 of them all in one!
As I attend more events, do more videos and take more pictures its super important for me to find trendy outfits within my mommy budget, so ROSS is one of those places I love to shop. If you don’t know about them, now you do! And you if are on Facebook every day like me, you can also get Ross Dress for Less updates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RossDressforLess.
Funny story… My son and I both have sensitive skin, so as recommended by the doctor we only use Eucerin lotion. Every time I get to the airport for Blogalicious something crazy happens. Apparently my tooth paste and Eucerin was a little over the 3 ounce rule, so the air port lady just had to throw them out! I was like “NOOOOOO, I need that for my sensitive skin!” Last year at Blogalicious, I won a Sony DVD player from Sears Kmart, which was crazy because our DVD portable player broke on the way there. This year, I grab my Blogalicious swag bag and you will never guess what is inside?!?! A brand new container of Eucerin, their new Professional Repair product for extremely dry skin! I had a great time sharing my story at the Eurcerin booth. If you want to try it, you can register on their site to get a free sample of Eucerin.
Last year I did a video interview with Desiree Peeples aka The Mommy Reporter on Making Money Online and Transitioning to Work At Home Status. She is definitely a mommy blogger to follow and know.
This was my third Blogalicious and my trip would not be complete without a power session with one of my favorite gal pals, career coach Boni.
If there is one thing I prioritize, its having successful like minded women around me. I had a ball reconnecting with partner/mentor Richelle Shaw and the one and only Brand Coach Jai Stone, who also happens to be the creator of the very popular BlackLoveForum blog. Both of these ladies have actively shared their professional expertise as speakers for the SistaSense Power Circle series. Hopefully you can meet them in person at my 2013 Power Circle Conference here in North Carolina.
Being successful at blogging is about writing great posts and following great people who write great posts. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Denene Millner in person. She is the creator of the fabulous My Brown Baby Blog. She is one of the best freelance writers I know; she wrote about me in Ebony Magazine and she has authored well known books like Sparkle and ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man’ with Steve Harvey.
Another wonderful mommy blogger to know is Tara Pringle Jefferson. Tara and I are kindred spirits and we go way back from being Disney Mocha Moms together. Tara is also a freelance writer and the creator of the Young Mommy Life blog. If you have not already done so, listen to her session within the SistaSense Power Circle Series on how to create great content for your blog.
If you want to be seen online you have to understand the importance of community. I think very few people understand this concept as well as Ananda Leeke, creator of Digital Sisterhood and also a Power Circle Speaker. Ananda was one of the wonderful ladies who attending my session on using video to tell your story online and of course she and I always hang for a bit every time we meet at Blogalicious. This year I was able to surprise her with a copy of the SistaSense Power Circle CD, she presented a session on Pinterest. It was very hard for us both not to cry. Love her!
I’ve been blogging, networking, coaching and partnering with women entrepreneurs for so many years online that meeting them in person is really a new and refreshing experience for me. During the wonderful McDonald’s Mixer I got to sit down and catch up with Rhonda aka Turquoizblue, who just happens to be one of the wonderful ladies Richelle and I have coached for several years now. Rhonda is the creator of ThisIsCrochet, she has a wealth of experience working with chrochet brands and building her own business online.
My Blogalicious list is actually longer than shown here, so I will probably have to follow up this post with another one, but enjoy these Blogalicious Brand and Blogger Connections for now.
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While at Blogalicious 2012 I got the inside scoop on how you can get $50,000 investment capital for your small business. MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) business plan competition is now open and accepting entries.
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You know I always have a great time at Blogalicious and this year its in Vegas Baby. Outside of seeing my fellow business bloggers, mommy bloggers and friends I am super excited to hang with my girls Richelle Shaw and Jai Stone + speak on a great panel with Sarah Malkin and Kris Cain. We will talk about the art of using Photos and Videos to share your story online.
As a service professional I use video quite a bit to market my businesses and my websites, so I have quite a bit to share with the Blogalicious attendees. Did you know that youtube get over one billion pages views a day and about one hour of content is upload to youtube every second? I believe that one way to help customers find you is to be where they are and youtube is where they are!
If you will be in Vegas attending Blogalicious definitely leave me a comment and let me know, but if you will miss my session you can also download my audio series on video marketing here; use the code VEGAS for a special discount.
Last year I spoke with Pam Perry on the topic Monetizing Your Blog Content (video clip here). I had such a great time after Blogalicious 2011 that I created a video / audio series on 27 Things You Should Be Doing Right Now (Blogalicious Lessons Learned). You can watch a clip of that here, the complete audios + link to my session on Monetizing Your Blog Content is available within my Rock the Web Workshop Series as a BONUS! Vegas Baby! See you there.