Magic and Inspiration ~ 2012 DisneySMMoms Day 2

Magic and Inspiration ~ 2012 DisneySMMoms Day 2

I saw that the dates were announced last week for the 2013 DisneySMMoms Celebration and I’ve been thinking about the magical time I had at last year’s Celebration. Disney has continued to inspire me year after year with the fantastic speakers they always have lined up for this event. So, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to tell you all that I came to the realization TODAY that I never did post my recap of the conference day! So, without further ado, here we go…

We heard from Amy Jo Martin of Digital Royalty. She told her story of how she colors outside the lines to achieve results and how she’s helped celebrities do the same. One of the most important messages I got from Amy was that humans connect with humans, not logos. I love connecting with all of you on every social media outlet I can think of and I agree with Amy Jo that it’s really important for businesses to do the same. She’s written a great book, Renegades Write the Rules, that you’ll definitely want to check out to find out more! Give her a follow on twitter @AmyJoMartin.

Next up was Ramon DeLeon with Domino’s Pizza. He calls himself a “pizza guy who gets it” and I call him an amazing social media and customer service GURU! This guy knows how it’s done. It’s very simple, take care of your customers and if you make a mistake, own it! Apologize to the customer when necessary…in public even. Ramon is the marketing mind behind six Chicago-area Domino’s locations and I’m wishing he was in charge of marketing for ALL of them around the nation. Like Amy Jo, Ramon talked to us about the importance of connecting with our audience/customers. Follow him on twitter at @Ramon_DeLeon.

Peter Shankman was up next and he talked to us about how we need to be a weed because weeds know how to survive no matter what is done to try to kill them…they survive anything and everything! He also reminded us that nothing great ever happens when we remain in our comfort zone. Hmmm…seems like I’ve heard that a time or two! Follow Peter on twitter at @petershankman.

Next up was Lisa Druxman, President of Stroller Strides. Lisa started her company to help moms get back in shape after having a baby. Stroller Strides is a great fitness program that moms can do with their babies. Check out her site and follow her on twitter @LisaDruxman.

Our last speaker was Chris Brogan. Chris has spoken at all three of the DisneySMMoms Celebrations and I always look forward to hearing what new information he’s got to share with us. This time, he gave us some great pointers on how to freshen up our blogs and make them mobile device friendly. You can find out more about Chris’s work on his website Human Business Works. You can also follow him on twitter @ChrisBrogan.

I was able to attend the first DisneySMMoms On The Road in the fall of last year as sort of a mid-year refresher course, and again, Disney did not disappoint! It was really awesome to re-connect mid-year with some of the ‘Moms’ from the past year’s events. Sending a GIANT thank you to Mom Select, Resourceful Mommy Media, Mom Bloggers Club, and 5 Minutes for Mom for all of their hard work every year!

I thought I’d leave you with some of the ambiance of last year’s conference room including some magical touches that you’ll only find at a Disney conference…like a GIANT Castle on the stage!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.


  1. Great recap, Jackie. I hope that I get a magic ticket this year. It would be the experience of a lifetime.

    • jjzmgailey says:

      Thanks a million, Melanie! I hope you get some Pixie Dust too! The speakers are always fabulous and they make my wheels turn even more every year about how to improve my blog and my online presence. It’s definitely a fabulous experience!

  2. I’m so glad you shared your experience Jackie. I always enjoy your posts! I am hoping that this year will be my turn to snag that special invite!

    • jjzmgailey says:

      Thank you so much, Janice! I truly appreciate you reading! Hoping you get some Pixie Dust in your inbox this year!

  3. Donna sharick says:

    I have two wishes…..1) to get that magical invite and 2) to see YOU, Jackie Gailey, at the event! It was great to meet you “on the road” event; can only imagine the big kahuna!  Donna

    • jjzmgailey says:

      Aww, Donna, I sure would LOVE to see you again, especially at a DisneySMMoms event! It was so wonderful to finally meet you in person at the NC event!

  4. HA!  I waited all day to read this… oh, the suspense!  :)

    Love living vicariously through famous, friendly Disney Moms like you, Jackie (yes, you know you’re now famous!) who spread the pixie dust each and every day via social media.

    You’re right – I’ve never been to a conference with a castle on the stage.  Ooooohhhhh….. aaaaahhhhh!!!  Looks perfectly magical to me.

    Fun post, thanks for sharing.  Even if it was a little tardy – you get a pass. ;) Obviously it’sa hot topic right now, as we all obsessively stalk our inboxes!  “A dream is a wish your heart makes…”

    • jjzmgailey says:

      Thanks for the sweet words, Tami! I hardly consider myself famous! LOL! I’m sure having a ton of fun spreading Pixie Dust though! The conference last year was perfectly magical and the words from the fantastic speakers are always taken to heart.

      “…and the dream that you wish will come true!”

  5. Elle from says:

    I was extremely lucky to go to Disney Social Media Moms in 2011 and was so inspired by the guest speakers. I still pull out those notes I took to reread them when my motivation is lacking. There’s nothing quite like a Disney conference!


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