If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw that I was having one helluva time a couple of weekends ago. I was attending my very first blogger conference called Blogalicious. I had no expectations, but something inside of me just made me feel like I had to be at this conference. So I found a ticket, booked my hotel, and drove solo to the beautiful city of Miami, Florida.
Day 1 – I arrived on the scene and I was really impressed with the sponsors that came out. They were all so generous and showed their support for all of us bloggers. To be honest, I did a lot more networking, than I did learning about blogging. But I believe networking is a key skill to master if you want to be a successful influencer. The sponsors were Kia, Jack Daniels, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, AARP, PhoneticEyewear, GoRving, SheaMoisture and many more.
Our swag book was lit with hair products, we got free Jack tastings, Hanes gave us free bras and t-shirts. Kia was giving away $50 Sephora gift cards just to test drive one of the 2017 Kia’s outside of the hotel. I mean the sponsors really made the investment worthwhile to begin with.
I even met Keith Sims, retired NFL player for the Miami Dolphins! We talked a little about RVing and what it means for him and his family. Overall, my first day was a success. He was so nice and personable.
There were other brands in the house, like Phonetic Eyewear. They specialize in glasses that protect your eyes from the UV lighting of computers and your smartphones. You can wear them with or without a prescription and they are less than $100! I cannot wait to order a pair or two of their glasses.
Day 2 – I managed to get my butt into some sessions. I learned what PR representatives are looking for when selecting an influencer to work with. But we also learned the importance of relationship building with various brands and the people who work for them. It’s not always about the ask or sending them a proposal.
After the session, I managed to catch up with some other blogger friends and we did another Kia test drive together. I was also able to go back through all of the sponsor booths and really learn a little bit more about each one in detail. The Monsanto booth was fun, they served us yummy smoothies in the morning. I met some awesome farmers and I hope to visit their farms one day.
Oh, I forgot to mention that on Friday night (Day 1), Jack Daniels threw us a party at RedBar with free drinks and food. Even the tasting we had right before was legit. We learned all about the history of “Uncle” Jack and sampled 5 different flavors as we journeyed down the timeline of the brand.
Overall, I had such an amazing time just being around other men and women who are influencers and creatives. The energy was contagious and it really inspired me. Oh and my natural hair girls were live at five at this event. I mean all the curls and afros were giving me life.
And although, I never made it to a lot of the informational sessions – I do believe that this trip was a success. I learned lessons that I probably would not have learned anywhere else, all by just networking and building relationships at this conference.
I am proud of myself and I plan on serving you all better, by putting my best foot forward. I plan to show myself more in my photos and my writing.
Lastly, on Saturday, I was impressed with hearing Myleik Teele speak. She is the CEO of Curlbox and an amazing woman. Hearing her story and feeling her no bs energy, gave me a confidence boost. I definitely appreciated hearing her advice.
The theme of this conference was #TribeUp and I definitely plan to rebuild my Tribe of supporters to give you all a better experience every time you visit my corner. Stay tuned…Growth in progress…