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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 

Missy Berggren Headshot      

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!

NEW Special Session Announcement 2015

We are very excited to announce a special Blogger session we are adding for Friday November 13, 2015 Afternoon- 2pm-5pm.

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

Social Media Boot Camp – How to get the most out of Twitter and Periscope

Still wondering what all the fuss is about with Twitter or Periscope? In this special pre-conference workshop, you will receive the keys you need to unlock the secrets of these channels! Join blogger and social media professional Missy Berggren (@marketingmama) of marketingmama.com for an interactive, hands-on training.

The Twitter session will begin with the basics and progress to advanced features that will help you enjoy tweeting and grow your blog readership. Periscope, the new live-streaming app, is a fun way to share your world with others and educate people about food allergies. Bring your laptop, smart phone, notebook and a willingness to try new things!

Speaker Biography:

Missy Berggren HeadshotMissy Berggren (@marketingmama) is a marketing and social media professional with more than 17 years of health care marketing and communications experience, as well as a food allergy parent and blogger. As a director with WCG, Missy helps global brands with digital marketing and social media strategy and content development. She frequently hosts social media trainings for bloggers, physicians, executives and more. Missy is the founder of the Minnesota Blogger Conference and the director of strategic planning for Social Media Breakfast of Minneapolis/St. Paul. You can find Missy online at marketingmama.com and across social channels as “Marketing Mama.”

WORKSHOP OUTLINE:

  • 2 – 3 p.m. Twitter Basics for Beginners
  • 3 – 4 p.m. Advanced Twitter Lessons to Maximize Your Impact
  • 4 – 5 p.m. Periscope Demonstration and Inspiration

You won’t want to miss this fun session to hone your skills before the weekend kicks into high gear! We hope to see you there!

Feel free to leave a comment if you will be coming to this session!

2015 Open Call for Speakers

We are beginning to plan for the third annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. As part of this we must organize the agenda and speakers for #FABlogCon 2015.  The Call for Speakers and Ideas will be open for 4 weeks, closing on January 20th, 2015.  We look forward to creating another memorable conference, strengthening our friendships, support networks, and making new connections!

Please fill out our Open Call for Speakers Submission Form

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We thank you for your interest in becoming a presenting speaker at the third annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, November 13-15, 2015.

*Please note: No prior speaking experience is necessary for consideration. Submission of form does not guarantee acceptance. All entries will be reviewed and selected participants will be contacted regarding interest and availability in participating. If you are submitting as a single speaker, please be aware we may add complementary speakers to a panel for a rounded out presentation. We only have select number of open topics available, and will chose those we find with widest appeal, importance of topic, and strong or original content. We will keep submission ideas for future conference planning if unable to use all this year as there are only so many agenda sessions available.  Further, be advised that we do not pay speaker fees though speakers do receive free conference attendance ticket.

We will review all submissions and notify you via email by February 15, 2015 if your proposal moves to the next phase of planning.

#FABlogCon 2015 Sneak Peek Details!

We are actively working on  plans for the next Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, and we think you will be excited by what’s in store for 2015!

#FABlogCon 2015 will be held November 13-15, in Denver Colorado. Registration details, Eventbright ticket sales and Sponsorship information will be released in the next few weeks. The event will be held at the Denver Renaissance Hotel, (near the old Stapleton Airport)-

Based on the survey results you filled out after the 2014 event, and in consideration of the 2013 results as well, the 2015 conference will be moving to a new city, and a SMOKE FREE hotel! We have taken into consideration aspects from our event in Vegas that made the conference easy for our guests and our sponsors. We know that safe food is imperative, but we also need to accommodate attendees with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and other related issues. Plans will be put in place to make sure that we accommodate everyone.  The Denver Renaissance will be offering us comparable block room rates, and they offer complimentary shuttle to and from the Denver International Airport (or it’s only a $35 cab fare).

We fully realize the importance of getting the food “right” (SAFE!) – so with that in mind we will be hiring Chef Keith Norman to help with both the menu creation as well as coming to the new site to do staff training prior to the 2015 conference date; to ensure the safety of our guests and their dietary restrictions. The Denver Renaissance is looking forward to partnering and eager to host our event! We are so excited to be bringing our Food Allergy Bloggers Conference to the Mile High City! 

 

2014 Review Round-up

Did you miss #FABlogCon 2014? Are you wondering what the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is all about? Or perhaps like me, you simply miss all the amazing people you met there and want to reminisce about all the fun that we had!

Our Sponsored Celebrity Photo Booth was so much fun! Celebrity Photo Booth

Huge “Thank You!” to our friend and supporter, Ritesh Patel for creating these:

Instagram photo collections on Iconsquare

Storehouse video/story clip

Ritesh’s AWESOME Vimeo video interviews! (These are fantastic! ~ Anyone else homesick for our next visit after seeing these?)

