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It is time to kick off our 2013 Blogggy Boot Camp tour!

You’re Invited to the Bloggy Boot Camp: BRAND EDITION in Phoenix

We’re over-the-moon excited about our first stop for 2013. Due to such a successful event in Chicago at the end of 2012, we are kicking off our tour with another two-day event focused 100% on the business of blogging.

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So what was Chicago like? Why should you want to join us in Phoenix?

We’re glad you asked!

Here are excerpts from blog posts on the Chicago Brand Event from our attendees:

First off, Bloggy Boot Camp {The Brand Edition} was completely awesome. It was WAY more intimate than I anticipated and had the most welcoming vibe of any conference I’ve ever been to. Every one was inclusive, even the organizers of the event. I was completely impressed with how many bloggers Tiffany Romero of The SITS Girls knew by name. It really brought to life for me the fact that The SITS Girls is a community to help each other. I love it.

Read more from Kristina at Typical House Cat

I got to go to Bloggy Boot Camp Chicago this weekend and I made lifelong friends. I know I did. I found lifelong inspiration, and I heard lifelong wisdom. Gah! From beginning to end, it was All. So. Good.

Read more from Hillary at Because My Life is Fascinating

I’ve been to Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore, Philly and Boston. But this? This was hands-down the best one yet. Maybe it’s because I am at a point in my blogging career that I am ready to take certain action items, or I have certain connections to different parts of the industry, but this weekend, things felt right.

Read more from Erica Voll at Mommy’s Fabulous

Dates & Details

Dates: April 12-13, 2013
Location: Zona Hotel and Suites, 7677 E Princess Blvd Scottsdale, Arizona

Session topics include:

Paid Blogging Campaigns: How to partner with a brand to successfully execute a paid campaign on your blog.

Brand Ambassadors: Becoming a brand ambassador/social media spokesperson can be a very lucrative opportunity for bloggers. Learn how to pitch and secure these positions.

Work/Life Balance: We all talk about achieving a balance between our online and offline worlds, but how do people really do this? Learn sure-fire techniques to succeed online while managing to not lose sight of the people who really matter.

Managing Social Media for Businesses: Monetizing your blog isn’t the only way to make money online. Another option is to manage social media for a business. Learn how to put your skills to use by growing social media accounts and increasing the bottom line for businesses.

How to Get Help, aka Be More Effective and Work Less: What if it were possible to clone yourself and get more done online? You can, but only if you consider getting an intern or assistant. Let us help you understand how to secure a paid (or unpaid) employee, what to look for in a candidate, and where to find people.

From Blog to Business: Setting yourself up as a business matters. Get the inside scoop on insurance, taxes, and which type of corporate structure is best for you.

And we are still ironing out an additional topic or two, so stay tuned.

Get your ticket now!

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Get Connected on Twitter via Hashtag #BloggyBootCamp

Interested in getting connected with our 2013 attendees? Then be sure to use the hashtag, #BloggyBootCamp, and follow @BloggyBootCamp on Twitter.


Missy Maher

missy maherMissy Maher is Director of Modern Family Foresight at Edelman. Missy offers strategic direction and insights to brands targeting moms including Kimberly-Clark, SC Johnson and Butterball. Recently Missy worked closely with StrategyOne research group to field a survey on new “modern family” dynamics and how mom plays a role. Missy lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and four kids (get it, Foresight): Brody 15 months, Micky 5, Lizie 7, and Mimi 9. She’s done, there will be no tie breaker.

Bethann Stenseth: @BethAnimalPrint

Bethann StensethBethann Stenseth is a part of the New Partner Development team at YouTube, where she works with content creators in the fitness and fashion industry to develop their channels via the YouTube Partner Program. During her presentation, Bethann will be addressing questions such as how does YouTube help creators and enable them to grow and how much money you can really make from YouTube. Bethann studied Advertising and Merchandising at Northern Arizona University where she taught a number of group exercise classes as part of the University’s physical education program. She is based in San Bruno, CA at YouTube Headquarters.

Casey Petersen

Casey PetersenCasey Petersen is the Director of Social Media Analytics for Collective Bias. His experience in delivering real-world ROI on Social Media Campaigns through location-based marketing and building brand relationships with online influencers has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, the New York Times Online, and Mashable.

