I got the surprise of my life when Disney invited me to the 2013 Disney Parks Social Media Moms Celebration at Disney World! I was also fortunate to attend the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disneyland.
As a mostly SAHM, these were the first blogging events I ever attended. I felt totally overwhelmed and unprepared to mix and mingle with my blogging idols. Here are my tips to make your Disney Social Media Moms Celebration go smoothly.
What You Need to Know About the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Bring Business Cards
Business cards are the quickest and easiest way to exchange information with other bloggers, Disney cast members, and brands.
Blogger Business Card Tips
- Your name should be on your cards as well as your blog name.
- Make sure your cards are easy to read.
- Include your email, phone number, URL, and where to be found on your favorite social media channels.
- Leave white space for people to write notes.
- Unusual card sizes may seem fun but are really a pain. Small cards get lost, and unusual shapes like circles don’t fit in traditional business card slots.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
You never know who might be posting your picture on social media, so dress to impress. Pack away your t-shirts, shorts, & tennis shoes (unless the event calls for it). No need to wear a business suit or heels, but wear clothes that are comfortable but stylish. Pants and capris are appropriate as long as you look nice and not sloppy.
Bring The Correct Equipment
You are attending a social media conference, so come prepared with your laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Bring whatever you find easiest to use for tweeting. Don’t forget to pack your battery chargers, power cords, and extension cords. You never know what the set up will be in the conference room.
Get to Events Early
Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your events. The early birds get the best seats and have time to network. Same goes for the family parties. If you are late to the party, you may find yourself standing while you eat.
Utilize Social Media and do it the Correct Way
There is always a Facebook Group for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. If you don’t receive the FB Group invite, ask around in your blogging groups for the information.
At the event, make sure to use the correct hashtags. The event hashtag is @DisneySMMC. Disney will announce other hashtags during the event.
Disney Social Media Mom events aren’t just fun and games. You are guaranteed to learn something, so be prepared to take notes.
Meet the Disney Cast Members & Other Organizers-
Make a point to introduce yourself to the Disney Cast Members and other people that organized the event. They all deserve a pat on the back and a thank you for their hard work.
Meet the Sponsors & Speakers
Never pass up the opportunity to chat with a sponsor or speaker. You never know what doors may open up.
Meet as Many Bloggers as Possible
Step out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to as many people as possible. You will learn from your peers and start to build partnerships. Plus you need to use all those great business cards!
Write Thank You Notes
NEVER underestimate the power of a handwritten thank you note.
After the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I sent thank you cards to everyone that made the experience unforgettable. One of those people was the President of Walt Disney World, George Kalogridis. Mr. Kalogridis’ assistant called to tell me that my card made Mr. Kalogridis’s day. For a Disney geek, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Set Family Expectations
Despite being a family event, you will have limited time available to spend with your family.
Set the expectation that you are there on business, and that is your focus for the weekend. Consider booking a few extra days before or after the celebration for your family to enjoy the Disney Parks together. More than likely, Disney has provided you with enough ticket days to extend your trip.
I paid a conference fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As a part of this conference, we were provided with complimentary items, special discounts and other benefits such as food and entertainment so that we could experience the magic of the Disneyland Resort. I was not asked to write about the celebration, and all thoughts in this post are my own.