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Disney came to Atlanta and they brought princess Tiana

September 15, 2017

A few weeks ago I attended the Disney Social Media Moms on the road event that stopped here in Atlanta, GA. I have been to Disney and I knew about some of the fabulous things that they offered but I never imagined that I would learn so much about how to run a business. Better yet…I learned how to run my social media better with tips. Who knew I could learn how to run my blog better with tips from Disney. The day started off with breakfast….well no let me rewind it started off with me being in traffic for almost 2 hours. I live 45 min from Atlanta and it took me almost 2 hours to get to my destination. Breakfast that morning with coffee was a must!

After settling down I decided to parlay with my bloggy buddies and meet some new people before the day got started. Of course a selfie is in order!

Ok so let’s get down to business I will bullet point some of the things I learned and also share more on my FB page for now here are my notes

  • I learned about Disney Dreamers Academy. I am applying for my son as soon as he turns 13
  • I met one of the dreamers from the academy his name is Jordan Williams. He has his own business that represents young moguls check it out here
  • One of the things he said was that if you don’t use your gifts…you can misuse your time. Don’t waste your time on things that aren’t what you are supposed to be doing. Find your gift!
  • Be a great storyteller and master the difference between writing and storytelling. People want to hear a story…if you can tell a great one people will listen
  • When you are writing a blog post….what is it that you want your audience to feel? What is the story you want to tell?
  • Find a subject that you are passionate about and then write. I am passionate about business which is why I created a separate space just to house that. It’s time to hone in on my passion
  • YOU ARE YOUR BRAND
  • There is power in engagement not #’s

Let’s stop and talk about engagement vs numbers. So for me I use to look at the big brands and see that they wanted to work with bloggers who had high numbers. I did all that I could to get my numbers high and my social media accounts to reach a certain status. I thought that would propel me into the big bucks as a blogger. Well things are changing and so is my mindset on numbers. No longer do I care to get my numbers high I would rather have 10 people engaged on my posts that will buy a product or buy into what I am telling them vs 1000 people who probably won’t even see your post. On average I have about 60-100 likes on my Instagram out of those I know every single person who likes my stuff because they are engaged on either my instagram, blog, or Facebook page. Most are even signed up to my newsletter. That is my audience. Yes it’s small but I bet you any amount of money they hang on to every word I say and they are always waiting for my blog posts religiously. They are the ones who will buy the products I talk about or do the things I mention that I do in my posts. That is your audience. Not the thousands of folks who could care less about who you are. I am learning that the few that I reach are the ones who have the buying power so I will continue to love on my small audience and not worry about being big. Besides being to big makes you forget who you are sometimes and I don’t want to ever forget my humble beginnings that’s why folks love me….I don’t forget where I come from.

We took a break from things and was able to talk with people in the room. We also got some Disney Pins…I was told that I am exactly like the character Pin I got……what do y’all think?

Video is king….it emotioanlly engages the audience. When you do video think of these things

  • You wanna make people laugh…no one wants to sit and watch a boring video if you can’t make them laugh
  • Make them cry…always touch them in some way
  • Always give a subtle message and lead up to stuff

One of the examples that they gave was to start off with twitter. Post something on there with a picture that leads up to something. Let’s say you have a blog post coming out in two days. Take the time today to post a teaser on Twitter. Then create a post on your Facebook fan page that gives another teaser. This can be done in video format also. Then on the day of the post….create a photo that engages your audience on your instagram and have that photo be a teaser that leads up to the final destination …your blog. Use each social media tool to lead into what you want to talk about. I thought this was genius and I will be incorporating this more often. Even if I don’t use twitter I will do FB and Instagram like this. I want all of my teasers to lead back to my space….my online space.

The highlight of the morning was when we got to hear Kim Fields talk. One of the things that resonated with me is that she said that “Ain’t no princess without a queen” We as mothers are queens…we are the SHAT we do it all and still manage to raise our children. YASSSSSSS

I also got to meet Mickey and Princess Tiana…my daughter was jealous lol

All in all I learned a lot. I will share on my FB page some of the video and other lessons I learned so make sure you like my page and follow me over there.

Disney is more than just a park these days. It’s a well oiled machine that can help you become a better you.

What’s your favorite Disney Movie?

 

 

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    candy
    September 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    If you don’t use your gifts you can misuse your time. We were given many different gifts and talents and we should be sharing and using these to help other people.

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    Amber Myers
    September 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    This looks like a fabulous event. I love anything that has to do with Disney. And yes, I agree, you can have big numbers on social media, but if no one is connecting or interacting with your post, it doesn’t seem to matter.

    Tiana is gorgeous!

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    Alli Smith
    September 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    What a fun event! It’s a plus that you learned so much about becoming a better blogger. The storytelling tips you shared are amazing. I have so many favorite Disney movies. It’s hard to pick just one. I love The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

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    Bernetta
    September 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Great tips for sure. That Dream statement is so true and got me up in my feels all over again. Thank you for sharing.

