Monday, June 24, 2013

Disney Social Media Moms - On the Road in NYC!


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Kids and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the fourth stop on our Magical Blogorail.

 
Verrazano Bridge from the Staten Island Ferry
I love my blog, but the truth of the matter is that this is a hobby for me. I blog because I truly love to write and I love sharing my passion for all things Disney. What is my day job? I am a full time public relations professional and social media manager and it's a demanding career. I commute over two hours a day to and from New York City. And no, I'm not a mom quite yet.

So when I got an email inviting me to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration - On the Road, I was pleasantly surprised and honored. :-) By the time I got my time off approved, I had to scramble to get ready for the big day.

Last Wednesday, June 5, I woke up bright and early to make the 7am Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan. My ulcerative colitis makes getting up that early a little difficult, but I awoke extra early to make sure I'd be prepared. The ferry is so peaceful at that time and I prepared myself for the Conference.

I arrived at the DoubleTree Midtown at about 7:45am and immediately heard the high pitched excitement of the other Disney Social Media Moms. We checked in picked up our fun swag bags and nametags.


Prior to even walking through the revolving doors of the DoubleTree, the importance of social media was apparent. We had to disclose all of our social media properties, the number of followers and likes, and a description of our followers. The #DisneySMMoms and #DisneyOnTheRoad hashtags were alive and well from the moment the invitations were sent.

Maria Bailey of Mom Talk Radio & BSM Media - host
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Vine - the attendees were about as socially savvy as possible. The first question for the presenters was always "what's your Twitter handle?" It was also normal for a bunch of chatty women to be looking down at their phones rather at each other. In fact, the ladies at my table were tweeting each other during the presentation rather than chatting! But it wasn't rude. We know why we were chosen...our social influence. 

Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor for Disney and writer for the Disney Parks Blog, manned an entire social media table. He tweeted and captured what was going on while it was happening. Just as important, he was immediately responsive to questions and comments by the audience.

DisneyRoe's Top Tip: Don't make the same mistake I did. Bring a charger. For everything. After the first hour of Instagramming, Tweeting, Facebooking, and so on, my phone was nearly dead. It was only 9am. The trick to being fully connected is not to have to stop to find an outlet. 

When launching a product as a mompreneur, starting a business, blogging or working in a corporate environment, social media is of vital importance. Don't believe me? Believe social media expert Erik Qualman:

 

I finally got to meet my Magical Blogorail friend Didi from DIStherapy!
Social media is a part of our lives whether we like it or not. No matter what you're trying to accomplish, social media will continue to play a role in this. My favorite social aspect of the day: putting the name to the Twitter handle! Disney community is so wonderful and we interact on a daily basis. Yet we never get to actually chat in person. Be sure to introduce yourself, your blog and your handle!

What are your social media tips for your blogs? Thanks for reading!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Delightfully Disney.


Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
2nd Stop ~ DISTherapy
3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
4th Stop ~ The Disney Kids
5th Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!) 
Final Stop ~ Delightfully Disney

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