Win Tickets to BlogWorld: The Mega-Conference for Social Media

social media expert interview**UPDATE: We have announced our two winners. The winner of the comment/blog portion of the contest, receiving one ticket to the BlogWorld Expo  is Denise Skinner, read her comment here. The winner of the Twitter contest is Margie Arnett. Thanks to everyone who participated in the event. We hope to see many of you at BlogWorld!**

Want to win a free ticket to BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2011 in Los Angeles?

The entire Social Media Examiner team will be there!  Keep reading to learn two ways you can win a full-access pass to this mega-social media conference.

What Is BlogWorld?

blogworld expo 2011The best way to learn about BlogWorld is directly from one of its co-founders.

In this video, Michael Stelzner interviews Rick Calvert, CEO and co-founder of BlogWorld during their 2010 event.


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BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the largest conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. With more than 120 educational sessions, this is THE event to attend for blogging and social media knowledge.

How Can You Win Tickets?

We are giving away two free tickets to BlogWorld’s largest event ever, valued at $1297 each!

Two ways to win: There are two tickets up for grabs and two ways to win:

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#1: Twitter entry

Simply click the button on the right or tweet what you see below for a chance to win one ticket:

I want to win a ticket to BlogWorld & New Media Expo LA http://bit.ly/smebwe (via: @smexaminer) #winBWELA

You can tweet up to two times per day. Each tweet is an entry to win. We’ll randomly draw the winner of a free ticket. All tweets must have the #winBWELA hashtag included.

#2: Written entry

Simply write why we should award you a free ticket in the comments box below (scroll down).

The judges (Mike Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner and Dave Cynkin, co-founder of BlogWorld) will select the winning entry. Their decisions are subjective and final.

What you need to know:

  1. You can enter to win either or both prizes.
  2. Tweets must contain #winBWELA.
  3. The deadline to enter is Friday, September 9, and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter ON THIS PAGE.
  4. If you’ve already purchased a ticket, no worries. If you win, BlogWorld will either give you a full refund or you can give your spare ticket to someone you really like who wants to come with you!
  5. Winners must arrange their own travel and lodging.
  6. No purchase is necessary to win.

We look forward to seeing your comments and tweets. Good luck!

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  • http://twitter.com/gen_social Michael Thomas

    Why I should win a ticket to BlogWorld 2011 Michael Thomas aka @gen_social.

    I have been a social media enthusiast for a number of years. I have recently gotten inspired by the opportunity to write. I couldn’t have done this without getting truly immersed in texts by Jay Baer, Guy Kawasaki, Mike Stelzner and Eileen Brown. 

    Like all of us, I searched for something which truly engaged me. In LA, I would like the opportunity to meet leading thinkers in social media and truly thank them for their inspiration – and hopefully learn a thing or two. 

    Unfortunately, I can’t afford a ticket myself at the present time, but will certainly do whatever it takes to get to LA should I win the opportunity.

    Best Wishes,
    Michael Thomas

  • lor_24

    Good morning,

    I will definitely be tweeting the tweet to enter as well but thought I would let your know why you want me at Blog World Expo in LA!

    Simply put, I am in a mad, passionate love affair with Marketing, I just can’t hide it and I don’t want to either! I have been a social media addict for years, always wishing to be able to attend this amazing expo.  Now that I’ve started a blog, marketing based of course, I want to get to know other people like me. People who love what they do and want to shout it off the rooftops but want to learn from everyone around them, no matter their klout score ;)

    I have creative, innovative and entrepreneurial insights to share but above all I want to learn from the thousands of amazing people that are sure to be at BWELA. Learning if life, life is learning.

    This would be an AMAZING experience for me and winning the ticket (all acces, heck yes!) would very much offset my costs since I need to fly all the way from Ottawa, Ontario! And of course, if you choose me I will be tweeting, sharing and blogging all about my experience thanks to the Social Media Examiner!

  • Tracey Warren

    I started my own business about a year and a half ago.  I help other small businesses with their social media marketing. 
     
    As a small business owner, I wear a lot of hats – so the one that has gotten crooked in all of this is blogging.  Sometimes, it just feels like another thing to do, rather than something that can truly help my business.  The irony of this is that I have a degree in Journalism and actually love to write.  But, it has just become a stumbling block that I would love to conquer!
     
    This would be an amazing experience!

  • http://katywidrick.com Katy Widrick

    I would love to win a ticket because I live and breathe social media. I produce a TV show called Growing Bolder that is on a mission to smash the stereotypes of what it means to be 50 and older…and I report on the latest technology tools for the national broadcast.

    We’re a tiny team — 6 full-time employees! — and I’m in charge of social media, e-marketing and more, and I’d love to learn more about how small companies on a limited budget can use social media to amplify the work they’re already doing.I also have what I call a “social media guide for healthy living” at http://katywidrick.com, and I founded the #FItblog Chats on Twitter. I regularly speak about using social media and technology to pursue a happier, healthier and more balanced life, and every meetup, event and conference I attend makes me a better blogger. My main goal is to pass on the information that I get, and make it EASY for others to digest.I read this website every day and I include it in my list of “must visit” websites for people who are interested in pursuing a career in social media. And I promise that if I’m picked, I will pay it forward by sharing information on my multiple blogs, on the TV show, in webinars and more.

    Really hoping to meet some big brains and spread the social media love!

  • Erin Everhart

    I would love to win a ticket for three very important reasons:

    1) I was on Facebook when it wasn’t even open to all colleges yet. I’ve been on Twitter long before “New Twitter” was ever a glisten in Evan Williams’ eye. Social media and Web marketing are my religion, and I am always looking for more new and engaging ways to spread the gospel.

    2) Born and bred and professional trained as journalist, I’m one of the few people who actively believe that social media is a part of journalism. I’ve moved over into Web marketing and social media about a year ago and now oversee that department at 352 Media Group. We’re a small (2 person!) web marketing team and are eager to learn more about how we can better integrate social media into our offerings for ourselves and our clients.

    and finally, 3) The only thing that I’ve ever won was a pair of cheap, plastic, neon shades for being the undisputed twisting champion at my 5th grade dance. (True story.) Not that that wasn’t hip, but this would be so much more fulfilling.

    You know you’ll also be getting someone who pays it forward and share the social love!

  • Theopus Sg

    I would like to win free tickets to the #BWELA becuase it would allow me to share with other podcasting enthusiast the passion of radio/internet podcasting or blogging. 

    I have a very small show that’s called ‘the Opus’ (www.theopus.podbean.com).  It’s a podcast about music and it’s influence on life.  I am a musician with a passion for art.  I love sharing and telling stories of myslef or other people  about music, bands, concert experiences, and where or how these experiences relate to their life.  I am huge fan of other well know podcast porgramming such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, This American Life, and Freakonomics.  My show on the other hand is a humble program meant to inspire the simple music lovers to appreciate how much music is apart of our lives as human beings.  I would love my voice to reach the ends of the earth… but I’m just not that important.  So my main goal is to share those stories about someones experience with ’music and it’s influence’ on their life so that their voice can be heard to the ends of the earth and perhaps beyond.

