Two weeks later and I am still in awe of everything I learned at my first Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On The Road in Austin, Texas.
I am a Disney Social Media Mom!
This celebration brought social media moms information and inspiration to bring our blogs to life. This celebration did not just bring life to my blog but to me as a person. When I thought I couldn’t possibly love Disney more than I do now, it brought my love of Disney to a whole new level.
When the word went out on Twitter like many others I was checking my emails more often than regularly, all day. I couldn’t believe it but there it was. I responded with so much joy but had no idea what amazing information was in store for me.
We didn’t just listen, we learned, from wonderful speakers such as Leanne O’Regan who spoke about moms and our influence on social media, reminding us that September starts the search for the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel.
Jamie Langdon spoke about what is happening right now at Disney like the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. For those of you that have experienced the magic of visiting a Disney Park you can create your own personalized Disneyland Diamond Celebration Video. Disney Cruise Lines are returning to Texas and will be sailing once again from Galveston. Disney loves little ones! From Disney’s Preschool Planner to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party there is plenty of fun and magic to experience this year and every year with Disney.
Jenn Baker came to us with words of encouragement helping us realize that how we tell a story is just as important as what we have to say within it. Jenn told us that pushing past logic is where creativity begins. I really enjoyed her piece because I needed to be reminded that, “We are all born with an amazing imagination.” Writer’s block happens, it is okay to take time out and step back for a while.
We also heard from, mother and daughter team, Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica and her daughter Maya Murillo of Maya In The Moment who had some great words of inspiration and some that dare I say it, I truly needed to hear. Kathy told us not to put something off because you don’t know it. She also encouraged us to be passionate about what we do and follow through with it, never think an idea doesn’t fit, spin it and make it fit. Maya came to help us embrace different types of social media such as Vine. We were also encouraged to find the social media platform that works for us, not every platform is going to be a perfect fit but we can find the one that works well for us. Last but not least, “If it is boring for you, it is boring for your readers.” We must bring emotion to what we are doing!
Victoria Lim spoke to us about being our own multimedia manager. Videos are the second most engaged types of media, photos are the first on Facebook. There are 700 YouTube videos shared every minute, which brought us to a couple of great apps that help turn our photos into videos. I can’t wait to start using these apps, Magisto and Videolicious to create videos with my photos. Right now cell phones are what capture many of our photos being that we usually always have them in hand or very close but one thing to remember with cell phones is they are phones first and tend to not give us as clear of a shot when we use that zoom feature. When we need to use that zoom feature we need to remember, “zoom with your feet!”
Alex Ruiz came to speak to us about social media outlets. Snapchat is something that I know nothing about, guilty, I don’t. Alex brought along with him quite a bit of information on this new and upcoming outlet. Snapchat gives us opportunities to engage with our audience and gives a voice to our followers.
The last speaker for the morning was Lisa Erspamer, the president of Unleashed Media, and her talk couldn’t have come at a better time. While I must admit I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed with all the information as I listened to her speak I became inspired and a bit more confident. Lisa encouraged us to take creative risks, to create a physical reaction from our readers, and not to let others poke holes in our ideas. I have had some problems with that last one myself so it was great to have that encouragement. Some of her last words of inspiration to us were, “Success requires risking failure,” and to write honest content, “Don’t write perfect life content”, write something that your readers can relate to. I have held myself back from doing things for fear of failure, Lisa’s talk helped me to see that anything is possible.
Our last guest of the morning was one that brought some of the biggest smiles in the room, Mickey Mouse. This was the perfect end to the day.
Thank you to Disney, Leanne, and her team for making this inspiring and educational event happen for me. I hope that I can one day be part of the magic of Disney again!
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