Agenda

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015

9:00AM – 8:00PM
Registration
Please pick up your Registration Goody Bag and Badge. A badge is your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches, and receptions.

Don’t forget to sign up for your free blog clinic which is included in your registration. By appointment only – sign up onsite at the registration desk. Learn more…
12:00PM – 4:00PM Exhibitor Set-Up for Garden Bloggers Conference
 Official Kick-Off for the Garden Bloggers Conference
2:00PM – 5:00PM LUXURY LIVING SHOW AT PHIPPS PLAZA sponsored by
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
5:00PM Last buses depart from Phipps Plaza and return to the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel for Garden Bloggers Welcome Reception.
5:30PM – 7:30PM Welcome Reception at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel
Join your fellow bloggers and speakers for a get-to-know-you cocktail reception. Please wear your Garden Bloggers Conference badge for admission.
Official Wednesday After Party Sponsored by Sunbrella
All attendees are invited!
8:00PM Official Wednesday After Party Sponsored by Sunbrella
Details to be announced shortly.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015

All Conference sessions held in Buckhead Ballroom except otherwise noted.
7:30AM – 5:30PM Registration
Please pick up your Registration Goody Bag and Badge. A badge is your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches, and receptions.
8:00AM – 9:00AM Coffee with Sponsors and Exhibitors
9:00AM – 9:15AM Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Speaker:
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Adam Japko

Founder
Garden Bloggers Conference and
Design Bloggers Conference
CEO, Esteem Media
9:15AM –10:00AM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Marcus Sheridan

Speaker:
 Marcus_Sheridan_photo200pix Marcus Sheridan
Known for his contagious enthusiasm and boundless energy when on stage, Sheridan has since become a popular speaker and has been called the ‘Gary Vaynerchuk of the Swimming Pool Industry.’ Read more.
10:00AM –11:00AM
Branding and Maximizing Revenue for Your Blog and Website
The prevalence and importance of social media marketing can’t be overstated and is not going away! It’s time to discover how to gain ROI and brand recognition by generating a successful and sustainable social media campaign. Social media is a digital asset that grows every year – over time it can provide huge leverage and marketing independence. Jan and Shawna with share how to take your business to the next level with powerful social media strategies and tactics!

Speakers:
 Jan_Bills-150x150 Jan Bills
Founder of Two Women and a Hoe®, a full-service indoor/outdoor sustainable landscape design, installation and green garden management company. With over 173,000+ Fans on her business Facebook page and a robust social media presence, Jan is anxious to share her strategies with others. Read more.
shawna-coronado-440 Shawna Coronado
As an experienced spokesperson with green lifestyle living, organic gardening, social media, and eco content creation, she campaigns for social good online and speaks internationally on building community, simple living, and green lifestyle tips for the everyday person. Shawna’s social media expertise has propelled her far within the online industry. Read more.
11:00AM– 11:30AM Networking Break/Interaction With Sponsors and Exhibitors
11:30AM– 12:15PM The Ultimate Blog Platform?

Speaker:
syed-balki-photo-141 Syed Balkhi
President, Awesome Motive, Inc.
Known as “the WordPress Ninja” among his clients because he is a total WordPress geek. What makes this more impressive is….read more.

12:15PM–1:00PM YouTube Marketing

Speakers:
rob-ciampa-photo Rob Ciampa
YouTube-certified, award-winning innovative CMO & entrepreneur @Pixability. Passionate & wickedly opinionated about sales, marketing, startups, food, & wine. Read more.
beth-lamanach-photo-256 Beth Le Manach
VP Programming, Kin Community and Host, Entertaining with Beth
Beth is a home cook that has refined her cooking skills by cooking, constantly; as well as producing over 500 episodes of food content for both cable and online networks. Read more.
1:00PM – 1:15PM Garden Bloggers Hall of Fame Awards
Sponsored and Presented by Proven Winners

Our annual Hall of Fame Award Winners will be announced.
1:15PM – 2:30PM Luncheon Break with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Buckhead Ballroom and Azalea Ballroom.
2:30PM – 3:30PM Keynote Address: Bunny Williams

