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2016 Gold Sponsor Nice’n Clean

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Thank you to GOLD Sponsor Nice ‘n CLEAN for their support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes are proven to remove 99% of peanut residue from hard surfaces so families can help protect their loved ones from peanut allergens, no  matter where they are.

As the exclusive wet wipe sponsor and a proud supporter of FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), they want to help support FARE’s mission of safety and inclusion for individuals with food allergies. 1% of every purchase of Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes will be donated to FARE to help advance their critical education and advocacy work in communities across the country.

In addition to removing 99% of peanut allergen residues from hard surfaces, Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes:

  • Kill 99.99% of germs
  • Offer a convenient 20-count re-sealable pocket pack that fits easily in backpacks, purses, and pockets
  • Have a gentle formula infused with aloe to keeps hands moisturized and feeling soft
  • Are made with TENCEL fibers, making them environmentally friendly. TENCEL is a 100% plant based fiber and 100% renewable resource.

Be sure to visit Nice ‘n CLEAN at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

 

2016 Gold Sponsor Enjoy Life Foods

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Thank you to GOLD Sponsor Enjoy Life Foods for their continued support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Enjoy Life Food’s philosophy is to “Eat Freely & Enjoy Fully”! Their tasty products are dedicated gluten free and free-from the “top eight” allergens: wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. The products are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. They have over 46 products verified by the Non-GMO project and they contain no artificial anything!

This year, they launched some BRAND NEW products to add to their ever growing free-from line of goodness:

Mini Cookies: Available in 7 flavors of both soft baked & crunchy varieties. Mini Cookies come in 6 single-serve packs per box. Perfect for lunches or a grab & go snack!

Baking Chocolate Snack Packs: America’s #1 Allergy Friendly Baking Chocolate now sold in single-serve packs (12 per package). Chocolate cravings are now satisfied!

ProBurst Bites (coming soon): Packed with 7 grams of plant based protein per serving! These chocolatey, truffle-like bites are decadent and, of course, allergy friendly.

Plentils: Two new flavors are coming soon; Thai Chili Lime & Moroccan Spice. These lentil based chips are a protein-packed crunchy experience, bursting with flavor! A “better-for-you” treat.

Be sure to visit Enjoy Life Foods at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

 

2016 Blogger Help Desk

This year’s help desk will be on Friday from 1-6pm in the Expo. Please fill out our Appointments sign up to reserve your evaluation and meeting time with Mary Fran Wiley, who will be offering her experience and advice to help take your blog to the next level. Mary Fran can’t provide tech support for Blogger or WordPress.com blogs, but she can answer general questions. She’ll probably spend an hour or two on each registrants blog evaluation to make sure that everyone who has an appointment gets something actionable.

We will have a set number of technical appointments that you can sign up for in advance. Every pre-scheduled appointment will receive an evaluation and suggestions based on:

  • Page Speed
  • Social media setup (rich pins/recipe markup, images set up for social sharing)
  • 508 compliance (contrast, alt text, keyboard navigation, images not replacing text)
  • UX personas*
  • Userflow/call to action evaluations.

Please sign up for a time before 10/15 so Mary Fran can have time to prepare your personalized results and data.  There will be hours from 1-6 on Friday afternoon for open questions.  APPOINTMENT SIGN UP SHEET

Special Guest for Wine & Sign Party

We hope you will join us Saturday evening for both our Wine and Sign event which will run from 6:30 pm- 8:00 PM for our authors to display and sell their books. After which time we will ask for your attention and warm reception for a special treat this year- we have Comedian Joe Messina joining us for a 30 minute Stand-Up Comedy Act.

Joe Messina HeadshotJoe Messina is a comedian from Philadelphia. Diagnosed with Celiac at 15, he has talked about life with the disease throughout his comedy career. He performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club and Good Good Comedy Theater.

In addition to Celiac, Joe focuses on politics in his stand up and as the host of Party Lines, a monthly live political comedy variety show. Joe is the host of the podcast Breaking Up with Joe, which is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Sponsors Only Sessions!

Sponsor Only Business Sessions ~ FYI: Please note, Friday morning Sessions and lunch is for our SPONSORS ONLY! 

WHEN: FRIDAY November 4, 2016 starting 8:45- 11am.

This year, the sponsor only business sessions will be broken down into two critical pieces. 1) Social Media for Business and 2) How to Work With Bloggers. Bloggers, and marketers, Erica Dermer and Keeley McGuire will guide you through the process on how to engage customers and influencers, and work with influencers to engage even more customers. You’ll leave the session with check-lists and a better understanding of how to work with influencers to build your brand and gain loyal customers.

