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March 2, 2012

Blogger Tip 1: Questions to ask prior to selecting a Roomate

I want to say this is written in jest. These are random thoughts that ran through my mind.  They are not all actual events. I had wonderful women that I have had the pleasure to room with but I will have some better interview questions next time.

1) What time zone do you go to bed in and what time zone do you wake up in?

2) What is your method of perfume application? Discreet or arrive before you do?

3) How many extra drink tickets should you be allowed?

4) Should I  trust you to keep a room key?

5) How many bags of shoes do you intend to bring?

6) Do you know where the towel rack is?

7) Do you steal covers?

8) Do you snore?

9) Do you have 60 lb of swag after one day at the conference?

10) Do you bring every office supply tool and take over every flat surface in the room?

11) Are you cranky if you do not get sleep?

12) Do you sing in the shower?

13) Do you jump on the beds?

14) Do you tell people if they have food in their teeth?

15) Do you know tipping is not a city in China?

16) Do you know how to get back to the room without phoning a friend?

17) Do you know why the light on the phone blinks?

18) Do you blog at all hours?

19) Do you eat the food on your plate only or do you feel the need to taste mine?

20) Do you believe in brushing your teeth and taking a shower daily?

February 19, 2012

Bound for Blissdom: How much should this cost me?

 

I am leaving in a car for four days. I will be attending Blissdom in Tennessee. I am so excited and I look forward to meeting all of the other wonderful bloggers. I had to sit down and figure out what this is actually going to cost me because I have a budget.

1) Ticket $200 and I bought 3

2) Car $100 for oil change and tires rotation

3) Gas $300

4) Parking $80

5) Breakfast Thursday and Lunch $40

6) Dinner Saturday $40

7) Tips $20

8) Breakfast and lunch on Sunday $40

9) Hotel $700

10) Incidentals $50

11) Business cards and media supplies $100

 

 

February 5, 2012

Ask A Blogger: What do you put in your bag for a conference

Blogging packing list

Packing List for a Blogger

I thought I would share what I bring to a conference to help you pack. I know it is hard to get it all together so I figured I would show what I have in my bag. I think it is important to be prepared for almost anything. Once you have your bag packed you can get everything else you need to organized to be effective at the conference.

Essentials

  1. Business cards
  2. Schedule for the conference
  3. Hotel reservations
  4. Airplane reservations
  5. important numbers

Technology

  1. Ipad2
  2. Ipad cord
  3. Ipad picture downloader
  4. Ipad cleaning clothe
  5. Extension cord
  6. Durcacell Rechargable instant battery
  7. Iphone
  8. Blue tooth/ plug to charge the blue tooth
  9. ear buds
  10. USB drive to save anything I need

Stationary items

  1. notebook
  2. pen
  3. marker
  4. highlighter
  5. tape
  6. scissors
  7. post it notes
  8. calculator
  9. note cards for a quick thank you note
  10. fancy pens to write the thank you note
Fashionable Accessories
  1. bag to carry the swag with my logo
  2. head band and pony tail holder
  3. small purse to hold credit cards money and room key
  4. a check just in case
  5. lip stick with a mirror on it and gloss
  6. tissues
  7. wet wipes
  8. zantac
  9. ibuprofen
  10. hand santizer
  11. mouth wash
  12. brush ups
  13. floss on a stick
  14. stress point lotion
  15. hand lotion
  16. tide on the go
  17. ballet flats
  18. light sweater that is easy to fold
  19. extra tights just in case
  20. snacks
  21. $1.00 in coins for a soda if needed
In my hotel room I will have:
  1. Mac computer
  2. Neat Receipts portable scanner to log in all my new business cards

 

October 24, 2011

ASK A Blogger

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Amee wrote previously about Tips for a First Blogging Conference. But what do you do if your shy and worried you won’t get enough out of the trip?

While I’ve only attended 2 conferences, I have 3 tips that worked well for me (although people that don’t know me may have no idea that I was actually quite talkative):

1. Room with someone you’re comfortable with. If you will be sharing a room, make sure you are at least somewhat comfortable with your roommate. It’s necessary to have a place to relax at night. If you are with a complete stranger or someone with a completely different schedule, I believe it will just add more stress to your trip. It will also help to have someone you know to occasionally hang-out with throughout the conference.

