Bloggers on Top 2018

A 3 day (travel) blogger unconference in the mountains, excellent connections and the best way to learn from others.

When

5th to 7th October 2018 - the whole weekend

Where

Coworking Bansko
A home for nomads, freelancers and location independent entrepreneurs

Limit to 30 tickets, get one before they are gone!

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For three days,
we cover all aspects to be more successful as a (travel) blogger

Regardless if you are just getting started or already blog for a long time, most bloggers deal with the same topics again and again like: How do I get more traffic to my blog? How do I monetize it? How can I be more effective and productive? How can I work with others to get involved in bigger projects? How can I balance shifting workloads? Which tools should I use? And many other topics.

At the Bloggers on Top unconference we help you to discuss these and other topics with other bloggers and learn from each other how to deal with the ever changing demands of running a successful blog.


Our event is a mix of formal and informal sessions that are driven by participants and best practice examples. Of course there will also be plenty of time to connect with the participants on a personal level and have fun together in the inspiring mountain resort of Bansko.

How to get started

Find the right niche for your blog and master the first steps to set it up. Learn from others that already did the first step on how they overcame the initial challenges. Blogging is not so hard when you follow some best practices

Increase your traffic

Writing great posts about exciting topics is the fun aspect of blogging. But you also need to take a deep dive into web marketing strategies to get people to find and enagage with your content. We will share ideas and experiences to help you grow your readership.

Tools and technologies

Are you using the right tools and processes for your blog? Do you have questions around Wordpress or SEO? You will learn about best practices to make your life easier and keep up with the latest trends.

Topics

We cover all aspects of blogging

How to get more traffic/visitors to my website

SEO for bloggers

Social Marketing

Ways to monetize your blog

How to improve the visual part of your blogs

The structure of your blog and user experience

Blogger Branding

Productivity hacks

Event Schedule

packed with high quality and lots of fun

09:00

Registration opens, get a name tag


Coffee and small snacks available.

09:00 - 15:00

Coworking Jelly

get to know early arrivals and enjoy the coworking space

After 11:00

Checkin for your accommodation

Family Hotel Tipik
Drop off your bags at the guesthouse and maybe have a quick shower after your travels

13:00 - 15:00

Lunch Break (optional; pay at restaurant)

Beautiful day, let's drive up the mountain for a sunny afternoon lunch. Or just get a pizza in town. Will depend on who is here already and wants to do what.

15:00 - 18:00

Fun: Bansko #Instawalk

We will show you the best spots of Bansko and stop there to look behind the scenes of local crafts, fancy restaurants, historic places, innovative businesses and tourist attractions. Expect little treats and refreshments along the way.
With: International Art Bansko (3.05pm), Bulgarian Factory Store (3.25pm), OSCAR Wine & Gastro (3.45pm), Coconut coffee&smoothie (4.05pm), Pirin National Park Visitor Center (4.30), Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena (5.10pm)

19:00

Traditional Dinner at Banski Han

We will share an amazing meal in a traditional Bansko mehana (restaurant).

08:00 - 09:00

Coffee & Snacks at the Family Cafe (on the corner)

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and introductions

Matthias
How we ended up in Bansko and why it is a great place for location independent people.

09:30 - 10:30

Session Planning

Share and learn. Exact session schedule to be confirmed during session planning
The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal:

From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment ‘new idea’ that would be fun to talk about.
From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new.

If this is your first unconference: Here is a great overview of the format: Unconferences: How to Tap into the Power Of Your People

10:30 - 13:30

Unconference Sessions

6 session slots to share, discuss and learn about topics that interest you.

13:30

Lunch at Eagles Nest

Quick lunch to recharge our energy levels at a restaurant close by

14:30 - 17:30

Unconference Sessions

6 additional slots to share, discuss and learn about topics that interest you.

19:00

Dinner at Oreha

Gather around the fireplace and enjoy a home cooked meal in traditional Bansko atmosphere

later

Winebar 25 (optional; pay for your own drinks)

To continue the discussion and have a night cap, you might end the evening at the winebar.

