Thinking of going to SNAP Conference next year? Read this post to find out why SNAP Conference is different than all the rest and worth your time!
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to attend SNAP Conference for the third time. SNAP Conference is a blog conference dedicated to creative bloggers – craft/DIY, party/entertaining, and food. It’s one of my absolute favorite conferences and located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Because my sister was graduating from college in nearby Idaho, I had the chance to go up to Salt Lake City a couple of days early. I was generously given a 2017 Hyundai Elantra to drive for the week and definitely put it to good use. While I was given the car to use for free, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!
I actually went to college about 45 minutes south of SLC and still have quite a few good friends in the area, so I had the chance to drive up and down 1-15 to visit all of them. Even though I kept getting distracted by the incredible mountain view, it was one of the smoothest and safest drives ever.
I’ve said it before, but I’m so in love with all of the new safety features that newer car models have and the Elantra took it one step further with the ability to actually hook up my phone to their electrical system using bluetooth and the Car Play feature. The car play feature literally takes your most popular phone apps (Pandora, Google maps, texting, etc.) and puts them right into the car. I was having full on text conversations (with the car reading them back to me and asking if I wanted to answer) with people as I drove without ever having to touch my phone. And for someone who had a good friend get in a terrible accident due to texting while driving, that’s a big deal.
I also love that it allowed me to use my phone navigation system that I’m extremely familiar with rather than having to learn the one that came in the car. It made it so much easier to just say drive to Brick Oven and be taken right there instead of having to spend the time scrolling through the navigation system. And quickly found me an outlet mall when I needed an outfit or six for the conference.
If you have a chance, I highly recommend adding a day or two to your trip to get around and explore a bit. Utah really has some amazing things to offer! And a Hyundai Elantra is a great option for your roadtrip. You can learn more about what’s different in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra here.
Now back to SNAP, a conference unlike any that I’ve ever been to. Here’s what makes it different:
5 Reasons SNAP Conference is Different
#1 – You get swag all day long.
Unlike other conferences I’ve been to where you get swag either at the very beginning in your swag bag or while you’re walking about and talking to sponsors, at SNAP you get swag all day long. This year the sponsors were incredible and at each booth, they handed out everything from Duck Tape to free bottles of paint to my favorite, Swig cookies and dirty drinks.
But that’s not all. At night we had little surprises or room drops placed in our rooms. This year the first night was Laughing Cow cheese and Chinet dishes for a little late night sparkling water + cheese tasting. And the second night was a bag full of goodies from Michaels!
And let’s not forget swag at the parties! We got earrings and glow paint from a party sponsored by Cents of Style and Uber Doors and then the next night got a brand new Instax Camera and amazing Heidi Swapp goodies from a party sponsored by Heidi Swapp herself!
Seriously, the swag is pretty ridiculous. Make sure to bring an extra suitcase or duffle bag to bring everything home. You’re going to want it.
#2 – The parties are made for creatives
Each party has a theme and more often than not, said theme includes dressing up in some way. This year’s themes were a fire and ice party (with snowcones!) and a Palm Beach (flamingos + pineapples) party. The fire and ice party included everything from glow paint makeovers to glow in the dark ice cubes. And the Palm Beach party – a social media carnival where we could earn points to cash in for prizes. Pretty much like an adult Chuck E Cheese where the games included taking pictures of the party and posting to social media. I ended up with this choose joy sweatshirt that I adore.
#3 – Business cards aren’t just to provide business information
One of the most intimidating things about SNAP for me is that everyone is so ridiculously creative. It’s also one of the most fun things. At most professional conferences, business cards have all of the business’ information and maybe a photo or two. At SNAP, business cards themselves are an extension of the person and their creative brand. My cards have four different colors, at least 10 photos, and my goal was to really recreate my brand on this tiny piece of paper.
And my business cards are basic compared to others.
People hand make cards. People make cookies to go with cards. People have prizes that they give out for being the first one to find them and get a business card. Pretty much anything goes.
#4 – The best classes aren’t the business ones
One of my absolute favorite things about SNAP is that in addition to business classes like how to tame Facebook, they offer a ton of hands-on classes where you can actually make something or learn a skill. Last year I took a watercolor class and this year it was calligraphy, both things that I’d likely never try at home and now feel like I can. Each class block there are at least 2-3 hands-on classes where you can learn something, sew something, or even just meet with an expert who can answer questions. It’s pretty phenomenal.
#5 – It’s fashion-friendly
There are so many conferences out there where there’s pressure to look a certain way or dress a certain way. SNAP isn’t like that at all. People wear t-shirts they’ve made specifically for the conference, jeans, and flat comfortable shoes. Honestly other than Kim and Mandy who wore the cutest shirts all week, I don’t remember anything anyone wore. It just doesn’t matter. And I love it.
And on top of being fashion friendly, it’s also family-friendly to an extent. I know a handful of people who brought their spouses (split classes with them), brought nursing babies, or even brought their entire family who explored Utah while they attended the conference. And this past year SNAP actually offered tickets specifically for teenage influencers to encourage teens who are dabbling in social media. Or killing it already like Tanner.
I’ve been to a lot of different blog conferences and SNAP is still one of my favorites for all of the reasons I mentioned above. And I’ll keep going as long as the sponsors fit my audience, the hands-on classes are great, and my roommates go with me!
Have you been to SNAP? What’d you think?