I attended the first ever Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Las Vegas this past Friday and wanted to share a quick reflection about my experience.
The day began with Keynote Speakers, each speaking about their role within Teachers Pay Teachers and giving encouraging words to all of us “Teacher-Sellers” to continue to grow our individual businesses. I left the keynote feeling confident that I have chosen a great organization to work with in order to sell my products. TpT will only continue to grow, as will my online store. I continued my day by attending the following sessions:
A to Z with TpT: Master the Basics–Speakers Christy Button and Tammy Farhit
The Data Advantage: Optimize your Store for Search and Success–Speakers Ryan Van Meter and Kelley Dolling
Beginning Blogging: It’s Serious Business!–Speaker Hadar Maor
Advanced Pinterest: Take Your Pinning to the Next Level–Speaker Melissa Dillard
Overall, what were the top three things I got out of attending TpT? (These three things will also translate to my yearly goals for the 2014-2015 school year, by the way.)
1. Start a blog. For most of the successful sellers, having a blog has helped drive traffic to their TpT stores. I am setting small goals for myself where this is concerned. My main goal is to try and post at least one blog post a month. It might not seem like much, but for me it will be enough. Why? I want my posts to be high-quality and helpful to those who choose to take the time to read what I choose to post. Remember: It’s about quality, not quantity. (For those who attended the Keynote address and heard Deanna Jump speak, this last statement is a little inside joke. All in good fun!)
2. Focus on and fine-tune what is working for me. How will I start? By organizing my Pinterest boards. In the Advanced Pinterest session, I learned that you can organize and reorganize your Pinterest boards simply by dragging them around your profile home screen. This seems totally obvious to me, but in order to utilize my Pinterest site for the betterment of my business, I need to work on the presentation of my boards when a user comes to my Pinterest site. I feel Pinterest has helped spread word about my business tremendously and I want to focus on what is working, especially where social media is concerned.
3. Notes to Followers. On Teachers Pay Teachers, you can write a note to all of your followers. At the publication of this blog post, I currently have 11 followers. Love it! I am so lucky and proud to have those 11 TpT users following me ! I want to keep them following me! My goal for my “notes to followers”–just a once a month check-in and thank you.
Was attending the conference worth it?
You bet! The networking with other TpT sellers was worth it. I learned so much from fellow sellers and will be following each of their stores on TpT. I am looking forward to attending again next year.