Design Biz What We Learned at Design Bloggers Conference

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I am back from Los Angeles and the 2018 Design Bloggers Conference.  Whether you are a designer who is looking for better visibility, or a design blogger looking to gain better insights, this is the "Event of the Year" for you. 


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This year was even more exciting for me.  I addition to collaborating with designers, bloggers, social media marketers, influencers, and brands, I was also a guest presenter for a DBC workshop offered on the first day!  During this session, I shared my thoughts and insider tips on the financial landscape for design bloggers. You can read more about that here:" Income Funnels for Your Website

Keynote:  Miles Redd 
BOOKS: That's what makes Miles tick.   Everything is from inspiration.  Inspirations from books are touchstones for Miles. 
" I own color." - MR
" Trust your gut." MR 
 “Your vendor is just as important as your client.” – MR
“You’re only as good as your workrooms.” – MR
" Buy the best, you only cry once." proverb - MR


Keynote: A conversation with Jamie Drake and Mayer Rus 
Yes, decked out in gold in honor of the Oscar's, Jamie and Mayer allowed us to listen in on their coffee talk about design business, licensing, partners and more.. 
" True antiques are missing from our life." -JD 
My favorite: " Always line the INTERIOR of the front hall closet in something interesting, such as Ultra Suede in a wonderful color." - JD 


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Conditions of Serendipity by Adam Japko of Esteem Media 
" Influencers are changing brand marketing strategies as Brands are dedicating more time and resources to influencer marketing." AJ

Adam is the force behind the DBC.  He spoke to attendees on Monday about algorithms, social media, and the rise and fall of our ability to see more than just our interests on the internet leading us to live in UNDESIRABLE bubbles.

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Co-Emcee Stacy Kunstel of Dunes & Duchess, who also moderated a discussion on. 
Don’t submit your project to more than 1 publication at a time.

Don’t send huge files that take forever to download. Send through low-res jpegs in the initial pitch.

Once you’re ready to send through the hi-res images, send through all images in one folder and make sure to label all photos and folder with your information.

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Social Media Etiquette & Tips by Ann Sage, of City Sage w Jeannie Hays and Bryon Mason of Aphro Chic w Jill Waage of Traditional Home
Ann Sage sharing mission values! 

Schedule one day every month for inspiration.  Visit museums, new community etc.  

Talk about the  Unique. The unique person, place or thing. 


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The Journey Into Books by Carolyne Roehm and Julie Cohen 
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

Don’t send huge files that take forever to download. Send through low-res jpegs in the initial pitch.





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Don’t submit your project to more than 1 publication at a time.

Don’t send huge files that take forever to download. Send through low-res jpegs in the initial pitch.

Once you’re ready to send through the hi-res images, send through all images in one folder and make sure to label all photos and folder with your information.

If you haven’t heard back from the editor after your first email, follow-up 2 weeks later.













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Moi: Dishing the details on earning income from your website. 


Income Funnels for Your Website by Deborah von Donop of dvd Interior Design 
" Create income funnels on the blog using advertisements, affiliate links, and sponsored content." -dvd

Publish, publish, publish.  You can't start a cold engine. You need to publish regularly to gain traffic and build your email list. All income earning concepts are dependant on traffic. 







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Matt and Brandon offer insight on millennial markets social media strategies. 
" Make sure your Instagram grid is looking good." 


Also noteworthy were: 
Susan Wintersteen with Savvy Giving by Design
Being impactful through design!  A concept I have been chewing on for over a decade.  I'm feeling a calling here and so may you.  Visit SavvyGiving.com for more information on changing lives through design (here)  

Brittany Becher about Email Marketing to Amplify Your Brand 
Brittany spoke quickly with extensive information and insight into the valuable, yet underutilized email marketing for your brand.  You can see more about Brittany at Scoop Industries  (here)  




Closing Keynote by Justina Blakeney of Justina Blakeney
" Our job as a designer is to help people live their best lives. " JB 

" Decorating is deeply connected to the quality of life." JB 

" Success is going from failure to failure 





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About Deborah von Donop: Deborah is the founder of dvd Interior Design. This is where she shares beautiful design inspirations and highlights about design events and tips for creating a beautifully layered home. She likes to share new products, her favorite things, and resources for decor enthusiasts who are interested in paring antiques with modern elements, and beautiful fabrics. When she isn't working, you can find her reading, walking, doing yoga, or driving her children every day, everywhere. Connect with Deborah on Google+


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THE RECAP: To see more photos and product highlights from our trip to High Point Market read our previous posts " HIGH POINT MARKET INTRODUCTIONS".  

Also: We visited NYNOW this spring, and were so inspired by the Handmade and sustainable marketplace.  See more highlights about this market here " NY Now Market 2018". 
For more takeaways on the Design Bloggers Conference, visit my friend  Linda Holt Creative (here) or Jana Phipps / Trim Queen (here) or Carla Aston Design (here).  Now you know everything! 



Meanwhilewe are headed out to DWELL ON DESIGN  April 5 -7 in LOS ANGELES!  As part of the DESIGNHOUNDS TEAM, I will be reporting from the LA on all the new introductions an highlights of this west coast showFollow along on Instagram here. Not to miss! 
#designhounds visit  Dwell on Design with Modenus

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See our favorites from the show floor on my INSTAGRAM FEED. April 4- 8 

DWELL on DESIGN LA: April 4 - April 8th activities 

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