Good morning lovelies!
Today I'll be recapping the first session at HLS that I attended which was led by Amanda from Run to the Finish.
She spoke about hosting a virtual challenge which was one of the presentations I was looking forward to before I even arrived in Boston. I was obviously really excited for Amanda's presentation and she definitely didn't let me down! She offered so much information to her audience and I found everything she spoke about incredibly helpful.
As Amanda spoke, I took notes and here are the main points that I took away from her lecture:
Design a logo or button that other bloggers will like
Amanda touched on the topic of virtual challenge logos/buttons and said that it is important for the image to be attractive so other bloggers will want to display it on their own blogs to show their participation.
Amanda made me realize that is is OK to ask other bloggers for help! She told us to ask other bloggers and readers for help if we need it. For an example, ask fellow bloggers and participants of your virtual challenge to display the logo/button on their blog for your challenge!
It is very important to develop relationships; I have definitely learnt this over the past (almost full) year of blogging. Develop relationships with other bloggers, your readers, and even brands for a more successful virtual challenge! Developing relationships with brands is especially important if you want prizes for your virtual challenge!
Amanda also gave us tips on contacting brands. She said to briefly introduce yourself, inform the company who you are, what your ideas are, how you will promote them, and, most importantly, what you can do for them! Brands want to utilize bloggers! I took a lot of useful information away from this weekend at HLS and one of the most useful pieces of information is how powerful us bloggers actually are! Brands want to develop relationships with us, so we shouldn't be scared to contact them!
It is important to create ways to promote your virtual challenge. For an example, creating a hashtag to use on Twitter for your virtual challenge is a great way to contribute to it's success! It is important to assign a hashtag to your virtual challenge that is not already being used, though!
Obviously, you will want to know who is participating in your challenge which is where organization comes into play! Amanda says she uses Google Docs to keep track of everyone's name, email address, etc.
As you can see, Amanda's presentation was so informative and I took a lot away from it! On a more personal note, here is what I'm thinking for A Dash of Meg after attending this presentation:
1. I want to know if you like the High Five Friday button!
When HFF first started, Ali was oh so generous and created this button for me I hope you all like this and would be proud to show it off on your own blog to let your readers know that you support and participate in HFF!
2. Create an official hashtag to use for High Five Fridays!
I've been using #hff and #highfivefriday, but when searching both of those terms on Twitter recently I see that so many users already display the hashtags within their tweet and it was difficult for me to find who was using it for my HFF's and who was not; therefore, I think it would be an awesome idea if I (or we!) came up with a hashtag that could really promote HFF and contribute to it's growth and success!
If you have any suggestions for HFF, please let me know! But for now, I hope you enjoyed this recap! Have a great day! xo
Have you ever tried to host a virtual challenge?
Which brands would you like to develop relationships with?
Are you an organized person?
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