2. Sit with new people. It is easier for us to sit with people we know or already have a relationship with. If you force yourself to sit with people that you’re not familiar with, you may find that you have something in common with them. I’m okay just listening to the conversation and taking it all in, but I do enjoy getting to chat with smaller groups of individuals.

3. Attend a smaller conference. When determining which conferences to attend, keep in mind the number of people in attendance. A smaller conference such as Save Up ’11 and Savvy Blogging Summit fit my personality better than a huge conference such a BlogHer. I am easily overwhelmed with 100 people, much less put me in a place with thousands of people.

How to you overcome shyness at public events?

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ASK A Blogger: Cold Pitching

I was really nervous about cold pitching. Extremely nervous. Mainly because I did not want to just pitch a random company about a random product. I figured they would just turn me down. Why would they want to promote a product that has been successful for years?

Then I read something somewhere about PRnewswire. I dug around the site (which is extremely confusing) and set myself up with daily emails for new and future products hitting the market. I also composed a standardized “pitch” template in my email client specifically for PRnewswire pitches which I can simply change the company name or product and adjust the email as needed.

I started pitching companies whose products were of interest to me. And the responses poured in. I have actually had to schedule giveaways now so I don’t have too many posted at one time (I am not a giveaway-only blog). I’ve received a lot of great products from cold pitching, especially a lot of food items, video games, and movies. As an example, I had a review and giveaway for a Playstation game which I received 1 copy to review and 5 copies to give away. That’s approximately $360 worth of products! And they pitched me in the same email for another product.

If a press release has a PR company listed at the bottom, send them a pitch. If it has the email of someone from the company at the bottom, use your best judgment (i.e. do you think they’ll respond?). All they can do is ignore your request or say no. But many say yes! PR companies have the highest “yes” rates for me.

So don’t be afraid. Write your pitch email. Include your page rank, page views, monthly uniques, use proper spelling and grammar, be professional, and specifically state that you are wanting to promote their product by hosting a review and giveaway on your blog (I suggest using that wording exactly). You don’t want to beat around the bush; just flat out say what you want in your pitch. Often times, you’ll get it.

I hope this has helped some of you. Maybe if you are nervous about cold pitching like I was, you’ll give it a shot. After all, you’ve got nothing to lose!

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Ask a blogger: Share your secrets

   

   I have had been blogging since April 2009 at Madame Deals. I decided in December I was going to take my blog from a hobby to a business. I knew I had to make a business plan. I had to set goals. I had to come up with strategies to manage it all. I also know the website would be a part of my life but not my life. It is easy to get caught up in making sure everything you see gets posted and every deal appears on your site. If you a careful you will neglect your “real” life and family. The only way to avoid this to make a schedule. You also have to be selective as to watch you are going to write about and develop a methodology for doing so. I decided I would share some of my tips with you.

Here are five great tips to make you a super star blogger

1) When you receive a pitch and you have decided you are going to do the review
      a) Put it on your calendar when it is due
      b) Put a reminder in your calendar to actually do it
      c) Create a post template by copying and pasting the requirements found in the email in your post
      d) Set the template to the date it needs to be posted and then use a year that is one year greater than the year your are in so                you can easily find it
      e) Place in the email address from which it came so you can send the link to the company easily

f) Create a google doc and place in the contact name and email and payment information and the products they represent in case you nee dot pitch them in the future. It is great to say I loved working with you on such and such.

2) Use a calendar and create a schedule. On your calendar should be your post schedule and your product review schedule.

3) I believe you need to educate yourself. You need to spend at least 15 minutes a day learning something new to grow your business. I pick a new topic each week to learn.

4) Once you learn your new item. You need to implement your idea. If you just read or see something new you will not remember it unless you actually use it.

5) Tip is do not put all your efforts on one area. You need to grow your business every week. I pick a different place each week to expand my reach and create new readers.
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