Social Media for Businesses: 

Okay so you have a Facebook page, Instagram, or Snapchat. But do you know the rules? Are you using each platform to its full extent for both customers and influencers? Do you know what to do and what not to do with influencers via social media? Learn about how to interact with customers, and ultimately influencers, online.

How to Work with Bloggers:

How do all of these brands have such big name influencers touting about their products? As you can guess, it’s not free, and it’s not cheap – but it’s valuable. You too can learn how to work with influencers, small to mega stars, to build loyalty and increase brand recognition in the market place. But where do I even start? What’s beyond a sponsored post? How much should I be paying bloggers? How can I do it all with a minimal staff? Don’t worry, you’ll learn all of this and more!

Sponsors will be served a light lunch and be allowed access to the expo to set up their booths prior to expo opening time of 1PM- 6PM; and Saturday Expo hours will run 10AM-6PM. Expo wont be running on Sunday – so be sure to get in to visit the brands who all help make this happen by Saturday night- Especially if you are trying to get raffle tickets for the various raffle prizes we will have this year! 

Airport Transportation Information

The following information was provided by the hotel for our guests arriving in November!

The Denver Renaissance Stapleton Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport- (This service will no longer be in effect in 2017).

Service to the Hotel from DIA

First pick-up from DIA is at 5:05 AM. The second pick-up is at 5:50 AM. The Shuttle pick-ups up every 45 minutes after that.

Pick-up Times are as follows: 5:05am, 5:50am, 6:35am, 7:20am, 8:05am, 8:50am, 9:35am, 10:20am, 11:05am, 11:50am, 12:35pm, 1:20pm, 2:05pm, 2:50pm, 3:35pm, 4:20pm, 5:05pm, 5:50pm, 6:35pm, 7:20pm, 8:05pm, 8:50pm, 9:35pm, 10:20pm, 11:05pm, 11:50pm, 12:35am

Pick-up is at DIA on Baggage Claim Level 5 Pick-up at the Westside Door 512 and then is followed by a Pick-up at the Eastside Door 505.

Proceed to the third island where you will see “Hotel Shuttle” signage. The shuttle is white with the Renaissance and Holiday Inn logo on the side.

Service to DIA from the Hotel

The first pick-up from the hotel to DIA is at 4:30 AM. The second pick-up is at 5:15 AM.

Pick-up Times are as follows:4:30am, 5:15am, Gam, 6:45am, 7:30am, 8:15am, 9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am, 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9pm, 9:45pm, 10:30pm, 11:15pm and 12:00am

Shuttle picks-up from the hotel lobby promptly at the times listed. Please be early to ensure the shuttle does not leave without you! Announcements are made when the shuttle has arrived.

**Reservations for return service to DIA are recommended**

Reservation book is located at the Front Desk.

 

To Take the TRAIN:

From the plane to the train, introducing the best way to see our neighborhood and connect to local experiences. The University of Colorado A Line is 23 miles of rail that is making local and international travel easier than ever. The new line is NOW OPEN, providing easy, affordable and reliable connections between downtown Denver, Stapleton, DIA and the many communities along I-70.

QUICK FACTS

Travel time from DIA to Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel; 23 minutes Travel time from DIA to Central Park Station (81.75 E. Smith Road, Denver, CO 80238): 23 minutes Travel time from Central Park Station to Union station downtown: 14 minutes (3rd stop from central)

Cost: $9 one way to/from airport to Union Station (covers Unlimited Use for the entire day) Cost: $2.60 one way from Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel to Union Station Downtown.  Features: Overhead storage, luggage towers and bicycle racks

DAILY SCHEDULE

6 a.m. – 8 p.m. – every 15 minutes 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. – every 30 minutes 3 a.m. – 6 a.m. – every 30 minutes

WHERE AND HOW TO BUY A TICKET Tickets can be purchased on rail line platforms of ticket vending machines, inside DEN or Union Station, or at any RTD sales outlet.

WHERE TO CATCH THE TRAIN Airport: The location is right by the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel. Downtown/Union Station: 1701 Wynkoop St. Call Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel for a courtesy pick-up of the Central Park Station

Discover more at renaissancedenver.com a 303.339.7500 | 3801 Quebec Street | Denver, Colorado 80207

 

Session Spotlight: What’s New In Social Media

Session Spotlight:

What’s New In Social – Get Up to Date on the Latest Social Media Trends 

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For your planning purposes: Our Expo opens Friday at 1pm-6pm. and will be open Saturday 9-5pm. It will not be run on Sunday- so if you want to get in to meet those sponsors and get your raffle prize tickets- you will have to get in there Friday and Saturday!

