Thursday, September 23, 2010

Australian Bloggers Conference; and t-shirts are (kinda) over-rated

I'm going to tell you a story about three very special women. Those women are Mrs. Woog, Sawhole and Brenda. You know them, right? Mrs. Woog is hilariously funny and is always holding giveaways. Observe:


Lori at RRSAHM won this t-shirt from her


I'm not at all jealous


Even though I entered the contest and didn't win


Why am I not jealous? Because I won these post-it notes from Sawhole.


Sawhole is all kinds of awesome. She posts over at Woogsworld on Saturday's and if you haven't read her, you should start crying now (go on, I'll wait).

Brenda blogs at Mummytime. She is co-founder of AMB and helped create the first Australian Bloggers Conference, which is scheduled for March, 2011.

Speaking of the conference, I've been passively, longingly watching it grow to fruition since the idea was first hatched in the brilliant minds of some good bloggy friends. Are you coming?, they asked. You have to come! I wish, thought I. But the reality of my life right now wouldn't seem to allow for such extravagances.

So imagine my surprise when I logged onto Twitter the other night and found that a number of women, spearheaded by these three lovely Aussies, had been busily tweeting away about finding me a sponsor for the trip! There was even a hashtag devoted to the cause: #qantasshouldsponsorwanderlust

I was so shocked/touched/humbled by their enthusiasm I tweeted that I didn't know whether to cry, faint or have sex with myself.

After I got up off the floor from doing one of the above I wrote the three women and told them never to fear, that I was one step ahead of them and had actually already written a post, Positively High, in which I offered to go dutch with Qantas and have sex with someone on the marketing staff in exchange for a sponsorship.

They suggested that perhaps this was not the proper way to go about it.

Really? Did they have a better idea?

They did.


In fact, from my perspective, the Australian Bloggers Conference will be an excellent marketing opportunity for Australian companies. There will be over 150 bloggers gathering in Sydney, each of them having a tremendous reach through the combined efforts of their blogs and other social media accounts. Many of them are looking for sponsors for flights and accommodations. (Many of them are even bonified Australians!) For a small investment, companies can reach this much sought after demographic. I know a number of bloggers have already secured sponsorships.  Hey corporate Australia, I smell a sponsortunity.

But whatever comes of it, isn't it nice to have good bloggy friends?

And speaking of good bloggy friends, go on over to Lori's house and flog it.  It's FYBF.


I could wear this to the dance...
 

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44 comments:

  1. Sex isn't a good marketing tool? Who knew? Hmm, perhaps they should rethink that LOL

    Would be awesome if you had the chance to make it :)

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  2. This is a real opportunity for corporate Australia, much of which seems to have no idea about the power of social media, to get it. Yes totally Qantas (or similar) should sponsor you.
    Virgin Blue sponsored my trip to Sydney for a writer's conference recently. It was so quick and easy, and I am tweeting and blogging the hell out of how awesome they are. Perhaps you should try the international Virgin airline, as they seem much more aware of social media than other airlines. I've tweeted and posted about Qantas and some really sucky service, and never once received a reply from them. But @VirginBlue and @FlyAirNZ are always interactive and great, and respond to feedback, good and bad.
    Good luck, I'll look forward to meeting you in person next year. xo

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  3. ♫ I still call Australia home ♫

    xx

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  4. Bronnie, you're the second person to mention Virgin. They apparently have a good reputation.

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  5. What fab friends. I hope you make it to the conference. Mich x

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  6. I am praying to St. Jude. He's like the Saint of Lost Causes. Not that your cause is lost or something. I am gonna shut up now. Love yah, K.xxxx

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  8. I hope that someone put their hands in their pockets. I've been hinting to my Aussie publishers about flying over but they've not bitten so far. I maybe need to stop hinting and start outright asking.

    Last month my blogpal Heather got flown from Finland to England for the MADS blog awards so i reckon there's hope yet!

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  9. Oh it will happen... Mrs Woog does not take no for an answer....

    And we have the power, grit and determination of SawHole.

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  10. ok you have to let me know if you are coming because I was planning on the exact same outfit for the dance and that would be really embarrassing.
    See if you can get on the Oprah plane and then just don't go home.

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  11. The blogosphere rocks. That is all that needs saying - apart from the fact that having sex with yourself might attract all the wrong kinds of attention. But would be amusing to recount in your blog.

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  12. I'm tippin' you'll be there, lady! xox How awesome WILL THAT BE!!

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  13. Oh wow, how exciting! Amazing bloggy friends rock!

