Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mom2.0Summit Tips: Video is Key! If you are a mom who blogs, you need to add video to your media mix

Wish I was there in Houston at the Mom2.0 Summit with all those Fab Moms but glad I'm here...There's so much work to get done for our upcoming launch of MomTV - that I just can't go away and keep up. That's the trouble with being a WAHM I guess.

One really exciting thing to see that on Day 1 - Lisa Stone of Blogher said that Mom Bloggers needed to be adding video with their blogging - vlogging.

We already knew that at, we've been helping take moms who blog to moms who vlog for a few years now. We have over 100 moms contributing to our site already and hope to have 150 more added by June.

The best reason for this is your community- those who follow you and see your blog will get to really see you and connect. Just like those marketing companies who want to connect with bloggers for product reviews and promotions, your personality shines on video and they stick - we call it being "sticky" in marketing terms. gives you the ability to create special playlists for your personal video, your product reviews, your general vlogs and have that player on your site (multiple ones) so visitors and pick a "channel" and watch all videos in one place by having it in your sidebar.

The GoToMom, Kimberley Blaine, is an awesome example of how to share the video blogs you create: Customize the widget and place it on your page. It doesn't have to have it's own page - you can put it whereever you want.

Here is another example of one of our new vloggers - Sandy from OrganizewithSandy - this is her first vlog - she was a bit nervous but look at the comments, her visitors were very supportive and encouraging. Once you get past the first one... the rest are easy.

We'll be having a how-to webinar series for moms who want to vlog in a few weeks... stay tuned! or email me (stephanie at if you would like more info.

Have a great Saturday!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Great Blog Reader... but I run out of time to do any blogging myself

The great part of my day is seeing all the mom bloggers who contribute on via video. I watch all the video blogs, make sure they are categorized and then place them on our video wall and tweet about them to the thousands of tweet friends that follow me and MomTV.

As a WAHM, I really appreciate the creativity, personality, challenges and fun that come through on video... but then I read the post that makes me stop... wipe my eyes and go to the next blog. Both are great mediums and both are eternal. Which is why we spotlight blogs on as well.

It is an honor for me to be a part of this community and network with such great moms... I wish I could meet you personally but will say that seeing you in video does bring you closer to your audience and really gets them attached to you - like a character on TV.

We are launching MomTV this spring and I invite you to stay tuned or sign up for your MomTV channel. Have some really great things to help promote each Mom and their blogs, revenue and review opportunities as well as networking.

I hope to see you soon and if you want to use video as a medium to blog with - let me know, we are hoping to get 250 (150 more) Moms on video by June.

Sign up on or email me at to get the scoop on FLIPS and more.

Best and keep those blogs coming!!

Stephanie @

Friday, February 13, 2009

Congrats to the Moms Featured this Month on the Newsletter

Featured Vlogger - Cool Mom Guide
We searched the blogosphere to find Moms who could vlog about subjects important to Moms just like you. Each NewBaby vlogger shares her own stories, advice and thoughts on topics from pregnancy to parenting - and everything in between! Join Julie from Cool Mom Guide on her quest to remain cool in the eyes of her kids. Her astounding 60 pound weight loss using the Wii Fit inspired her and her fellow Wii Fit Mommies to create the Cool Mom Guide to Fitness. Check in with her NewBaby vlog for the Cool Mom Guide to Fitness Forum Hunt and reviews of coolest products, from baby beauty to Burpie Blockers.

Featured Blogger
In addition to a great team of vloggers, NewBaby members also like to update each other with good, old-fashioned blogs and podcasts. Meet This Military Mama. She is a new Navy wife, new mom, and living in a new place. This Military Mama is all about attachment parenting, a proud breastfeeding mama, and trying to go green! Join her on and her personal blog, This Military Mama, as she explores her new roles, discovers herself more, and just plain figures it all out!

Product Review - Mixxo
At, we're always on the lookout for the newest and best products for you and your family. What busy mom couldn't use a little help in the kitchen? Trish from MomDot is sharing her kitchen secret weapon with moms. Watch as Trish demonstrates how easy it is to use the Mixxo by Bosch to finely chop vegetables for all of your favorite recipes!