Kim Byers: @CelebShoppe

The Celebration ShoppeKim Byers, owner and creative director of The Celebration Shoppe, a custom invitation and creative party décor company, has a passion for inspiring women to live creatively. With a masters in marketing and almost 10 years as the V.P. of Investment Marketing for JPMorgan Private Client on her resume, she understands how smart marketing drives business. Her blog, blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com, was named a Top 50 Mom Craft Blog by Babble for 2012, her designs and styling have been featured in Parents, All You, Better Homes and Gardens, Mom, Pregnancy, ivillage, Huffington Post, and others. Above all, she’s a mom of two clever little boys who challenge her with smiles and hugs every day so that she finds balance between her demanding online company and her family.

Shannon Carroll: @MrLady

shannon carrollShannon Carroll (Mr Lady) is the blogger behind Whiskey In My Sippy Cup Shannonigans {dot} co, yo, a critically acclaimed blog about nothing in particular. She serves as the Conference Programming Manager at BlogHer, where she has the privilege of helping other women find their voice and own their talents through event speaking. As a blogger herself, she has spoken at numerous blogging and parenting conferences, including Mom 2.0, BlogHer, Type A Parent, and Dad 2.0. She is terrified of spiders, heights and balloons, dreams of one day being a gangsta rapper and is physically incapable of keeping a hamster alive, or baking cookies.

Meagan Francis: @MeaganFrancis

bloggy boot campMeagan Francis is a mother of five and a blogger, author, and proponent of parents living happy, productive lives. Meagan is publisher of the The Happiest Mom, a blog dedicated to helping women find more satisfaction in their work, their families, and their homes; and she recently launched The Kitchen Hour, a site that uses video, podcasts and blog posts to help parents enjoy their time spent getting dinner on the table. She also keeps it real at meaganfrancis.com, where she shares her thoughts on living a big, bold life.

Heather King: @HeatheroftheEO

Heather King is the author of The Extraordinary Ordinary and an editor for Story Bleed Magazine. She’s also a contributor at She Posts, Owning Pink and A Deeper Family. Heather has been featured on Fox 9 Twin Cities and in Redbook Magazine and Minnesota Parenting Magazine. She was also named one of Babble’s top 50 Twitter Moms and has been a BlogHer Voice of the Year and a BlogLuxe Award winner. Heather lives in Minnesota with her husband, two boys, one girl and a dog who hates the family’s three backyard chickens. She drives her minivan with pride and has finally learned to let the house be as messy as it needs to be (very, very messy) in order for her to spend loads of time with her family and words.

Kelly Loubet: @Childhood

Kelly Loubet.jpgKelly Loubet is a mom, writer, speaker, doodler of notes, part-time jet-setter and full-time optimist. She started blogging in 2007, as a way to drive traffic to her struggling boutique. Today, Kelly is the Social Media Community Developer for one one of the largest players in the craft industry. Kelly develops growth strategies, community management, events, sponsorships, and blog ambassadorships. In addition to her “day job”, she also works with start ups like Qwiqq, Objectiveli, and Viralheat in community relations and strategy. Kelly can be found at kellyloubet.com.

Kerry O’Shea Gorgone, Attorney & New Media Specialist: @KerryGorgone

Kerry O'Shea GorgoneKerry O’Shea Gorgone is a new media specialist, attorney and educator. She holds an MBA from Bentley University, and graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University Law School. Kerry has taught courses in marketing law, intellectual property, and business. Currently, she teaches New Media Marketing for the Internet Marketing Master of Science Program at Full Sail University in Florida. She is a contributing writer for numerous sites, including MarketingProfsHuffington Postthe {grow} blogSocialMedia ExplorerBusiness2Community, and Marketing Pilgrim. Kerry is on Social Media Marketing Magazine’s list of the Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter and the MBAPrograms.org list of the Top 50 Business School Professors on Twitter.

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Yuliya Patsay: @YPatsay

Bloggy Boot CampYuliya (it rhymes with “Goolia”) Patsay is Ukraine-born and San Francisco raised. She is a storyteller and social media enthusiast. Her personal blog, She Suggests, is a sassy chronicle of the ‘struggles’ in her life as the wife of an android and terminally unhip mama to one. Yuliya wears PJs to work (from home) as a freelance social media manager for companies such as Spotivate. She does a killer impression of Fran Drescher, just ask.