Special Social Media Workshop will run FRIDAY November 4th 2016 from 2pm-5pm. It will include two (2) 45-60 minute sessions, then Q & A and hands on workshop/help group.

Are you feeling left behind by all the changes in social media? Want to keep your blog relevant and growing? Social media experts Missy Voronak and Rivka Kawano are here to save the day with a special social media workshop. Missy will be sharing the wonders of Snapchat, how you can use it to share more of your personality and behind-the-scenes blog content. Rivka will be making sure you don’t get lost on Facebook and show you how Facebook live can bring you more loyal followers, and how Facebook Instant Articles will change how you blog – for the better! You’ll have a chance to instantly apply what you’ve learned in this workshop setting, while having Missy and Rivka there to hold your hand every step of the way!

Bring your smartphone to this session with Snapchat already installed and follow along as Missy walks us through how to use Snapchat. You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the app,
  • Add friends by username, snapcode or nearby,
  • Use stickers,
  • Draw,
  • Use filters, overlays and lenses,
  • Protect your privacy or open up to all,
  • Explore Discover and Live, Stories,
  • Use chat and video chat features with friends,
  • Use Snapchat to connect with your blog readers,

For those of you who have had the pleasure of attending either Missy or Rivka’s previous year’s presentations, you will know that these ladies are a wealth of information and are not to be missed! Looking forward to seeing you in November!

2016 Food Allergy Awareness Week Ticket Sale

In celebration of of the 2016 #FoodAllergyAwarenessWeek which is May 8-14; We will be running a special offer on our 2016 conference tickets- which will allow you to grab full event tickets for our early-Bird price of $199.00. This is good for the entire event, and includes meals! Don’t miss your chance! Sale starts at 8:00 AM EST on May 8th and will run until Midnight PST on May 14th.  We look forward to seeing you all in November!! Get your Tickets HERE!

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A few Reminders:

Please be sure to grab your 2016 #FABlogCon Blog Buttons for your blog or website!

We are still adding speakers and sessions to the agenda but partial program is posted! Be sure to check back for more updates!

If you are an author and plan to attend, please email us, and we will get you added to Wine & Sign party.

We could not do this event without the support from our community and our Sponsors; so THANK YOU ALL!!

If you are a Sponsor and are interested in more information about participation please email us at fablogcon@gmail.com.

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#FABlogCon 2015 Round-Up Posts

Our 3rd annual #FABlogCon is behind us. It was an event filled with new faces, dear friends, and some great informative sessions! Our expo has continued to grow each year- and it too saw both familiar friends and new supporters! We want to thank all our sponsors, speakers and attendees who make our event possible! We had a great time this year!! Please don’t forget to share your favorite products and companies so we can show our thanks and support our sponsors!

I will be sharing the photos our good friend Dec took later this week! ~ I am looking forward to seeing them! So many great memories from this year!

Please leave your follow-up post links about this year’s event here or email the link to us at fablogcon@gmail.com . Thank you all!

~Jenny

#FABlogCon Tag board

Celiac and the Beast, Erica Dermer: Thank You #FABlogCon Sponsors!

Allergic Child, Nicole Smith: The FABulous 2015 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference

Food Allergy Ninja: How to hold your child like an Epi-Pen Ninja

Soul Food, Kathleen Shannon: FABlogCon Recap

Learning to Eat Allergy Free; Colette Martin: The Food Allergy Blogger Conference, Another Great Year

Aterica Health, Holly Curtis:  Thank You Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference!

Nutrimom, Tracy Bush, Food Allergy Badasses

Transportation Tips

Arriving in Denver, you will need to take a subway transport to Baggage claim.

The Renaissance Hotel has a free shuttle service that runs every 30 minutes- Pick-up times are :05 after the hour and :35 after the hour. It is a white van with Renaissance Hotel on the side. You will need to exit the WEST TERMINAL (RED SIGNS) Door 512 -Island #3 You do NOT need a reservation to catch the shuttle to the hotel- HOWEVER- for those departing post event- you will need to sign up next to the registration desk to reserve a ride. If you have any questions please call the front desk at 303-399-7500

Taxis cost $35-$50

UBER: If you don’t have an Uber account- it’s easy to set one up- Download the app from the App store and follow the steps to register. You may use my code jennys3898u and you will get a discount ($15- off I believe) on your first ride!