Testimonials from Our 2016 Event

We are so thankful and thrilled to have hosted another successful event!  But we figured that we couldn’t summarize the conference any better than YOU, our attendees, so here you’ll find a collection of the highlights, recaps, and key takeaways from the conference, along with lots of photos.

Design Bloggers Conference 2016 – SOME HIGHLIGHTS!

 

Design Bloggers Conference 2016

 

Design Bloggers Conference 2016 and a Big Announcement!

My Top 3 Takeaways from the Design Bloggers Conference

 

Five Lessons Learned at Design Bloggers Conference 2016

Meet The Winners of the 2016 Design Bloggers Hall of Fame Awards!

Design Blogger’s Conference 2016

 

The interior design Field Is Full Of Backstabbing Shrews, Right?

News Flash for Mitzi Beach: What I Am Not!

 

 

2016 Event Highlights

We are so grateful to our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for making 2016 another successful year!

So many to thank – from Cynthia Rowley, India Hicks, Justina Blakeney, Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner, Christi Tasker, Courtney from French Country Cottage, Saxon Henry, Colleen Duffley, Julianne Taylor, Robin Catalano, Conor Dwyer, Natasha Murphy, and Adrienne Brown.

We also want to thank this year’s Advisory Board members whose counsel and recommendations helped shape our conference program: Cheryl Draa, Cheryl Draa Interior Designs; Beth Felsen,Vice President Trade and Showroom Partnerships at Viyet; Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home magazine; Bethanne Matari, PR and marketing guru at Currey & Company; Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room; Elizabeth Ralls, Editor-in-Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; and Jackie von Tobel ( http://www.jackievontobel.com/), interior designer, product designer, best selling author and illustrator.

DBC-2016-exh-spon-rWe also want to acknowledge the generous support of the nearly 60 exhibitors and sponsors on our expo floor – from ADAC to U-Line – who strive to make our lives better and more beautiful everyday.

If you missed the event we figured that we couldn’t summarize the conference any better than YOU, our attendees, so here you’ll find a collection of the highlights, recaps, new friends, and key takeaways from the conference, along with lots of photos.

Hoping we all meet again next year when we return to Los Angeles – March 5-7, 2017.

 

 

Traditional Home, Ferguson Sponsor Sunday After Party at Design Bloggers Conference

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Traditional Home, the National Media Sponsor of the Design Bloggers Conference, and Ferguson are teaming up to bring you the Sunday After Party at the Design Bloggers Conference.

FergusonBKL logoFerguson – Stunning kitchens. Spa-like baths. Beautiful lighting. Party-perfect patios. When you re-imagine your home, your entire life gets a redesign. Creating a space designed around the way you live – a space that perfectly fits your lifestyle – is possible and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery can help make that dream a reality.

Be inspired
Step into a Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and you’ll immediately be inspired by what you see – beautifully displayed lighting, appliances, and bath and kitchen products from today’s top brands. But their state-of-the-art showrooms take the experience even further and allow you to touch and feel the products in a welcoming, hands-on environment. From exquisitely designed bathroom displays with functional showerheads, to full kitchens with working appliances, you can explore a variety of design styles ranging from classical elegance to bold contemporary.

If you need more inspiration, visit their inspiration gallery at http://www.ferguson.com/showrooms/inspiration. It is full of beautiful kitchen and bath images and can help you identify your design style whether traditional, transitional or contemporary.

Largest selection of products
Ferguson’s wide range of products lets you make multiple selections at a single showroom, which streamlines budgeting and makes the building process more efficient. Not only do they offer traditional plumbing products, but they also offer lighting and appliances. Many showrooms have a dedicated lighting specialist on staff that can assist you with customized lighting plans, product selection and budgeting. As well, Ferguson offers high-quality appliances from cooktops and ranges, to refrigerators and outdoor grills.

Personalized service
Ask customers what brings them back time and again and they’ll say it’s the people. Ferguson’s product experts have years of industry experience and are extremely knowledgeable about design trends, product selection and the building and remodeling process. Whether you’re renovating an outdated bathroom or designing your dream kitchen, they take time to listen to your ideas and work one-on-one with you to bring your vision to life.

