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Swag Swoon

February 8th, 2009

Blissdom this weekend was a great time.  First thing in the door we were handed some lovely swag bags.  The bags themselves were swag!

dsc08717We all know that Lands’ End makes the best canvas totes.  They supplied them in pink and a coupon for free shipping if we want to order something else.  Thanks Lands’ End!

Everytime I surf their site, I want to move to the beach, ride a bike everywhere and carry everything in a nifty canvas bag with a sweater tied around my shoulders.  Anyone else? No? Just me?

There were all sorts of other goodies in there too.

dsc08720A reusable grocery bag from Walmart.  Did you know that Walmart has a person devoted entirely to managing their social media interactions?  I didn’t either!  Apparently, Walmart “gets it” that bloggers and Twitter users and Facebook users have the power to influence a large number of others.  I give them props for that.  Anywhoo, he was there and I have to say he seemed like a neat guy.

Crocs provided the lanyards for our name tags and a $50 gift certificate for each attendee. I’m loving these but probably more likely to go with this or that.

If you see the bright green lanyard…you might be able to see that I actually had blog cards made – they had my header and email/blog info.  I felt like a fraud ordering them and considering the minimum was 250, I have about 200+ left.  But Vista Print rocks and they cost less than $10.  All the cool kids had them so I was glad I could whip my own card out when someone asked.  No that has nothing to do with the swag bags but I had to tell you all about my silly little cards.

Chris Mann, who is a serious hottie with some serious pipes, provided a preview CD with a couple of his songs. He even has a blog and has been twittering with attendees for the past couple of weeks.

Sony Music provided us with the soundtrack from “He’s Just Not That Into You” (anyone see this yet? looks really like fun from the previews).  And to be honest, I assume the CD is from them – no one told me that for sure so if I am wrong, sorry!

Not pictured because I have no idea what might possibly have happened to it, is a box of Little Debbie 100 calorie snacks.  I want to talk more about these another in case anyone is curious but let me say that the chocolate cake ones rock!  Serious yum.

Other sponsors were Geek Squad (still not speaking to them after my laptop issues so I refuse to link – but I might dislike them a little less after this weekend), Care.com (which I need to check out…hooks you up with babysitters, pet sitters, housekeepers, and tutors based on zip code – they give you back ground check info, prescreening questions, reference checks…sounds worth looking at more closely), New Line Records (website is nothing but their name on my screen but maybe I’m missing something), RGM (ad network – an alternative to Blogher and Adsense), Blue House Blog, and Lijit (I’m a little unclear about this…need to read more…a search engine for your blog is my understanding).

So there is a little sponsor love because we all loved our swag and the less tangible good stuff sponsors provided to keep the cost of Blissdom down so that it would be affordable for all.

I have so much more to tell.  This week, I’ll tell you all about how Jen Lancaster and I are totally BFFs now, all of the things I did that were outside of my comfort zone, more about the guy 250 married women were crushing on, how I sat next to someone from the burgh who knows my hubby and SIL, oh and the actual conference and what I learned.

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15 Responses to “Swag Swoon”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Okay, call me an ignorant blogger, but I had no idea this world existed! Swag for bloggers? How did I miss out on this? ;)

  2. Cass Says:

    Lovely bag and Lands End also makes me want to get a large chocolate lab that lays on a plaid pillow near a fire place while I serve hot cocoa to willing parties who have plaid blankets on their laps. In the world of Lands End it’s either fantastically snowy or beach ready.

  3. Meredith from Merchant Ships Says:

    There is so much to cover, I’m feeling overwhelmed! How to start?!?

    So good to see you this weekend.

  4. Shannon Says:

    Beware of vistaprint. I once got business cards from them and spent the next two years trying to get them to quit charging me monthly for a “service” I supposedly signed up for. I googled it and many, many others had the same experience.

  5. Jody W. Says:

    I look forward to reading your in depth post! Wish I could have gone…

  6. PBW Says:

    I’ve already put my Land’s End and Walmart bags to work!

    I love the the first Crocs you mentioned!!!!!

    I picked the Malindi Leopard print. I never thought of myself as a Crocs gal, but looking forward to receiving them.

  7. Janine (@twincident) Says:

    Look at you finding time to do a blog post from Blissdom! LOL – thanks for visiting and entering the contest. For real, the shaving oil has made a huge difference. And great pics of the swag bag! (I took a pic too but only found time to upload to Facebook).

  8. amy Says:

    You did a great job linking all our terrific sponsors! I want to last night but – so tired!

    It was good to hang out with you again!

  9. Jane Says:

    I stopped reading to come over and say the same thing Shannon did about VistaPrint. Got some really cute address labels from them last year, then spent 4 months getting them to stop charging my credit card every month! And I’m a big Lands End fan – love their Tugless Tank swim suits and they have become my best friend again this month because they started offering size 5 shoes again!! Just could not purchase the little girl sandals with flowers or butterflies.

    Going back to pretending I was having fun this weekend, too…

  10. Heather Says:

    I hope one day to be able to go to one of these events. Sounds like lots of fun.

  11. Wisdom Pursuit Says:

    Loved chatting with you in the hallway; I never would have guessed you struggled with it so much! I’ve enjoyed the swag, too, though I haven’t ordered my crocs yet. My husband goes to a big event manager’s meeting every year and always comes home with cute but useless swag, but I think our stuff was much better. Looking forward to seeing your comments on the conference itself!

  12. Habesha Child Says:

    I love me some Lands End swag!! Sounds like quite the goodie bag!

  13. emily Says:

    It was great to meet you. I loved our chat as well! I glanced at the post before this one and am shocked at this social awkardness of which you speak. Conversation with you was easy and memorable. Wish there had been more time!

  14. Julia @ Hooked on Houses Says:

    Sorry I didn’t have a chance to meet you at BlissDom, but I enjoyed your recap! Aren’t those Land’s End bags great? I just ordered the Capris Crocs (flip-flops) in white and pink. Gotta love freebies. :-)

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