Speaker:
bunnywilliams_2014-377 Bunny Williams
By day, Bunny is one of New York’s most successful interior designers, a woman whose hours are filled with high-powered meetings, magazine photo shoots, and detailed consultations with clients. But when the week shades into Friday evening, Bunny can be found in the idyllic retreat of her Connecticut garden, the emotional center of her life and the source of perhaps her greatest creative efforts. Read more.
3:30PM –4:00PM
Networking Break/Interaction With Sponsors and Exhibitors
4:00PM – 4:45PM
Social Media Analytics

Speaker: TBA


4:45PM – 5:30PM
Session TBA

Speaker: TBA


5:30PM – 7:30PM Networking Reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel
Join your fellow bloggers, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers for a warm get-together reception. Please wear your Garden Bloggers Conference badge for admission.
Official Thursday After Party
All attendees are invited!
8:00PM Official Thursday After Party

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015

8:00AM – 9:00AM Coffee with Sponsors and Exhibitors
9:00AM – 9:30AM A Special Presentation by Adam Japko

Speaker:
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Adam Japko
Founder
Garden Bloggers Conference and
Design Bloggers Conference
CEO, Esteem Media

9:30AM – 10:30AM KEYNOTE Address:

Keynote Speaker: TBA


10:30AM– 10:45AM Garden Bloggers Conference Scholarship
Sponsored and Presented by Bonnie Plants
10:45AM– 11:15AM Networking Break/Interaction With Sponsors and Exhibitors
11:15AM– 12:00PM
Website Security
Website security is important to everyone who owns a website or blog, as well as everyone who uses a website. Whether it gets five visitors a day or five-thousand, hackers are looking to compromise, break, infect and virtually own every website that they can for monetary and social purposes.While the topic seems mysterious to most users, website security is actually a set of simple principles that everyone can adopt to keep their risk at the absolute lowest. This discussion surrounds habits, practices and techniques to follow to keep a website or blog secure from hackers and malware.

Speaker:
 Joe Herbrandson-photo-599 Joe Herbrandson
Joe is a researcher and account manager with Sucuri. He works with malware and website security issues on a daily basis and has cleaned thousands of infected websites. His passion is helping people up their security.
12:00PM– 12:30PM
Wine, Branding, and Social Media
These two speakers were inspired by their passion for wine to leave the corporate world to take the lead in wine education and branding in the U.S and Asia. Brett and Jonathan will lead us through some practical understanding about enjoying wine, their personal stories, how to think about wine and design, why they use social media and content marketing to build personal and business brands, and then share some of their finest and favorite beverages.

Speakers:
brett_vankoski-267 Brett Vankoski, Vice President and Co-Founder, Latitude Beverage Co., Ninety+ Cellars. Sitting in his cubicle one day in 2007, Brett realized that all he could expect to measurably accomplish in another decade of corporate confinement was a few more totally awesome PowerPoint presentations…read more.
Jonathon-Alsop-photo-172 Jonathon Alsop is founder & executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional…read more.
12:30PM – 1:30PM Lunch and Interaction with Sponsors and Exhibitors
1:30PM – 2:15PM Community Building in “Beta Brooklyn”
Brooklyn, NY has become host to a hotbed of aggressive digital start ups. Some of America’s finest young talent in online community building are nurturing businesses and new brands with aggressive and thoughtful social media and content marketing strategies. These three speakers are some of the brightest minds now operating in Brooklyn. There will be astounding takeaways for your design business’ digital marketing success!

Speakers:
 kika-gilbert-photo-361 Kika Gilbert
Head of Community at @Tinybop
Kika spent a few years working with artists and art startups before taking a year to immerse herself in the NYC public school system as a …read more.

Bekka Palmer
Former GM of Tattly with 9 million Pinterest followers, Bekka works with many digital companies on content and production. Read more…
Carly Ayres
Chief Content Officer at Creative Mornings. Designer and content creator for a global monthly breakfast series. Read more
2:15PM – 3:00PM Platforms: What do you need to know about Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter?

Speakers:
3:00PM – 3:45PM Photography

Speaker: TBA

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4:00PM – 4:15PM Critical Takeaways from Garden Bloggers Conference 2015 and Special Announcements

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