August 5, 2017 — This is meant to be a blunt and straight-forward talk on the challenges of entering the WordPress space. This space is not all unicorns and rainbows – at least not anymore. Business and ideas fail in this space just like any other. Panelists should come with pros and cons of being in the WordPress space, and what they would do if WordPress’s dominance in the CMS/etc. space decreases. This is not mean to be a negative subject but a realistic one, and panelists represent different viewpoints (freelancer, small, large businesses, plugin/theme shops).
August 5, 2017 — This panel helps to convey what it takes to build an agency from scratch or a few freelancers. How does one get an agency started? What are the things you need before or as you start? What are the biggest keys to success and the toughest lessons to remember?
March 24, 2017 — WordPress is software like no other. Businesses harness its versatility. Creative skills are mastered with it. It unifies individuals from diverse backgrounds. Yet to so many, it remains “just” software. As a blogger, web designer, marketer, educator, and entrepreneur since long before its existence, I’ve watched it grow into a worldwide phenomenon. My own path to success is intertwined with a decade of WordPress use. Clearly, there’s more to this software than just a free install. Discover how WordPress will completely change your personal and business life for the better, if you let it!
January 21, 2017 — The Path to Success with WordPress: Business, Blogging and Community
WordPress is software like no other. Every fourth website you encounter was built using it. Creative skills are mastered with it. Businesses harness its versatility. It has the power to bring together people from diverse backgrounds. Yet to so many, it’s “just” software. As a blogger, web designer, marketer, educator, and entrepreneur since long before its existence, I’ve watched it grow into a worldwide phenomenon. My own path to success is intertwined with a decade of WordPress use. Clearly, there’s more to this software than just a free install.
December 16, 2016 — Independent bloggers have become multi-platform influencers with success being much more broadly defined. Getting people to pay attention, being influential on social media networks, obtaining financial rewards and non-monetary incentives, and acquiring self-branding skills are being tied to the creation of valuable content. All of these are associated with a more recent, evolved view of blogging and success. In this session, attendees will learn what it means to be a successful blogger, discover some of the latest trends in blogging, gain insight into becoming an influencer, get advice on how to view success, get tips for finding success-generating topics to write about (e.g., products, services, people, events,…), learn about maintaining a balanced work-life lifestyle as an independent blogger, and find out about emerging trends in generating revenue from their blog and social network.
December 1, 2016 — Genuinely helpful money advice from veteran WordPress designers and developers. Save yourself a ton of hassle, time and money by learning what these experts had to learn the hard way. Topics will include: how to price your work, how to plan for scope creep, how to detect and avoid time sinks in advance, red flags with new clients, common pricing pitfalls for newbies, how to get paid ahead of any other vendors. Format: a series of lightning talks (5 mins each) followed by Q & A. For all skill levels and anyone new to WordPress.
January 16, 2016 — Writing blog posts without a clear direction is typically a waste of time for bloggers and businesses that are trying to grow their audience. If you aren’t sure how to reach your ideal audience and need actionable tips to gain traction, this is the session for you.
You may already be engaged in content marketing without even knowing it. It’s a great way to increase readership, brand awareness, search engine visibility, social media networking opportunities, and sales. During this session, the concept of content marketing will be explained and attendees will discover key concepts and learn important tactics which they can implement right away to reach their ideal audience.
Find out who wants to consume your content and how to beat the competition at figuring it out. Topics such as search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing will also be touched on. Relevant plugins and other online tools will be highlighted.
– Follow clear steps to better content marketing.
– Implement actionable content marketing ideas.
– Find ideal content opportunities.
– Practice smart content marketing.
September 12, 2015 — Content marketing is an effective way to increase readership, personal branding as a blogger, corporate brand awareness, search engine visibility, social media networking, and sales. Whether you’re using WordPress for blogging or to run your business website, two aspects must be understood to get the most out of it. These include the creation of appropriate content and second, making sure it reaches your target audience. During this session, attendees will discover key concepts and learn important tactics which they can implement right away to reach their ideal audience. Find out who wants to consume your content and how to beat the competition at figuring it out. Topics such as search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing will also be discussed. Relevant plugins and other online tools will be highlighted.
May 30, 2015 — This session covers important aspects of content marketing and emphasize how to promote content and grow an audience. Learn ways to integrate content marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media to expand your reach. Topics such as social influence, guest posts, and social signals for SEO are discussed. Key plugins and relevant online tools are also be highlighted.
September 26, 2013 — This introductory presentation highlights several important concepts, plugins, and best practices that should be considered when using WordPress as part of an Inbound marketing plan. Topics such as guest posting, types of content, linking, web analytics, and social media optimization (SMO) are discussed.