BlogPaws Conference 2018: The Best Pet-Loving Celebration Yet

BlogPaws Conference 2018: Celebrate with Us!

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As BlogPaws Conference Speaker Ambassadors (I’m the official ambassador but Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe loves being the ambassadoodle), we couldn’t be more excited to help welcome everyone to Kansas City, give you an “online tour” of all the best things to do with your dog in Kansas City, and help make the BlogPaws 10th anniversary a pet-loving celebration to remember! Also, we want to share as much information with you as possible before the conference even starts–so that you can get the most out of every minute when you arrive.

Let’s start the celebration by introducing the 2018 BlogPaws Conference keynote speakers!

In addition to the educational workshops and sessions, which I shared in 2018 BlogPaws Conference Educational Sessions: The Ultimate Guide, the keynote speaker sessions are not to be missed! I think both (there are two!)sessions will offer fresh insights and inspiration–especially as BlogPaws celebrates 10 years of educating and creating a pet-loving community! Oh, and if you haven’t registered for the conference, you can right here!

7 reasons you won’t want to miss the BlogPaws conference keynote speaker sessions

#7 Learning. The educational piece can’t be overlooked. The BlogPaws conference keynote speaker sessions are a chance to learn from industry experts–to get the latest info about the pet industry, pet brands, and hear how to connect with your audience on a bigger scale.

#6 Synthesizing. The keynote speaker sessions are held on day two and day three of the BlogPaws conference. (You can check out the entire BlogPaws conference schedule here.) The sessions are a chance to take it all in, pull out the pieces that inspire you, and connect the dots between other sessions that you’ve attended.

#5 Trending. The keynote speakers have a pulse on the pet industry and the social media map of the future. They share new insights into what’s on the horizon and they offer up the latest trends.

#4: Relating. There’s something about being in a group of pet-loving conference goers–some with dogs at their feet, some with cats in their lap, and some with whiskery rodents peeking out of baskets–that adds to the experience. We meet. We chat. We listen. We learn. We connect.

#3 Personalizing. Listening to the BlogPaws conference keynote speakers is a time to be a little selfish. Go ahead and invest the time in yourself, personalize what you’re hearing, and think about how it applies to your life, your blog, your business, or your brand.

#2 Inspiring. Through all the group think, professional wisdom, connecting, and synthesizing, there’s  enough motivation, inspiration, and encouragement to energize you for the year ahead. You’ll leave inspired. Immersed. Recharged.

And the number one reason not to miss the 2018 BlogPaws conference keynote speaker sessions…

#1: Pet-loving people! You’ll get to hear from two pet-loving experts who work for industry-leading brands: and BuzzFeed.

Meet the The 10th Anniversary BlogPaws Conference Keynote Speakers

BlogPaws Conference Keynote Speaker Emmy Favilla and BlogPaws Conference logo and Happy-Go-Doodle Dog

Meet: Emmy Favilla

Company:  BuzzFeed

Role: Emmy is a Senior Commerce Editor at Buzzfeed where she writes and edits shopping content.

Keynote Session Topic:  How to Create Engaging Pet-Product Content and Connect With Your Audience

Date: Thursday, April 19,  1:15pm – 2:15pm

It will be a treat to hear…Emmy’s point of view on the importance of being REAL and authentic when sharing your story.

Here is an excerpt from Emmy’s keynote speaker presentation summary. You can read more and sign up for her session on

BuzzFeed Senior Commerce editor Emmy Favilla shares tips and tricks for creating relatable, honest, and fun product posts and reviews that compel readers to buy — as well as discusses when to be discerning about promoting items — and covers best practices and ethics when it comes to creating editorial content that incorporates affiliate marketing.

BlogPaws Conference Keynote Speaker Lesley Bender and BlogPaws logo with Happy-Go-Doodle dog

Meet: Lesley Bender

Company: Chewy

Role: Lesley oversees the strategic development of brand marketing at Chewy.

Keynote Session Topic: The Influence of Pets: A Day in the Life of a Pet Brand Marketer

Date: Friday, April 20,  1:30pm – 2:30pm

It will be a treat to hear…Lesley talk about “going beyond the sponsored blog post” when working with pet brands. Additionally, I’m excited to hear her insights into the latest trends in the pet industry.

Here is an excerpt from Lesley’s keynote speaker presentation summary. You can read more and sign up on

Please join Lesley Bender, Director of Brand Marketing for Chewy, to learn how pets are influencing the landscape of brand marketing. She will share trends in the pet industry and how you, the influencer, can work with brands outside of traditional reviews and sponsored content.

The 10th Anniversary BlogPaws Conference: All-time favorites PLUS new and noteworthy

Now that you know a little about the keynote speakers, let’s take a peek at what the BlogPaws team has been cooking up to create a 10th-anniversary celebration to remember! In addition to bringing back many favorite activities from 2017, they are adding some all-new activities in honor of the 10th anniversary celebration!

