The KidzVuz Team headed out to Las Vegas for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show at CES to cover the best of tech and electronics for tweens and their parents. Connected Smart TVs and OLED TVs from Samsung wowed us. Cool Android Cameras from Samsung and Poloroid sent our inner shutterbugs buzzing. And we saw tons of cool cases, accessories, tablets and headphones that we know every tween would want. Not to mention portable speakers for iPods that will definitely be seen again on our Camp Guide this Spring. Check out the cool stuff and let me know what you’d like to own!
My blog has become a neglected child as the new year blew in and with it a flurry of activity for KidzVuz.com. Trying to find balance between my various online and offline endeavors has not been easy – and I won’t even talk about work/life balance because I’ve already referred to my blog as one of my children. Never a good sign.
So, while I vow to myself not to forget the reason I did all this to begin with – to write – I figured I’d do a totally cheating thing to do and catch up with the Top 5 Awesome Moments and Events I Forgot to Write About In January:
1. KidzVuz.com was named one of Cool Mom Tech’s Top 15 Coolest Websites of 2011! We were pretty excited to be chosen alongside Pinterest and the Amazon Android Marketplace. Now we’ve got even more to live up to this year.
2. CES 2012! Gadgets and gizmos galore of course, like the fabulously curvy and light Sony S Tablet and the Live Streaming enabled new Sony BloggieLive . I was lucky enough to be given both to try out and will be reporting back in the month ahead. To get a better idea of all the great new techie products we saw at CES check out these TWO Blogging Angels Podcasts taped live at CES!
High Atop CES With Ben Rudolph (recorded in the Microsoft Booth)
CES Wrap-Up with TechMama (that’s Beth Blecherman to you Luddites!)
3. CES Press. Nancy Friedman and I had two great interviews while at CES for KidzVuz. One aired live and hasn’t been reposted yet so stay tuned. The other was on the Pulse Network with Butch Stearns and you can watch it here.
4. Also at CES I spoke on a panel about mom bloggers and brands during the Living in Digital Times Summit with Beth Blecherman of TechMamas and Cool Mom Tech and Stacy DeBroff of Mom Central. The panel was moderated by Lori Schwartz of McCann Worldwide and included a really interesting presentation about mom influencers across all spheres. I hope to publish the report when it becomes available next month. Basically, it showed how incredibly influential moms are to each other – whether on the playground or online, and how that translates into all sorts of magic (or tragedy) for brands. Good stuff.
5. Finally we’ve been planning our first event of the year, co-hosting the grand opening party for 50 mom bloggers and their families to celebrate the opening of the new J&R Jr. store in downtown Manhattan. I am so incredibly excited to be working with J&R since I basically grew up in the music store. Seriously. But that will be its own post coming soon.
And that’s what you missed last month on Beccarama.com.
The CEA Line Shows hit NYC last week and this year mom bloggers had their own day at the show sponsored by Techlicious. It seemed like the whole city was taken over by CE Week with events every night and meetings every day. But the highlight for me was speaking on a panel with 2 of my Blogging Angels co-hosts, Nancy Friedman and Amy Oztan. Our 4th Angel, Heidi Leder was busy organizing the event and making sure it all went as planned.
Our panel, moderated by Suzanne Kantra, Co-founder and Editor in Chief of Techlicious, was entitled How to Work With Mom Bloggers. I was thrilled to see such a large crowd and we had a jam packed 1/2 hour of giving the low down on how to pitch, work and follow through with mom bloggers, and how not to. It got some great press and hopefully a lot of PR reps and business owners walked out with real, practical information – at the very least they should know that they’ll have to pay for any real sort of campaign and start an email with “Dear Mommy Blogger.”
We got some great press coverage of the event which you can see here in Dealerscope and CEA Digital Dialogue.
We spent the day at the Techlicious events – from Suzanne’s great presentation on the best audio and video tools for bloggers. (I need to check out the iRig microphone first hand and the Zoom Q3HD video camera) to a very informative and truthful discussion with Chad Latz of Cohn & Wolfe about how they are approaching the mom influencer community. Then we hit the floor to see all the latest gadgets and tech products. Nothing terribly new to report since most of these products we saw at CES, now some of them have come to fruition. The Toshiba Thrive Tablet was a highlight since it’s got loads of connectivity options like an HDMI, USB and mini USB ports as well as SD card slot.
But otherwise the product that elicited the most oohs and cameras flashing was the iGuy from Speck Products. There’s something about personifying your tech that is always ridiculously appealing. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out this video all about the iGuy…
The Blogging Angels and Chris Brogan at CES 2011
While the Consumer Electronics Show may be over the rehashing has just begun. The Blogging Angels recorded a podcast every night of the show – and because we like our tech reporting with a side dish of gossip and laughter we give you the honest truth about what it’s like to be women at a tech trade show in Las Vegas. It ain’t pretty.
We had some serious highlights – being sponsored by Microsoft Windows 7 and getting to hang out and work with the wonderfully smart and talented Lisa Worthington and other fab Microsoft mavens was one of the best experiences we could have asked for. We were given Windows Phone 7 (the HTC HD7) to try out for the month starting at CES. I am personally loving the phone but you can hear all about why on our podcasts. And, a big one for me since I do the post editing for our podcast we were loaned a gorgeous Yeti Mic courtesy of Blue Microphone. We were one of the first people to try out the new Yeti outside of the company – and we didn’t have to lug our mixing board and individual mics to Vegas. And editing was a breeze.
We also had an interview with Social Media guru extraordinaire Chris Brogan. Haven’t seen the final version yet – but it was so great to meet him and have a chance to schmooze about women in tech and the whole mommy-blogging thing. You know how we love to talk about moms, brands and getting paid. Of course it’s Vegas so we also talked about bad toupees and booth babes – we’re well rounded like that.
So listen in to the 3 CES Blogging Angels podcasts to learn what’s hot in tech, what you should be on the look out for in the coming months and what we think is worth buying or using now. Plus dancing Swiffer mops! For Real.
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Right now I’m writing from my swanky Las Vegas hotel room in between attending the world’s second largest trade show – The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – and heading out to dinner with my fabulous conference sponsor Microsoft Windows 7. It’s not easy to fit in writing and reporting with all the booth touring, miles of walking and endless waits for shuttle buses to haul the over 125, 000 attendees back and forth to the convention center. If you really want to know what an 8 hour day inside a massive structure, deprived of sunlight and under the glare of endless flat screen panel displays can do to you listen to our Blogging Angels Podcast for our exhausted, half-demented round up of day one.
As for me, I’m focusing on the brands I know and love and use as a mom and as a blogger. (And as a tech geekess) I arrived here with a new Windows Phone on loan from Microsoft. I’ve been playing with it for a about a week and so far I love the intereface. As a long time iPhone user I appreciate the very different look of the Windows Phone, the large tiles that allow for easy access and readability, the way you can customize the interface, the integration of Facebook with your contacts and the smart search functions. Plus, the HTC phone I’m using has a huge screen. At a show where tech is everywhere and everything it’s been fun to have a phone not many people have really seen or played with – a real conversation starter.
I’ve been to Kodak, Panasonic, Raw Talent Guitar, Neer Life and working the Microsoft Windows 7 booth at Mommy Tech. Here’s my Twitter Feed from the last day and a half to give you an idea of everything I saw today. There will a more detailed post after CES when I’ve had time to absorb the enormity of it all…
Excuse the typos – trying to tweet and listen and report on a phone doesn’t make for well checked tweets