3 Awesome Things to Expect at Blogapalooza

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Blogapalooza is one of the largest gatherings of bloggers and businesses in the Philippines that aims to enable collaboration and partnerships.

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Blogapalooza is widely-recognized as the ultimate gathering of bloggers and businesses in the Philippines. It's a big event that brings together bloggers from various niches and local enterprises that are seeking to partner with these bloggers for their promotional requirements. 

Cebu Pacific booth at Blogapalooza
At Cebu Pacific booth

3 Awesome Things to Expect at Blogapalooza




    What is Blogapalooza?


    Blogapalooza is a business-to-blogger event that aims to connect Businesses and Bloggers directly. In doing do, the event helps optimize costs for both businesses and bloggers.

    Registration area of Blogapalooza
    Registration area

    The first event was held in 2011 that ran for a day. It was by invitation only that businesses and bloggers can join.  Businesses would present their products or services and build relationships with the bloggers, while bloggers get to see what’s new as well as network with businesses to make deals happen.

    Blogapalooza is more of a combination of a trade show, entertainment event, forum, and networking opportunity. Of course, there are a lot of games and freebies to make the event even livelier.

    My experience at Blogapalooza


    When I expressed my intent to attend, I was not really sure whether the organizers would accept me. For one, I was not really an active and prolific blogger. More than anything, I blog as a hobby, not as a business. 

    Blogapalooza event sponsors
    Event sponsors

    Thus, when I was accepted to join, I was more than excited because it was an opportunity to learn something new, have fun and, possibly, meet fellow bloggers. The gathering was held at One Esplanade, a well-known event venue inside the Mall of Asia complex. It was held on a Sunday, which was good because traffic was not heavy.

    The event was already starting when we got there. We already pre-registered so check-in was a breeze.

    What to expect at Blogapalooza


    Once inside One Esplanade, we were greeted by a multitude of booths offering products, accommodations and services. We had no idea what to do or where to begin so we just went around and talked to some of the exhibitors and participants about the products they offer, and tried some of their samples and free services.

    Blogapalooza event entrance
    Event entrance

    We were surprised because many of the exhibitors were familiar brands in the airline, hospitality, health and wellness, and food industries. It's that diverse which made the event even more exciting and worth looking forward to.

    Here are some of the things that bloggers can expect at Blogapalooza:

    1. A lot of freebies and giveaways


    It was a very busy and lively event, with many things going on all at the same time, but it was still a pleasant experience on the whole.


    Outbreak Manila at Blogapalooza
    Outbreak Manila

    One of the things to look forward to at Blogapalooza are the free items, sample products, giveaways, and loot bags. There are also games where prizes can range from small items to hotel staycations. It's really like one big fun event and far from being bland and boring.

    Not only that, for bloggers, Blogapalooza may be the venue to score that dream collaboration or a long-term relationship with a brand that you aspire to work with.  

    2. Networking with businesses and fellow bloggers


    Again, the brand partnership opportunity that you are looking for might be here at Blogapalooza. But that's not all because this event is highly-attended by bloggers from different niches, this may be the perfect event to meet your favorite blogger or to network with them. 

    Free items and giveaways at Blogapalooza
    Giveaways and free items

    As well all know, it pays to have a good network of bloggers because they can refer you to events and brand collaborations. Some big bloggers will also commission smaller bloggers to attend big events and product launches on their behalf. 

    3. Knowledge-sharing


    What good about Blogapalooza is that it's not just all fun and socializing. It is also full of substance because a discussions covering topics relevant to blogging and marketing are held throughout the duration of the event. 

    Blogapalooza event forum
    Event forum

    During the Blogapalooza event that I attended, the panelists were Vince Golangco, founder of When In Manila; columnist-host RJ Ledesma, columnist and lifestyle blogger Atty. Paulyne Lazaro-Fermin, and digital marketing expert Mannix Pabalan. It was being moderated by TV personality, host and DJ Sam Oh.

    The guests were tackling about bloggers being considered media people, as such it is their responsibility to uphold truthful journalism when they write. It was a good discussion and very relevant to participants because they will surely learn a lot from seasoned journalists, bloggers, and other media personalities.

    Epilogue


    Overall, Blogapalooza is a business to blogger event that is worth attending to. If you are a newbie blogger, you have to experience attending Blogapalooza at least once in your life. If you are a veteran bloggers, the knowledge and new partnerships that you may be able to gain from this event is worth your time.

    On a lighter note, I definitely enjoyed attending Blogapalooza. There were a lot of music, fun, activities, and freebies. Furthermore, it was just amazing to talk to business and to learn from them, especially the startups who have recently just taken the path to entrepreneurship. It was certainly a day well spent at Blogpalooza.

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    2 comments

    1. This sounds like a lot of fun! I started blogging as a hobby, mainly to do something outside of my work. But I'm glad that this exists for bloggers and businesses to come together!

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    2. Yeah, it was lots of fun. Same with you, I blog as a hobby. My blog is my creative outlet outside work. Thanks for dropping by!

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