    I am really excited about this opportunity.  I hope to have the chance to at least attend one day of the #BWELA.  Thanks again for this chance.  #winBWELA   

  • http://twitter.com/blogworld BlogWorld CEO

    Thanks for the post Mike. We always love catching up with our SME friends at the show. Good luck to everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamMihalik Adam Mihalik

    Because I’ve never been to a large social media conference and it’s a great opportunity to learn about what’s next for us as both consumers and marketers.

  • Jeff Turner

    I just got started in blogging and social media within the last 5 months. It’s a bunch of fun and know I could learn a lot by going to BlogWorld Expo LA but since I just got started I don’t have the funds for the ticket and the hotel. I could afford the hotel though as well as getting down to LA. 

    I also started a YouTube channel that has just over 50 videos on it so I am working it slowly. I know I would vlog and talk about everything I learned there via YouTube as I am a huge fan of sharing knowledge with the world for free. :)

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Thanks Rick! 

  • http://twitter.com/karenbaglin Karen Baglin

    I would love to attend BlogWorld because I attended Social Fresh Tampa in February and met so many great people and my passion for social media has been burning brightly ever since!  I’m blogging personally and will hopefully be blogging as a Community Manager by November:)  I would love to hear the latest and greatest of what peeps are doing to move their brands forward as well as mix and mingle with people who love social media too!

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I would love to win the full access pass because last year’s BWE rocked and I’d love to do all three days in LA (currently I only have a pass for two).  I’m so psyched about going that I’ve already got my “what to pack” list ready plus have done other preparation and we’ve only got two months to go!  I’m planning some great things for next year specifically for bloggers, and having the full time to interact and get some feedback from the awesome bloggers and experts that will be there will help immensely in what I plan on doing.  So I definitely hope to be one of the lucky winners!  :)

  • http://www.berraksarikaya.com/ Berrak

    I would LOVE to win a pass to BWE because:

    1) I’ve been blogging for 8 years across different platforms, and became a digital marketing professional in the last 2 years with hard work, networking and determination.
    2) I’m still a student, and my current clients (who are still in their growing stage) can’t afford to send me to any conferences but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t benefit from all the great information at BWE! 
    3) I will be getting more into video blogging, and podcasts in the next year and would love to attend sessions related to that.
    4) I just became a U.S. Citizen in February & haven’t properly celebrated yet. What better way to celebrate than attending a kick-ass conference for my biggest passions?

  • http://paynelessadvice.com/ Donald Payne

    I have learned so much about blogging and social media here
    at Social Media Examiner. Being able to sit in with the entire team would be an
    experience that I am sure will take me places I never thought I could go. #Pickme
      

  • Emily

    I am new to a PIO/ communications positions, and though my education training budget has been cut, I can personally afford a train ticket to BlogWorld Expo LA! I would the opportunity to further my knowledge of Social Media- I admit my lack of knowledge of blogging, podcasting, and Internet TV and radio.120 educational sessions! That boggles my mind! I would be happier than a puppy in a room full of kittens and raw hide to win tickets to this event!

  • Christy Stroud

    I’d love to win a ticket to BlogWorld this year because I have been on the forefront of social media at Tyndale House Publishers. When we first started a corporate Twitter account (@TyndaleHouse:twitter ), I was the one they decided should update it. That was when I first started becoming more interested in and learning more about social media and how we can best use it as a company and to promote our books and authors. There’s so much more I need to learn though! I currently help to manage our corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as the company blog. I’m working on keeping up my own personal blog as well. I would love to learn the new tools and strategies to best utilize social media for my company, my personal life, and to teach our authors as they work to promote themselves and their books. The knowledge I’d gain at BlogWorld would have a ripple effect and I’m excited about the opportunity to share it within our PR team at Tyndale and corporately.

  • Karen

    Wow! Where do I begin as to why I should be the one to get a free ticket..
    Simply put… I NEED HELP!  I have the energy and the will, just need the knowledge and what better way for me to get that then from the BEST!!
    Pick me! Pick me! :)
    Have a great Social Day!! :)

  • gadget man

    No need to look any further we are the winner of the free Blog World tickets.
    Why?

    Because unlike the plethora of pundits who have “been in the biz” for years, or “are on the forefront of social media” we are not experts and need to learn from experts in which case we feel confident Mike and Dave are experts and can help us. As well can the multitude of people we will be able to develop relationships with at Blog World.  

    So Mike and Dave when do we get our tickets and what kind of food do you like?

  • John Adams

    My wife and I both work in Social Media, and were just looking to attend this event.  Unfortunately, it’s a little pricey for both of us to attend.  We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go, and will wear t-shirts of the person or company that sponsors us attending this conference.  If you want 2 more people pimping your brand while we are there… PLEASE PICK US!!!  BTW… my wife is hot.

  • Chandi

    I think you will agree once you read my comment that I (my company) should definitely win the Blogworld free tickets!  We launched our company (Skin Strong) last Sept. with 5 kids and a husband (business partner) working full time.  We have a unique situation since we are a company that sells products mainly to runners and triathletes.  We are working hard to create our “tribe” within social media.  While this has been a lot of fun for us, I know we could be doing a much better job reaching our tribe and wasting less time on things that aren’t working. 
    While we are a small company, I believe that we have the potential to grow to be a big company someday.  Attending Blogworld could be just the help we need! 

  • http://twitter.com/RebeccaEParsons Rebecca E. Parsons

    I NEED to attend Blogworld to learn, learn, learn!!! I lost my job 3 years ago and have been attempting to turn my blogs into income. I need help and direction and mentors!!! I met Rick (above video) at BlogHER in San Diego recently and he convinced me that I NEED Blogworld…now I just need the chance to attend!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/weilerwe Wes Weiler

    I would love to win this.  I manage the blog http://blog.hiredmyway.com/ and know that attending such a great event would be a huge win for our company and the success of our blog.  We are a start up – http://www.hiredmyway.com and my company definitely does not have the money to send me to this but if I won this I could pay for my own ticket and just love how social media is changing the world.

    I laughed at when people say Social Media is just a trend.  I laughed when people told me I was crazy for jumping into a career around social media and blogging.  I think social media is the future of cost effective customer service, brand management, and is just way to much fun to be called work.

    I believe that I am a unique, definitely not shy, individual who would add value to the event and its engagement.  I know our blog would thrive from the knowledge gained so throw my hat into the ring and I am keeping my fingers crossed :) !!!!!!

  • Marc Lerner

    My name is Marc Lerner, President of Life Skills Institute.   I work with the chronically ill and disabled, helping them to tap inner resources so they can become an active partner with their doctor. I want to go to the Summit because I feel the empowered patient can play a big part in making a conscious health program. I feel if health services look for active patient participation, it will manifest more easily. I just need to teach people how they can tap inner resources and make it an active part of healing.
    I did not see the dates of the Summit in this email. When is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674004496 Karen Eisenbraun

    You should award me with a free ticket to BlogWorld because I have so much to learn! I am a blogger turned social media coordinator/content manager for a small internet marketing business. I manage our own blog and social media and do the same for clients. While I am very comfortable with blogging and content development, and arguably fairly well versed in social media, I have a lot of catching up to do to feel like I can count myself among the ranks of the true social media pros. BlogWorld would give me a great opportunity to build on my knowledge of podcasting, online video, social networking, and more. I love what I do and know that I can be successful with it, and BlogWorld will help me get to where I need to go!

