Sunday, October 28, 2012

10 Reasons Why I’d Go Back to The She’s Connected Conference!



I had the pleasure of attending the She’s Connected 2012 Conference (SCCTO) in Toronto last weekend!  Although I‘ve attended many different conferences and tradeshows over the past two decades, I had never attended a “blogging” show.  Here are 10 reasons why I would go back to SCCTO next year:

1.Online Friends Your online friends are even more awesome in person, than viewed through a computer screen!  I had the pleasure of finally meeting Brandi from Yee Wittle Things, Sandy from Zwap Canada and lots of other special online gal pals at SCCTO!

2.New Friends The amount of new friends I made at SCCTO was astronomical!  Many of these fantastic ladies I had known of from reading their blogs, and it was great to finally put a face to a name, er, blog!  In no particular order it was great to meet Common Cents Mom, Sober Julie, In R Dream, My Bits and Bleeps, Tales of a Ranting Ginger, Life on Manitoulin, Ottawa Mommy Club, Life's a Blog, Mom Vs. The Boys, Thrifty Mom Media, Our Family World, Orange Hero Mom, Althea Officinalis, Mommy Gearest, Journeys of the Zoo, Nugglemama's Handful, and so many more!
Mommy Gearest (left) and Sober Julie during a breakout session
3. Brands, Brands, Brands! The sheer number of brands that I had a chance to meet with face-to-face at SCCTO was MEGA!  I had the pleasure of speaking with Walt Disney World Company (Canada), PepsiCo, Hasbro, Environics Communications, ING Direct, CAA South Central Ontario, ING Direct, Ford Canada and The Huffington Post, just to name a few of the brands!


4. Opportunities!Wow!  The connections I made with some brands quickly opened new doors, and presented myself with immediate opportunities.  One such opportunity was with The Huffington Post Canada, and I am currently writing for them!  I also have many other opportunities in the works, that I can tie directly to the She’s Connected Conference.
One of many great panels at SCCTO, featuring Ford, Ketchum, High Road Communications,
 Hill & Knowlton, Cohn & Wolfe & Strategic Objectives
5. Great Speakers!I attended both days of the She’s Connected Conference, and during that timeframe managed to hear 14 different speakers discussing topics that were of interest to me.  Some such speakers were Keynote Brigitte Richardson from Ford Motor Company, Keynote Kate White (Former Editor-in-Chief from Cosmopolitan Magazine) and Richard Ellis from McDonald’s.  Content included Blogger Relations, Content Strategies, Monetizing a Blog, Social Media, Book Signings, Brand/Agencies and more!
      
6. Pampering!I was royally pampered at SCCTO, including a mini manicure and massage in the McDonald’s Lounge, and real mink eyelashes at the iLash.me booth.  I would have loved to have had my hair coiffed at the Blo Blow Dry Hair Bar booth, but did not get the chance.  Next year!
Julia from Nugglemama's Handful gets a massage
McDonald's Lounge at SCCTO
7. Swag!For the swag-loving crowd out there, the swag was cool and plentiful and SCCTO!  Personal favourites include a Maple Leaf Bacon “Fashionista” t-shirt, The Printing House Umbrella, Almond Fresh tetra packs of beverage and the incredible “Real” Spoon bracelet from Handmade Treasures.
 
8. Everyone “Gets” ItWorth mentioning, everyone I met at the conference “gets” it—what’s it like to be a blogger, to blog, and why it’s important.  This is not something that everyone “gets” and it was nice to be among kin.

9. The Parties! One of the disadvantages of attending a conference in my own hometown, is being called back home and not being able to attend the fab parties!  I’ll try not to make the same mistake next year, as I heard that the SCCTO parties were fabulous!  I saw the pics, and I’m so sorry I missed being a part of it.

10.   Let Me Speak! The 10th reason that I would love to attend The She’s Connected Conference next year, is so I can be a speaker and share what I have learned this year as a blogger.  I remember being an absolute newbie, and all the questions I originally had.  Wouldn’t that be great!

So, where do I sign up to attend SCCTO 2013—or better yet, SCCVAN 2013 this January or February in Vancouver!

24 comments:

  1. LOL I love that you actually posted that photo of me. It was great connecting with you and I can't wait to do it again. :)

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    1. Julia, great connecting with you too! Are you thinking of going to SCCVAN?

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  2. Congrats on writing for HuffPost - that's awesome! I think I'd personally identify with #8 the most. Hopefully I'll get out to one of these conferences sometime soon!!

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    1. Manager to Mom, I think you would enjoy one of these conferences!

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  3. I am gad you had such a great time. I really enjoyed SCCTO this year - there was just so much to see, hear and do that it is a little overwhelming.

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    1. The Country Mouse, I just tried to take it all in stride.

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  4. I agree that it was definitely worth my while to attend SCCTO. It was definitely a learning experience! Also thrilled to have met so many of my peers :)

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    1. Shayna, I found it was such a positive experience!

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  5. I had such a good time at SCCTO! Thanks for sharing. I haven't been able to get my thoughts down but you did a fantastic job! Hope to meet you and hear you speak at the next one.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Lee! Hope to meet you too.

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  6. I enjoyed SCCTO too, there was so much to do and see, people to meet, but I would like to go again NOT being the newbie.

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  7. it was great meeting you too! glad you had a good time, I can't believe you went home and not out to the parties!! boo!

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    1. Mom vs. the boys, I won't make the same mistake twice!

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  8. It was SO awesome meeting you Jenna!! You're are so wonderful and such a beautiful person, inside and out! It was definitely a highlight for me and I agree with all your reasons to go back to ShesConnected :) I wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy more of it!

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    1. Brandi, you're so sweet! If I can get some sponsorship, I'll definitely attend SCCVAN.

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  9. I am so glad no one took a picture of me getting my massage... that would have been quite the sight. I plan to continue to attend these events. I love that most of them are in the city I live in.

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  10. So nice seeing familiar faces! I hope to go next year.
    Great post and looks like so much fun...now if only i can get a seated massage!

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  11. I LOVE going to ShesConnected, and this year was fabulous! :) Did you go both days or just Saturday? I ended up on going on Friday only, and spent all day Saturday thinking of ya'll, lol. Now that I know what you look like, I'll keep an eye out for you next year! ;)

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  12. I LOVE going to ShesConnected, and this year was fabulous! :) Did you go both days or just Saturday? I ended up on going on Friday only, and spent all day Saturday thinking of ya'll, lol. Now that I know what you look like, I'll keep an eye out for you next year! ;)

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  13. While I've never attended the conference, I follow many blogs with gals (including a few of the ladies in your photos!) who have - I have never heard a negative comment about it!

    Sounds like an amazing time, indeed!

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  14. I loved SCCTO too but I don't think we met Jenna :( So much to learn and think about. Yes, I'm probably the only one left still thinking about what to do next....

    At any rate, I will definitely try to find you at next year's conference! :)

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  15. I agree, it was so nice putting a face to @ handles and url's. Glad that we got a chance to meet. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to really hang out. Next year!?

    Glad that you enjoyed yourself!

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

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  16. I would love to hit up SCCVAN but I am finding NO info online about how to go to it!! it is driving me insane!

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  17. Im not a blogger, but sounds like alot of fun! Its great to find somewhere you can relax and have fun away from kids once in a while!

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