Great news friends! I’m live blogging a session for #HLS12 this year! I’m pumped to hear the discussion during the Hosting A Virtual Challenge session and share the details of the conversation with you all.
Here is the description from the Healthy Living Summit Website!
The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge sounded like a fun little thing to host. What once seemed “little” quickly turned in to a lot of work, a ton of fun and a great way to engage with readers. Over the years, reoccurring challenges have great opportunities to grow – in this challenge’s fourth year, there were over 1,000 participants. Amanda Brooks from Run to the Finish will discuss how her successful challenge got started, lessons learned along the way and guidelines for running your own successful challenge on your own blog.
The session begins at 10:45 AM Eastern Time, so be sure to check back here often, as I’ll be updating this post as the conversation continues!
The hash tag for this session is #HLSBlogChallenge so follow along on twitter if you would like!
10:37 AM — Getting ready for the discussion to start! Really excited. Amanda looks great!
10:45 AM — The discussion is about to begin, get in here if you are interested in this awesome discussion!
10:50 AM — Heather from Running with Sass is doing the introduction. She looks great in her Reebok pink shoes!
10:55 AM — Buy your own domain name! It makes it easier for people to remember your website!
10:57 AM — Hosting a challenge will help you deepen your relationship with brands and readers!
11:00 AM — There are some drawbacks to doing a challenge, other things that you may want to blog about gets left behind! Blog challenges can be very time intensive.
11:02 AM — Where does the time go? Content, planning, questions and prizes all take time!
11:05 AM — You have a responsibility if you collect and use readers email addresses! Respect privacy and keep those things private.
110:08 AM — I am getting a lot of ideas for different challenges… #dogphotoaday hmmm
11:09 AM — Helpful tools that help doing a blog challenge include: GOOGLE DOCS, MailChimp.com, Socialworkout.com
11:13 AM — Mail chimp looks like a pretty amazing tool
11:16 AM — HELPFUL TOOLS! BeFunky.com, PicMonkey.com, SnagIt, Join.me, Bit.ly, Google Analytic, Framtastic, Label Box
11:19 AM — Prizes!! What do people love and want to win?? Make a list of things that you use everyday!
11:21 AM — Find media contacts on the product website, then add a short description of who you are and WHAT you are doing. They want to know WHAT IS IN IT FOR THEM!
11:23 AM — Great question! What prizes do people like the most? NUT BUTTER! Clothing, higher ticket items are good too. People also love coupons.
11:25 AM — Create a disclosure policy for giveaway winners. Give people 3-4 days to get back to you.
11:28 AM — Generally speaking, blog challenges can get a big increase in readership for your website.
11:29 AM — The session is wrapping up, I had a great time live blogging for the first time! Amanda did a great job at her discussion.