  • Brenda Green

    I should win because it’s good for America. Do it for your country, for goodness’ sake.
    Sincerely, Brenda Green

  • http://twitter.com/tahoejenn Jenn Gleckman

    Self-taught marketer

    Curious, creative, poor

    Blogworld = dream come true  

  • sewcalgal

    I would love to win tickets to this social media event.  I’ve been following your blog, newsletters, and webinars trying to learn more about social media.  I’ve been impressed with how your insights have been helpful to increase followers, fans, sales.  I’ve created a few test cases to help businesses and have been amazed at the results.  But I know I still have so much more to learn.  As I’m unemployed their is no way I could afford to go to this amazing event, so I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I might be lucky enough to win tickets.  Of course, I’d blog about it, shout it out on Facebook and Twitter and tell everyone I know about the Social Media Examiner, as well as this wonderful event.
     
    Thanks for the opportunity.
     
    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  • wranglerdani

    I’m a full-time blogger and social media marketer… and I would love the chance to attend! :)  

  • Mary Baker

    I would like to win two tickets to BlogWorld to make connections for projects I would like to launch that might benefit others.  One will focus on women who need to reinvent themselves after divorce and/or a breakup and the loss of a career.  Another is a discussion forum for families experiencing 11th hour care for a loved one. Over 1 million people use hospice home care each year in the US, and there is no active, organized, rich content forum; there are also no videos on how to do simple but critical caring tasks.  I am already an award winning niche blogger (Central Coast Wine Blog) and a freelance copywriter and social media manager (see Tasty Image on Facebook for instance).  With a little help from the blogging community, I can accomplish my personal dream – to create, publicize, and populate two sites that will help people going through an unexpected sea change in their lives. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580571944 Erin Caples

    I should win tickets because I live, sleep and breathe social media. I am about to go live with my hospital’s first blog, which has been a true labor of love ( and just labor haha). I am gobbling up all information/education I van find, and this conference wouldn’t only provide me with both skills and networking, but, would hopefully help me cement the importance of social media with my superiors. Thank you for your consideration…. Pick me please! ;-)

  • http://digitalcatechesis.ning.com/ Caroline Cerveny, SSJ

    Consider this – a dream come true!  Caroline wins a ticket to attend Blogworld so that she will learn more about blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio!  Wow, how I would use this opportunity -

    - Yes, I would learn more about blogging and I’m sure I’d learn how to improve my blog: http://acyberpilgrim.org! 
    - I would also learn more about this wonderful field of new media so that I could share this wisdom with ministers and religious educators who are just beginning to see the wonderful possibilities of new media!

    Like many others, I would love to attend Blogworld.  However, it is NOT in my budget to be able to attend a wonderful event like this.  I simply trust, that I may be chosen.  If not, I’ll look forward to hearing more about this event in whatever way is possible.  Thank you for the opportunity to hope and dream! 

  • Stephanie Gutierrez

    I’m a blank slate blogger – new to it all within this past year. The transition from only reading blogs to now writing them has been an adventure. I have so much to learn, and I know that BlogWorld is just what I need to get me off on the right foot. 

    I’ve personally been blogging on my new expat life at http://thegringa.wordpress.com/ and have helped my boss launch his blog in the last two months at http://www.victoryautoservice.com/blog/ . 

    BlogWorld 2011 is on my radar and in pencil on my calendar. A ticket win will change that notation from pencil to Sharpie. Hope to see you there!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_542FP4QTPZKJ3KIY6FCZWPUFHA MissEm

    Because I’m new to social media. Only 6 months. I’m a new blogger as well. I’m French from France, I live in Montreal and I think this could be a great opportunity for me to attend this fabulous event. I want to learn more about social media and meet new people there and maybe meet you guys. Plus, I love SocialMediaExaminer. When I was bored at my previous job I used to read your articles every single day. You gave me the strength to change job and industry. Now I’m so happy. I’m community manager and I write blog posts for Locita.com. I love it! :)

  • Travelgypsy

    It all started way back in Grade 9, when (a student who shall remain nameless) cheated off me in computer class, then taddled on me for being the cheater. I got kicked out of the class, and had to do all my typing on a typewriter. Now I am trying to catch up.I have so much to learn and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to attend this event. And I promise no cheating!!    Currently working in the Radio Marketing Industry and the Tourism industry, this would be a fantastic opportunity for me.
    Thank You
    Stacey  

  • TMGoldbach

    Look, I love my job, and I love my company. I work for a highly technical, B2B, engineering based, sensor company (yeah, I know…a sensor company???). Unfortunately for a person like myself (eh em…highly creative, passionate, and motivated, with a sarcastic personality), I often get backlash when it comes to writing blog posts or getting excited about new social medial tools and platforms. Did I also mention that sometimes I “seem” to lack credibility because I’m a young female amongst technical older men? I NEED this ticket to help prove that our amazing company can succeed in social media. I’m tired of reading articles about B2C companies soaring above and beyond expectations, and I want to be an example for others like myself to follow! Please help me! Young women working at sensor companies everywhere are counting on you!!!

  • http://kidsfunreviewed.com Linette

    I have been blogging since 2007, when I started a small blog
    on Blogger. I started interacting with other bloggers; that led to a contract
    to blog for a major blogging network where I was a writer for several years.
    When the network decided to stop hiring freelancers and move all of their
    writing to New York, I lost my contract. At the same time I landed another
    writing contract, but when the company restructured this spring the person I
    wrote for was laid off. I haven’t received any writing assignments since. In
    the last 6 months I have been working really hard on my own blog The Kid’s Fun
    Review (kidsfunreview.com), and my own social media presence. I’ve had Kid’s
    Fun since 2008, but until this year I just worked on it in my spare time, when
    I wasn’t writing for others.  I’ve
    quadrupled my Facebook fans, readers, and Twitter followers since the beginning
    of 2011.

    My blog has really taken off since it’s become my main focus. My goal is to
    make The Kid’s Fun Review my sole source of income, and to work as hard as I
    can to build readers and followers. I have come a long way on my own, but I
    would love to learn with some of the best in the business.  I’ve been looking at BlogWorld for a while
    now, but it’s not yet in my budget. I would love the opportunity to win a
    ticket so I can attend the conference and take my blog and social media presence to the next level.

  • David C McKinney, Ph.D.

    In terms of the potential, resulting impact of the recipt of a free ticket, I offer you a huge return for your investment.

    I am a Baby Boomer Professor, teaching entrepreneurship and marketing to adult learners. I lecture around the world through the use of onsite seminars and webinars. My students are generally adults, many of whom already own their own businesses, but most of whom currently lack the expertise necesary in social media to excel.  Many of them specialize in the jewelry industry, which is one of the arenas which rank near the bottom in the use of social media.  In your conference I could learn new and different ways to stimulate potential users about how the use of social media can provide highly desirable benefits. 

    As a Professor I can not afford a ticket, but with your assistance I could impact the lives of thousands of others as they become productive users of social media from the information I obtain at your conference.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    David C. McKinney, Ph.D.