Dependable delivery
After your product selections are made, it’s important to ensure that the right product is delivered during the right stage of the building or remodeling process. Ferguson’s local inventory combined with their strategically-placed distribution centers stock thousands of products by major manufacturers. This means that inventory is always available. If it’s not in-stock, their buying power and vendor relationships mean they can still get the product quickly.

For more on sponsoring the Design Bloggers Conference, check out our sponsorship information.

Pirch to Sponsor Tuesday Lunch at Design Bloggers Conference

Pirch Logo_CMYK_(R)PIRCH is a unique and innovative retail concept specializing in premium lifestyle products for the home.  The store enables visitors to shop in an entirely new way, by dreaming of, playing with, and choosing products that lead to better living.  Specifically configured for shoppers to “try before they buy,” the store features bath, shower and kitchen vignettes with running water, live ovens, ranges and stoves, as well as fully-functional outdoor kitchen products such as gas grills and under-counter refrigeration systems. In addition, the showroom includes a new in-store boutique, featuring specially-curated, limited edition goods designed to inspire joyful moments at home.

For more on sponsoring the Design Bloggers Conference, check out our sponsorship information.

Simplifying Social Data: How to Measure and Maximize Your Results on Social Media

You might be hard pressed to find a blogger today that isn’t highly active on some form of social media. After all, the last few years have proven that an effective social media strategy can lead to phenomenal success. But in order to find that success, a key component needs to be well understood: analytics.

In this session, attendees will:
  • be introduced to some of the introductory concepts of social data
  • learn how to measure results across major social networks
  • how to tie those results to business goals.
On its surface, social data can appear daunting, but this session will be geared towards simplifying the concept and providing bloggers with the tools and know-how to start utilizing their data in order to maximize their results on social media.

 

Corey Padveen Headshot LargeCorey Padveen is the Director of Global Social Business Strategy at t2 Marketing International, and Google AdWords Certified, Google Analytics Certified, as well as a Certified Inbound Marketer. He is also one of the founding theorists on the concepts of Social Equity and Responsive Branding, as well as a keynote speaker featured at marketing and digital business summits around the world. On the personal side, he loves cooking, making wine and, as all good Canadians, is a big hockey fan.

 

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

Think Like an Editor: Turn Good Design Blogs, Articles, and Books Great

Ever heard the adage that great writing is more about revision than the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard? Whether your goal is to be a top design blogger or to submit an project, article, or book for publication, longtime writer/editor Robin Catalano will optimize your chances by helping you become your own “first editor”.

This session covers:

  • What brands and editors are looking for when they evaluate the collaboration or publishing potential of a blogger’s work
  • How to develop your own unique voice that carries through your writing
  • Best and worst times to self-edit
  • How to identify and improve weak aspects in your writing and how to highlight your strengths
  • Steps to correct patterns of repetition in sentence structure, word choice, and style
  • Instruction for creating your own style sheet, just like professional editors do, to ensure consistency in your writing
  • When to stop editing and how to avoid getting in the way of your writing process
  • When you know an article or book manuscript is ready for “prime time”
  • Pet peeves of professional editors — aka, how to become your editor’s best friend

Robin-Catalano-346Robin Catalano is managing editor and senior copywriter for The Annie Selke Companies. She has worked as a professional journalist, copywriter, and book and magazine editor for nearly 20 years, with articles appearing in Gourmet, Culinary Trends, Berkshire Magazine, Stage Directions, Let’s Live, and Berkshire Living, among others. She has edited more than three hundred fiction and nonfiction titles for publishing companies such as Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, The Harvard Common Press, Workman, and Inner Traditions International.

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

Blogger and Brand Collaborations

Companies are increasingly on the look out for authentic ways to communicate with their prospects and customers. 92% of consumers are more influenced to make a purchase via peer-to-peer recommendations than by traditional advertising. Brands are establishing specific criteria before entering into blogger partnerships and bloggers are balancing their own readers’ sensibility with brand needs. Hear about real experiences in this kind of collaborative framework delivered by one experienced brand leader and star blogger.

