Final month, workforce members from Bonfire attended three thrilling conferences: NIL Summit, VidCon, and Collaborative. Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at every of these conferences and listen to from these touring workforce members as they recount their experiences and share their takeaways!
“It was nice having the ability to share all the motion occurring at these conferences and provides a enjoyable behind-the-scenes look on our social media pages. I needed our neighborhood to really feel like they had been part of the expertise and will observe alongside as we tackle such thrilling alternatives! We had a blast connecting with so many individuals, from all throughout the nation, and spreading the phrase about what we do right here at Bonfire.”
– Caroline Campbell, Group Engagement Specialist
What’s NIL Summit?
The NIL Summit was constructed by student-athletes, for student-athletes. It’s an immersive multi-day skilled growth expertise and gathering place for school sports activities’ most necessary stakeholders to share cutting-edge concepts, uncover new pursuits, and learn to maximize NIL (Title, Picture, and Likeness) alternatives to construct their manufacturers and amplify their voices. This was the first ever NIL Summit, and some people from Bonfire had been fortunate sufficient to attend! It befell on the School Soccer Corridor of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia (June Thirteenth-Fifteenth) and consisted of 350+ student-athlete delegates, 50+ audio system, and 25+ manufacturers.
Why Did Bonfire Attend NIL Summit?
For the primary time ever, school athletes can capitalize on their title, picture, and likeness, and Bonfire workforce members attended NIL to point out them how they’ll use customized merch to construct their model and/or fundraise for causes they care about.
“That is an thrilling time for collegiate athletes as they’re chartering new territory and are actually capable of leverage their very own title and likeness! We had been fortunate sufficient to be on the forefront of that, attending the primary ever NIL Summit to assist collegiate athletes learn the way they’ll accomplice with Bonfire to fundraise and earn a revenue via merch. It was an absolute blast chatting with these shiny and passionate athletes the place every one had so many concepts for a way they need to affect the world with their concepts, beginning nonprofits, launching merch fundraisers, and creating youth camps of their potential sports activities. It was inspiring to say the least. I linked personally with many athletes who are actually not solely buddies on social, however are additionally within the works to launch Bonfire campaigns. Be looking out for once they launch!”
– Hannah Bass, Creator Enterprise Growth Consultant
VidCon is an annual conference for the world’s main digital creators, platform innovators, followers, media professionals, and types to converge all collectively in a single place, in actual life. This yr VidCon befell on the Anaheim Conference Heart in Anaheim, California (June twenty second – twenty fifth), had round 50,000 attendees, and some members of the Bonfire workforce had been there!
“Attending Vidcon for the primary time was such a surreal expertise. It was so cool to see a number of the creators I’ve watched on-line for years, meet a number of the creators and brokers in person who I’ve helped launch merch for through the years, and join with so many new creators who’re excited by our platform.”
– Raegan Thatcher, Creator Gross sales Advisor
Why Did Bonfire Attend VidCon?
Big numbers of on-line creators collect at VidCon yearly, and Bonfire was there to attach with them and unfold the phrase about how they’ll make the most of customized merch to proceed constructing their model, increase their fanbase, and/or fundraise for causes they really feel strongly about. David Adley, Bonfire’s VP of Gross sales and Buyer Help, gave a chat at VidCon that targeted on How To Use Your Story to Promote Your Merch.
“Promoting merchandise has develop into such an integral a part of the creator journey, and it was extremely gratifying attending to current at VidCon about how creators could make their drops a lot extra impactful via nice storytelling.”
– David Adley, VP – Gross sales & Buyer Help
Watch David current at Vidcon right here!
Collaborative, hosted by Stylish, is a two-day expertise devoted to nonprofit professionals. With a give attention to fundraising and know-how, audio system, panelists, and workshop facilitators discover the rising tendencies in fundraising and the way technological developments can be utilized to assist organizations elevate extra.
“Collaborative was a good time to listen to from nonprofits doing wonderful work. To see the challenges and alternatives that they’re seeing sooner or later lets us study and perceive how Bonfire can serve their wants.”
– Josh Kelly, PR Supervisor
The convention unites changemakers, launches much-needed conversations and affords workshops and actionable takeaways, all targeted on fundraising and know-how. The objective of Collaborative is to supply methods and enterprise insights for everybody within the social sector. The convention befell in Philadelphia from June Fifteenth – sixteenth.
“Our participation in accomplice conferences just like the Stylish Collaborative is a useful a part of the brand new consumer acquisition and buyer retention processes at Bonfire. In a 48-hour interval, our workforce had a number of high-impact conversations with organizations together with: Fb, GoFundMe, Charity Dynamics, St. Baldrick’s Basis, The ALS Affiliation, & The Trevor Undertaking. The quantity of worth we gained from attending the 2022 Stylish Collaborative will come to mild within the coming months (as we work on the alternatives generated), however suffice it to say Bonfire’s funding on this convention was cash properly spent.”
– Ryan Nelson, VP – Enterprise & Partnerships
Why Did Bonfire Attend Collaborative?
By attending Collaborative, the Bonfire workforce had the chance to talk straight with greater than 500 like-minded people within the nonprofit world. This helped us proceed to create connections and increase our neighborhood of nonprofits who’re additionally in search of to construct a kinder world.
“I had an unbelievable time at Stylish Collaborative! Assembly organizational leaders in particular person was such a enjoyable expertise. There have been so many individuals there who do extremely inspiring work. Sharing Bonfire in actual time gave me an opportunity to dive into an org’s particular wants with them and discover alternatives the place attire fundraising will be priceless. At any time when I get the possibility to do it once more, I’m going!”
– Maggie Paynter, Peer to Peer Specialist
At Bonfire, we’re at all times on the lookout for new and higher methods to serve our neighborhood. Attending these conferences helped us unfold model consciousness, join with new sellers, and keep updated on what creators and nonprofits want from us to be as profitable as doable. We’re grateful for alternatives like these and stay up for attending extra conferences sooner or later!