  • http://www.buildandbalance.com/ Michael_N

    I’ve been blogging for small biz owners for more than a year now and have posted about 90 times. I feel that shows my commitment. I know there’s so much to learn though, which is why I’d love to attend BlogWorld to get up to speed on what’s happening with blogging in 2011. I’m just a 6 hour drive from LA, which makes it easy to attend, too. Pick me! Thanks.

  • Mary

    The reason I want to win this ticket: I am LOOKING at my BLOGHER11 pass that I DIDN”T GET TO USE because of my dumb husband’s need to be spontaneous. Must I wait yet another year for blog greatness? My two blogs are happyhourmary.com and gradualhusbandry.com. Thanks for doing this!

  • http://twitter.com/EvyKartaw1nata Evy Kartawinata

    I should win because I will use all of the information I get everyday for the rest of forever. The End. 

  • http://sunshineandsippycups.com Meagan Paullin

    I would La-la-LOVE to win tickets to this amazingly-fantastic sounding event!! Woooooooooooooooo!!

    {Can you sense my enthusiasm? Usually that level of written enthusiasm would be of a more sarcastic type, but on this day, I am completely serious. As serious as excitement can get.}

    I am new to the blogging world, and while I was a Facebook-a-holic already, becoming a blogger has taken my social media addiction to an entirely new level. Yes, I am a full-fledged online-social-media-networks-etc junkie. It’s true.

    My goal is to become like, the Oprah of mom blogging. Or maybe more of the Rachel Ray- another gal like myself who gives an impression that she is just cute and perky and goofy, which makes people under-estimate her, until she roundhouse kicks their expectations outta the park. I want to have a spoon in a ton of pots, you know? {maybe not, that might be a term I made up that no one uses…..} I’ve had my blog about 7 months, and now that I have the basics under my belt, I’m ready to expand. I want to start video reviews, and my own YouTube channel, and grow all of my other social sites- Pinterest, Tumblr, Etsy, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr…. and whatever else sparks my interest next.

    I would soak up the info at this conference like a sponge {one of those pretty kitchen sponges you see lately, with designs and stuff…}, participate and be super active during the event, and I would DEFINITELY use my new knowledge and web power for good, not evil– I LOVE to share my tips and cool things that I learn with other new bloggers too. 

    So, it’s clear, right? I would be the perfect candidate for you to send to this conference…… :)

  • http://aremorch.com/ Are Morch

    If I win that will be a bonus. Plan to be at #BWELA. Hotel is booked, and got a two day pass for #BWELA.

    Hope to join the SME Breakfast if you arrange it again this year. Was great to meet so many great networkers in Las Vegas. The New York event collided with an another event I was attending.

    Blog World is all about meet and network with some great people. Look forward to meet you all. Why should I win? I serve my clients with passion, and it is all about serve your customers first. And it helps that I am Norwegian.. :)

    Cheers.. 

    Are Morch
    Hotel Advisor and Social Media Strategist

  • Retrojam

    Why me? And how proper of you to ask…

    I am a low level blogger with dreams of greatness. Greatness, damn it! It’s just a matter of getting to that next level. I am ready to launch two new sites and I need all the help I can get. This is going to be a fantastic event and I would love to be part of the discussion. The first step needs to be taken. If you provide me with tickets, you will forever be part of the foundation of my eventual Greatness…which becomes our Greatness.

    Extraordinary things will happen as a result.

    Ready to change the world with me?

    J.A.M.

  • Glenda Pitts

    As a professional blogger, I’m learning more everyday how much there is to learn.  I value the Social Media Examiner as an awesome resource for consistent, quality information and direction. Your tips and tricks rock and I would be honored to learn from you in person at the 2011 Mega-Conference for Social Media.

    I named my company Distinctly YOU Inspired Blogging because I want people to hear the voice of my clients and not my own.  I hope in this case, you hear my voice.

    Thank you for this opportunity to be a part of something big that will have a definitive impact on my entire business!

  • http://www.bluecanvas.com/copperwood CopperWood

    A New Life.
    I am a Maker who lost his job as an industrial electrician.  My career essentially “went away”

    in this area.  Now I am turning my true passion– making things– into a new career and that

    New Life.  Being able to attend BlogWorld would launch me head-first into the realm I need

    to be in so badly, since the bulk of my marketing and selling is on-line.  I can and do make

    wonderful things, which make people happy and keep food on my table, simply put.  A huge

    input of knowledge and contacts– i.e., BlogWorld– would be a gift of immeasurable value!

  • http://twitter.com/arikb99 Arik Bernstein

    why I should be awarded a free ticket?
    Because unlike other people who gave their reasons here I live in Israel and in order to attend this conference I have to fly to US and I the flights will cost me more than the conference itself.
    Like other people here I also live and breathe social media and I really feel that I should attend this in order to enhance my knowledge and networks in the social media world.
    In addition of being so far I am also a 1 man company as I work as a social media consultant and don’t have the support of a company’s budget for attending conferences and events. without this award I cant think of a way I can pay so much money for both traveling to the US and access to this mega-social media event.
    Social media is global but the main events are all in the US and for an Israeli guy like me, an award like this can leverage my social media power and as a result, will bring the message to a broader crowd.
    Bring me to this event and earn a new and maybe different view from other side of the world.

    Looking forward to hearing from you with good news!!

  • Mark

    It would be a shame if in two years, when you are begging me to attend, because my NOT being there would constitute a crime against the blogosphere, due to my newly Rockstar blogger status, if I had not had the opportunity to visit this event to acclimate myself to the environment on my way to world domination through social media!

  • Danielle

    Trendy, social media guru wannabe seeks geeky BlogWorld & New Media Conference tickets for inspiring late night Facebook chats on the relevance of today’s trending Twitter topic. I enjoy short walks on the beach tripping over pieces of beach wood while glued to my iphone screen, margaritas and blogging on the merits of co-workers with a baking obsession (http://workmakesmefat.blogspot.com/).
    I recently joined a team of hidden geniuses at The Port Townsend Leader newspaper (ptleader.com), in a sleepy Washington coastal town with a knack for attracting wacky musicians and retirees trying to get hip to the social media scene. That’s where you come in: help me help them take the plunge into social media nirvana with a BlogWorld ticket.

  • http://www.socialhoney.org Christina Meyer

    I should win the tickets because I am the next Michael Stelzner.

  • The Unwired Medic

    I would sincerely like to win because I am just breaking into the social media realm.  I have needed to adjust my career since a line-of-duty injury has taken me away from being in the field of emergency medicine.  This conference will teach me what I need to do to increase my reading audience, properly utilize the great social media tools on the web to spread the messages I wish to convey, and teach me to teach others to do the same in my web programming classes.  I am self-taught so far and feel I have the propensity to make this into a career if I can get my feet underneath me.  I simply cannot afford the conference fees and cannot get work sponsorship, but have family nearby to the conference that can provide room & board while I attend.  Some of my mentors will be attending the conference and it would be great to meet them in person instead of just in cyberspace, plus I would take full advantage of the opportunity to expand my existing professional network.

