#Blogapalooza2014 was like an immersion for me. It was fun, interactive and yes, inspiring! Aside from the overflowing samples, food, prizes and goodies, I am happy because I got to observe how they're doing it here in the big city. I had a similar concept for Bicol that's been in my ideapad since last August 2013 when I took the Event Management class at WRI-TESDA. I labeled it "B2B2C" as the project code and it was just there until now. It was tied to my tourism promotions project labelled XXX challenge. I know these concepts have potential but that time I didn't have the time to execute it and I wasn't sure if local businesses are willing to take part though I know some who will be happy to support it. That's why earlier this year, I organized #DateInDaet2014 tourism advocacy campaign, not just for my #CBSME class but overall to see if a portion of my B2B2C and XXX umbrella concepts can be applied. Afterall,nothing can compare to the feeling of bliss and satisfaction when you see your ideas come to life especially for an output based person like me!
I was moved by my #Blogapalooza2014 experience to pursue what I have written in my ideapad, start turning those concepts to reality and pay it forward by doing something for my fellow "promdi" bloggers especially those in Bicol. I also realized that I miss doing special events.
Aside from the goodies and stuff, here are some of my prized takeaway from attending Blogapalooza 2014:
From a digital marketer's perspective, I am happy to witness how brands and companies adapt and utilize technology in their business process, promotion and service. I hope more local brands & businesses will realize the power of digital media and use it for everyone's benefit.
As a special event organizer, I learned that activation nowadays means being creative in mixing traditional and digital media. Seamless connection is a must! Right now. Right here. Aside from the freebies, what other benefits can you offer? How you will make your booth and brand standout, offline and online?! Think about after the event, not just onsite. How can you keep the interaction and engagement high?
As a blogger, I must admit that I am overwhelmed by the flow of goods and freebies! Since #Blogapalooza is an event for bloggers, brands pampered us in the best way they can. I looked around, played some games, tasted different food and collected freebies as well as tons of paper if you know what I mean. Now, as a blogger, I realized that it's not just about collecting stuff but it is actually about getting to know more about the brands. It is now my responsibility to know them better so that I can share their message to you the way I experienced it. I know I still have backlogs but I am determined to start working on these branded posts and publish it on my blog. (Looking back, when I was wearing my marketing hat, it always make my day when I see a blog post or status about my event or brand so now that I'm also wearing the blogger's hat, I might as well make someone's day with a post. )
As an advocate, I want my fellow bloggers in the province and rural areas to experience what I had experienced. I hope my #blogapalooza immersion can help me in pursuing this advocacy. Let us be on #TAAP of the game even when we choose to be PROMDI AND PROUD! Please join me in this #solesearchingsoul journey!
Blogapalooza 2014 won't be possible without these two great guys ---
Vince Golangco of When in Manila and Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.
I was also fortunate to say hello and extend my invitation to Jako De Leon of PaperbugTV and Bogart the Explorer for them to visit us in Bicol. I first met them last Summer Siren in Zambales and just like the first time, they were very approachable and accommodating. I really hope they'll explore the wonders of Bikolandia --- SOON!
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE SPONSORS
WHO SUPPORTED THIS EVENT FOR BLOGGERS!
I was able to able to visit majority of the booths and experience some of the best of what they can offer so I'm excited to blog about it too in the coming days.
DIOS MABALOS for all the goodies and memories!!!