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Blog Elevated: The 10 Best Things I Learned in Dallas

I did something brave this month. I attended the Blog Elevated conference in Dallas…all by myself. I drove the 5.5 hours from Northwest Arkansas. I showed up. I was present (in mind and body). I met awesome bloggers. I learned great stuff. This was my first Blog Elevated conference, and I’m so glad I attended. The setup was different than other blog conferences I’ve attended. The speakers were top-notch. I was familiar with a few of them. I was introduced to others.

The conference started with party on Friday night. The food was good and the drinks even better. The best part of the night was seeing the biggest accomplishments on the Blog Elevated board. I wish I thought quick enough to take a picture. Below are the items from the attendee bag. 

blog elevated swag bag contents

Thanks to the sponsors of the conference – Kroger, See’s Candies, Lily Jade, Olay, always, Pantene, CoverGirl, Fred Myer Jewelry, Beanfields, iBlog magazine and Zomato. 

The 10 Best Things I Learned at Blog Elevated

  1. Rae Hoffman gave an inspiring and heartfelt opening to the conference. Her speech featured 11 things her son taught her. The best advice she gave was “Not everything will go to plan. Your ability to be successful doesn’t depend on the plan. It hinges on being able to adapt to the hand you’re dealt.” How true is this? Hearing her say this really touched my spirit. Adapting to the situation will get you further than complaining about it.
  2. Rae also advised the audience that “self-education is one of the best ways to empower yourself.” Find courses online and learn something new. She recommended the site, Ed2Go.com, for tutorials and classes. 
  3. Facebook Groups are where you build your tribe. Abbie Unger presented a great session on how to start and build a Facebook Group. Groups attract people who are passionate and want to interact with each other. A Facebook Group should be a community. It’s an opportunity for people to connect with you and each other. Abbie provided great resources. I purchased her book, Make Money with Facebook Groups. You can learn more about her book >> HERE
  4. I learned three ways to publish books. Angela England explained the difference between eBooks, Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing. When creating a book, you should solve a problem, entertain the reader,  teach them a new skill and/or save them time. 

    Having a book creates a value perception. It creates a connection.Angela England

  5. Marie Bonaccorse (The Sassy Tweetress) brought the madness and virtually “dropped the mic” at the end of her session. I loved her presentation on creating SUPER SOCIAL STRATEGERY and more. Her talk was about leveraging your owned, earned and paid media. She explained that social media should drive fans/followers to your blog or website. Look at your calls to action. What are you asking people to do? The Sassy Tweetress is my spirit animal. I want to be her friend (are you reading this, Marie?). 

    Do you have a paid media strategy? Yes. You need one. It doesn’t matter the size of your budget. Marie Bonaccorse, The Sassy Tweetress

  6. The session on creating irresistible email content was highly valuable. Kiki Oliphant gave great examples and tips on email marketing. “Why Email? Because you need it. Because it’s legal. Because it’s personal. Because it’s yours – you own it.” 
  7. Create passive income. We’ve all heard it before. However, Paula Rollo and Becky Mansfield offered detailed information and tips on creating passive income:
    • Monetize every post.
    • Get creative. Go above and beyond the expected.
    • Think outside the box. Make your posts fun.
  8. Confidence is important. Jolie Egan from the MSLGroup explained that “we must work together to raise confident girls who become confident women.” She showcased the #LikeAGirl campaign by the Always brand. Did you know that 1 in 2 girls lose their confidence when they enter puberty?
  9. Make your own products. Almost every speaker / presenter was in the business of making their own products. They highlighted books, eBooks, courses, email courses and digital downloads. Everyone encouraged the bloggers to think of a way to solve a problem…and make a product.
  10. The biggest advice from the Brand Panel included: if your brand-sponsored campaign goes bad [for any reason at any time], contact the PR Rep immediately. Do not waste time. Also, come to the table with a solution to the issue.