Heidi Bayer, of Brooklyn Allergy Mom blog said  “I have told my child that it’s great to meet people online, but it’s even better to meet them in person. This year’s FABlogcon was just that – I got to meet my favorite food allergy bloggers in person” :

Colette Martin, author and blogger at Learning to Eat Allergy-Free said  “Suffice it to say that there is no event quite like this one, where the entire food allergy community can come together and feel safe, loved, and understood. “  in her recap of #FABlogCon2014.

Kelly Kurzhal, from Raising Jack with Celiac raves “The 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sept. 26-28), was a HIT! Packed with lots of great speakers, break-out sessions, networking and brainstorming, it was fun, informative and inspiring.”

Maya Trimner of Maya’s Happy Place, wrote “I have to say I have never been more honored to be among such an amazing group of people and am so grateful to be able to have a platform for my voice about a topic that needs to be talked about much more often in the food allergy community.”  

Kathryn of Mamacado (her blog name makes me giggle! So clever!) said “…this conference was different. All the attendees had a common bond that was very personal. Everyone was there to learn, share and connect about food allergies and sensitivities, or “custom eaters” as I’ve heard it called lately.”

Erica Dermer, blogger, and author of Celiac and the Beast said “FABlogCon is one of the best events for me personally, because I get to connect with everyone in the food allergic/GF community from across the country. I also get one-on-one time with amazing gluten-free/food-allergy-friendly sponsors like Enjoy Life Foods, Pascha Chocolate, Nature’s Path, Sunbutter, and more” The “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is always full of superstars. FABlogCon is truly where you can meet the movers & shakers in the food allergic/gluten-free community. If you are a blogger in the food allergic world, you need to be at this event.”

Brynn Hadler of Allergy Bytes came all the way from Australia! ~ Here is what she wrote : “Like last year’s inaugural event, the 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was a resounding success as participants were educated, entertained, and well fed. So what was different about this year?   Heroes. That’s what.”

If you have a Blog Post review, Please email us the link at Fablogcon@gmail.com, Tweet us @fablogcon or post in the comments!~ And we will get yours added here too! As always, Thank you ALL for your ongoing support and contributions, You are what make this whole event possible, wonderful, and worthy!

I will close with a sneak peek at our 2014 Montage Promotional video! 🙂

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2013 Video – Food Allergies in Education with Allergy Home’s Dr. Mike Pistiner and Lynda Mitchell of KFA

With school around the corner, we wanted to share video from last year’s Food Allergy Bloggers Conference about food allergies in the educational setting!  Dr. Mike Pistiner of Allergy Home and Lynda Mitchell from Kids with Food Allergies were so generous with their support and time at the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference across multiple sessions.  The following session was titled “Education.”  There were many surreal moments last year that made us proud of the event we had worked so hard to bring together and hearing these wonderful advocates present was certainly a highlight.

Dr. Mike Pistiner speaking at the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference

Dr. Mike Pistiner speaking at the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference

We hope you enjoy – the “disease management” track (as we call it) is for everyone, not just bloggers!  Be sure to check out this year’s schedule for more and join us in Las Vegas September 26-28 for the 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.



GUEST POST: Danya Glabau

GUEST POST: Danya Glabau
This fall, Danya will be attending the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas, NV, September 26-28. She is thrilled to attend this conference, where she’ll get to meet some of the biggest stars in the food allergy blogging community! Some of you may know her from her blog, Allergy and the City, and from Twitter (@allergyPhD) as that PhD student who is studying the “culture” of food allergies in the United States. For those who don’t (or for those who are wondering why she chose this topic), she wanted to provide a brief introduction to who she is and what she’ll be doing at the conference.

FABC: Please tell us a bit about who you are and your research.

Danya: I’ll wear many hats at the conference: I am a PhD student in an interdisciplinary social science field called Science and Technology Studies (STS) where I am training to be an anthropologist specializing in medical and scientific cultures; I am a writer of scholarly papers, an unfinished dissertation, and a blog about my ongoing research on allergies; and I am an allergy sufferer whose unfinished allergy diagnosis journey began in adulthood. For my dissertation research, I am talking to the people who live with allergies and the allergists who treat them to collect personal and professional stories about how allergy management works in the real world. I’m also attending conferences, visiting medical offices, and following scientific research on allergies to get an idea of popular strategies and medical best practices. Ultimately I want to know the how – what are the techniques people use, and how do they learn about them? – and the why – what societal values shape the options and choices available for allergy management? – behind these everyday strategies.

FABC: You also are a blogger, and allergy sufferer, so I expect this will be personal for you as well.