    My gratitude for your consideration…

  • http://twitter.com/SabrinaSynergy Sabrina M

    @SabrinaSynergy

     

    Top Ten Reasons Why I Should Win Blog World Tix
    Courtesy of the Awesomeness of Social Media Examiner

     

     

    10.  After I attend, they will have to change the
    name of the Expo to Blog World Expo Party!

     

    9.  I will always share my experience with a
    local non-profit for low income youth through workshops on how to establish a
    blog and how to follow blog topics you love. 
    I am living proof that coming from a low-income, under-educated
    background does not have to limit you.

     

    8.  I will send out news of the Win through all
    of my networks and news wires too.

     

    7.  I promise to wear an SME t-shirt for the
    entire expo. 

     

    6.  I will @ mention and hash tag Social Media
    Examiner every day for the rest of this year.

     

    5. I will make a Youtube
    video of my “I won Blogworld Expo Tix” 
    dance.  Watch out, for the hustle
    and other awesomeness.

     

    4.  I am destined for greatness and I will have
    SME to thank forever, because they gave me a huge boost!

     

    3.  It’s been a crazy year of job loss, home
    loss, and yet social media has saved me! 
    It led me to developing my own business and an unbelievably cool network
    of people.

     

    2.  I use SME for myself and recommend it as the
    ultimate Social Media information source for my workshops.

     

    1.  If someone asks me to, I will get on stage at
    the Expo and revisit my “I won BlogWorld Expo Tix”  dance.

    Thanks SME!

  • Ron

    I want to take my blogs to the next level and BlogWorld is the opportunity to gain the information, training and products to do just that. Thank you, Ron

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Are – Yes we are working on a Social Media Examiner breakfast meetup again :)

  • http://slworrell.com Sherree W.

    I would love to win a ticket to #BWELA. I use social media daily in business and for personal use. I have two blogs (neither are monetized) and I’m a fiction/non-fiction writer. I use many platforms to introduce the word of fabulous bloggers that I meet each week during a writing challenge.

    I know attending #BWELA will help me blog better, show me how to better showcase the bloggers I meet (and know), and the Social Media Summit will help me in my business. Also, it will probably be the only time I will get to see (hear) some of the speakers that you have lined up so far. I’m dying to hear Amber Naslund, Jason Falls & Michele Price speak! (I tried to get a ticket under the early bird program and due to computer issues … I missed the deadline.) I live in CA – travel & lodging covered.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  • http://twitter.com/BenchJeweler Brad Simon

    I would like to win the free ticket to Blog World

     

    My wife Debbie and I run a social networking management
    company for retail jewelry stores. We work together out of our home in South Carolina.

     

    We have attended many of your online events and look forward
    to learning from you and all your presenters. 
    We have not been able to attend a live event in the past and look
    forward to coming to LA.

     

    Our youngest son lives in LA and wants to join our company.  It’s hard for us to keep up with all our work
    for our clients, have time to keep up with all the changes in Social Media, AND
    have time to train him.

     

    Coming to LA for Blog World gives us the opportunity to
    visit our son and to bring him to the conference.  We get to learn what we need to know and he
    will get the BEST training available!!

    Brad SImon

  • http://www.foodtalk.com.au Trudy Williams

    Hi Mike and Dave.
    I’d love to come over from Australia. I loved the Blogging Success Summit. Being virtual, it was fabulous and really suited my location and schedules. I know this event would build on what I have learnt (but am slow to apply). If I won a ticket but couldn’t make it, would you be able to re-gift it? You see, I haven’t checked my business committments and don’t know what flights are available yet. Best wishes for a fantastic Blog World event.
    Trudy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1418467070 Kimberly May

    I could wax poetic or give you an emotional story in the hopes it would move you to award me a free ticket to BlogWorld, but someone else will likely be able to beat it. Quite simply, I would love to have the opportunity to expand my knowledge in new media. I’ve been submerged in it for a couple of years now, and my knowledge base is founded on trial and error, free webinars and as much online reading as I can get. I work for a not-for-profit, so there’s no way I’d be able to attend this if I couldn’t get free registration.

  • http://www.getinthehotspot.com/ Annabel, Get In The Hot Spot

    I have to make the trip to LA all the way from Australia and leave behind my husband and three kids. The cost is huge both financially and emotionally. So a free ticket from the SME team would win you a place in my heart forever:)

  • http://www.online-business-virtual-assistant.com/ Shilpi Roy – Virtual Assistant

    I think this is going to be great and cant wait to see who is going to win it. Sure it is impossible for me to come from my place to LA.

    Shilpi
    Singha Roy

    http://www.obvainc.com

    Facebook fan page – http://on.fb.me/i9Oifw

     

  • http://www.squidoo.com/best-laptops-under-600 Mandy Bohn

    Winning the ticket to BlogWorld2011 is an lifetime opportunity that I shouldn’t miss. This will surely open me to bigger world of blogs, social medias, social networks, and many more activities for “tinkers”. I can’t imagine how precious the knowledge I will grab for winning this ticket and to be with those “tinkers”. Thus, I will surely do what it takes to win this ticket!

  • BrendonWalker

    Here’s the thing. All the really good Social & Digital Media Conferences are in the US. I’m in Australia, so to even think about going to one of these automatically adds $2,000 in airfares. Add the conference fee and that’s well over $3,000 just to attend.

    Love it if you guys could make it easier for the international visitors to attend and knock $1,297 off the bill.

    The reason I want to come? I’m a massive nerd. It’s as simple as that. Plus I’d love to meet most of the people I spend my days tweeting with :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pmanwa Paul Manwa

    Hallo, thanks for giving us this chance. To be sincere i request this ticket so that i study new things which will  be beneficial in my small business and life. Also meet and make new friends. Thanks. paul.

  • Nicky from Sydney

    I am far from being the most experienced social media nut out there… but I am definitely on my way. People say communication is dying between people…. far from it, social media is giving people the ability to connect like never before.

    My transition to a career in social media started officially last Monday when I started my first course here in Sydney, AUSTRALIA. It will continue at the Facebook Summit 2011 in October.

    If I win – I still need to get there from Sydney… so I’ll organise that if you organise my ticket :)

    I want to broaden the social media in Australia and one day be an expert in the field.

    many thanks for making me better aware of the world of social Media Michael! I have found my passion…I should have realised all those years ago chatting away on the AOL chat room… a/s/l ? :)

  • http://jansait.wordpress.com/ Jansait

    This conference sounds very interesting to me as a blogger (http://janmania.net ), active on twitter (@jansait) and as a social media professional at one of the first social media companies in the Middle East. I think I will benefit from this conference for myself, my work and the Middle East since I will be teaching others what I see and learn there! In return, I will blog and tweet heavily about the conference, spread the word in this region. Thank you. :)

  • PJ Jonas

    In 2008, I started selling the goat milk soap that I had been making for our family.  I involved all eight children in the business and within a year, my husband was able to join our business full time.  Due exclusively to word of mouth, social media, and some publicity, we have continued to grow our family business and now also have four full-time employees.

    This past month we purchased a 31 acre piece of property.  We are developing this property and building a 5000 square foot soap facility as well as goat barns and milk parlors.

    As a homeschooling family, one of my priorities is to raise my children to be intimately involved in our business and to train them to be entrepreneurs from an early age.  They are all learning the importance and outreach of social media.  The family produces youtube videos about what we do.  My fourteen year old daughter handles our twitter account and we have an active facebook page with over 5000 fans.