What favorites are back again this year? Here are just a few of my favorites:

  • One-on-ones: The one-on-one sessions are back by popular demand! Watch for the sign-ups coming soon. There are a limited number of spots available for these mini-workshops where attendees can get advice, tips, and information from conference speakers.
  • Table topics:  These lunch-and-learn-style sessions are a great way to collaborate with other attendees and pick up tips shared by the topic leader. There is a maximum of 10 people at each table. For more information check out the  BlogPaws 2018 Conference schedule.
  • Awards banquet and red carpet: This evening is pure fun! After walking the red carpet and having dinner with attendees, the 2018 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards Finalists will be announced in a gala ceremony featuring celebrity emcee, David Frei!
  • Pet-loving and pet-friendly: As always, the BlogPaws conference is for people who love pets! Each speaker, each ambassador, each attendee shares a love for pets. Also, the 2018 conference is pet-friendly!

What’s new and noteworthy at the 10th Anniversary BlogPaws Conference? Here are a few that stand out to me:

  • All-new experiential areas! Like having a home away from home, there will be five pet-focused experiential areas that are new for 2018. I can imagine that the photo ops will be endless! Here’s what you’ll find:
    • In the living room…you can connect with speakers and sponsors one-on-one. This area is sponsored by  Comfort Zone.
    • In the office…step into an office space where you can get a sneak peek into the 2019 BlogPaws conference location. Plus, Chewy Studios will be on hand for photo ops!
    • In the kitchen…check out the homemade baked dog treats, snacks, and beverages. These goodies are generously provided by Whisk & Wag.
    • On the patio… Mingle with friends and see what’s pet-friendly. This experience is sponsored by Frontline.
    • In the backyard…Merrick is excited to welcome you to the backyard where you can enjoy some yard games.
  • Sip, Celebrate, and Decorate a Cake! In celebration of the 10th anniversary, Three Dog Bakery is hosting a Sip, Celebrate, and Decorate activity! Three Dog Bakery will bring the cakes, tools, and icing! All that’s needed is YOU to decorate your own cake! There will even be a chef on hand to share cake decorating tips!
  • BBQ TIME!  Kansas City is known for its barbeque! On Thursday, April 19, we’ll be celebrating BlogPaws’ 10th anniversary with KC BBQ for lunch! Food! Fun! Friendship!

BlogPaws Conference 2018 Red goldendoodle with Will you meet me in KC title

Celebrate with Us! 

Will you be part of the 2018 10th Anniversary BlogPaws conference celebration?  We hope to see you!

Where: The Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri

When: April 18-20

How: Haven’t registered yet? You can learn more and sign up here!


For more information about the BlogPaws conference, check out the BlogPaws conference page. you have a pet blog, a pet business, an Instagram account featuring your pet, or you’re simply a curious dog mom or dog dad, I can’t think of a better way to connect with pet-loving people in a pet-friendly city.  Please let us know if you’ll be joining us in Kansas City for the 10th Anniversary BlogPaws conference. We’d love to meet you!

We're looking forward to seeing you soon with Red goldendoodle dog

Doodle kisses and tail wags!

Will you be attending the BlogPaws conference? Do you have any questions? Please comment below! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws. The opinions and text are all mine.

Photos of the BlogPaws Conference Keynote speakers Lesley Bender and Emmy Favilla

40 thoughts on “BlogPaws Conference 2018: The Best Pet-Loving Celebration Yet

  1. There is so much to see and do. I feel a bit of a fraud coming all that way without being 100% organised and full of questions.

    You make it sound the best conference ever and I know I will meet some of the most inspiring people ever in 2018.

    1. No worries, Marjorie and Dash Kitten Crew! The important thing is that you’re coming all the way from New Zealand to be part of the experience and live in the moment and help celebrate 10 years of loving pets. All we need is YOU! And it will be an honor and privilege to meet you! Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I will see you soon! You won’t miss Chloe! She’ll be wearing her blue bandana and wearing a big smile!

  2. I can’ wait to meet you both there!
    I am excited about the experimental areas one on ones and the key-note speakers!
    Honestly, I am just thrilled about every aspect of this year’s conference!
    Personally, I think this is going to be THE BEST blog conference of any type any year EVER!

    1. We’re looking forward to meeting you too! Yes, the all-new kitchen, patio, office, and living room experiences should be fun to see! Also, I’m looking forward to being part of the 10th anniversary celebration. I’m sure there will be many one-of-a-kind events to commemorate 10 years of loving pets!

  3. There are SO many great speakers this year! I’m having a hard time choosing which sessions to attend and which one on ones to sign up for! Can’t wait to get to Kansas City to meet up with our pawtastic Ambassador team.

    1. Abso-doodly agree with you about all the experts who will be speaking! I’m thankful that other attendees and the BlogPaws team all graciously share notes! Plus, the 10th anniversary will be a happy celebration of loving pets! I’m looking forward to meeting you and all the other ambassadors!