Danya: Blogs are, as you all know, a very important source of information about food allergy. Reading food allergy blogs has taught me a lot about how people manage their allergies. I’m psyched to get to know many of the bloggers that I read on a regular basis. At the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, I’ll be attending lectures and panels to learn more about the people behind the words. I’ll also be striking up conversations with those of you who might be interested in sharing more details about your allergy journey with me. I’m excited to learn more about how personal experience with food allergies has inspired the wide variety of writing and advocacy work that I’m already familiar with – as well as the projects that I will find out about for the first time in Las Vegas!

So please, look for me at the conference! I would love to get to know you better. You can learn more about my project on my blog, Allergy and the City. Follow me on Twitter (@allergyPhD) for blog updates and cutting-edge research from social scientists about allergy and health care. And you can always DM me via Twitter or email me if you have any questions or want to chat before September!

Danya Glabau

Breakout Session Details for #FABlogCon

If you have previewed this year’s #FABlogCon agenda- you will have noticed that Saturday Morning (September 27) there is a scheduled slot for Break-Out Sessions. There are actually 15 different sessions that will be available!  We thought these would be a fun ice-breaker to start off our informative presentations and for making friends with similar interests, or getting to know a presenter you admire.  Many of these sessions require pre-registration to participate. However,  you MUST have your ticket purchased, and your (Attendee Info 2014 form) filled out.  For  EVERYONE attending- (Including ALL our wonderful Speakers & Sponsors-) Please fill out this form ASAP! This will be used to create your name badge and conference registrations! One form for each attendee coming!

We will be opening up all break-out session that requires pre-registration on June 29th at 4:00 PM EST. These breakout sessions are a first come- first serve basis. Spaces ARE limited!!! We will begin releasing details over the next few weeks about each session so you can start thinking about which one you will want to attend!

#FABlogCon 2013 session

SPONSORS ONLY: There will be one session strictly for Sponsors- and informative “Business – to – Business” presentation about how to use and maximize social media to your advantage. Attendees must have a Sponsors lanyard to participate in this session. Details to come on “Maximizing Your Social ROI”

There are 3 sessions that will be open for anyone to attend- No pre-registration will be required.

There will be a  one-on-one blog audit with Annelies Zijderveld.  This will be a 10 minute conversation- with limited openings- pre-registration will be required- for a time slot between  8:00 am- 10:00 am  SIGN-UP FOR THESE 10-MINUTE SLOTS WILL BE DONE OUTSIDE OF SCHED. More details to come.

There are (6) one-hour sessions- from 9:15-10:15 that have LIMITED openings!  These sessions will require pre-registration to participate. 

There are (4) 30 minute sessions available- (4/4). These also have LIMITED openings! These will run from 9:15 – 9:45; and 9:45 – 10:15am.

We hope you are as excited about these sessions and the rest of the scheduled presentations for this years event! You may see registration information including the link to buy your ticket here.

AsthmaAllergiesChildren . com Turns Four This Month!

We wanted to share that on June 30th the website AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com celebrates its fourth anniversary because of the wonderful support our conference has received from the founders of the site as well as its contributors.

Dr. Paul Ehrlich and Henry Ehrlich will be signing copies of Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent’s Guide on Saturday, September 27 at the Wine and Sign event during the conference this year.  Dr. Xiu-Min Li will be speaking about new research at the conference this year and other guest contributors to the site will also be at the event.

AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com is a labor of love and a wonderful (and free!) resource for evidence-based allergy information.  (Subscribe to their RSS feed here.)

Some of our favorite posts include:

Sunday the Rabbi Ate Lobster, by Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Nailing the Diagnosis, by Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Food Allergies & Prescribed Injectable Epinephrine: Know. Practice. Carry. Use., by Anne Russell, BSN, RN, AE-C

Dr. Martin and Ms. Food Allergy Mom part 2: The Parent Talks Back, by Jessica Martin, PhD

As you can see from the sampling above, the original work on the site is detailed, supported with citations and personal experience, and presented in understandable terms.  Thank you to Henry Ehrlich for alerting us to this upcoming anniversary!

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Don’t forget to register for this September’s Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast Video About #FABlogCon

We are thrilled to share Yael Walters Kozar and Andrew Kozar’s latest installment of the Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast.  Watching footage from last year’s conference makes us all the more excited to see old and new friends in September at the 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.

Be sure to watch all the way to the end for some wonderful conference snapshots, we can’t get enough of everyone’s smiling faces!

The Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast 109 from Andrew Kozar on Vimeo.

If the interview with Henry Ehrlich piques your interest, you’ll be excited to know that Dr. Li herself will be speaking at this year’s conference.

Don’t forget to register today (be sure to check out our new schedule system that lets you build your own schedule of events and panels to attend) and we’ll see you in September!  

Interested in sponsorship?  E-mail us at jenny@fablogcon.com or homa@fablogcon.com.