Lizz Porter: @Lizz_Porter

bloggy boot campLizz turned her 7 year blogging “hobby” into an actual career doing what she loves, combining her love of all things social with the exciting environment of a startup, as the Social Media and Community Manager for family safety app Life360. Lizz’s life is her work, her 5 year old son, handsome husband, a photography hobby and a total Pinterest addiction. She documents it all at Am I a Funny Girl, or at least tries to! As a last word of warning, Lizz is taller in real life than she appears on the Internet.

Sarah Powers: @PowersOfMine

Sarah PowersSarah is a freelance writer and editor based in Scottsdale, Arizona. As Managing Editor for The Happiest Mom, Sarah works with Meagan Francis to bring helpful ideas and inspiration to mothers in pursuit of happiness. She also serves as editor for Scottsdale Moms Blog, a locally-focused collaborative blog that has rapidly grown into a thriving community of moms who connect online and off in the Phoenix area. Sarah recently welcomed baby #3 and blogs sporadically about her own parenting revelations at Powers of Mine.

Gigi Ross: @KludgyMom

Kludgy MomGigi Ross is a mom of 2 who has adopted California as her home state. Gigi has been involved with all things internet since 1997, having launched and managed first-generation e-commerce sites for two Fortune 500 software companies. She is the voice behind KludgyMom, a snappish take on parenting and pop culture, but she’s probably best known for her posts on blogging. Gigi enjoys a diverse and lucrative freelance career, which has spanned everything from designing blogger outreach programs for startups to social media consulting to editorial roles with Federated Media, Business 2 Blogger, and of course, The SITS Girls!

Danielle Smith: @DanielleSmithTV

Danielle Smith Speaker at Bloggy Boot Camp St. Louis 2012Once upon a time, Danielle was an award-winning television news anchor. Today, Danielle has turned the page on her Traditional Media tale, and now balances her blog, Extraordinary Mommy, with hosting and producing Bliss TV, creating Vlogging Tips for people looking to jump on camera, and traveling around the country to speak on a wide variety of topics ranging from video and vlogging to blogger/brand relationships, the use of social media, and the benefits of cause marketing.

Kelly Tirman: @KellyTirman

Kelly is a Natural Connector, Crowdsourcer and Change Management Business Professional specializing in eCommerce & Social Business. She is passionate about making social media strategies operational by helping companies build (and utilize) a highly-skilled virtual and flexible workforce. Kelly recently left her full-time position currently as Senior Business Operations Manager for Walmart’s Global eCommerce Business to consult with several Fortune 500 companies. Kelly happily resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children and blogs at kellytirman.com.

Lynette Young: @LynetteRadio

women of google+Lynette Young, CEO of Purple Stripe Productions, has been helping others put their dreams into action as a social media coach, social technology specialist, and strategist for businesses since 1997. Her love (besides her family) is Google+. Ms. Young is the founder and curator of Women of Google+ with the goal of bringing together women of all backgrounds and abilities that wish to use social media to “take the worlds’ stage” for themselves and their businesses. She is one of the the most popular personalities on Google+ with well over 1.1 million followers. Lynette is called Mom by two kids and the keeper of one husband – and all three are her reason for smiling every day.

Tiffany Romero: @TiffanyRom

Tiffany RomeroTiffany is a mom, wife, business owner, and entrepreneur who began blogging in March 2008. A few months later, Tiffany founded The SITS Girls, a blogging community that has grown to 40,000 strong. She is an active social media personality, with her own website, Tiffany Romero.com, and a social media consulting company, Launched Productions LLC. In 2009, Tiffany reaffirmed her passion for connecting women online by creating Bloggy Boot Camp, one day conferences for women in social media. Since that time, the sold out conference tour has garnered attention from The NY Times, The Huffington Post and ABC News. When not on-line, Tiffany keeps busy running a private summer camp with her husband in Los Angeles and cheering her son on at baseball games.

Francesca Banducci: @FranBanducci

Francesca BanducciFrancesca is a mom to three little children, ages 7, 5 and 2. Since starting her personal blog, Francesca has received multiple awards, including recognition by Nielsen Online as one of the Top 50 Power Moms. Her interest in marketing prompted her to earn her MBA in the field and launch her own consulting company, Social Girl Media. In 2010, Francesca joined Tiffany as a partner on both The SITS Girls and Bloggy Boot Camp. Prior to joining the on-line world, Francesca studied Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis, worked at various wineries in both California and Italy, and was employed for many years at the biotech company, Genentech.

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