  4. Wow, so much great content and so many activities going on. I had no idea there would be so many opportunities to learn in so many different ways. I’m not able to attend the conference this year but will plan to be there next year. Seems like a don’t miss Industry event.

    1. Hi Christine! I’m happy to hear that the BlogPaws conference is on your radar for next year! There really is so much packed into the three-day conference. BlogPaws works so hard to make sure there are a variety of educational sessions, fun activities, opportunities to meet and chat with brands, and of course, the red carpet awards night. I hope we get to meet at the 2019 conference. The 2019 location will be announced during this year’s conference! Thanks for stopping by! Doodle kisses and tail wags!

  5. Wait, are you bringing Chloe???? OMG!

    I’m very much looking forward to being a speaker this year and helping others branch out into books! As a speaker and finalist, this is surely to be a different experience that when I was a newbie last year. As you know since you are now an ambassador!

    1. Yes, Chloe will be attending her first BlogPaws conference! I’ve been calling her my little BlogPaws Ambassadoodle! Congratulations on your role as a speaker! What an honor! Chloe and I look forward to getting to see you soon!

  6. We are so excited about BlogPaws!! Echo and I can’t wait to see you again and Yoshi is excited to meet everyone!

    1. Looking forward to seeing you, Echo, and Yoshi soon!

  7. I’m really excited about this. Of course the Colorado Pet Pantry fundraiser is on Saturday the 21st and I’ll be driving directly to Denver from KC. Planning on sleeping all day Sunday.

    1. Oh my! That sounds like you’re going to have a whirlwind of fun! I look forward to seeing you soon! And safe travels!

  8. OHMYDOG it’s almost here! I am just over the moon excited, nervous, happy, wondering if I forgot anything LOL I have been waiting for what seems like forever to meet all of my blogger pals (yourself included) and the furbabies I am a fan of!
    I am personally super excited about the speakers I have selected to see, the keynote speakers too.
    Also the interactive areas, oh I could go on and on – it’s all amazing!
    See you there!!

  9. Unfortunately I won’t be at the conference. However seeing how it’s the 10th anniversary I can tell this is going to be extra special experience for all involved. I look forward to following the Blog Paws conference online. Safe travels and have fun.

    1. Thanks, Kamira. I’ll do my best to share as much as possible online and on Twitter so that those who are unable to attend can be as connected as possible!

  10. Sounds like such a fun and exciting conference! Those are some really great speakers and activities. Wish I could attend, but unfortunately, I have college classes! I hope I can attend one year!

    1. I hope you can attend one year too! It’s definitely a good value! It is unfortunate that it doesn’t land at a time when those attending college could attend. That is really good feedback that I’ll pass along. Thanks for your stopping by!

  11. Okay now I’m jealous of everyone who’s going!! Sounds amazing I think I’d try and be at every session, workshop, discussion… A great opportunity to learn so much, too bad I’ll miss it all!

    1. It is such a great combination of pets and education and fun. I’ll do my best to share information through Twitter so those who are unable to attend can still be part of the 10th anniversary celebration!

  12. I love reading about the BlogPaws Conference, it would be so great to attend one year and meet fellow dog bloggers, it sounds like a great experience for networking, learning and fun!

    1. Yes, it’s such a great way to learn connect face-to-face with other pet influencers, bloggers, and pet brands. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Tail wags and take care!

  13. Yet again I won’t make it but I wish I did. I am sure you guys will really enjoy the event, meant wonderful people and learn a lot.

  14. I love BlogPaws and all the relationships I’ve developed thanks to their conferences! This will be my 4th year and I can’t wait to see everyone! See you both soon!

    1. Yes, it’s so much fun to meet people who love pets! Glad we had a chance to meet!

  15. I had such a great time at BlogPaws 2017 This year looks amazing too! What a great lineup of speakers and events. Have a wonderful time.

    1. Thank you!

  16. Can’t wait to see you in 2 days and to see all these amazing speakers. This will be my 4th and honoured to be nominated for Best Pet Video. Such a great opportunity.

    1. What an honor to be nominated!

  17. I am so sad that I will not be able to attend! The speaker lineup looks so, so good! All the best to blogpaws!

    1. Thank you!

  18. Have an awesome time! I was scheduled to go, but I just had to cancel my trip. I am sad that I won’t be there, but hope that people will share some of the things that they learned!

    1. Yes, I’m looking forward to sharing updates and am sure others will share too!

  19. This year’s BlogPaws conference sounds so amazing! The keynote speakers, educational sessions, and all of the opportunities to learn and network are going to be top notch! I wish I could be there! Praying it will work out next year!

    1. Hope to see you at the next conference! Thanks for stopping by and following along on our adventures!

  20. There will be so much to learn from all the great speakers. I wish I could come – if I didn’t live on the other part of the world lol! Have fun!

    1. Thank you!

  21. This looks amazing I want to go next year.

    1. Yes, it was a great experience! Thanks so much for your comment!

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