    If I won the pass to the conference, I would be able to take the knowledge I learned and pass it on to my eight young entrepreneurs.  We would use it to continue to grow our business, develop our new property, and increase our social media outreach.  Plus, it would get this busy small business owner and homeschooling mom of eight a getaway with a group of adults with similar interests.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    PJ Jonas
    http://goatmilkstuff.com
    http://www.facebook.com/goatmilkstuff
    http://www.youtube.com/goatmilkstuff
    http://www.twitter.com/goatmilkstuff

  • Andres Del Rosario

    Hello!

    I’m Andres del Rosario from Dominican Republic. Recently the company I work with started to be involved in Social Media. I’m in charge of Dominican Republic and Jamaica social media efforts of the company (www.amstardmc.com) There’s a team of 8 persons for e-commerce. My partner in Mexico attended to the Social Media Camp in Canada and I attended to the Social Media Examiner Summit this year. Still the headquarters of the company are waiting more results of the social media efforts and those events we were attending just “abrió el apetito” (is a spanish phrase that means that those events only sparked us to continue) learning and developing our knowledge about Social Media. So, now I have a challenge to demonstrate that our company need to be heard (and need to hear) in the conversations about our industry in social media and events like the BlogWorld are a perfect to increase that knowledge.

    Thanks for this opportunity!…  

    Hasta pronto!

    Andres del Rosario
    andres.delrosario@gmail.com

  • Sherri-Lee Woycik

    I’d love to win this! I’m the sole bread winner for my family and working in social media is my passion, I finally found it! YAY! Spending time with these inspiring leaders at this conference would definately allow me to learn and enhance my business and come back to my local community and clients and really upgrade the quality of service I provide, helping business owners use social media to build their businesses.
    Thanks for considering me! (already tweeted this out too!)
    Sherri-Lee

  • Makeupbycherelynn

    Holla! I would like to win a ticket to come rub elbows and hob nob with fellow social media geeks! Plus, learning from the speakers and fellow bloggers wouldn’t hurt either. My blog Makeup University is 5 years old and it’s time for a tune up! So thanks for considering me, and I hope to see you soon!

  • Isela espana

    Hello –  There are some really cool posts here on why people should win.  

    I personally love your site. I would love to have the opportunity to enchant people with the knowledge I have learned on SME.  

    I read your book Launch from cover to cover.I have a fairly new web site that is now my passion and would love to cover this event and make it a source of primary fuel.  I would love to do expert interviews and even be used as a case study on how implementing everything in your book works.

    My goal for this event if I win:

    1. To build relationships with experts in the social media field.

    2. Get together inspiration and content that I could share.

    3.  Meet inspirational people like you.

    If I was able to financially I would be there in a heart beat.  Since I do not, I would love to win this opportunity to join you fine people.  

    I would also love to help you however I can.  I am a Hispanic-American, that speaks very fluently English and Spanish and is obsessed with social media. As you know much of the population as well as business owners, marketers etc. are hispanic.  If you would allow me to I would love to offer some of your content and interviews and translate them in spanish.  

    Anything I can do to help. :)

    A loyal fan,
    Isela Espana

        

  • http://www.EasyLunchboxes.com/ Kelly Lester

    Because I’m obsessed with learning as much as I can about blogging and social media. What a great opportunity to feed my addiction! Thanks for the opportunity :)

  • Jan Wong

    I would very much like to win the tickets as they’ve never been a social media conference of this scale where I’m at in Malaysia! Being a social media enthusiast myself, this is definitely a chance I do not want to miss. Looking forward to explore new and exciting opportunities from the other side of the world :)

  • Ernie Tomas Jr

    I really wish I can participate and would have a free ticket
    to Blogworld 2011. .  I am based in Davao City
    in Southern Philippines. I am planning to
    travel with my mom in the US
    in October until early November for family reasons and visit relatives and
    friends in Los Angeles
    areas. 
    If given this once in a lifetime
    chance, I would love to attend the conference before returning to the Philippines.  The knowledge and new media tools I will get
    from participating in the conference are very significant to my job as a
    development worker, especially as we make use of  new media in promoting development in an
    impoverished area like Mindanao in Southern Philippines. 

    We have very active and organized blogging communities here  in Mindanao (http://www.mindanaobloggers.com ) trying
    to make use of social media and blogging to promote Mindanao and bring out the
    positive developments and real happenings here amidst the international negative
    perceptions that Mindanao is an area of conflict.

  • http://www.i95dev.com/ecommerce Ecommerce Solutions

    Any availabilities of Facebook’s F8 conference tickets?

  • http://www.wordpress.correlations.com corecorina

    Part-time life of party, full-time anti-drama Queen (fighting for elegant design, proper grammar and freedom of speech on the interwebs) seeks opportunity to inspire others & be inspired at BlogWorld LA 2011. Ambitious, Toronto-born, self-professed computer nerd has hotel booked, superhero outfit in hand, but no pass or plane ticket. Currently working fulltime to save funds for one OR the other; and my winning a pass would virtually guarantee an awesome time for all at BWELA :)

  • Mercedes

    The reason I should win the ticket is because I have been working on my new company for over a year and have not had much success yet.  I write blogs about fashion, shoes and accessories at http://www.VirtualCatwalk.co and I follow social media examiner to the T but for some reason I am not quite able to translate my fans and site visitors into actual purchases. 
    I quit my job so I can pursue my passion for fashion (wow, that rhymes!) and I need to be able to show results for all this year of work. I am at a point in this journey in which I need to decide if I continue to pursue my dream or go back to a safe corporate job (if those are safe these days anyway)
    I seem to be the only one of my friends with an online business so I find it hard to ask them for advice so I am doing this pretty much on my own and it has been hard to say the least. I would love to actually talk to people who have been successful at this.
    Part of the reason why the site has not been as successful as I would have hoped is because I do not have a background in writing and I think that going to blog world will help my writing to become more straight forward and more convincing so people would be convinced to purchase the products I review.
    Please help me make my dream of a online business a reality!  Thanks.

  • http://www.stylebymax.com Ellen Hertz

    I own a jewelry, home decor and chocolate boutique in Minneapolis called Max’s (www.stylebymax.com).  Our goal is to be as unique as we can be in the Twin Cities in terms of the products we sell.  At any point in time, we are the only ones in town who carry approximately 90% of the items that are in our store.  We celebrated our 5th year in business in May, something about which I’m very proud.  The milestone was made even more fabulous when we were named by INSTORE magazine (a leading publication for the retail jewelry trade) as America’s #1 Coolest Small Store!  

    The jewelry at Max’s is made by some of the leading designers in the world, as well as by some up-and-coming artists.  Our blog, website, and social media efforts are crucial to us as we strive to build close relationships with our designers by promoting them, and what makes them different, to our customers.  In addition, we use the web and all of its glory to promote our store events and the “what’s new at Max’s” news on an on-going basis. While I think I’d score an “ok” by my customers on my blog posts, FB status updates and tweets, I believe that I have quite a way to go to become truly compelling, engaging and, dare I say, “enchanting”.  I have no doubt that a trip to BlogWorld would prove to be the winning ticket that would enable me to accomplish this goal!  

