Planning Ahead: Financial Creativity

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. 

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

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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Handling Negative Comments and Criticism

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.

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Four Tips for Perfecting Your Online Brand

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.

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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.

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Social Media 101: Utilizing Pinterest

With all the changes taking place within Pinterest, it can feel daunting to know how to use it effectively. Good thing Alexandra Even came to Alt Summer 2015 and broke everything down for us.  She took the audience members through her process of defining what the space has to offer, brainstorming possibilities, and then utilizing a best-fit scenario.

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Social Media 101: Utilizing Facebook

Facebook is the largest social network, receives the most traffic referrals, has the 2nd longest shelf life for social media posts, and holds the possibility of building a highly targeted audience. However, Facebook can also seem unpredictable when sharing content which can lead to frustration. Peg Fitzpatrick, co-author of The Art of Social Media, spoke at Alt Summer 2015 and broke down the most important elements for turning Facebook into your blog's BFF.

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Recognizing Your Inner Critic

Alt Chat Wednesday: Recognizing Your Inner Critic

Creatives are often their harshest critics. Why? Because often doubts, discouragement from naysayers, advice from colleagues trying to be helpful, and more swirl around in our heads. And materialize as our inner critic. But, they don’t mean we’re frauds; the presence of an inner critic means you’re in the club; you’re a creative. Let’s chat Wednesday July 15, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter about strategies and techniques for moving past these inner critics.

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Alt Chat Wednesday: The Art of Promotion

Alt Chat Wednesday: The Art of Promotion

Creating work isn't always the hard part. Promoting the work we do and the work we do with others often is the hard part.

Join the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) July 8th at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat about the art of self-promotion and generating excitement for your collaborations. We will be talking about why promotion is important, how you can develop an authentic promotion style, and more.

New to Twitter chats? You can find all the details on how to participate in a live Twitter chat here.

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Relax on The Fourth

By: Kelly Smith; Photos by Brooke Dennis and Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

We wanted to wish you a very happy Fourth of July. Whether you are planning on camping out in the woods, visiting a local firework show, barbecuing with family and friends, or chilling at the pool, we really hope that you step away from the screen. Taking the time to live a full life and find inspiration through experiences really is something that everyone deserves. So take the weekend off and really enjoy the Fourth! 

We will be back on Tuesday with more tips, advice, and inspiration! 

Keynote Video Links for Alt Summer 2015

Keynote Video Links for Alt Summer 2015

In need of some inspiration? Well we have just thing! 

Set aside two hours, grab your favorite drink, and close your office door. Get ready to have your socks knocked off by the opening and closing keynote speakers from Alt Summer. When you're done listening you'll be energized and ready to take on the world!

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Photography 101: Getting Ready to Shoot Food

Photography 101: Getting Ready to Shoot Food

Ever noticed how the food lifestyle bloggers share on their sites and in their social media streams makes your mouth water? I could have just finished a hearty meal and I’ll still find myself salivating over their photos.

Curious how you can create a feed that leaves your fans drooling? In the first of a series of posts, we share some of our favorite tips from a few of our Alt Summit Design Camp instructors on which equipment to choose and how to prep your table before you start playing with your food.

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    Alt Chat Wednesday: Showing Your Voice Through Your Visuals

    Alt Chat Wednesday: Showing Your Voice Through Your Visuals

    Humans are drawn to images. Images today are your calling card. And your calling card needs to be strong to drive the right traffic to you.

    Join the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) July 1st at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat about photo styling. We will be talking about why photos are important, how you can develop a voice or consistent style, and more.

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