Tip #1: Bring lots of business cards…I think I bought like 600 and gave out approx. 300. Also make sure your cards stand out.
Tip #2: There is no real dress code… but dress to represent your brand. ex: If you are a Fashion Blogger, dress fashionable. If you are a Mommy Blogger, bring your kid (or pictures of them loll)
Tip #3: I wore sandals the whole time… comfortable ones (except when I went trolling for a husband near the navy ship, lolll).
Tip #4: So I live in NYC…the concrete jungle. It is hot as Hell, and the Devil isn’t serving lemonade. Leave your sweater at home. Also don’t be afraid to show off a little shoulder action.
Tip #5: Although its nice to meet new Bloggers…when meeting with brands you DON’T need to roll with a posse to meet with representatives. Competition is already tough… “Travel Light, Travel Far”
Tip #6: This is New York…the greatest city in the world…please schedule time to sight see. Connect with at least 1 NYC Blogger
Note: When I was in San Diego last year during BlogHer11 …. I connected with the California Bloggers.
Tip #7: If possible, try & connect w/ the brands prior to BlogHer12. I find it saves time, and the chances for follow-up are greater. There are several ways to do this:
1. When you register for the BlogHer conference, they automatically add you to their mailing list. Read the emails from BlogHer… they inform you what brands are participating. Pick out the ones that stand out and reach out to them through Twitter, FaceBook, etc.
2. Send the brand an email. Inquire about setting some time to meet.
3. Write a post about the brand prior to attending or do a VBlog and post it on the brands FaceBook wall. This will get you noticed for sure.
Tip #8: Prior to attending, write out a list of your expectations/goals… then research ways to achieve them.
Example: My personal goals are to meet new bloggers, connect w/ brands & develop relationships, get my brand out there by hosting an event. I am already half way through my BlogHer12 expectations list and the event is not even here yet… so I will not be disappointed.
Tip #9: Stalk the “BlogHer12” hashtag…. like read it every day on the hour so you won’t miss out on anything.
Tip #10: Set money aside for shipping. Last year I received so much product I had to ship it home separately.
Tip #11: When attending events… it is in good taste to email the host or event organizer afterwards thanking them.
Tip #12: Although it is not mandatory to write about the brands, events, sponsors… it is very beneficial if you do.
Note: My BlogHer11 post from last year still get good traffic… so I will be doing recaps again for BlogHer12.
If you have attended BlogHer in the past, please feel free to leave more tips below