Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Disney Social Media Moms Conference - Recap Day Two

Day two at the Social Media Moms Conference began with a delicious breakfast at American Adventure Rotunda in EPCOT and a wonderful "off the cuff" discussion by co-fonder of Alltop.com Guy Kawasaki on how to use Twitter as a marketing weapon. One of the main thing he suggested was using TwitterFeed to have your blog posts sent to Twitter and Facebook. Also, using Tweetdeck to keep track of everything that is going on. He also suggested repeating your tweets because your followers are NOT just sitting there waiting for your tweets, believe it or not. Try retweeting every 8 or 9 hours so that people in different time zones will get them when they are on their computers. Also find interesting things on the internet for your readers by using search engines, i.e. Alltop (HaHa), Boston.com, or some other one that might be of interest to your followers. He was SO inspiring and really a lot of fun to listen to. You HAVE to follow him @GuyKawasaki... he has the greatest stuff!!

After that, we were taken over to the World ShowPlace in EPCOT for a celebration of Volunteerism where volunteers from all over the country were spotlighted along with hundreds of castmember "VoluntEars" employed by Disney. It was also noted that during the first 6 weeks of Disney's "Give A Day - Get A Day" Program, over 600,000 volunteers had already signed up and completed their day of service... How amazing is that!! What a terrific program.

We were also treated to a few special visitors... Sweetums and Kermit the Frog came out to thank all the community volunteers from all over the country and to help Ty Pennington show us the Guinness Book of World Record's largest canned food structure. Made of 115,527 cans of food, this amazing sculpture of these Disney favorites will provide over 70,000 meals to food banks in the central Florida, Atlanta and Miami areas.

After seeing this terrific outpouring of generosity, the opportunity to help breakdown this structure and separate the food was provided to the SMM and their families along with Carter Oosterhouse and some of the wonderful celebrities from The Disney Channel. I was unable to participate because it was just to darn cold and I was in too much pain at the time. You can see recaps and several pictures of the event by heading over to 5 Minutes for Mom and checking out the posts by other conference attendees... it really looks like an amazing event.

That evening, we were all back together at EPCOT Future World, after being given hand warmers (YES, it was THAT cold) and glow sticks for the most amazing dinner prepared by Robert Irvine of Dinner Impossible for broadcast on The Food Network soon. [To see a behind the scenes look at what went into the prep and some of the DELICIOUS food we had, check out The Disney Food Blog]. We ate SO much and had such a great time hanging out with Felicia, Crystal and Kate and their families, sitting near the stage under a heater - thank you SO much Crystal for finding that great table. Then we listened to a private concert by Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato - the kids went WILD!!

What a wonderful day Disney gave us all... one more day of fun and food to come!!
Until next time..... Lorie

[Disclaimer: Although tickets for the conference were purchased, we received meals, park tickets, etc. at a great discount. We also received gifts and opportunities to attend events not open to the general public from Disney. I was not asked to write about my experience or share the information.]


Sammy's Marmee said...

I worked that party! It was amazing to be a part of such a great event!

KristenWDW said...

Totally best time ever! So glad we got to go! Sorry you couldn't do some, I hope you're feeling better now!

Awesome recap!

Michelle @Flying Giggles said...

What an absolutely fabulous time you all must have had! Fab guests, Guy Kawasaki...I would have loved to hear him give some tips and tricks for Twitter!

Felicia said...

Yay! And look at the cheese cake push up Crystal is holding! Yum!

Lifeofkaylen said...

Totally jealous!!! Ty was there!! They celebrated volunteering!!!
I LOVE the canned food sculpture, that's totally cool!

Sounds like you had a good time. Hopefully the pain wasn't too unbearable.

Adaptable Kay said...

I'm with Kaylen-TOTALLY jealous :D
It sounds like you learned a lot of nifty things (yes, I said nifty LOL). That thing about Tweeting is so true-Great advice!

Simply Being Mommy said...

Oh, the cheesecake! What I wouldn't do to have one right now :) It was really great meeting everyone at Disney!

Maria's Space said...

What a great recap.

It sounds educational and fun, just like school should be. The school around here should take some tips and maybe my son would want to go once in a while.

I still can't figure out the Tweetdeck thingy but it look like you have it all figured out. Good for you!

ConnieFoggles said...

I got to meet you that night! How awesome!! So glad to see you on Twitter now and have some time to chat. I promise to visit your blog more often too. We'll be back at Disney for Easter week so I hope we can spend some time together again. Maybe dinner? (((HUGS)))

~ Noelle said...

i know you had a blast! :) glad you were able to go!

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