Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BlogHer 2013 Hits and Misses

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BlogHer 2013
BlogHer13. All that and more.
Somebody has to be the last person to post a BlogHer recap. Right? I'll save someone else from the bloggy version of the walk of shame.

But I will offer a few excuses. First I was catching up from the conference, then my mom had a medical mishap and then as memory of this post, put in draft on 7/27, began to fade my dad had knee replacement followed by a few eventful weeks in a rehab facility where he died and was brought back to life (but the staff later decided maybe he just fainted and they kinda rubbed his chest instead of doing full-on CPR to revive him) and then I was madly preparing for one of the best vacations of my life, then I took that vacation, caught up from that and now I don't have any more excuses.

So here are my hits and misses of BlogHer13 as first recorded on July 27, 2013 in a rather loose manner.

I was invited to an official pre-conference event from Wilton. It was a fun day and I will write about that soon.

Misses. The big miss was my friends! A lot of them skipped this year. However, it was wonderful seeing the friends that were at the conference.

I attended a lovely brand lunch with US Cellular featuring a panel with Melisa Wells, Donna Mills and Jenna Hatfield where we talking about cell phones and technology bringing families together.

I was part of a private dinner with Boks, a before-school program designed to gets kids physically active and get their bodies and brains ready for a day of learning.

It was disappointing walking the expo floor with most brand reps looking at me blankly when I said that I mainly blog about STEM or science and technology for families. 0_0

However, a man at the canned food booth mentioned that one of his agency's other clients might be a fit for me. So then I was all, hey everyone go to the Cans Get You Cooking booth to get your face on a can. It was a cute promo. My promo can is still sitting on my window sill. (Note to self: it probably needs to be dusted at this point.)

The two brands I was most looking forward to meeting, Intel and Petsmart, both listed on the BlogHer sponsor page (also both brands I tweeted to prior to the event who never responded to me), hosted private events and had no presence at the expo.

Note to BlogHer: it's great that companies are officially partnering with you for these special events, but please let attendees know not to expect them at the expo. "Meh, it's not like they were giving out computers," said one friend of Intel. I don't need any more computers, I just wanted to talk about #STEMchat or maybe connect with some people to interview for my video series when Geeks Grow Up.

As for Petsmart, well, I've spent a fortune for puppy toys that sometimes last for as few as 15 minutes (true story), so yeah, I was just grasping fro bones there.


Big time miss: Who thought it would be a good idea to include approximately 5 pounds of liquid products in the swag bag? No really, who? Most Many Everyone I know, dumped the 32 oz. red Gatorade-like liquid before they even hit the expo floor. Who wants to carry around all that weight?

Admittedly, my memory is a bit fuzzy on some of this, but the full-value coupon from Kozy Shack was pure awesome, even the cashier commented on it when I redeemed it. We still use the mug from that brand, too and miraculously we can still locate the accompanying little spoon and it's in one piece.

My memory needs to be jogged on the other stuff. (I'm trying to forget the Jockey Bra fitting thing. I know they must've focus-grouped the hell out of that thing before bringing it to market but no. Just no. My friend Jen sums it up.). July feels like it was so long ago.

I also enjoyed a post-BlogHer event with Virtual Piggy.

And that's why you don't wait three months to recap a conference.


Melisa said...

Better late than never! :)

Passing your feedback on to the team. Thanks!

Tarrant said...

Jealous you got to go to the Wilton Event. I lusted after that one.

Bag check for the swag. And we didn't ditch the red stuff and mama drank it during some stomach bug.

I was bummed about the Petsmart non-presence because HELLO! When they had a presence, I had no dogs who did toys. Now I could write Petsmart promos myself.

You may mock the fit kit from Jockey--but ZOMG best fitting bra ever. Totally go to the mall in Schaumberg and have them fit you. Also, those things make nice little paint dishes and the like. I was just sad the coupon expired before I got over my post-BlogHer lassitude. I do have to say that the dog heartworm medicine peoples toys have been great. I missed Eden's Fantasy. I was a bit irritated that Lean Cuisine had no giveaways--or at least none they'd part with unless I tried the food. My mom eats some Lean Cuisine meals and so I would have liked that for her (and for our budget). I missed Jimmy Dean - sort of- Every year they have hooked me on some new product. The Hormel sandwich things that I thought looked yucky ended up being a perfect snack one night--and the coupons made them even tastier the following week when I was not up to cooking. Weird thing: I usually hate wraps.

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

I was disappointed Petsmart didn't have a real presence and they ignored my tweet asking to meet with them. It's too bad because we could have done beautiful things together my blog is all about dogs, animal rescue, training, and did I mention dogs?

Daisy said...

OMG, the Jockey DIY post! Thanks for the link.
One of these years I must get to BlogHer. I can't believe I missed it in Chicago. I could have driven there and stayed with family! Oh, well, famous last words - next time.