Blog Elevated Conference: Top 5 Takeaways

 

Blog Elevated was the first blogger conference that I’ve ever been too, and it certainly won’t be my last. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you probably saw some of the fun things going on at the conference in Grapevine, Texas.

The Swag

 

I was really impressed by all of the free stuff we received at the conference! While I came to the conference for all of the information I would learn to grow my blog, I was more than appreciative of all the goodies they had for us! Not only did I get all of this swag…

 

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…but I also won this gorgeous Lily Jade bag!! 

 

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That is the picture I submitted that won me the organizing bag. If you are familiar with Lily Jade, you probably know that these bags were made to be stylish diaper bags. While I don’t have any reason to use it as a diaper bag, I did find that it is perfect for carrying my laptop, planner, and everything else I need! Plus, I can stay organized! Not only that, but it easily converts from a backpack (pictured above) to a purse (pictured below).

 

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Beauty, Bubbles, and Bites

Beauty, Bubbles, and Bites was a super swanky afterparty they threw after the sessions on Saturday. There was food and wine….

 

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…jewelry cleaning….

 

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…and even beauty stations (Not that I was about to put them through the torture of fooling with my hair!!)

 

 

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It was a really fun night and I met a ton of inspiring bloggers.

 

In addition to meeting so many amazing bloggers and receiving more swag that I could have ever dreamed of, I learned a bunch of tips to help grow my blog! While I could talk all day about the abundance of knowledge I gained at the conference, I figured I would sum it up into my top 5 takeaways.

 

5. When working with brands, remember that you are a business.

If you take yourself seriously, others will too. While it can be easy to send emails with the same type of speaking that you use to text your friends, it is important to remember to be professional. Also, make sure you are following up on everything you agree to doing.

4. People buy from people they know, like, and trust.

Make sure that in every post you put into cyberspace is written with integrity and speaks on your personality. If your blog is about being vegan and someone offers you a campaign for leather purses, it is probably not a good idea to accept. Your bloggers won’t trust you and that is the last thing you want!

3. Know your audience.

This is important because they are the ones you are writing for. It’s good to know what they are more likely to be interested in. If the majority of the people reading your blog are 50 and older, they probably don’t care to read about your 10 tips to getting through your first pregnancy. That isn’t something they are going through.

Also, brands want to know who your audience is so they can be sure that you are a good fit for their campaign! One of the speakers said that sometimes they are looking for people who live in a small town because they are more likely to have readers who are from that particular area.

2. Have a social media crisis plan.

This was something that I’d never even thought of before coming to the session. You never know when  something you meant as harmless and funny may go viral and effect your image. Make sure to have one of these!

1. Find balance in .logging by taking off the scale.

IDK about y’all but I get stressed out if I have way too much on my plate! Well one of the bloggers who spoke had this brilliant idea about how to make that easier. Stop doing so much! It is really that simple. The reason for this is because it is better to do a great job on a few things than to do a bad job on just one. Brands are going to want your best and when you go above and beyond for them, they remember that. So its okay to focus on just a handful of things.

Well those are the top 5 takeaways I took from the Blog Elevated. I learned a ton of information from each of the speakers and I can’t wait to go to my next conference!

 

Let Me Know:

Have you ever been to a blogger conference? Which one, and what was your favorite thing about it? Let me know in the comments below!

**I almost forgot to mention the book I won from Abbie Unger! Its a super helpful book about making money through Facebook Groups! You guys should definitely check it out! Her session had some of my helpful tips!

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I'm a twenty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

81 Comments
  1. Sounds like it was a great conference this year! I’m still psyched that you won that beautiful bag woot woot!!! These are some great takeaways, thanks for sharing. I need to come up with a social media crisis plan for sure!

    1. I was blown away myself! The social media emergency plan is for if something from your site goes viral, but for a negative reason. One of the best tips I heard for creating one is to wait a day before saying anything, and then going through and apologizing to anyone who took the time to comment. Especially if it was something taken out of context!

      You will have to go next year! I’m gonna make it a point to do so!

    1. It can be hard! One thing they stressed it to just write everything down! That way you aren’t feeling pressured to remember everything. Plus, who doesn’t like checking things off of a checklist? 😀 I’ve never heard of Simply Stylist! I will have to check it out!

      I’m also going to check out your blog now!

