The much anticipated conference season is in full force. Blissdom 2011 is officially over and I, STILL, haven’t had a chance to attend that conference. I vow, next year will be my year to be there if only to be part of the awesome Blissdom Flash Mob ending.
As the year forges through, everyone is all abuzz with the conferences they want to attend. You’ve got Mom 2.0 Summit in New Orleans, which I attended last year here in Houston. There’s new comers to the party like Reviewer’s Retreat and Bloggin’ Mama’s Cruise. C’Mon Really.. Who doesn’t want to go on a cruise AND be an attendee at an awesome blog conference all at the same time? Then there is, of course, the mother of all blog conferences, BlogHer ’11 in San Diego. I’m still stewing up ways to get me there, hopefully with some of my favorite Texas Bloggers. One particular conference that, I’m surprised is not getting as much attention as I think it should, is the Hispanicize 2011 Conference.
It’s THE leading conference catering to Latina Bloggers creating networking opportunities with brand marketers, bloggers, non profits, and marketing agencies focused on Hispanic public relations and social media.
A partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), the Hispanic PR Blog and Hispanicize.com, the conference is a three-day event that includes keynote presentations and nearly two dozen in-depth professional development sessions featuring the nation’s top Hispanic marketing and social media presenters. This year’s conference is being held at the fabulous Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.
Why is Hispanicize 2011 my top conference to attend?
I’m not a big time blogger, but I do ok. I love this brand I’ve built and I want to move forward and work towards a common goal with not only Mom Bloggers and Review Bloggers, but Latina Bloggers too. I mean. I AM Hispanic. I’ve got the brown skin and coarse curly hair to prove it.
All kidding aside, I’ve got 10 reasons why this conference is gonna rock and why I want to be a part of it.
1. Venue: You’ve got to have the PERFECT venue to have a rockin’ conference and I think the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa is going to be glamorous!
2. The Language: You know when you find that twibe of bloggers that speak your language? No pun intended here, but I feel like other Hispanic bloggers speak my language. I’m not talking about speaking Spanish, because I’m more of a Spanglish type girl anyway. I’m talking embracing a culture and diversity that you’ve grown up with, identify yourself with, and hope to convey in your brand. Yeah. That.
3. Big Brands: We all want to work with big brands and forge big relationships with them. Hispanicize 2011 has ’em. Nestle, General Mills, Sprint, Microsoft, Walmart, GM, McDonalds.. they’re all there and their waiting to meet bloggers just like me, ready to put a little spicy flavor to their marketing approach.
4. Price: It’s $425. It’s $425.00. It’s Four Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars for the opportunity to learn from the biggest names in the Hispanic Industry across all broads of the spectrum, from blogging to media, to marketing, and beyond.
5. In Depth: I know a lot of people go to conferences for networking and events only. I mean, that’s why so many conferences offer the Expo/Networking pass. It’s for those ready to get away, shake a few hands, then party hard the whole weekened. Not me. I actually DO want to learn. I actually DO want to meet the Who’s Who in my marketing niche. Hispanicize 2011 offers over 28 sessions and 70 speakers. Ay Dios Mio!
6. The Food: Tell me this conference won’t have the best Mexican food ever? I bet they have pan dulce and coffee all over the place! No? Maybe. Then I’d feel like I’m just sittin’ with the Familia watching Novellas.
7. Inspiration: Simply put? I need it. I mean, wait. Go back. Rewind. I love blogging here at Momma Findings. It’s my baby, but I want to see more. I want to experience more. I want to learn all there is to learn about branding myself as a Hispanic Mom Blogger. No. I don’t concentrate on Hispanic Issues, but maybe I should? I mean, I get more comments on Twitter when I talk about Abuelita Hot Chocolate than when I talk about blogging itself.
8. Public Relations: I work with a lot of PR Agencies. In fact, the last event I attended with Chevy was organized by Fleishman Hillard. They were amazing to work with. The list of PR agencies backing this conference up and attending is one I’m anxious to court. They are professional, hardworking, and the key to any bloggers who want to break out and work with brands.
9. No Convincing: When I go to conferences or events, I have to get a babysitter. That babysitter usually comes in the form of Mami and Papi. My parents. Of course, my husband is here too, but he works, so they are solely in charge of the kids while I’m gone. There’s no convincing Mami and Papi to watch the kids when I’ll be attending the biggest Hispanic Blogging Conference of the Year. Eh? That should count as two reasons.
10. Community: This last reason is kind of emotional for me. I grew up in a very small town in Texas. I’d say, 75% of this town is Hispanic. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of inspirations to do more, not because I didn’t think I could, but more because of how my mind was developed by Small Town Thinking. I moved around a lot after getting married. I lived in Memphis. I lived in Charlotte, but eventually decided to come back to my small town roots of Baytown, TX. Our Hispanic Community needs inspiration, not only for the leaders, companies, and brands of our city, but for the next generation of children in our schools. Blogging has been this big ball of amazing opportunities for me from meeting big brands, to once-in-a-life events, extra generated income as a Stay-At-Home-Mom, and the chance to be successful as a Hispanic Social Media expert and blogger. Hispanicize 2011 will help me bring back the tools to further engage this town in Social Media efforts and move into the future of marketing and community.
For Interested Sponsors:
I’m going to attend Hispanicize 2011. Funds to do so are very limited, so I, personally, invite you to contact me for ways we can partner together to reach the Hispanic Market both locally and nationally through Momma Findings. In other words? I need help getting to this conference and I want to help build your brand while I do it.
Interested? Need a little motivation? Check out this video for an inside peek at what’s in store:
If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will. Let me represent you through an online presence throughout my planning, attending, and learning at Hispanicize 2011. Email me through my contact page or simply leave me a comment.
***UPDATE*** Since the publication of this post and through recent blogging events and introductions, I have partnered with Kolcraft. They have provided a full sponsorship for the conference through Hispanicize and I’m just so excited!
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