  • http://www.metroexpressroofing.com Denise Skinner

    I lost a job like so many followers of SocialMediaExaminer who want free tickets to Blog World.  What I want most is for someone, anyone, to hear my story.  I dipped my toes into 60 last year, found myself homeless and fearful of the future.  In April I relocated to Phoenix and starting working on my nephew’s roofing business site. I found SocialMedia, signed up for FaceBook Success Summit, started Twittering, and made my first U tube video.

     I love talking and trust me if blogging was as easy as talking I’d be queen.  Alas not so.  As Roofer Girl, my blog moniker, I kind-of sort-of get it, but feel frustrated.  This is the same way I felt when I returned to college in my mid-fifties and found myself doing algebra long-hand while my 18 to 20 year old peers were using a graphing calculator.  Once I got the hang of learning again, I loved it!

    Pick Me – I want to keep learning.

    Thank you for your consideration

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    I want to go to BlogWorld. Why? 

    1. I run a free bloggers network in Ireland and would love to bring a fellow blogger along so we have knowledge to share with everyone.  We aim to inspire people to blog more and use social media more and I’m sure what we learn at blog world will help us realise our vision.2. I want to go to LA. I’ve never been and it would mean meeting a whole bunch of people outside my current network.  I could expand my contacts and knowledge all in one. I’d love to see how other people do and exchange knowledge and ideas with them.3. I love to travel. But rarely have an excuse to.4. Content – completely selfish but the amount of blog content that I would get, and the video I could shoot to improve my blog, videocast, facebook presence would be wonderful. It would give my blog new energy.

  • Nicol

    Hi and thank you for that great contest, however I wanted to tweet “The Twitter Entry” for the second time in one day and it told me “Whoops! You already said that… please post a new tweet. Learn more here.” Can you please advice on this. Cheers and successful day.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hi Nicol – Please try altering the tweet a bit, but keep the hashtag the same

  • http://www.twitter.com/teewhyare Tee Are

    After a year of traditional job search in my industry, I turned to blogging to set myself apart from the pack and make myself a “thought leader” in my industry. I believe that BlogWorld West 2011 will help me put the business structure to my blog that it needs and provide me with valuable networking opportunities to meet people I wouldn’t normally meet considering I’m now a “solopreneur.”

    I wish all contestants the very best of luck in winning this contest. We no doubt all have our own reasons for why we feel deserving of this prize.

  • Gisela

    Seems I am a good writer… so the people say. Yet, I come from a fine arts background and I am still somewhat new to blogs, internet and social media (but then again who isn’t, right?), and thus I got megabytes to learn! Anyway, I definitely cannot afford this on my own, so it would be grand if luck was to deal me this hand. In exchange for my good fortune, and if the Social Media examiner would allow it, I promise to blog about all I learn during the conference.
    Cheers,

    Gisela

  • Carole Billingsley

    As I read the other comments, I see that there are a lot of
    people who have some really great reasons for winning the ticket(s). I’m sure
    it will be a difficult decision for you guys. I’d think that you might want to
    give a ticket to someone who is new to the biz. Someone whose social media and
    blogging career is just taking off (and about to skyrocket!).  Someone who’s attended every webinar and read
    every blog post or book that she can get her hands on in order to learn the
    ropes. Someone who is just beginning to apply all of this knowledge. Someone
    who wants to soak up all the knowledge that will abound at BlogWorld. Someone
    who hasn’t been to BlogWorld, but needs to be there.  Someone like…ME!!  Can’t wait to see you all at BlogWorld!!  :D

  • http://www.sandiamorim.com/ Sandi Amorim

    I’d love to win because it would be an awesome way to celebrate my first year as a blogger and meet so many of the awesome people I’ve met online! 

  • http://www.theimperfectmum.com.au/ The Imperfect Mum

    Why I should win tickets to BLOG WORLD! I am very new to this whole blogging thing (July this year).. No idea what I’m doing really… But in saying that I have had over 3500 unique visitors to my blog.. I haven’t written many posts but have received amazing feedback..  I also started a FB page late June early July and have over 1300 people on there… I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA……. I LOVE YOUR BOOK MICHAEL and I would LOVE to meet YOU and your team…. This would be the highlight of my life!!! I am an Aussie, I live in Tropical North Queensland, Cairns, Australia.  I would be VERY happy to part with the money to fly to Los Angeles… Have no idea where I will get it though….. But I will beg, steal, borrow.. whatever it takes … OK now I’m sounding desperate.. Ha Ha.. Oh well who cares I WANT TO BE THERE!!

  • http://www.theimperfectmum.com.au/ The Imperfect Mum
  • http://twitter.com/Scribendi_Inc Scribendi

    In 1997, I founded an online document revision company, Scribendi.com. We are based in the small town of Chatham, Ontario, with employees from across the globe. Chatham is a rural area in which technology is not a “trending topic,” something that my business partner (my husband) and I are working toward changing. With this goal in mind, Scribendi.com recently launched a WordPress Plugin that allows bloggers to seamlessly submit their posts for editing and proofreading.

    As an online company, we understand the importance of social media and openly embrace it. We have spent years developing our social media campaign, but of course, still have room for improvement. Attending BWELA would be an invaluable opportunity to learn strategies and techniques to help Scribendi.com flourish.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/best-laptop-under-400 Anna W. Mize

    the reason why i need to win a ticket? is that i love blogging and this is every blogger dream.the biggest gathering and wow.

  • http://www.ordinaryservant.com/ Pilar Arsenec

    I love books, writing and social media.  It would be such a privilege and honor to be able to experience something like this.  A dream come true.

  • http://chickasawallison.tumblr.com/ allison Aldridge-Saur

    I write with a writer’s passion, academic’s dedication to analytical thought and a marketer’s dedication to style and brevity. That said, I have done next to nothing to promote or leverage the tools and techniques the technology offers. A gathering of so many experts would be a huge benefit (and tons of fun)!

    I have been writing my blog series on what digital tribes can learn from Native Americans and indigenous people in general.
    http://bit.ly/DgtlTribe

    Thank you for having such an exciting give away!

     

  • http://www.goodworkswellness.com Pamela Reilly, Naturopath

    You must send me! I manage the social media activities for three different medical practices, each of which assumes I’m the beat-all, end-all expert “guru” of social media. Did I mention my own private practice is part of each of those practices? This means I have to not only be an “expert” on social media, but also must be incredibly, amazingly efficient. PLEASE send me! I need the break! I mean … I desperately need the additional education!

  • http://twitter.com/DenataleNYC DeNatale Jewelers

    I would love to win a ticket! I work for a 100 year old small family owned jeweler. We have recently connected with social media network. In the past, the business grew by word of mouth, which is really what social media is – only in a very high tech world! Always look forward to you insights and help. Thank you!

  • http://www.twitter.com/metromonk Metromonk

    I would like to win, because I am currently being more and more energized by the idea of using social media for building community and relationships. I have been tinkering with all kinds of sights and I really desire to know how to integrate all of them and some how engage more my surrounding community. I feel there is so much to learn. Thanks for the opportunity. 