#BlogElevated was a great conference. @SassyTweetress @Paula_Rollo @AngEngland & more shared awesome info! Click To Tweet

It was a great weekend at Blog Elevated. I meet tons of fellow bloggers. I’m glad I attended. You can learn more about Blog Elevated >> HERE.

Before you go: below are a three resources mentioned at the conference.

Some of the below are affiliate links. That means if you decide to purchase a product or service by going through my link, I will get some lunch money (not a new car).

If you want more resources and tools, click >> HERE to download my tip-sheet of the 10 Ultimate Tools Shared at Blog Elevated 2015. 

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Ramona

I'm a female who enjoys french fries and everything associated with them. I am a foodie, a carb lover and someone on a mission to lose the extra pounds. At the core of things, I am a storyteller. Professionally, I’m a marketer. I write about food, exercise, traveling and events. I am a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Welcome to my life…one post at a time.
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  2. Valerie Robinson

    So much great/useful info in one post! Monetizing is what I’m working on now! Thanks for sharing all of these tips!

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      Ramona

      Thanks, Valerie. I’m glad you found useful info. Yes, monetization is a continued goal for me. You should also check out the #BlogElevated Twitter chat on Monday nights.

  3. Patranila

    This is really good. I’m totally bookmarking for later reference. Sounds like a great conference with really good takeaways. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting a Facebook group.

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      Ramona

      Thanks, Patranila. Bookmark and share if you know others who would benefit from the information. Facebook Groups are an excellent way to build community. Be sure to follow Abbie Unger on Twitter and Periscope. She has more detailed info groups and managing them.

  4. Camesha

    There are so many good nuggets here. I need to save this post! I will be launching my own FB group in the next few weeks to grow my tribe. Looking forward to it.

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      Ramona

      Camesha, I’m super excited that you found value in the post. Definitely bookmark it for later. Also, follow Abbie Unger on Twitter and Periscope. She’s the best and provides detailed information on Facebook group management and more.

  5. MJ

    I’m still working on monetizing posts and creating my own products. Great advice. I love the blog elevated tweeter chats. Sounds like a great conference to attend.

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  6. Nancy

    Really awesome read, it is awesome to see that you are sharing tips from a blog conference because so many women want to go but cannot.

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  7. Christine @MomsNCharge

    Wow, these are some really awesome takeaways! I’ve never attended this conference but I may have to put it on the radar for 2016. Kudos to you for making the trip and commitment to go.

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      Ramona

      Christine, you should definitely check it out. I was really impressed. I had no idea what to expect. It was a great conference. Not too small, not too big. Great speakers and cool attendees.

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      Ramona

      Kiki! Thanks for the comment. Your session was super helpful. I signed up for the 31-day challenge! I’m nervous, but excited to get started tonight.

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      Ramona

      You should definitely check it out. They have an annual conference, a Facebook Group and a Twitter chat on Mondays. I’ve met great folks with Blog Elevated.

      Thanks for your comment.

  8. kita

    Great breakdown and these are great tools. I am wanting to start a FB group called Action in Business or something where we keep it small and do an action a day to help better our small businesses. I think I will start it or collab with someone to do it.

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      Ramona

      Thanks for the comment, Kita. You should definitely start a Facebook Group. Abbie Unger provided it great tips and information. Her book (also available on Kindle) goes into greater details. Collaboration will make it manageable. Let me know how things go.

  9. Sasha-Shae

    Wow! This post is golden! This: “Not everything will go to plan. Your ability to be successful doesn’t depend on the plan. It hinges on being able to adapt to the hand you’re dealt.” – by Rae is such a good reminder! I often feel bad because things didn’t go how I planned or expected but yeah. Saving this post for quick pick me ups. Thanks for sharing Ramona!

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  10. Addie

    Oh Wow! I’m from NWA and I live in Dallas but I didn’t go to the conference this year lol! I love your recap, the Facebook group sounds so awesome! I’m thinking about doing that!

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