Planning Ahead: Financial Creativity

When people ask if it’s worth it to go to Alt, my answer has always been yes, even before I worked for the conference. The education, the collaborative friendships, and the sponsor introductions are worth every penny. If you look at going to Alt as an investment, then the return is clear. Attend with the mindset of working, connecting, and pitching ideas and the projects that grow from the experience will pay for the ticket and beyond.  Here are a few Alt alumni who got creative by making Alt Summit a priority. 

Alt Chat Wednesday: Growing Your Business by Going Beyond Best Practices

As business owners we’re constantly being barraged with shoulds. You should do this if you want to be successful. You should never do that if you want an engaged community. But one size does not fit all. What may work for one creative may not work for another. So let’s get real. Let’s talk about the best practices we’ve tried that didn’t work out as expected. 

Join us Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter. 

Blogging 101: Planning for the Fall/Winter

Mid-summer tends to be a slower time for bloggers. In general, stats dip down a little lower than usual because families are outside playing, enjoying, and vacationing. Wise and seasoned bloggers have recognized this pattern and utilize this time frame for planning ahead. Here are four tips for planning for the busy months. 

Alt Winter 2015 Recaps Part Seven: Different Perspectives

Alt Summit is many things to different people and it changes over time. Alt created its flagship events to bring together a community of pioneering and rookie bloggers, social media influencers, and creatives where amazing things could happen. 

To plant the seeds for amazing things to happen, Alt delivers more sessions and opportunities for networking than you can attend (and absorb). Each attendee and speaker choses their own adventure based on their goals. Six attendees, from first timers to second and third-time veterans share their experiences from Alt Winter 2015.  

Social Media Etiquette – The Art of Curation and Sharing

When blogging first hit the scene it was all about curation and sharing ideas, plans, and life stories. It was very messy and raw and yet a beautiful community was born. With that community came mutual understanding and common etiquette for acknowledging each other’s work and artistic contributions.

Here are five rules to follow when sharing other people’s content. 

Six Tips for Perfecting Your Social Media Content

Now that you’ve perfected your social media presence and actual business card, it’s time to hone your craft. Here are the rest of Guy Kawaski’s tips from his Alt Summer 2015 closing keynote. For examples of each tip, be sure to watch what he has to say himself.

Alt Chat Wednesday: Handling Negative Comments and Criticism

Growing up we’re told: if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. With the perceived anonymity of the Internet, the art of constructive feedback has all but vanished, replaced by personal attacks and criticism. 

Let’s chat Wednesday July 22, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter about strategies and techniques for handling both negative comments and criticism. New to Twitter chats? You can find all the details on how to participate in a live Twitter chat here.

Four Tips for Perfecting Your Online Brand

Are you easily recognizable? Can people contact you if they need to reach you? Guy Kawasaki shared four tips during his Alt Summer 2015 closing keynote that will have people deciding if you’re the right fit for them and adding you to their roster of people to contact for collaborations and other opportunities.

Friday Links: Time Away

Everyone needs a vacation. They refresh the soul, spark inspiration, and foster healthy relationships. Yet, in the world of online hustle they seem impossible. While down time for most, bloggers tend to capitalize on holiday celebrations and work through most holiday events. Before deciding whether you’ll work through your holiday, be sure you ask yourself these five questions to avoid an unplanned online absence.