The #BlogathonATX Executive Committee is thrilled to announce our lineup for the January 28, 2017 event, featuring some of the brightest and most well-respected Austin-area professionals in broadcasting, public relations, writing, and social media.
Our format is changing slightly this year to facilitate a more fun, organic learning environment. There will be roundtables on different topics happening concurrently, with two hour workshops taking place throughout the day for those of you who want to dive deep into some subjects. Of course we’ll still have some of the other great programming you’ve grown to love through the years, too! And as always, tons of amazing local food, opportunities for networking, and prizes.
Earlybird tickets go on sale September 1 for a limited time.
We can’t wait to see all our friends back together in one place next January.
See you there!
Round Table Sessions
Building the Blog of Your Dreams
Leah Fisher Nyfeler | @leahruns100
The decision to start your own blog site can be daunting, even for seasoned communications professionals. That’s why it helps to talk to someone who’s already done it. Leah Fisher Nyfeler is a seasoned writer and editor for print media who has transitioned to digital media with her own blog, Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life. In this roundtable, Leah will lead a conversation about the challenges new bloggers face: fears and frustrations, surprising successes, mentors, costly distractions, and valuable tips. If you’re new to blogging, or still trying to decide if blogging is right for you, don’t miss this session!
Snapchat for Bloggers
Tiana & Shannon Harris | @powercouplelife
Tiana & Shannon are the globe-trotting husband and wife team behind the internationally celebrated blog Power Couple Life. In this fun, interactive roundtable they will share their secrets of using Snapchat to promote your brand including ways to grow your audience, build a community and engage using this new exciting platform.
Twitter Chats: Using Twitter to Build Communities
Kelly Wonderlin | @KellyWonderlin
What’s fast, fun and full of smart people focused on a single topic for an hour? Twitter chats! So…what exactly is a Twitter chat? Why should you host or participate in one?
Digital lifestyle enthusiast Kelly Wonderlin shares her favorite products, apps, how-to’s, and tech tips at KellyWonderlin.com. Through her social media channels, Kelly has created a compelling and dynamic personal brand. She has been actively participating in Twitter chats for more than 3 years and has co-hosted more than 20. During this roundtable Kelly will share her insights about the value of Twitter chats for building a community as well as the best practices for participating in, and even hosting your own.
Influencer Marketing: Top 10 Legal Traps and Tips
Michele Martell | @mjmartell
Today’s blogger needs to understand key legal issues that range from copyright and trademark protection (and infringement), required disclaimers, disclosure obligations, data protection concerns, obligations under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, anti-spam compliance—and that’s before we get to the fun stuff like native ads, endorsements, advertorials and sponsorships! In this roundtable discussion led by media and marketing attorney Michele Martell, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of the major legal issues facing bloggers—from disclosures and disclaimers, to endorsements, product placement and native ads. You’ll also find out what you need to know to protect yourself and work seamlessly with brands and partners. This session will highlight best legal practices, provide DIY resources, and address specific use case examples including recent FTC guidelines.
A Conversation with Art Markman
Mary Ann Roser | @maroser
Journalist turned entrepreneur Mary Ann Roser will interview Art Markman of KUT’s Two Guys on Your Head to discuss how to make your writing more compelling to a general audience, especially when the subject matter is complicated. Participants in this roundtable will learn the importance of ridding their blogs and other copy of jargon and extraneous information so that it’s a pleasure to read and can be understood by a general audience. The more complex the information, the greater the need to take the reader by the hand and simplify the writing. This respects the reader while giving the writer a chance to broaden his or her audience. Markman and Roser will provide tips and ideas for engaging all kinds of readers, such as finding the right story to illustrate an idea and using analogies to explain complex concepts.
Learn actionable strategies for getting started blogging for businesses from two professional writers and educators. Leslie Hancock and LuAnn Glowacz will walk workshop participants through the process of writing for brands (whether your own or your employer’s). You’ll also learn how to promote your brand with professionalism and style using social media and email.
Visualizing Your Writing Career
Jackie Dana | @jadana17
Do you want to be a professional blogger, copywriter or author? Is it your dream to walk away from the 9-5 and write for a living? Are you struggling to imagine how that could ever be possible? It IS possible. You just need the right mindset —and a plan.
In this session you’ll visualize a new world for yourself where you, the protagonist in this world have become a successful full-time writer. You’ll pinpoint the kind of writer you want to be, come up with achievable goals, and identify specific changes you need to make in order to make your dream—becoming a professional writer—come true. In the first hour, author Jackie Dana will lead a guided exercise that will help participants determine what they need to do to have a writing career, imagining all of the elements we can. During the second hour, participants will spend the remaining time in a discussion about different writing careers and what they need to do to make the leap.