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2022 Summer time Conferences Recap | Bonfire

Final month, group members from Bonfire attended three thrilling conferences: NIL Summit, VidCon, and Collaborative. Let’s take a more in-depth take a look at every of these conferences and listen to from these touring group members as they recount their experiences and share their takeaways!

“It was nice with the ability to share the entire motion happening at these conferences and provides a enjoyable behind-the-scenes look on our social media pages. I needed our group to really feel like they have been part of the expertise and will comply with 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

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NIL Summit

Bonfire attends NIL Summit.

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 faculty sports activities’ most vital stakeholders to share cutting-edge concepts, uncover new pursuits, and discover ways 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 of us from Bonfire have been fortunate sufficient to attend! It happened on the Faculty 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 group members attended NIL to indicate them how they’ll use customized merch to construct their model and/or fundraise for causes they care about.

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“That is an thrilling time for collegiate athletes as they’re chartering new territory and at the moment are capable of leverage their very own title and likeness! We have been fortunate sufficient to be on the forefront of that, attending the primary ever NIL Summit to assist collegiate athletes find out how they’ll companion with Bonfire to fundraise and earn a revenue by way of 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 influence 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 related personally with many athletes who at the moment are 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 Improvement Consultant


Bonfire attends VidCon.

What’s VidCon?

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 happened on the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim, California (June twenty second – twenty fifth), had round 50,000 attendees, and some members of the Bonfire group have been there!

“Attending Vidcon for the primary time was such a surreal expertise. It was so cool to see among the creators I’ve watched on-line for years, meet among the creators and brokers in person who I’ve helped launch merch for over time, and join with so many new creators who’re fascinated with our platform.”

Raegan Thatcher, Creator Gross sales Guide 

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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, broaden their fanbase, and/or fundraise for causes they really feel strongly about. David Adley, Bonfire’s VP of Gross sales and Buyer Assist, gave a chat at VidCon that targeted on How To Use Your Story to Promote Your Merch.

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“Promoting merchandise has turn out to be 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 by way of nice storytelling.”

David Adley,  VP – Gross sales & Buyer Assist

Watch David current at Vidcon right here!


Bonfire attends Collaborative.

What’s Collaborative?

Collaborative, hosted by Elegant, is a two-day expertise devoted to nonprofit professionals. With a concentrate on fundraising and know-how, audio system, panelists, and workshop facilitators discover the rising developments in fundraising and the way technological developments can be utilized to assist organizations elevate extra.

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“Collaborative was a good time to listen to from nonprofits doing superb 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 provides workshops and actionable takeaways, all targeted on fundraising and know-how. The aim of Collaborative is to supply methods and enterprise insights for everybody within the social sector. The convention happened in Philadelphia from June Fifteenth – sixteenth.

“Our participation in companion conferences just like the Elegant Collaborative is a useful a part of the brand new consumer acquisition and buyer retention processes at Bonfire. In a 48-hour interval, our group 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 Elegant Collaborative will come to gentle 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

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Why Did Bonfire Attend Collaborative?

By attending Collaborative, the Bonfire group had the chance to talk immediately with greater than 500 like-minded people within the nonprofit world. This helped us proceed to create connections and broaden our group of nonprofits who’re additionally looking for to construct a kinder world.

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“I had an unimaginable time at Elegant 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 might be beneficial. Every time I get the prospect to do it once more, I’m going!”

Maggie Paynter, Peer to Peer Specialist

At Bonfire, we’re all the time searching for new and higher methods to serve our group. 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 attainable. We’re grateful for alternatives like these and look ahead to attending extra conferences sooner or later!



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