I went to ALT Summit in January and it was an amazing experience. I won a ticket by submitting a party idea and throwing the party (I will share the party in just a little bit!). ALT is a huge conference with a lot of amazing brands and influencers. It is something that can be very overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead of time. I wanted to put together a little recap/tips for people who are headed to ALT for their first time or just curious about the conference.
1. Bring lots of business cards! I think this is my first thing that is SOOO important. ALT is about networking, meeting new people/brands, collaborating, and learning. If you don’t have business cards, people won’t be able to remember your contact information. You will meet hundreds of people at ALT and keeping them all straight will be hard. Make sure that your business cards really showcase your brand. Find a designer who understands you, your brand, and exactly what you are looking for. Your business cards are the impression that is left with people, you want them to be able to be informative, clean, and not too busy that the information is hard to find. Alexi Bullock made my business cards and they couldn’t have been more perfect. The information is what is showcased which is what should be. She was a joy to work with and I highly recommend her if you are looking for business cards.
2. Plan ahead. I mean like a month ahead with what you are going to wear, the classes you want to attend, sponsors you want to meet, etc. There is soo much to plan for ALT, if you plan ahead your life will be so much better when you get there. I had a calendar made specifically for the for the week of ALT. It had everything from what I would wear, what rooms classes I wanted to attend were in, people I wanted to meet that day, etc. It seriously will make your experience so much easier and less stressful.
3. Look and interact with sponsors ahead of time. ALT will post a list of their sponsors on their website, go through that list and decide which sponsors are a good fit for you and what you stand for. Sponsors that fit into your site organically. Then, start reaching out to them, write them on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram. Plan a time to meet up.
4. Don’t stress too much. The first time I went to ALT, I was a huge basket case. I was stressed to the max, scared of interacting with people and companies, and would just sit back… This year I went in and went all in. I knew I wanted to meet people, I didn’t let my fears get in my way, & I had the time of my life. Be yourself, Be strong, and CONQUER it babe!