This session offers insider tips for lasting collaborations including:

  • Best practices for approaching manufacturers on potential collaboration
  • How manufacturers assess and execute collaborations with bloggers
  • Etiquette tips for designers and bloggers when approaching brands
  • Creative and innovative project ideas for creating unique pitches to manufacturers

Julianne Taylor has quickly emerged as one of the home décor industry’s most prominent female entrepreneurs. Her company actively engages the blogger community. Taylor Burke Home’s bold, unexpected and sophisticated designs are highly sought after by premiere interior designers across the nation. Julianne is the author of DesignHER, available next Spring and carries a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of South Carolina.

 

Courtney of French Country Cottage knows the power of patina, that fresh flowers and a chandelier belong in every room, and the mix of rustic & refined is perfection. She also understands that working with large brands to leverage her significant audience and social media following are win/win opportunities. Courtney has deep experience creating content that she knows her followers will find engaging and also benefits her partner brands.

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle, design, DIY & the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage. When she isn’t behind the computer blogging she acts as photographer and stylist for several top magazines. www.frenchcountrycottage.net

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

4-Hour Home Design Workweek? Say “YES” to Affiliate Marketing

Looking for ways to generate more revenue? Learn how without changing your routines by participating in the world of online affiliate marketing. Forget terms like “advertiser” or “publisher” and build lucrative partnerships in the time it takes to “swipe left”. This jam-packed session is guaranteed to transform the way you think about your role as a design professional on the internet.

Discover:

  • What type of content you need to have to play
  • Why this will elevate your brand to a whole new level
  • Who would be interested in working with you
  • How to maximize the opportunity with the least amount of time and effort

kelly-fallisKelly Fallis is the founder and CEO of Remote Stylist, the online furniture platform with 350+ brands, $1 shipping duties included in Canada/USA and free Stylist sourcing help. A true pioneer in the online furniture world, she can dazzle you with stories journeying her trials and tribulations when it comes to import/export, logistics, custom development, marketing, brand management, web development, ecommerce, big data and real estate matters. Follow her on Twitter @kellyfallis.

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

“Visual Web” Marketing + Instagram Power Tips

The web has turned visual and that’s a perfect development for the design industry and creating content that drives results!  At the Design Bloggers Conference, Adam Japko and Connor Dwyer will show you how to:

  • Demonstrate Mobile’s impact on Social Engagement
  • Provide Case Studies in Design and other industries on excellent visual web marketing
  • Demonstrate how to combine social, mobile, and video platforms for great results
  • Offer metrics for content success
  • Map the evolution from design blogs to current day visual marketing approaches
  • Unveil Instagram as the most powerful social platform and provide insights into excellent Instagram marketing

Adam_Japko_41Adam Japko has spent the last year studying the organic shift to the “Visual Web” and its implications for new approaches to powerful home design marketing.  Hear how logical and simple it can be for you.

 

 

 

connor-dywerConnor Dwyer lives in Atlanta while working on his masters in graphic design at SCAD. He has amassed 76.4k followers on Instagram with his compelling photography. He thinks graphic design and photography for building brands, but mostly enjoys making people feel loved. Hear how Connor creates inspired Instagram campaigns with powerful results.

 

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

WordPress and Google Analytics: Websites, Blogs, and Analytics Made Simple(r) 

WordPress is the leading platform used by design bloggers. Knowing how to get the most out of WordPress will save you time and improve your blog. This session will cover:

  • The top 5 WordPress plugins you can not live without
  • What can plugins do to optimize your SEO
  • What to consider when shopping for a new WordPress theme
  • Why WordPress is the right platform for your site
  • How to approach web security and hosting for WordPress environments
  • Top new developments affecting WordPress users
  • Getting comfortable with Google Analytics
  • Best Google Analytic metrics you should know for guiding your content strategy

Natasha_Murphy_217x300Natasha Murphy describes herself as just a good girl who likes design and computers. Natasha has ten+ years of front-end development experience and is a big fan of clean, responsive web design. Design, development, and online marketing all fall into her firm’s, Nicely Built, wheelhouse.  From e-commerce, professional websites or personal blogs, Natasha is dedicated to WordPress for good reason.


 

adrienne-brownAdrienne Brown is a Digital Strategist and founder of Adrienne J Media, a digital marketing firm. Adrienne has an extensive background in B2B, consumer and lead generation marketing and advertising. As a self proclaimed digital media maven, Adrienne is obsessed with all things digital and committed to helping brands become their “digital best.”