Each class and workshop is taught by bloggers and businesses who are experts in their field. At the end of each class, the teachers will allow for questions, so come prepared with anything that you may want to ask them. Don't worry if you can't get to every class you want, we are recording all the sessions on Saturday and they will be available to all attendees at no cost!
Friday, February 7, 2014
12:00 Noon - Registration Begins
Registration at the Radisson Hotel Wasatch Room. Pick up your swag-bag that includes discounts to local stores and a gift from City Creek Center.
12:00 Noon - Shopping at City Creek Center, etc.
Join other conference attendees for a fun Bloggers Day Out at City Creek Center. Select stores (including Albion Fit) will be opening their doors especially for bloggers. There will be food, discounts, and fun prizes. Some of the other stores involved are:
West Elm – 10% off
Papyrus - Buy one, get one 50% off (stationary)
Sephora – samples
Lush – free sample with purchase
Farr’s Fresh – 3 oz FREE
Rocky Mountain Fudge – 20% off
Tricked Out Accessories – 10% off
12:00 Noon- 3:30 PM- Albion Fit Special Blogger Event
Be sure to stop by Albion Fit at City Creek for a special blogger event. There will be amazing food, discounts for everyone, a fashion show, plus so much more! You won't want to miss it.
12:00 Noon - 4 PM- Group Shopping with Chic On A Shoestring and Macy's
The amazingly talented Alicia from Chic On A Shoestring is a professional wardrobe consultant that has worked with the likes of Clinton Kelly from What Not To Wear. With 15 years and thousands of consultations under her belt, she knows her stuff. She will be hosting 4 group shopping trips (one each hour) with 8 people in each group. Her focus is going to be on finding the right jeans to fit your body, no matter what size you are. More information about sign-ups and details will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
3:30 - 4:30 PM - How to Get Published - Radisson Hotel - Wasatch Room
Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain (the publisher who did the Six Sisters' books) will be on hand for a presentation on how to get a book published and how to get free books and other things for your blog. They will have a question and answer session and you can meet them personally at the Radisson.
5:00 - 6:30 PM - Exclusive Blogger Dinner - Christopher's Steakhouse
This dinner will be by invitation only. The dinner was open for the first 200 bloggers to register for the conference. At this time, volunteers, sponsors, and discounted tickets are not included. More information will be coming soon (bloggers who are part of the dinner should be receiving an email by January 24). Even if you are not part of the dinner, there are plenty of places to eat close to the hotels and at City Creek. Many bloggers in the Build Your Blog Facebook group are meeting up at different restaurants, so be sure to check those out!
7:00 - 9:30+ PM Advertiser/Brand Speed Dating and Blogger Social- Radisson Hotel
Meet and greet 35+ advertisers and businesses who are interested in working with bloggers in a speed dating format. Then enjoy the rest of the evening meeting, networking, and business card swapping with the other bloggers attending this year's conference.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
8:00 - 9:00: Registration- Radisson Hotel
Sign up early then make your way to the business card table where you can sign up for pinterest, Google+ and blogger marketing groups. Make the connections with other bloggers in your blog-sphere!
9:00 - 10:00: Opening/Welcome:
-Keynote Speaker: Meg Johnson
After a hiking accident that left her a C-7 quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down and without the use of her hands, Meg is known for her inspirational talks about when life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin'!
10:00 - 11:00: BREAKOUT SESSION #1 (Choose one to attend):
-10 Ways to Get Traffic to Your Site
With hundreds of thousands of hits a day, Jillee is one of the most successful bloggers out there. In this class, she will share the best ways to help drive more traffic to your site. It's one thing to get the post all written . . . but then what? You need to get people to your site to see your page and view your content. This class will be focused towards what you do AFTER the post is written and will share some unique ideas on how to get people to click over to your site.
-The Power of Social Media
Taught by Nate Putnam and Kevin Hill from Envolve Media
Envolve Agency has managed numerous social channels for small to large sized businesses for the past two years. They understand the value of quality content and also strategic timing of posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. This class will show you the tools and techniques we have used over the past 24 months to get our clients the highest engagement and reach possible through social media. We will explain to you the massive changes in Facebook and the causes behind why your reach is diminishing day after day. Finally we will explain what Envolve is creating to help bloggers with publishing ads, understanding analytics, and scheduling posts on social channels.
