Wednesday, June 17, 2009

IZEAFest 2009

Last year, I heard about the wonders of IZEAFest via my dear friend, Lucretia Pruitt (aka @Geekmommy) She is one of the WalMart 11 Moms and an amazing blogger advocate. When she says a conference is a "must attend" then my ears perk up! Lucretia suggested I connect with Ted Murphy, IZEA's founder. I did a little digging on IZEA and their take on sponsored conversations. IZEA is a governing member of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and they require mandatory disclosures for bloggers associated with IZEA. Blogger outreach is a topic I wanted to learn more about for my own blog and for my corporate brand marketing role at EMBARQ. Then I dug into IZEAFest via bloggers' comments, the post that really whet my appetite is from Ben Spark, 10 Best Reasons to Go to IZEAFest. This looked like a must attend for me.

I made it a goal to meet Ted at SXSW and pitch my case on why I should be on an IZEAFest panel. With Lucretia's introduction, Ted, Ashley Edwards and I not only met, but we hung out for an evening with Lu and Rick Murray discussing social media trends and blog talk. Ted asked me to speak on an IZEAFest panel before I had the opportunity to plead my case. I'm thrilled!

Check out the amazing line up of speakers and the schedule is jam packed with relevant social media topics. And if that isn't enough to get you going, IZEAFest is listed in the Inventor's Spot Top 10 Meet & Tweet Gatherings.

IZEAFest is at SeaWorld Orlando on October 1-4, 2009. All the details are at the IZEAFest website. You can also follow the lastest IZEAFest news on Twitter via @IZEAFest.

Planning on Going?
Ben Spark has a great post to prepare you: 10 Essential Items for IZEAFest 2009. And let me know you're in so we can connect!

Photo credit: @eMom


Ashley K. Edwards said...

I am beyond excited that you are not only coming to IZEAFest at SeaWorld, but that you're also a speaker. Plus Lucretia will be here?!?! That's a double-bonus for me...and our event.

Nice post, and yes - BenSpark's list sums-it-up perfectly!

BenSpark said...

Hey there, thanks so much for linking to my lists. I love IZEAFest and I am looking to give away every item on the essentials list to a lucky person, the contest is not up yet but is in the works, recruiting sponsors and all.

Excellent post. Looking forward to meeting you very much.

Alexis Ceule said...

Zena!!!! Good for you! No... GREAT for and you great for IZEAFest! Keep us posted as this event comes closer. I am going to try to attend this. I'm excited just thinking about it!