Highlights from the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference

GBC- kfp-selfie-stickWe are so grateful to our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for making our second Garden Bloggers Conference a success!

So many to thank – from Nate Berkus, Bunny Williams, Marcus Sheridan, Shawna Coronado, Lisa Steele, Jan Bills, Linda Ly, Rochelle Greayer, Sara Bendrick, Nick McCullough, Allison McCullough, and Kelly Fitzsimmons just to name a few.

We also want to acknowledge the generous support of:

  • Bonnie Plants for providing 5 new garden bloggers the opportunity to attend the event as part the Conference Scholarship Program and Sponsorship.
  • Proven Winners for sponsoring the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards. This year our Hall of Fame winners included Best Overall Blog: Red Dirt Ramblings, Dee Nash; Best Blog Graphics, Photography, and Presentation: Green Thumb White Apron, Brett Youmans; Best Writing: Mother of a Hubbard, Cathy Rehmeyer; and Best New Blog: Redeem Your Ground, Doug and Brittany Scott.
  • The Garden Writers Association and The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) for embracing our event from the very beginning and sharing our vision for the focus of the program.
  • The more than 70 exhibitors and sponsors on our expo floor shared with our sister event Design Bloggers Conference – from ADAC to Vita – who strive to make our lives better and more beautiful.

Garden Blogger Conference After Party EventIf you missed the event we figured that we couldn’t summarize the conference any better than YOU, our attendees, so here you’ll find a collection of the highlights, recaps, new friends, and key takeaways from the conference, along with lots of photos.

Hoping we all meet again next year!

 

 

 

Marcus Sheridan, Web Marketing Guru, Keynotes Garden Bloggers Conference

Marcus-Sheridan-largeCalled a “Web Marketing Guru” by the New York Times, Marcus Sheridan has traveled the world, helping businesses and brands of all sizes simplify marketing in the digital age so they get results. Known for his contagious enthusiasm and boundless energy when on stage, Marcus has since become a popular speaker and has been called the ‘Gary Vaynerchuk of the Swimming Pool Industry.’

I had the pleasure of hearing Marcus speak recently and the attendees absolutely adored him! In fact, he was rated as the #1 speaker at this conference. We are so fortunate to have been able to book Marcus since he is a highly-sought-after keynote speaker.

He speaks passionately about what he has learned himself and provides simple, real-life examples of how he has made his brand and business wildly successful. In fact, as a result of his own meteoric rise, he has become a very successful HubSpot Partner, training inbound marketers  and companies everywhere how to find success.

Marcus Sheridan is the founder of The Sales Lion, one of the internet’s fastest growing marketing websites focusing on the transformational powers of inbound marketing on small businesses. But before spreading the good word about marketing, Sheridan, who also owns a prominent swimming pool company, established the most popular swimming pool website in the world through content marketing. (Marcus is also known as “The Pool Guy.”)

Marcus’ topic is entitled How Content Marketing Can Build Traffic, Loyal Readers, Your Brand, and Your Bottom Line: With more and more bloggers, and more and more content, standing out from the crowd and building your online presence is harder than it has ever been. In this highly interactive and fast-paced session, popular speaker Marcus Sheridan will explain specific ways you can create content that will not only generate more traffic and loyal readers, but will also help brand you as a thought leader with a unique approach and a top go-to source for gardening information.

Hope you get a chance to hear Marcus – it’s like a religious experience!