Taught by The Sisters from Six Sisters' Stuff
Almost everyday, the sisters get emails from bloggers just starting out that are along the lines of: Where do I start? What tools do I need to help me get started? What is going to help me save the most time? How can I be successful? How do I balance it all? How do a monetize my new blog? They are excited to share with you what they did to successfully start their blog and help you set yourself up for success. This is the perfect class for bloggers who are just starting out or bloggers that have been blogging for less than a year.
11:00 - 12:00: BREAKOUT SESSION #2 (Choose one to attend):
Taught by Kristen Duke from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
Every blogger knows that a fabulous project is nothing without beautiful pictures to portray the creativity. Kristen Duke will focus this class on finding the best light, working with the light you have, and setting up a styled scene to best share your amazing projects with the world. If you are feeling frustrated that your pictures are only so-so, or just want some new tips to best photograph your projects, this is the class for you!
-The Power of Google+
Taught by Jesse Stay, author of Google + for Dummies
Google + is quickly becoming one of the most powerful tools for bloggers and early Google+ adopter and social media consultant Jesse Stay will show you how to utilize all of it's amazing features and teach you why you need to be using it. He will also share tips on how to get started, create a profile, set up privacy settings, chat, post, control who sees what, and much more.
-The Business of Blogging
Taught by Larry Adamson, founder of My Recipe Magic and Dad of the Six Sisters' Stuff
From taxes to accounting to setting up your own business, this class will cover it all. As you start to build your company, there are a couple of key things you need to know to be successful, without hiring expensive accountants and lawyers. This class will help you learn how to make consistent money from your blog incorporating available technology and keeping it simple.
12:00 - 1:30: LUNCH AND MINGLE
-Great Prizes and Giveaways!
1:30 - 2:30 BREAKOUT SESSION #3 (Choose one to attend):
-Stacking Ads and Working with Ad Media
Taught by Taste of Home and Larry Adamson, founder of My Recipe Magic
One way to monetize your blog is to place a conservative number of ads in strategic places on your site. Then you should use every strategy possible to obtain the highest payment from advertisers for you ads. Many times this requires a tool that will enable you to cause multiple advertisers to compete for your space. Come learn the strategies that you will need to help you make the most money from your ad space.
-World Domination, One Tweet at a Time
Taught by Dave Guymon, author of If You Can't Fail, It Doesn't Count and host of the Take 5 podcast
Dave's session, World Domination One Tweet at a Time, will teach participants how to not only use Twitter as a secondary social network, but how to leverage the second largest social network to drive traffic to your blog, engage readers in constructive conversations, and build relationships with potential sponsors without having to email back and forth with companies just to find the right person to talk to. Participants will this session, not only being able to use Twitter like a pro, but with an understanding of how critical Tweeting is to the continual development and growth of a successful blog.
-The Ins and Outs of YouTube for Bloggers
Taught by Mindy and Shaun McKnight from Cute Girl Hairstyles
Mindy and Shaun have basically built a YouTube empire! What started out as sharing simple hairstyles has become a thriving and powerful business. With over 1.4 million subscribers, they are excited to share some of their best tips and secrets to help you get started and succeed on YouTube.
2:30 - 3:30 BREAKOUT SESSION #4 (Choose one to attend):
-Recipe Magic-12 Ways to Make Money From Your Recipes
Taught by Larry Adamson, founder of My Recipe Magic
Once you have submitted a recipe to My Recipe Magic, don't let it get lost in the shuffle! In this class you learn how to best utilize My Recipe Magic to make more money and to generate a lot more traffic from the new site.
-Blogger Open Discussion
Led by The Sisters from Six Sisters' Stuff, Tara from The Dating Divas, Shelley from The House of Smiths, Cassity from Remodelaholic, and Stephanie from Somewhat Simple.
Last year, the biggest request was to have a class where you could ask experienced bloggers all the questions that you have. We are working on rounding up some of the best bloggers who have experienced it all- and are ready to answer all your questions. If you have a specific question that you would like asked in this class, please email us at BuildYourBlogConference@gmail.com.
-Working with Media
Taught by Brooke Walker, host and producer of Studio 5 and Michelle Torsak, former executive producer of Studio 5
Ready to expand your brand, and welcome the spotlight of a different stage? Learn how to instantly grab the attention of television, radio and print producers and stand out from all the rest. We’ll discuss the art of a good media pitch, the mistakes to avoid, and how to prepare for a live media interview.
3:30 - 4:00 CLOSING SESSION
- More Great Giveaways
- BYBC Video and Slide Show
- More Networking