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For the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing about the treasures that we gleaned at the Disney Social Media Moms On-the-Road event in #Philly. If you missed the first two posts, be sure to check out my thoughts on the Companionship and Cuisine.
This week, I’m moving on to a 3rd “c” – Confidence (in Social Media and Blogging) . . .
If you were at the #Philly event, please introduce yourself in the comments and leave a link to your blog! I’d love to stay in touch!
We had so many excellent speakers at the event, so I just want to touch on a few of the things that I gleaned from each of them.
Gary Buchanan (@Gary_Jerry) & Jenn Fickley-Baker (@DisneyParksJenn)
Gary and Jenn introduced us to a lot of the new things that have either come to Walt Disney World this year, or will be coming. Many of these things were things that Ashley and I had previously been introduced to at the industry breakfast we attended with our friends from Florida Dream Homes back in May. But, I’ll quickly highlight them:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (and the Be the 8th Miner promotion)
- Festival of Fantasy Parade
Ideas come from curiosity.
Victoria Lim (@victorialim)
Victoria’s topic was Creating Visual Content with Ease. Much of what she said was directly related to smart phones (I choose to live in the dark ages with a dumb phone, but that’s a story for another day). She did talk about iPads (I have one of those!) and gave some other statistics that I found interesting:
- Photos on Facebook get 104% more comments than posts without photos
- Photos on Twitter get double the engagement of tweets without photos
- YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world
She shared some great tips for doing videos for blog posts (or other media):
- Make sure your lens is clean!
- Keep your hands steady
- Try shooting from different angles
- Zoom with your feet (in other words, move closer to your subject, rather than using a zoom feature on your phone or camera)
- Hold your camera horizontally
- Be purposeful in your shooting (don’t tilt or pan)
- If using a phone or other mobile device, turn on Airplane Mode (to avoid calls breaking through)
- When conducting interviews, be aware of ambient noise and wind, and decide where your subject should look and where the interview should take place
Important gear for shooting great videos (and pictures):
- extra batteries
- card reader
- mobile device charger
And some great apps:
- Disney Memories HD
- And for the iPad: Magisto, Videolicious, and Cute Cut
Maria Bailey (@MomTalkRadio) and Huggies MomInspired Panelists
Maria Bailey worked hand-in-hand with Huggies to come up with the MomInspired program – a grant program that offers up to $15,000 in grant money to moms with innovative ideas.
It was great to hear from these three mompreneurs who have been successful in their businesses. It’s encouraging to know that moms can do it! One thing that they all seemed to have in common was something that I, too, struggle with on a daily basis – balance. I’m glad to know I’m not alone!
One thing that Maria said about being a busy mom really stuck out to me as important to remember:
When you child asks you a question, make sure you look them in the whites of their eyes!
Debi Silber (@TheMojoCoach)
Debi is a whole health coach who shared ideas for being a better person, all around – in body, in mindset, and in lifestyle. She told us how we can overcome some of our crippling beliefs, and how to get rid of stresses in our life, as well as how to eat better and exercise in such a way to see results. I was so caught up in listening to her, that I didn’t get nearly as many notes as I had hoped.
We also heard from a representative of HP (@NoahLomax), regarding all the new technology that they are coming out with to make mom’s life simpler!
I left there feeling empowered and confident to make my blog – and my presence on other social media – more fun and more successful.
***This post made possible by Disney and BSMMedia.***
I was not compensated in any way. The event was free and I paid for my own travel expenses.