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Bygone Buzz About The First Ever BConnected Conference

| April 22, 2014 | 8 Comments

It had been months in the planning, but this past weekend marked the first ever BConnected Conference. Held at the National Arts Centre in downtown Ottawa, the BConnected Conference was attended by close to 100 people and was not only a great event to learn more about social media and blogging, but was also a great networking opportunity.Dino Dogan

The keynote speaker, Dino Dogan, founder of Triberr, the social network for bloggers, not only had a wealth of knowledge to share about crowdsourcing, monetizing blogs and SEO, but he also took the time to network with most of the attendees by sitting at different tables and striking up a conversation with whomever was around him.

The mesmerising medium, Alain Jean-Baptiste, did the same and both attended the evening networking party sponsored by the Chicken Farmers of Canada; a fun evening filled with delicious appetizers, music and even magician, Ian Quick.

All of the speakers had something to offer attendees, including learning more about WordPress with Richard Martin or Google+ with Elaine Lindsay, or learning about how in just two years, Giant Tiger has become a social media master. What I loved most was the ability to tweet throughout the conference and that when my Smartphone battery started to die I was able to recharge it at the universal charging station sponsored by Future Shop.

Terra20Between sessions, attendees were able to visit with the Conference’s exhibitors who each had something to offer, whether it was a glass of refreshing juice from Oasis, a surprise gift from the eco-friendly store Terra20, a free professional head shot from Captivision Photography, or a lesson in how to use kettle bells to improve your core strength from Hostyle Conditioning, more often than not the attendees had to be dragged out of the exhibitors room and back to the conference because of all the fun they were having.

Not that the sessions themselves weren’t fun! Whether it was Chelsea Edgell getting us in touch with our inner-child by showing us what we could learn from children’s literature to Perry Monaco telling us why we need to be on LinkedIn, the learning and fun was endless! Local radio personality and Senators announcer, Stuntman Stu even came to talk to attendees about the success of his #NoMoreBullies campaign and why it is an important one. Some would say we left the best for last when Canadian Dad, Chris Read and Puzzling Posts‘, Mike Reynolds had the crowd in stitches all the while showing us how many ways creativity is possible and how important it is to do what no one else is doing.

The Animated WomanTwo sessions that really stood out for me was one by Vanessa Chiasson, from Turnipseeds Travel. She spoke about engaging with your audience and the importance of building a community, and talked about various people who all use different social media channels to successfully accomplish this. The other was from Fab Frugal Mama, Lisa Pedersen about how to maintain your relationship with a brand. Both made very interesting points about relationship building and how important it is to do it well.

I could go on and on about the fabulous speakers… from JC Julie HarrisonLittle’s touching and humourous talk about parenting and building empathy to Karyn Beacock teaching us how much money we can save by simply being organized, I was exhausted from the wealth of knowledge I was left with from the BConnected Conference.

As a member of the BConnected Conference organizing committee, I would like to thank everyone who attended, tweeted, blogged, spoke, sponsored or supported the first ever BConnected Conference. And a special thank you to Julie Harrison, the talented voice behind Coffee with Julie, and BConnected’s gracious MC who made everyone feel welcome with her kind words and contagious smile.

Until next year…

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In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at VirtualOfficeResources.ca. She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine. Author's website.

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  1. Janet says:

    Aw, man, it sounds great! Wish I could’ve gone.

  2. ashley p says:

    It was a fantastic conference Lyne! You did a great job organizing and pullling it all together

  3. You captured everything so very well, it was an awesome conference and I enjoyed it immensely

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    Sounds like a great event!!

  5. Brenda A says:

    What a collaboration! It sounds like the conference was very successful and was well attending (and by so many exciting names in the local blogging world!).

  6. tina mccallum says:

    I bet this was an awesome event!

  7. kathy downey says:

    Sounds like an interesting event

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