This year marked the third year of the BConnected Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. I was honoured to help out the past two years and even more honoured to host a round table session this year. I love this conference for several reasons and I am going to share those with you in hopes you will buy your ticket early and attend BConnected 2017 as the conference moves to Toronto!
Why you should attend BConnected 2017 ->
Complete educational package
Whether you want to learn more about blogging, Google analytics, outsourcing, live streaming, social media, or digital marketing – there is a session or roundtable for every level of online expertise. This past year I met bloggers who have blogged for less than a year and I met bloggers who have written a blog for over ten years. In addition to bloggers, I also met many entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to increase their knowledge of the online sphere and see how they can maximize their online presence through the power of blogging.
All BConnected speakers are experienced and have worked in the online realm in some capacity for years. Some are bloggers, some are business owners, and some work in the corporate world and delve in social media either professionally or in their spare time. Every speaker offers unique and valuable tips and advice on how to optimize one’s use of social media and on how everyone can be a better writer and blogger.
This year’s speakers included the very well spoken and knowledgeable Rachel Martin and Dan Morris from Blogging Concentrated, and the motivating co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, Julie Cole. There were also informative and inspiring sessions from Amanda Jetté Knox (on handling change), Lara Wellman (on email marketing), and Anthony Wong (on video) – just to name a few. There was also an engaging social mediaexpert panel that discussed the next stage of blogging, which even had the audience talking about the subject.
A quick hashtag search of #BConnectedConf on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook will reveal a plethora of photos from this year’s social events, including a haunted walk and tour of a brewery on the night before the conference, and a risqué pole dancing demonstration at the networking party on Saturday evening. There were laughs and memories made on both these nights that will last a lifetime (nothing like cold beer or pole dancing to break the ice)! Every year the BConnected social events get bigger and better – and if you miss them you will regret it, as everyone will be talking about them online and in person for weeks.
Usually I am underwhelmed by conference swag, but this year’s BConnected swag had everyone buzzing! This year’s sponsors and exhibitors were top-notch. Especially one particular “pulsating” item that had people posting about it online (including one of our speakers who didn’t realize it was in her swag bag until she went through airport security!) I would tell you what is was, but I think it’s best left to the imagination and in hopes that something awesomely similar will be in next year’s swag bags. 😉
Leave the suits and fancy dresses at home and pack the clothes that are authentically you. The comfort level at the BConnected Conference makes me think it could be held in someone’s living room. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, and the conversation comes so naturally you will think you have known the other attendees for years.
Forget a sense of community, when you walk up to the registration desk at BConnected you are walking into the arms of new friends that are sure to quickly become forever friends.
Lyne and her team did a wonderful job organizing this year’s BConnected Conference. I look forward to seeing it grow and prosper in Toronto at the Renaissance Downtown Toronto Hotel on April 22nd and 23rd, 2017 and can hardly wait to see the fabulous lineup of speakers, sponsors and sessions. I hope to see all of you there!