Over the weekend, Blogalicious celebrated its 5th anniversary by going back to Atlanta, the city where the conference started in 2009. Atlanta is the go-to destination for influential, multicultural, female social media enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate, connect, and uplift one another. Approximately 400 influencers gathered at the Hyatt Atlanta to connect to others in their community, invest in their professional development, and learn about topics that revolved around the conference’s “Create, Build, Fund” theme.
Conference co-founder, Stacey Ferguson (aka Justice Fergie) said, “The energy at BlogaliciousFIVE was through the roof! I couldn’t have imagined a better way to commemorate five years of celebrating the unique diversity and niches of our social media community. Our program was chock-full of elements that I truly hope helped each and every attendee to find new ways to create, build or fund their digital brands.”
Sponsors included Kia, who engaged bloggers through test drives of the Cadenza, Forte, and Sorento during two days of the conference, and held Saturday night’s closing party that prominently featured the cars in the hotel ballroom. Repeat sponsor McDonald’s, well known for past Blogalicious parties such as the pool party at last year’s Las Vegas conference, didn’t disappoint with an ’80s-themed dance party on Friday night with a photo booth and rap-off. Wells Fargo focused on small business by sponsoring a Perfect Pitch Contest. Similar to Shark Tank, three small business finalists got 5 minutes to pitch the panel for the chance to win $5000 plus business coaching. Comcast Xfinity’s CelebrateBlackTV.com held a Scandal viewing party for the community to screen the first episode of the season together, and many other sponsors engaged attendees to educate them about their company and products through sponsor suites and the expo hall.
Blogalicious has built a loyal community of attendees who come back year after year. As part of the fifth birthday celebration, Blogalicious rewarded conference loyalists who have been with them through the beginning. Called the “One Percenters,” these attendees received VIP perks including a Thursday morning brand-blogger breakfast with hand massages and manicures to kick-off the conference, and special backstage mingles with guests like Ebony Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Amy Dubois-Barnett, members of the All-Star Blogger panel, PicMonkey team of Karen Cooper and Jen Shetterly, Hamilton Brown, the Senior Marketing Director of Taco Bell, and Elisa Camahort-Page of BlogHer.
With so many conferences to choose from, why choose Blogalicious? As a “One Percenter” who has attended each Blogalicious since the beginning, I love the camaraderie from the community and being able to witness the professional growth among attendees from year to year.
But don’t take my word for why Blogalicious is a must-attend blogging and social media conference! Here are some of the things that this year’s attendees enjoyed most.
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