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    Ty
    September 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Wow! What a great event. I think that I’m going to have my son sign up for Disney Dreamers Academy, as well. I think that would be an awesome experience.

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    Toni
    September 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve read about this Disney academy from another blogger. Before then never heard of it.

    Great post. As a writer or speaker you must keep your audience engaged! Engagement is will will keep them coming back. I truly enjoyed this post.

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    Jeanette
    September 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I would love to go with it like this! I have never been to a Disney event but the way they know how to spoil your guests I’m guessing you all had a wonderful time. I would love to learn more of a social media and Disney definitely knows what they’re doing.

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    Liz
    September 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Definitely interesting about engagement vs. # of followers. I wish more brands would look at that!

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    Whitney
    September 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Kita thank you so much for sharing your experience. As you know I started over and from what I’m seeing, it is about engagement. I’m starting slowly to get engagement. The Princess and the Frog is my favorite Disney movie because my girls were so excited and watched it with admiration. I’ll never forget taking them to see that movie.

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    Stacie
    September 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    See, I love when you can learn from a brand. These tips are so good that I wrote them down! Good stuff!

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    Sarah Bailey
    September 15, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Oh my goodness what an amazing sounding event, I love the brought Princess Tiana as well. Plus how awesome they taught you some great social media tips!

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    September 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I had no idea about that dream academy, that sounds wonderful. My daughter just turned 12, but I’m going to look into it for sure when she’s 13.

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    Carol Speake
    September 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    This looks like a fun event. I wish Jess were still young. We used to visit Disney all the time and had a blast!

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    Mimi Green
    September 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    These are great tips, I’ve been working on more videos these days. I love that you guys got to meet Princess Tiana, I love that movie. My daughter and I watch it faithfully.

    I’ve been wanting to work with Disney for years. Glad you had a chance.

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    Cheryl
    September 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I went to Disney social media a few years back and loved it! Awesome tips! Will be trying the social media teasers.

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    Katina Davenport
    September 15, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Looks like an enriching experience. I didn’t know Disney had a dreamer academy. I hope your son gets in.

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    LaShawn
    September 15, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Looks like it was a lot of fun and an amazing event! Love the tips too.

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    Pam
    September 15, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Sounds like a great and educational event. You certainly learned a lot from this Disney SMMC event!

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    Erin F
    September 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    It totally looks like you ladies had a wonderful time at the event! I really wish I could have made it just to have gathered all that valuable info!!

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    Shannon Graham
    September 16, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I love the quote from the dreamer. That’s so true…if you are wasting your talents, your time is being wasted!

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    Lisa
    September 17, 2017 at 1:15 am

    What an amazing event. The Disney Dreamers Academy sounds like an amazing opportunity.

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    Jesica H
    September 17, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Oh, that looks like a fantastic time! I would love to make it to one of these events but the timing hasn’t worked out so far.

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    Victoria Heckstall
    September 17, 2017 at 3:27 am

    This looks like a great and fun event. The Disney Dreamers Academy sounds so interesting. Will definitely check this out.

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    Nikka Shae
    September 17, 2017 at 4:41 am

    What a great event!! So much fun and what a great way to get The Disney Dreamers Academy out to the public.

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    Tiffany H.
    September 17, 2017 at 7:15 am

    This sounds like a great event with lots of useful information. I have recently started doing live videos, I was afraid at first but now that I started I’m enjoying them. It’s cool because I have the opportunity to tell my story. People will listen to a video but may not actually read a blog post.

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    Gina
    September 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    These are some really great tips and it sounds like you received some actionable tips on social media. I’m going to try to put some of this to use.

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    Carissa
    September 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I love this and would love to go! Seems like great information! I need to do more with live video!!

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    Nellie
    September 17, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Oh I love this so much! So many great takeaways. I love that they chatted about video and being yourself. It’s been said time and time again but it’s so true. Being your own authentic self will attract your tribe!

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    ejnosillA/RedefiningHERstory
    September 18, 2017 at 12:48 am

    This looks like it was such a great evening! I wish disney would come to my town so my daughters could experience such a magical and fun night!

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    Karissa @WithOurBest
    September 18, 2017 at 2:58 am

    There is a lot to learn from Disney. I am glad you take advantage of the opportunity to do so! Looks like a great day!

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    Candice
    September 18, 2017 at 6:12 am

    You know in all the time that I’ve been blogging. I never really sat down to research what Disney Social Media Moms is all about. I see posts all the time with people being invited to attend events, but I didn’t realize there was more to it than just being lovers of Disney. I would love to attend an event like this especially since blogging is my business.

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    Monique Tillman
    September 18, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    That’s a cool event. I learned about Disney Dreamers Academy by listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show. It is such a great program. I am glad you were able to attend.

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