Tuesday, July 26, 2011

BlogHer 11 Parties - How to Secure an Invite, Even After the Event is Fully Booked

BlogHer 11
Wine Sisterhood is among brands participating in the exclusive invite-only parties at BlogHer 11
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com

Landing party invites for BlogHer 11 in San Diego, August 5-6 is harder than quickly writing a challenging blogpost before a sponsored opportunity fills up, it seems, LOL.  

So wanted to share some helpful advice with you that I've learned through my own experiences in arranging my schedule-in-progress for next week -- and which includes just a handful of confirmed party invitations as of now.

New BlogHer brand events announced this morning via official BlogHer email -- including Verizon Wireless, Pepsi Co, California Raisins, and LG Mobile Phones, filled up in less than a half hour and none have wait lists.  I missed out on all these parties, like many of you, because I wasn't quick enough to RSVP.

But, again like some of you, I was lucky to enter in time to at least have a chance to attend the luncheon sponsored by McDonalds on August 5th.  I also submitted my information by last week's deadline to Dove Ice Cream to be considered for their special BlogHer event.  So I still am hoping for a ticket to one or both of those affairs. 

There have been several Twitter parties too, the past several weeks (with a few more Tweetups that you might still be able to participate in) giving would-be party goers a chance to win a coveted party ticket.  To find out about these, be sure to follow the right people on Twitter and read their Twitter feeds to find out about giveaways like this which are usually promoted in advance with a hash tag.

The other thing I'm doing, you might want to consider too.   It's volunteering at a party or two so that you can still be able to participate.  Honest, this is a really good way to secure party admittance if you didn't luck out and get a ticket early.  Besides, when you work behind the scenes there's a bonus.  It paves the way to developing some unique, lasting relationships with brands and event organizers that you may not have been able to achieve as a mere invited party guest.

If you'd still like to try and get into some of the very popular invite-only affairs,  check the BlogHer 11 sponsor promotion page as well as stop in at each brand's booth that you're interested in at the Exhibit Hall in the San Diego Convention Center to see if there have been any last-minute cancellations.  You never know when an opening might come up at the right moment.

After all that, you still haven't secured any party invites?  Not to worry.  The good news is that there are plenty of official, really fun BlogHer parties and social events for everyone to attend that you don't even need an RSVP for.  So check out the conference section on the BlogHer website for info on parties that are open to all attendees.

Good luck to everyone in getting to the events that you are wishing for most!

FTC Disclosure: I am attending BlogHer 11 as a mommy blogger as well as a panelist during the conference.  MommyBlogExpert did not receive any payment or other compensation associated with this post.  See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

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