As a certified probinsyana, I won’t be shy to say that I consider it as a big break that I will be in SMX Convention Center, not just as a participant but as a panel member in one of the topics in the 3rd Digital Influencers Marketing Summit.
Imagine a probinsyana from Bicol will be able to have a voice… a spot to share my story to current and aspiring digital influencers. I will be talking about my own journey as a digital marketer, the struggles and challenges and, in great part, how I overcome it to contribute to the success in Promoting Tourism, Travel, Culture through Digital Influencers and Social Media. I will share the time slot with Mr. Jonji Gonzales of TenMinutes.ph together with other invited influencers.
The invitation was extended a few weeks after the successful execution of #DateinDaet, a tourism advocacy campaign I spearheaded which was participated by good friends and key bloggers whom I met for the first time. That campaign was also supported by LGU Daet headed by Mayor Tito Sarte Sarion and various local businesses.
It is like a big dream unfolding in my eyes especially when I didn’t even thought about this possibility in the past. For so many times I visited SMX, I was always one of the participants, eagerly listening to various motivational speakers, industry shakers and movers sharing their expertise. I never thought that at my age, I will go to SMX Convention Center as a speaker. Today, I consider this a milestone to mark my quarter life journey.
I consider this event as one of my significant achievements so far. Personally, I feel that this wonderful blessing is an affirmation of what I have done and choices I’ve made in the past until now.
Staying in the province was and still IS a very big decision I make every day. I guess, choosing to stay in Bicol despite all the tempting offers is the most patriotic thing I’ve done so far. It is not that easy but with the flexibility of the digital marketing industry and my passion to pursue my advocacies, I am able to make it through. I constantly remind myself why I chose to stay. Every single day is a test of courage, dedication and decision.
I must admit that there were some instances that I asked myself if I made the right decision… I wonder if it was worth it. Today, with all conviction, I can clearly say that it is worth it.
Today I realized that I must have done something right, not just for myself but for also the brand and my community to be invited by Ms.Janette Toral as one of the speakers. Learn more about my story and get practical tips not just from me but from other practitioners too when you attend the DIM Summit.
Know more about the Influencers Who Influenced Me and Key Marketing Lesson I learned from Them on my blog this coming August 21, 2014 as my Throwback Thursday post.
The event is a prime gathering of digital influencers, DigitalFilipino Club members, emerging influential bloggers, real estate service professionals, tourism advocates, and various retail and service industry practitioners.
For 2014, they are also integrating the Digital Influencer Boot Camp community to supplement the digital influencer community build-up. This way, you get to build your connection with fellow digital influencers through regular sharing of information and insights. For more info, visit www.digitalfilipino.com or READ MORE below for the program and list of speakers.
8:00 AM to 8:45 AM REGISTRATION
8:45 AM to 9:30 AM Welcome and Participants introduction
9:30 to 9:50 AM Compete or Collaborate? Expanding your Digital Influence outside of the
Philippines (ASEAN and beyond)
Speaker: Anton Diaz, Our Awesome Planet
10:00 to 10:20 AM The CEO as a Digital Thought Leader
Speaker: Pacita “Chit” Juan, Entrepreneur
10:30 to 11:15 AM Promoting Tourism, Travel, Culture through Digital Influencers
and Social Media (PANEL)
Speakers / Panelists: Jonji Gonzales – TenMinutes.ph,
Apple Allison Perez – Digital Marketer and blogger SoleSearchingSoul.com (more to be added)
11:30 AM to 11:50 AM MAJOR SPONSOR TALK
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM to 1:45 PM Promoting and Selling Real Estate Properties Online (PANEL)
Speakers / Panelists: Licensed Real Estate Brokers – Gigi Bonquin,
Benjamin Palaroan Jr., Ariel Pagdanganan (Profriends) (more to be added)
2:00 PM to 2:45 PM Increasing and Measuring Digital Influence and Marketing Effectiveness
in Search, E-Mail, and Social Media (PANEL)
Speakers / Panelists: Mannix Pabalan (Hashtag Digital), Mel Dominguez
(Dominguez Marketing) (and more to be added)
3:00 PM to 3:45 PM Building Sustainable Communities and Movements (PANEL)
Speakers / Panelists: Lace Llanora (Vanilla Digital),
Ron Cirujano (Elance), Rosario Juan (and more to be added)
4:00 PM to 4:45 PM Bloggers as Digital Influencers (PANEL)
NOTE: Topics and speakers are subject to change. Please check the official event page for latest update.
Registration Fee is Php 4,500 per participant. Aside from attending the 1 day summit, this will also give participants 1-year access to all free and paid e-learning offerings (including upcoming ones) on the Digital Filipino website.
For group, student rate and other inquiries, please directly contact Ms.Janette Toral.
For inquiries about this event, please contact Janette Toral (send a private message). She can also be reached through mobile at 0920-9508696 or via Twitter @digitalfilipino. (You can also check out the photo archives of #DIMSummit in Manila’2012, Cebu’2012, La Union ’2013, Rizal’2013, Manila’2013)
Watch what transpired at the 2nd Digital Influencers Marketing Summit Manila last September 21, 2013 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Video made by Mel Cortez of Decisive Moments (http://decisivemomentsph.com)