2015 Announcements & Important Dates

2015 Announcements & Important Dates

Your 2015 MN Blogger Conference organizers have been hard at work getting ready for this year’s event. The date and location are set, so now it’s time to get on to our other announcements.

Call for Speakers

Our call for speakers is NOW OPEN. You’ll have just over 3 weeks to put together your talk proposal before the deadline on July 24, 2015.

The speaker selection committee will meet at the end of July to evaluate all of the submissions. All speakers who submitted a talk will receive an update on their acceptance status by August 1st.

Schedule

Confirmed speakers & sessions will be posted the week of August 3rd, along with our general conference schedule. A more specific schedule will be posted as details are finalized throughout the end of the summer & early fall, including information about our after party.

Ticket Sales

We’ve got some changes we’re implementing this year, so there are two pieces to this announcement.

  1. Tickets will go on sale the first week in August. Unlike previous years, they will not be released in waves and will instead be first come, first serve.
  2. Tickets will be priced at $20 per attendee. Tickets include access to all conference sessions, lunch, and the after party.

We anticipated some questions about the change from a free conference to a paid one, so we put together a little FAQ below.

Are you guys selling out on us? 

Absolutely not. We’re still committed to putting on a great event that supports and connects the local blogging community. There’s a lot of money that goes into putting on a conference of this size, and at the end of the day, we need to make sure those costs are covered. Sponsors help offset those costs quite a bit, and in the past, we’ve covered any leftover expenses ourselves. Now that the conference has grown to 3 tracks and 300+ bloggers, we have to set up systems to keep it operating smoothly year over year.

Where does the money go? 

All ticket sales and sponsorship dollars will go towards conference costs. The organizers do not profit monetarily from this event. (Though Jen might argue it’s one of her most lucrative events for getting hugs.)

One of the biggest reasons for us implementing a ticket fee is to allow us to operate the conference more efficiently on an ongoing basis throughout the year. All funds we receive go into a reserve we can draw on for venue deposits, catering, advertising, and other overhead costs. Money is first allocated to cover expenses for the current year’s conference. Anything left over will go into the bank as a reserve for next year’s event.

Why $20 for a ticket?

We know similar conferences that charge $100 and up for people to attend. And we know we could probably charge in that range, but that’s not what we’re about. We want to keep the MN Blogger Conference accessible and affordable for local bloggers to attend.

We know we can deliver a great value for attendees compared to the ticket price, and we feel confident that $20 is a price point we can maintain for several years to come.

Will speakers & volunteers still receive a free ticket? 

Absolutely yes. We couldn’t do this without you. Selected speakers will receive their ticket code upon confirmation of participation. Volunteer opportunities will not be announced until late summer/early fall – if any confirmed volunteers have already purchased their ticket at that time, we will gladly issue them a refund.

If you have other questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly at mnblogcon@gmail.com.

Photo: Joe Lanman on Flickr

2015 MN Blogger Conference Date & Location Announcement

2015 MN Blogger Conference Date & Location Announcement

Are you ready for the 6th annual MN Blogger Conference?

Mark Your Calendar

Got a pen handy? Go ahead and mark your calendar for Saturday, November 14th, 2015. 

As in past years, the MN Blogger Conference will be a full-day event kicking off in the morning and running through the late afternoon.

Returning to St Paul

This year’s conference will return to the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University. Their School of Business and Professional Studies has generously welcomed us back.

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“The St. Kate’s MBA program is thrilled to host the MN Blogger’s Conference again this year! It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the university and the MBA program while interacting with a top-notch group of influencers and communicators. The learning, networking, and collaborating between bloggers is energizing to all of us who are involved in the conference.”

-Michelle Wieser, MBA Director and Associate Professor

Stay Tuned for More Info

We know that you’re hungry for more details, like registration, speaking opportunities, and volunteer options.

  • Registration: We’ll announce when registration will be available as soon as we are able. Think end of May early to mid June.
  • Speaking Opportunities: Our call for speakers will open mid-April in May.
  • Volunteer Options: As in past years, we’ll need volunteers to help make the event a success. We’ll have more info to share for volunteer opportunities at the end of the summer.
  • Sponsorship: We are now accepting sponsors! Email mnblogcon@gmail.com for more info.

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Photo: Lee Odden on Instagram

2014 #MNBlogCon Recap Roundup

2014 #MNBlogCon Recap Roundup

As the sun sets on the 2014 MN Blogger Conference, we dust off our boots and mosey on over to the campfire to reflect on all we’ve learned. Then we blog about it. We’ve corralled the following posts so far and will add more as we find them.

Have one of your own to share? Give us a holler.

Writing With BanglesFacing Fear

HomeGrown Web Services IncMinnesota Bloggers Conference

One Girl, Two CitiesMN Blog Con Recap

Baubles and BirdsMN Blog Con 2014

Puppies & PrettiesMN BlogCon Recap

Life in the Cheese Drawermeta takeaways

Redwood Valley Technical Solutions Website DesignBlogging? Be The Best Answer and Let Your Passion Shine

katielookingforwardMNBlogCon 2014 Recap

livingpowell.comMinnesota Blogger Conference

Allyson Wonderland PhotographyMN Blog Conference Recap

My Big City BlogGetting Meta: Blogging about #MNBlogCon

Why I Left My JobHow to Become a Superhero (or Amy Poehler) in Seven Days

St. Kate’s Means BusinessMinnesota Blogger Conference: Speakers and Hashtags and Networking– Oh my!

More Than Just Dessert3 Simple Ways To Increase Your Blog’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Stacie Sayz SoMN Blogger Conference Recap + Blogging Tips!

Photo: 白士 李 on Flickr

Thank you ClockWork!

Thank you ClockWork!

ClockworkA conference isn’t a conference without some swag, right? And we had some of the best thanks to ClockWork.

They hooked up every one of our attendees with their sleek and shiny, signature black notebooks and helped us start the day right. Not to mention providing a means to capture some of the avalanche of awesome our speakers shared during the day.

We can’t thank them enough for supporting MN Blogger Conference and helping our attendees feel special. Feel free to tweet your thanks to @Clockwork_Tweet.

#mnblogcon swag. No biggie.

A photo posted by Aimee Farley (@whyileftmyjob) on

Taking some paper notes today! #mnblogcon #oldschool

A photo posted by Katie Cummings (@katie_lf) on

Awesome notebooks from @clockworktweet @nylons :) #mnblogcon

A photo posted by Erica Hanna (@meet_erica) on

Speaker Slides

Speaker Slides

We’ve collected the following slides and related resources from our 2014 MN Blogger Conference speakers . We’ll add more as they are made available.

Lee Wolfe BlumBlogging Blunder: How to build your blog as a platform for book sales (slides)

Kristen BrownPitch Yourself for Exposure & Growth: 5 Ways to Connect with Media & Event Planners to Build Your Audience (slides)

Adam DinceGoogle & People-Friendly Blogging (SlideShare)

Jeff FerrazzoEngagement Marketing: Building relationships that drive blogging success (slides)

Tai GoodwinVisual Marketing (SlideShare)

Erica HannaVlogging: Confessions of a media professional (Presi)

Katie KonrathBlogging for the Brain (SlideShare)

Lee OddenBlogs as a Marketing Tool: How to be the “Best Answer” (SlideShare)

Nick RosenerTargeting: Grow Your Blog by Knowing Your Audience (SlideShare)

Christoph TrappeSeven Ways to Get Your Blogging Schedule Going (post, video, & slides)

Photo: macattck on Flickr