09:00 - 10:00

Coffee & Snacks at the Family Cafe

10:00 - 11:00

Influencer Marketing

Maria, Traveling Buzz

Influencer marketing is a type of marketing that focuses on using leaders, like bloggers, to drive the brand’s message to the larger market. Rather than marketing directly to a large group of consumers, businesses instead inspire / hire / pay influencers to get out the word for them.
We will get a good overview of influencer marketing strategies and best practices for both bloggers and brands.

11:00 - 13:00

Influencer Matching


This is the opportunity for bloggers and local businesses to get to know each other. Everyone can showcase their blog, video channel or Instagram photos to match with businesses that are interested in setting up paid projects or content partnerships together. Bansko is the premier winter destination in Bulgaria, so there are lots of opportunities for travel bloggers and tourism here. You will meet local businesses that are interested in content and experience marketing.

13:00

Lunch: Momini Dvori

Final lunch at one of our favorite places on the town square.

14:00 - 15:30

(Optional) The Tower in Razlog


Bansko is surrounded by three massive mountain ranges: Rila, Rhodope and Pirin. We will take you up one of these mountains for an easy hike and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Please bring suitable hiking shoes.

15:45 - 17:15

(Optional) Relax in the natural hot springs of Regnum Banya Thermal


If you are still in Bansko at the end of the weekend, then we will invite you to join the organizer team to soak in the nearby hot springs in Banya. A great way to recover some energy in the luxury of the Regnum Banya pool and spa.

Program is subject to change.

Why is this conference for you?

Stay Ahead of the curve

What do other bloggers do to be successful? Often it is not only about the content, but also about how to run a growing blog. Marketing your content, using the best tools and having the right processes in place often makes a big difference.

Find new ways of thinking and problem-solving

Blogging is great, but one of the disadvantages is that you are often working alone. Together we will be able to gain new perspectives and insights.

Networking opportunities

To be able to win bigger sponsored projects, you need partners with complementary skills. At Bloggers on Top you will be able to meet them.

Monetize Your Blog

On Sunday we will introduce you to influencer marketing strategies and businesses that want to engage with bloggers.

The Sisters have described their experience at one of our past unconferences on their blog. Check it out if you are still undecided: What’s an unconference and why you totally need it in your life and ShapeStyle made an awesome video from last year's event:

Pricing & Registration

Only 30 available seats Get your conference tickets early.

We <3 to travel and to read about other people exploring amazing destinations, this is why we invite you to meet other bloggers to network and share experiences to our home in Bansko. We like to make meaningful connections during our events and this gets harder if there are to many people, so please register early to ensure that you have a ticket before all seats are taken.

Amazing experience guaranteed! If you feel for any reason that this event didn't live up to your expectations, we will refund your ticket - no questions asked.

Everyone is welcome - if money is tight please message us and we will find a way to make it easier to attend!

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If you like to extend your stay in Bansko for a week, we are happy to provide a special coworking & accommodation package for €100 (guesthouse) or stay a whole month for €300.
Please msg us after registration and we will set you up :-)


If you would like to attend the event, but money is an issue, please message Elena. We are looking for 1-2 volunteers that help us to promote and run the event in exchange for a free local ticket.

There are no refunds, but you can request a name change for your ticket. We have a code of conduct and an anti-harrassment policy. So far nobody violated it at any of our events and we aim to keep it that way.

€50

Local Ticket

If you do not need accommodation.
It includes the unconference, tasty food (2x morning snacks, 2xlunch, 2x dinner), and the Sunday workshop

Sponsors & Partners


Interested in becoming a sponsor or to present your product? Get in touch

Location and Venue

area full of great hotels and restaurants.

Spend three inspiring days in the Bansko, the mountain capital of the Balkans. This cozy village is full of history, large mountains and a growing community of location independent freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Venue

Coworking Bansko

Toma Vishanov 2 & 6

Bansko, 2770 - Bulgaria

accommodation

We will book a (shared) room for you in a nearby local guest house:

Family Hotel Tipik
15A Todor Aleksandrov Str., 2770 Bansko, Bulgaria

Additional details

We will be in touch with you after registration to coordinate your arrival, deal with any room preferences or upgrades and answer any questions you might have. There is also a private Facebook group for everyone that you will get access to.

Also if you want to stay longer, either before or after the conference, we can recommend suitable accommodation.

To get to Bansko, please check Ryanair and Wizzair for cheap flight to Sofia. Hoppa offers easy airport transfers and there is also a public bus from Sofia

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