The financial blogosphere will be gathering in large numbers come this October in St. Louis, Missouri. While there are many blogging conferences out there to choose from, the annual Financial Blogger Conference, or FinCon, is the top annual epicenter for finance related bloggers. The mission of FinCon as listed on their site includes providing a “real world” connection for the people who enjoy new media (i.e. blogging, social media) and finance (personal finance, money, investing, etc.) The mission also includes providing a peer education in current consumer financial trends, as well as trends and tactics in new media (e.g. blogging, monetization, social media, etc.).
You can expect to see over 500 of the best financial bloggers along with finance professionals, finance companies and financial writers. This year will mark the third annual Financial Blogger Conference. Started by Philip Taylor, who you may know from his site PT Money: Personal Finance. Philip started as a CPA so he knows the financial industry from that perspective and then in 2007 he became a personal finance blogger. Now, besides running his own blog and organizing FinCon, he also does freelance work with ING Direct, TurboTax, and is also a US News contributing blogger.
If you are a personal finance blogger or someone in the financial industry , you should definitely consider attending this conference. The conference will run for four days October 17th-20th at they Hyatt Regency in St.Louis at the famous Gateway Arch. Besides the benefits to be gained from networking with others in the same industry, there are plenty of learning opportunities as well. Speakers announce so far for the conference include the following:
- Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and host of “Money Matters with Jean Chatzky” on RLTV. Jean is also a best-selling author, with her most recent book being Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security.
- Pat Flynn, creator of the Smart Passive Income brand. He has been recognized as one of the most successful and most transparent online entrepreneurs . Pat’s YouTube channel is a wealth of information and his podcast, recently featured in the New York Times, has been downloaded over 2.5 million times.
- Derek Halpern, the creator of “Social Triggers,” is one of the most in-demand experts on using new media to attract customers. In addition to the wildly popular resource at SocialTriggers.com, Derek Halpern is also the host of one of the top marketing podcasts on iTunes, “Social Triggers Insider.”
For those financial companies interested in the FinCon expo area, this year they have changed to a 50 booth expo hall. It is a great opportunity to meet others in the industry and make connections with those in attendance. You can view more information on the details of the 2013 exhibit opportunities on the FinCon website. The types of attendees you could expect to meet includes coupon bloggers, tax bloggers, frugal bloggers, investment bloggers, personal finance writers and many more.
If you are involved in the financial community whether you are a blogger or work for a large financial company, you could benefit from this conference in some way. Find out more at the FinCon 2013 website.