16 Jul Speaker Highlights Part VI – Mama Dweeb, Jay Thornton, Stewart Cox, & My Mamihood

The countdown is on and we are less than 40 days from Niche Mommy Conference 2012 in New Orleans!  We continue to have exciting things to share with you before we arrive in NOLA including our sixth speaker highlights series.

SPEAKER NAME: Annie Shultz

Session Title: The Traffic Report: The Best Tools & Applications to Drive Traffic to Your Blog. 

Session Description: Content is not all that will drive traffic to your blog.  Neither will shares on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.  If you are not using social tools like StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Digg, Tumblr, Reddit and more, then you are missing out on one of several ways to help boost traffic to your blog.  Annie will give us step-by-step directions on how to navigate the tools to increase traffic, explain the dos and don’ts of each tool, and ultimately generate big numbers.   Buckle-up and listen up as Annie breaks it down for us!

Annie Shultz is a lifelong Kansas girl. She graduated with a Print Journalism degree in 2007 and began blogging in 2009. She loves exploring new ways to tell stories through social media, photography and her favorite – writing. She is the mother of 3 very young children and in between park visits and ballet, she is the managing editor of 5 Minutes for Parenting, owner of Mama Dweeb, vlogger with #VlogMom, and publisher of the eBook “Using Blog Tools Wisely.”  She enjoys connecting with moms and helping bloggers improve their skills through her informative “Dweeb School” series on Mama Dweeb. She is always available on twitter and facebook to answer questions or just discuss the beauty of everyday life as a mom.

Also check out Annie’s video introduction here!


SPEAKER NAME: Jay Thornton

Session Title:  Social Fabric® University Workshop:  HTML/CSS For Bloggers

Jay Thornton was the first hire at Collective Bias, and is often referred to as the Lead Monkey. In other words, Jay is the VP of Technology at Collective Bias. After meeting the cofounders of CB, it didn’t take long for him to fit right in and start helping them create what we know today as Collective Bias and the Social Fabric community.


Jay has an extensive background in advertising, communications, creative, and marketing that has taken him around the country. In addition to being outdoors and making anything imaginable with his hands, Jay enjoys vacations that are (hopefully) always on a little rock in the middle of the ocean.


Session Title: Social Fabric® University Workshop:  Enhancing Food Photography Skills

Session Description: Learn everything you need in order to take awesome photographs on your blog.

Social Fabric University StewartSession Description: With the dizzying statistic that there is a blog being born every half second, and with the number of brands looking to engage with on-line publishers, influential bloggers are often asked how they stay at the top of this game. With the rise of the dad blogging niche, more often the question is raised because the inquisitive blogger wants to achieve the same success. The question is usually based on the idea that, “I want my blog to be like your blog.” The answer is not simple as many steps go into becoming an influential blogger. In this session, attendees will learn what prevails over page layouts, SEO, metagging, and “all that other stuff.” Listen close, this session!

Stewart Cox, is a transplant from North Carolina who made his way to Arkansas and Collective Bias nearly a year ago. Stewart has a background in social media and photography, and enjoys following the ever-changing world of technology and education developments. With help from the Collective Bias team, Stewart was determined to launch a continuing education program for online influencers, which is now known as Social Fabric University.

ChiefExecutiveMamiSPEAKER NAME: Sili M. Recio

Session Title: Leveraging Brand Relationships for Conference Sponsorship and Other Paid Opportunities as a Multi-Cultural Blogger

Session Description:  Let’s face it, many of us want to learn how to pitch to a brand, work with our favorite brand, and leverage our star power.  Brands across the nation, both directly or through their PR agencies, are creating opportunities to collaborate with bloggers for advertisement, marketing, social media promotions, and building brand awareness. Collaborations, partnerships, and conference sponsorships between brands and bloggers, especially multicultural bloggers, is a relatively new concept and clear expectations are needed to ‘play in the sandbox’ together. This session is intended to share proven methods and tips on how brands and bloggers can effectively collaborate and partner together for a mutually beneficial relationship.

Sili is a graduate of Rollins College with a degree in Psychology. She has been in corporate America for over 14 years where she held positions in category management, business analysis and more recently, IT project management.
Two years ago, she decided to chronicle her life as a new mom and the caregiver of a mom with cancer and called it My Mamihood.   Her blog has evolved to those things that she is most passionate about: community, technology, books, inspirational stories and of course, her frog princess.
After parting with her company last September and taking a little time to adjust to all of the changes that the previous year brought into her life, Sili decided to delve deeper into the world of Social Media. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Social Media from Southern New Hampshire University and has recently launched Mami Ink Media, LLC.
In her new role as Chief Executive Mami Sili is providing a much-needed role as Dream Coach. There, she is empowering people (women especially) to leave their mark in the world by following their entrepreneurial dreams while having a hand to guide and hold. Providing social media management and writing and editing services brings balance to the business and all of the things which Sili is most passionate about as she lives out her life’s purpose.


Nadia Jones

Nadia is the CEO & Owner of The Network Niche Influencer Agency. Nadia has over 8 years of social media marketing experience connecting bloggers and online influencers to brands. She’s been named an “innovator” and “game changer” by her peers for leading the way in how brands connect to diverse and multicultural bloggers.

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