In just 38 days, we’ll be hanging out with a fabulous group of bloggers at Morgan Creek Winery for the first ever Home Grown Bloggers event! I feel like I’m getting ready for Christmas!!
We want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, so we’ve packed our agenda with so much goodness! If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, click HERE to do that, because you definitely don’t want to miss a minute of the fun!
When Heather & I created Home Grown Bloggers, we did it with two main goals in mind: community & hands-on education. We have worked super hard on the agenda for the Birmingham event to be sure to include plenty of both!
We’ve got a full day planned for our Birmingham bloggers, so come rested and ready to go! (All times are in CST, Birmingham local time.)
8 am – Networking & Breakfast sponsored by The Pantry & Icebox Coffee
The Pantry brings farm fresh food to hungry Home Grown Bloggers with a delicious catered breakfast. You’ll be greeted warmly, and after registering, you’ll receive your swag bags filled with goodies. Fix a plate and have a seat to network with other attendees. Icebox Coffee provides much needed blog fuel to kickstart your day, too!
9 am – Social Media Strategy with Heather Brown
The hands-on education begins with my Home Grown co-founder, and Birmingham native, Heather Brown. She’ll teach bloggers why social media is so important, offer tips for curating content and building a presence, and help attendees map out a realistic & actionable social media strategy for their brand.
10:15 am – Focus Session #1: Lightroom with Beth Bryan
We’ll take a break from social media strategy to stretch our legs, then Beth Bryan from Unskinny Boppy, one of our fabulous brand ambassadors, will take the floor to share Lightroom basics, helping attendees learn how to take their blog photos to the next level.
11:15 am – Social Media Strategy Hands-On with Heather Brown
After another short break, Heather will spend time helping attendees apply all that they’ve learned in the social media strategy session. You don’t have to worry about trying to remember everything after you go home, because your to-do list will be done!
12 pm – Special Presentation from Natalie Ard, Star From Afar creator
Natalie is coming to Birmingham all the way from California to spend time with our attendees, chatting about the value of blogger/brand relationships. She’ll also tell her inspiring story behind Star From Afar, her beautiful Christmas nativity that keeps Christ in Christmas.
LUNCH BREAK sponsored by Eugene’s Chicken
We’re going full Southern with lunch provided by Eugene’s Chicken, delivered in a food truck right to Morgan Creek Winery! Owner Zebbie’s southern creations will be a delicious way to fuel back up after a busy morning of learning!
1:15 pm – Email Marketing Strategy with Kirsten Thompson
After lunch, it’s my turn to teach, and I’ll be helping attendees set up and create an email marketing strategy. I’ll show you why email is so vital to the success of your blog, and provide actionable ways for you to fill that list with your target audience. We’ll also talk about email sequences, opt-in offers, and content upgrades.
2:30 pm – Southern Breeze Sweet Tea Party
After a short break, we’ll spend some time sipping on all four flavors of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea! Southern Breeze brings the refreshing taste of sweet tea to you without the sugar! Attendees will sip on original sweet tea, as well as lemon, peach, and raspberry flavors. Yum!
3 pm – Email Marketing Strategy Hands-On with Kirsten Thompson
After our sweet tea shindig, attendees will have the opportunity to implement what they learned. Bloggers will determine their email frequency, what types of emails they want to send, and can also get help developing an opt-in offer and setting up MailChimp or Convertkit.
4:15 pm – Focus Session #2: Instagram & Flat Lays with Stephanie Gilbert
Our second brand ambassador, Stephanie Gilbert of Small Talk Social, is the Instagram queen, and we can’t wait for her to share tips for improving your Instagram strategy, including how to style and shoot flat lays!
5 pm – Wrap-up Networking Session
We’ll tie up any loose ends, give attendees another opportunity to network with one another and our speakers, and make any special announcements before ending the event.
5:45 pm – Morgan Creek Winery Tour & Tasting
When the education ends, the wine begins! Morgan Creek is gracious enough to not only host our first Home Grown Blogger event, but also to provide a free tour & tasting to every attendee! Sip on every one of their delicious muscadine wines, and be sure to take some home with you!
7 pm – Dinner at Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ
If you’re able to stick around a bit longer, join us for a fun dinner at Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ! We’ll chat about our first event and spend some time socializing as we unwind from a busy day.
In addition to all of these activities and sessions, attendees will be asked to participate in a few fun Twitter parties to support the brands who have supported us through sponsorships.
GRAB YOUR SPOT IN BIRMINGHAM!
Don’t miss this amazing event. Tickets include everything on the agenda, with the exception of dinner at Jim N’ Nick’s, and are a steal at only $149!
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