  2. You got some great info from this and it looks like it was a lot of fun too! I have such a hard time with balancing my online life with my offline one, it’s something I really need to work on being better at!

    1. I totally agree. It can become a lot and get overwhelming. One of the main things I took away was to write EVERYTHING down. Your plans, your goals, your EVERYTHING! It helps clear up brain space and makes you more likely to get it done when you put it in writing.

  3. Yikes! I definitely never thought to have a social media crisis plan. I usually always associate a media crisis with a celebrity who has stuck their foot in their mouth! I’ll definitely have to do that!

    Thanks for all the tips! Also, that bag is beautiful and I’ve been searching for something like that so thank you!

  4. This sounds like so much fun! I’ve never been to a blogging conference but am definitely keen to try one. I also need to learn to slow down and do less…

  5. Congratulations on the bag! It looks amazing and your wear it well. Next year I’m hoping to attend Blog Elevated, so I’m glad that it was so beneficial for you.

  6. It was so nice to spend lunchtime on Saturday with you, Ginger.

    Congratulations on winning the bag – that’s awesome.

    It sounds like you came away with some great tips!

    1. Thanks Susan! It was GREAT meeting you!! You have such a happy and kind spirit about you, I love that!

      I was super excited to win the bag. Thank you!

      I definitely learned a lot at the conference. I’m actually studying up on some of the stuff right now! 😀

  7. I have never been to a bloggers conference, but would really like to someday soon. This looks like a fantastic event and I agree with you that while the swag is very welcome, Im sure the information you received was invaluable. Need to understand more about that social media crisis plan? sounds very daunting! Thanks for sharing

    1. This was my first one and I loved it. I feel really empowered after attending and I definitely plan on going to more conferences now.

      Here is what I’ve been telling people with the question about the social media crisis plan:
      The social media emergency plan is for if something from your site goes viral, but for a negative reason. One of the best tips I heard for creating one is to wait a day before saying anything, and then going through and apologizing to anyone who took the time to comment. Especially if it was something taken out of context!

  8. What a fun event! I actually am totally drawn to diaper bags because I love big purses. I don’t have kids, but I’ll be like “this is cute” and inevitably it’s a diaper bag! haha. Your takeaways are helpful as well. What would a social media crisis plan look like?

  9. Sounds like it was a great conference, I have never been to one.. Should add that to the list of todos. Great tips! Yes it better to do good to a few than be mediocre at many.. there is so many social media channels to keep up with!

  10. It was great to meet you!! Love your blog. (55 comments?! I’m so jelly!!) I loved the lily jade bags so much that I plan to get that red one for a cruise we are going on in November.
    Looking forward to more of your writing!!
    ~Andi

    1. I’m surprised myself! This is by far my most engaged post ever.

      I DEFINITELY recommend the Lily Jade bags! I can fit my laptop, planner, tablet, camera, phone, and other nick nacks in it! Plus, I can wear it as a backpack, which was kind of a big deal for me. I’m so happy to have won it!

      Where is your cruise going to? Cruises are literally my favorite types of vacays!

  11. Thank you for sharing such great tips! I’ve never been to a blogging conference and I must get to one. I’m happy you enjoyed this one and learned a lot. It’s also nice that they had all of those goodies/freebies!

  12. I love attending blog conferences. My recent one was Sofab U on the road. The knowledge, new friends and goodie bags are all worth it! Thanks for sharing your take aways from Blog Elevated. Perhaps next time I’ll join that conference too!

  13. Hey Ginger! I am thrilled you were able to attend Blog Elevated. It was my first conference too. I was blown away buy the sincerity of everyone involved. I got so much information it might take me until Halloween to integrate everything in my blog! It was nice to meet you and discover your blog as well! I really enjoy everything here:) May God bless you in all your endeavors and have a wonderful weekend!

  14. You had me at “swag!” And I love that Lily Jade bag! I have a toddler, but this is my first time hearing about these designer diaper bags. They’re gorg! I’ve never been to a blogging conference, but it’s definitely on my “must-do” list. This post further intensified my desire to check some out! Thanks so much for sharing these great tips! – Carla, http://poppedblackwomanblog.com/

  15. I’ve never gone to a blogging conference before, but I’d definitely plan on attending one in the future! I love that you shared what you learned.. it’s given me some food for thought!!

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