Disney Social Media Moms Conference
Thoughts on the Disney Social Media Moms Conference
As I write this post I am sitting in the Orlando airport waiting to board my flight home from the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and I am reflecting on how much I got from it. I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it due to the weather and some other factors…and after missing my initial “great flight that would have had me there by noon” I spent 12 hours getting to Orlando and got into my room about 11:30 pm this last Wednesday. But it was worth it. Getting home is another story since I had one of my “old lady brain farts” when I scheduled my trip and instead of arranging my flight for Saturday the 13th at 7:30pm I scheduled it for Sunday Feb 14 at 7:30pm. (Yes…Valentines day). I changed that flight so that I at least get home by 10pm instead of 11:30pm tonight. Just because I’m an organizer doesn’t mean I don’t mess things up. (for sure)
Guy Kawasaki – Founding partner of Garage Technology Venture & Co-founder of Alltop.com
Our first speaker of the trip was Guy Kawasaki. He gave me some new insights on twitter. He discussed twitter and how he uses it and how we can best use it to further our businesses. He shared that he was originally against it, not caring that “Jimmy was drinking his coffee” , but realized that it can be an invaluable tool in your business. Some of the tips that I gained from listening to Guy was that we should tweet out 4 times each thing we tweet. He schedules them about 6-8 hours apart so that he doesn’t lose page views. He states that more than 4 times is too much, but less than that we are losing valuable page views. He also doesn’t tweet what he is doing during the day and he is not talking about tweeting out responses to people 4 times. He is constantly searching for information that others will find interesting and informing us of that on which is linked to his All Top Site which of course then brings him more traffic. The site is a pure meca of information! He also stated that we need to have a tweeter-feed. So that each time we post something new…it shows up on twitter. (I need to do that)
Maxine Clark – Founder and Chairman of Build a Bear
Maxine if my new idol I think. She is the founder and chairman of Build A Bear. She shared with us how she has a love of bears and how much her bear meant to her as a child. Persevering and believing in your dreams and working to achieve them was her message. She was truly amazing. She told us about her 2nd customer and how neat it was that a boy can get a Teddy Bear and dress it up in Army gear and it’s acceptable for him to get that and be a kid too. She has kept in contact with these people. She listened to a little girl in Canada who e-mailed her and told her she would like a Build a Bear store in her town and why. That little girl was at that store on opening day along with Maxine. How cool is that? She manages her own Twitter account, e-mail account and answers people back. She is a very busy running a Build a Bear empire….but she still has time to talk to her customers and friends…she is real. She is a gem.
Chris Brogan – Eleven year veteran of Social media and Author of Trust Agents
To be honest I was excited to listen to Chris Brogan at our conference, but I didn’t know how entertaining he would be. When I saw him at Blog World speak….he was on a panel with a few other people and no offense at all….he didn’t really get to “shine” like he did when he was on his own. I didn’t expect to be laughing as hard as I was. But he also passed on some really great information to us. Listening….Connecting…Publishing… The 3 pieces to Social Media that Chris spoke to us about and the importance of them.
Marissa Jaret Winkour – Tony Award winning Broadway Actress and Veteran of Dancing with the Stars
You may remember Marissa on Dancing with the Stars. I never saw her in Hairspray the Broadway play she won her Tony for. Since she was on Dancing with the Stars she has dyed her hair blond and lost a lot of weight and has a son. She told us she was due to have a baby 2 months after she was on Dancing with the Stars. She shared that she was a cancer survivor and before she under went her treatments she froze some eggs and her surrogate was 7 months pregnant with her child. She then went on to tell us about her life as a actress with a baby and how difficult it was.
Kathy Ireland – Surprise guest appearance
Kathy Ireland was not on our programs and we didn’t know she was going to speak to us. She came out looking beautiful as ever. She told us about her work ethics and a business she began going bankrupt, her 22 year marriage and her new book about daily devotionals due to come out soon. (She didn’t push her book, I think someone knew about it and asked her the question…and she answered)
Maryellen Hooper – Veteran in the world of Stand-up Comedy
I can’t tell you how hard I laughed. She was cracking me up. Her act was about motherhood and life as a wife. She has a blog called Stinky Flowers that you will have to go visit. You will have to get her DVD…she is really entertaining.
Disclosure: I was not sponsored to go to Disney Social Media Moms conference. I paid for the conference on my own. We did however get a discounted rate on the conference, our room and Disney tickets, and some of my meals as that was part of the conference package I purchased. I was not asked to blog on it, so any blogs or pictures I post are because I have chosen to do so.