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  14. Wow! Can't wait to meet you, for I'm sure you'll be here. Any amount of home cooked dinners and wanders along my little beach (yes, it's mine now, ALLLLLLL MINE!) are at your disposal.

    Now all I ahve to do is work out how to put the linky thingy in my blog to join the hop1 that will have to wait until tonight!

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  15. @ Missy, I agree, stop hinting, start asking, great opportunity to market your book.


    @ Mrs Woog, you're a goddess, you know that?

    @ Toushka, we can DM.

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  16. @ Watershedd, would so love to meet you and the GOFA and spend some time with you. Is March camping weather?? The McLinky is easy peasy. Just copy and paste the code. There's a link on Lori's site.

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  17. OMG you so deserve this, so I have everything crossed in hopes that you get a sponsor. I won't get to meet you since
    a) I'm not going to the Conference :(

    b) I no longer live in the desert and thus have nothing with which to entice you (unless my kayak and the beach that I can see from the driveway works for ya?)

    Good luck chook!

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  18. You never fail to make me smileeee!

    Dear Qantas,

    If you don't sponsor my girl for ABC'11 then I hereby pledge to set your entire fleet of plans on fire. Yeah, that's what I said!

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  19. If you get a sponsorship, you think I could go along in your suitcase? Pretty please?

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  20. @ Toni, I would so love to meet you. I think I know where you're living now and it's somewhere I've never been but would *love* to go (as long as I'm dreaming).

    @ Holly, I think you just sealed the deal, gorgeous!

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  21. @ Draft Queen, yes, absolutely. Though you might have to make room for Teacher Mommy.

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  22. March is absolutely camping weather. First month of Autumn, but generally still hot here and still on daylight savings time. Not sure the conference will be the GOFA's thing, but he may well hover on the edge of the other associated adventures!

    Have to go. My typing is bad because I'm doing this vicariously! Hence the earlier mis-spells, even after a quick proof!

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  23. Tell me you had sex with yourself!! *ahem*

    Seriously, won't dontcha just give Lady Oprah a call and see if you can hitch a ride here with her...?

    And you *totally* owe me royalties from those pics....

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  24. @ Lori, I'll just send you a Wanderlust t-shirt, k?

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  25. The sponsorship includes me too, right?

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  26. @ Celeste, YES!!!

    Hey. Wait. You didn't take me to Israel. Or that cruise you went on.

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  27. I think having sex with yourself is a brilliant PR ploy to get yourself over here!!

    I don't know if I'm actually going to the conference myself yet... but I hope you make it!! x

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  28. I just love the post-it T-shirt. I think it will catch on for sure. Hopefully I will see you at the conference then :)

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  29. Funny moment there... if you're wondering why I wrote "Yes, please! See you tomorrow" in response to your boob post... well, I hope you were wondering anyway! It's because yes, please, I would love you to link this post to my Saturday Grateful and I'll see you tomorrow!!! x

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  30. @ Maxabella, well they are both grateful posts, no? :)

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  31. Sometimes people just do stuff which restores your faith in human nature. A big thumbs up to all involved!

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  32. Heard anything from Qantas? Did you see me and @ruddygood figured it all out anyway?

    Hitch a ride with Oprah. JT is flying her anyway, he's good for one more. You *might* have to get on board with a bit of L Ron Hubbard, but hey, you won't have to have sex with anyone.

    Seriously though, how awesome would it be!!!

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  33. You will go to the Aussie Blogger Conference my dear - dammit someone is going to sponsor you to fly over even if you do have to moonlight as a trolly dolly!

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  34. @ Emma & SoNowWhat - Maybe I could be the trolly dolly on Oprah's plane. I could go up and down the aisle giving out Dianetics personality tests.

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  35. Following you back! Thanks for stoppping by my blog. I'm willing to share the cheesecake :)

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  36. I just adore your blog! How have I never found you before??? I am your newest follower!

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  37. Thanks for following my blog, I am following you now as well! Your post already had me laughing. So glad we found each other.

    Take care.

    ~Kirs

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  38. How did I miss those tweets? I reckon that you should contact Virgin as well.

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  39. Hey there. Thanks for your comment and lovely welcome to the Aussie Mummy Bloggers. All the best with your blogging!

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  40. thanks for the follow. Following you back!

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  41. That's wonderful!!! A bright spot - well deserved!

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  42. oh surely Qantas has come to the party already and sent you a big fat first class plane ticket... yes?

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  43. I haven't seen the # for qantas on twitter recently. Time to give it another run I think!

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