  • http://brittinspired.com/ bpr611

    I’m one of those poor, jobless, recent college grads terrified of joining the real world and experiencing what some of us like the call the quarter-life crisis. (Yeah, it is a real thing). Determined to avoid the traditional 40 hour, business casual, waking up at the butt crack of dawn lifestyle, I have taken it upon myself to take on the daunting task of being an internet entrepreneur. I spend a lot of time reading blogs, like The Social Media Examiner trying to learn more about how to promote myself and my brand online. It’s one thing to read great information from behind a computer screen, but to be in the presence of the biggest names in social media, to feel their energy and passion is something that just can’t be replaced. So please, take me to LA. Take me to a wonderland of fellow social media geeks that understand why Facebook isn’t the waste of time my parents think it is. Take me to a place that just might get me out of my post grad funk. I’ll be sure to thank you when I’m internet famous. :)

  • http://brittinspired.com/ bpr611

    I’m one of those poor, jobless, recent college grads terrified of joining the real world and experiencing what some of us like the call the quarter-life crisis. (Yeah, it is a real thing). 

    Determined to avoid the traditional 40 hour, business casual, waking up at the butt crack of dawn lifestyle, I have taken it upon myself to take on the daunting task of being an internet entrepreneur. 

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  • deb1221

    As the East Coast was preparing for Hurricaine Irene last weekend, a friend posted this passage (below) on her Facebook page. I identified with it completely. As a freelance blogger who spends time on the Internet, researching topics ad infinitum for blog posts, coming up with 26 and other combinations of tips, hints and how-to’s–I realized that going to BlogWorld would help me to be social in the good-old-fashioned way and that maybe, yes, maybe I could have some real live conversations and in-person connections with like-minded people who share my passion for blogging and social media…and who knows, maybe I’d even write about it!Urgent
    Notice – :::: As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter the East Coast,
    federal disaster officials warn that Internet outages could force people
    to interact with other people for the first time in years. Residents
    are bracing themselves for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted
    eye contact. FEMA advises: “Be prepared. Write down possible topics to
    talk about in advance. Sports…the weather. Remember, a conversation is
    basically a series of Facebook updates strung together

  • Dag Holmboe

    BlogWorld and New Media Expo would be a great test case for estimating the Social Media Return and ROI using Klurig Analytics own Social Media ROI solution.  Based on your data and our solution, you would have a critical understanding of the value and the return of the expo and its social media marketing campaign.

  • http://www.quickeasyblog.com/ Jim

    I’ve been blogging for about five years now but the one thing I enjoy more than blogging is showing others how to do it. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a new business discovering the power of a blog or watching a budding writer gain his or her first recognition as a writer.

    If you were to give me a free ticket to BlogWorld I would take the opportunity to bring the information and shared ideas gained at the event to others who can’t be there both through my own writings and personal interaction–especially with those who are just getting started in the world of blogging.

    Thanks for the opportunity and maybe I’ll get a chance to meet everyone in person at this year’s BlogWorld.

  • dannyrohrdanz

    Hey there! What a great opportunity! It doesn’t come easy for me to talk about why I “should” win or be chosen for something… but I’ll try. I’ve attended multiple SME Succes Summits (The FB Success Summit in October will be my 4th event) and I always enjoy the practicality of these seminars. I’ve been to SXSW but I think the SME events blow it away. I tweeted about this during the last event and it drew some attention - http://bit.ly/nZXaTR 

    Anyway, recently I took a leap of faith and started a social media marketing company called Yellow Leaf Marketing. Things are going well and it is an extremely exciting time for our family. However, this will be the first year in a couple years where I won’t be able to afford a ticket to a big conference like this (The company I did social media for in the past paid for the tickets…#win). I see these conferences as a great way for me to serve my clients better with the knowledge I would gain and then apply to their brands. That’s what it’s about right? Serving – not gaining. I’d be extremely grateful if you chose me. Have a good one!

  • Beverly

    I would love to win a ticket to BlogWorld because I am a baby boomer grandma gone wild about blogging!  

  • Linda

    If you want to put that ticket to REALLY good use, you need to give it to me :)   I built and manage (for free) the website/blog for a local non-profit that operates the soup kitchen, homeless shelter and about 16 other programs in the local communities. It’s an amazing community organization supported by the WHOLE community and I am very proud to participate. However, the budget for all of the things I do and will do is $0. So that ticket would fit right into the budget :)

  • http://twitter.com/adriennejurado Adrienne Jurado

    I would love to attend BlogWorld in November and truly hope you will consider me for the free ticket because:

    1. I have been blogging for just over a year now, and while I’ve made some progress and many great connections, my blog has yet to truly take off. It’s been an incredible journey so far, one I hope to continue for a long time, which means I could really use all the help I can get, especially since…

    2. I recently left my job in the Air Force to pursue my true passions of writing and creating amazing experiences for others. I’m super happy about my decision, but…also super broke for the time being! ;-)

    3. The conference is on my birthday weekend!! This would be quite the amazing birthday gift, if I do say so myself.

  • La Lupus Lady

    I want to go to @twitter-9812912:disqus  To learn, connect and share… Passion is contagious, Lupus is not! #WinBWELA

  • Rosemary

    Geeze, I just need it!  A little help can bring huge rewards, I know this to be true.
    http://roseskitchen.com

  • Shannon Vogel

    Winning a ticket may just very well save me from the blogging burnout I am headed towards….What better way to rescue a blogger (and social media maniac), get her re-energized and re-motivated to fall in love with her career again? What an amazing story it would be! You could tell everyone that you saved a blogger! You could cross doing a good deed off your list! I can see it now…..leaving my home office….shaking hands with other humans….having live face to face conversations….I’m dizzy at the thought. :)

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Shannon Vogel
    Queen Bee
    The Be-Scene

  • http://www.twitter.com/stephloug Stephanie Lough

    I would love to be selected to go to BlogWorld and New Media Expo because it will help me develop a blog that I have wanted to create for years to help homeless dogs. I have dabbled in getting it started, have a pretty good vision of what I want to create, and although I have a lot of experience in social media and blogging for my company, I am not very confident creating my own blog. It would be amazing to be able to meet people and hear from experts on how to create a blog that will matter because of course, no blog, no matter how amazing the content, is worth anything without readers and contributes. I plan on my blog being very contributor base, ultimately being a go-to resource for people to post found or lost dogs, and a one-stop shop for shelters to share available pets. I don’t think there has been any website like this. Currently, if someone is looking to adopt a dog from a shelter, they have to research different shelters, many of which do not list available adoptions on-line. By giving me this opportunity to go to the BlogWorld and New Media Expo, you are not only helping me further my professional career, but helping to give a voice to those who cannot speak-up for themselves. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=28500362 Lindsey Olsen

    Has the winner been posted yet? It’s 9/12 and I don’t see it on this page :) Pins & needles! Thanks!

  • http://www.twitter.com/stephloug Stephanie Lough

    Yes, please let us know! Or rather, let me know so I can schedule my flight ;)

  • http://slworrell.com Sherree W.

    Any word on winners yet? Great way to build suspense :)  

  • Cre8tvnrg

    CONGRATS! Heard and LOVED your story! :)







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