Last Monday I put together a quick recap of the Southern Blog Society Conference (#SBSCon) in Atlanta. Today I wanted to take a bit more time to dissect the event and share some of the knowledge I gained at #SBSCon.
The group of bloggers that I spent three days with was wonderful and oh so fashionable! Everyone became quick friends, it didn’t matter if you knew everyone or no one, which made the conference even better.
We started the conference with a Night Cap hosted by Ahalogy in the swanky Whiskey Blue on the top floor of the W Atlanta-Buckhead (where the conference was held). Having never been to a blogging event this large and not knowing anyone, I was a bit nervous. Luckily, there were champagne and macaroons to get the party started.
The fabulous Breck of Whim of the South, came right up and introduced herself which made me feel at ease right away. She also introduced me to Cathy and Jessica, the founders of SBS. I also quickly met Alicia of Alica Tenise, who I loved getting to know over the course of the weekend. The event was set up perfectly, it gave everyone a chance to meet over everyone’s favorite – champagne!
Keep reading what I did the rest of the weekend at #SBSCon!
The next morning we were up bright and early for Coffee Talk. We received a bag full of goodies, including beautiful Kendra Scott studs, a Moon and Lola hashtag necklace, SBS notebooks from Tiny Prints and more. I was already on cloud nine and then the speakers started. First up was Ahalogy, a service to help optimize social media, especially Pinterest, for bloggers.
- Use personal photo on social media because it is more relatable to others
- Create a Pinterst board for your blog pins and make sure it is first on your profile page
- Be mindful of searchable keywords
- Vertical images are repinned the most and the optimal size is 736×1190
- Pin no more than 25 images a day
Next Shopsense was there to give us an overview of their product and introduce new tools that will make using it easier. I signed up for Shopsense awhile ago and never got into it. Now I’m looking forward to trying it out on Wednesday. I’m sharing an outfit post, which I have never done before!
Since I haven’t truly used Shopsense, here are a few tips and tricks:
- You are paid for all clicks, that way your pay stays consistent
- Hyperlink your blog photos with affiliate links
- Different retails give out bonuses month to month
Lastly, the amazing Amy Flurry, who recently wrote the book Recipe for Press, was there to inspire us and fill our heads with new ideas. Amy has been a contributor and editor to many major magazines and if there is a person who knows PR and the press, it’s Amy.
- “There’s power in a great picture.” -Amy Flurry. Amy is recommending all bloggers go outside of there comfort zone to create great photos
- Make friends with editorial assistant at magazines, they are the ones that look for great material
- Amy also recommends that each blogger specializes in what “being in the South” is all about
If you are interested in Amy’s book, Recipe for Press, you can order it here. I can’t wait to read it. It was one of many beautiful gifts in our tote bag for the day.
On top of three great speakers, there were also tons of brands there that we had the chance to network with: ASOS, Dressup, Kendra Scott, PlaBeauty, Dermalogic and Intimacy. I hope to bring one to the blog soon!
After a morning of Coffee Talk and networking, we were hungry for lunch. We were bused on a trolley to South City Kitchen where we enjoyed a fabulous lunch sponsored by ASOS and South City Kitchen. The tables done up perfectly by Flower Child Weddings and a surprise was waiting – TAudrey Jewelry of social media necklaces. I wear my @twinstripe necklace all the time!
Every great lunch should start with a pretty cocktail. I loved the ASOS crush: Citron Vodka, thyme infused syrup and fresh lemon juice. We feasted on Southern-inspired appetizers, fried green tomatoes and pimiento cheese, a choice of entree (I loved my crab cake salad), and finished the meal off with banana pudding.
Left side: Grace of A Southern Drawl | Blaire of Peaches in a Pod | Liz of Pretty Sweet Life | Katie of Pearls and Twirls | Meredith of Floral Frocks | Right side: Natalie of 11th Tread | Me | Jessica of Here & Now | Anna of Running on Plenty | Bekka of Palm and Peachtree
When we returned from lunch, giant swag bags were waiting for us! It was like Christmas in July. I’m stilling working on putting all of my goodies away. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for a peek at what was in that massive bag.
After all of that fun, Sunday ended on a more relaxing note, a pool party hosted by Southern Living. I connected with two lovely bloggers from Greensboro, Emily of Life with Emily and Whitney of Whit Speaks. I’m hoping the three of us can plan a fun Triad-area event soon!This confernce was perfect – there was time to learn and time to network and meet new friends. I went out to dinner with a few ladies on Saturday night, it was great to be with a group that understood the art of the Instagram. We got to know each other and traded tips and tricks. I felt a true sense of community at #SBSCon.
Thank you to all of the work Cathy and Jessica put into this conference! It was amazing. If you are not a member of the Southern Blog Society, I highly recommend joining. Other regions will be coming soon too, check them out!
A special thanks to Rebekah Carson Photography for capturing the magic of the weekend. Most of the above photos are hers, with a few of mine mixed in.
Here’s to next years #SBSCon!