Question of the Week
There is no doubt that moms have a lot of their minds. Luckily, provides the perfect forum to discuss those issues! vloggers, like Stephanie from Adventures in Babywearing, Renee aka Mekhi's Mom, and Amanda from OhAmanda, are asking the tough questions and providing honest answers in the NewBaby "Question of the Week" series. Tune in as these mamas tackle topics like traveling with infants, TV time for tots and keeping your baby on a schedule. And the best part is, you can chime in with a video response of your own! Follow @VloggingMoms on Twitter to find out the question each week and get in on the conversation so we can hear what you think!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Marketing to Moms? Read the Digital Mom Report

February 07, 2009
Marketing to Moms? Read the Digital Mom Report

Razorfish and CafeMom issued a “Digital Mom” report that examines the role of digital technology in modern moms. (Do yourself a favor and click on the download PDF icon to read the report. It’s the second to the last icon in the navigation bar.)

Here is a quick summary to entice you to read the whole thing. Anyone who is trying to market products or services for moms should read this exellent report.


“Social media and text messaging, instant messaging, and gaming, now used by the majority of digital moms, are no longer niche activities.”

“At the same time, moms with children 12 or older are more likely than moms of children under 12 to use gaming and video. Marketers have an opportunity to respond to these trends by acknowledging that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy against moms may not work.”

“Marketers should recognize the dual purposes (communicating with peers and monitoring their kids) moms of older children have for engaging with emerging technologies, particularly social channels. They should learn more about the challenges moms face when embracing technology, and provide them with better resources and information to help them guide their children.”

“Marketers have an opportunity to utilize communications channels like social networking, text messaging and gaming to facilitate conversation among moms and influence decision making.”

“Marketers should consider marketing to mom as both an interconnected woman and a mom, as her interests extend beyond parenting.”

“Among digital moms, the gap is closing between TV and other channels in creating initial awareness about products. Marketers should consider the penetration level and relative influence of each channel when determining how, when, and where to reach digital moms along the purchase funnel.”

Monday, February 2, 2009 Honored by the Mom’s Choice Awards® as a Trusted Resource

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named as a Silver Award Recipient 2009 in the Family and Parenting Category

February 2, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Mom's Choice Awards® well know for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services recently held its annual competition that recognizes authors and organizations for their creative efforts. has been named as one of this year’s Silver Award winners for excellence in the Family and Parenting Category.

The Mom's Choice Awards® has a panel of distinguished judges who evaluate all submissions, which are judged on their own merit. The list of judges for this year’s competition include such notables as Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, creator of Baby Einstein; LeAnn Thieman, co-author of seven Chicken Soup for the Soul Books; Tara Paterson, ACPI CCPI, certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards® and the online web resource; and Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., author, movie producer and host of WrightPlace TV as well as being ranked in the top 50 of the Most Influential Women in Social Media.

“It is quite an honor for to be a recipient of this award and be in the company of the elite list of 2009 award winners,” said Bob Sullivan, CEO of “Our goal starting out was to be a trusted resource and community for Moms to learn and share via video; our continued growth and recognition from groups like MCA confirms that we are on the right track.”

Evaluation Criteria: The MCA judges are ‘especially interested in entries that support the growth of families emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and are morally sound and promote good will.’ They also look for entries that are “inspirational and uplifting.” Parents, educators, retailers, and the media rely on the MCA’s reviews and evaluations as a trusted resource for children and families. is well-known as the online video community site for Mom’s to create and share video blogs and promote programs that help families and be a resource for Moms from pregnancy through parenting. Made up of highly influential Moms Bloggers and parenting experts, the NewBaby Vlogger Network has pioneered the way in which Moms share and connect with each other. also has over 100 Mom Vloggers chronicling their journey through motherhood and sharing insights on parenting. Featured “Mom Experts” cover topics such as pregnancy, fitness, adoption, product reviews, going green, saving money, working at home, the Question of the Week, and more.

“We are proud of our growing Mom Vlogger network which continues to add valuable video content that is viewed by thousands of visitors a day online as a parenting resource to learn and share with other Moms,” said Maria Bailey, co-founder of and author of the new book "Mom 3.0: Marketing with Today's Mothers by Leveraging New Media & Technologies."

About is an online video destination resource site and community where moms can find and share information about pregnancy, parenting, products, going green, and other topics concerning today's families. The site also helps moms connect and network via video and chat with other moms including experts such as co-founder by Maria Bailey. For the past 10 years, Maria has been the voice of moms by surveying and providing research about moms; pioneering the way for consumer products marketing groups to understand what really matters to moms. Maria's most recent book, "Mom 3.0: Marketing with Today's Mothers by Leveraging New Media & Technology" was released in September 2008 and her next book "The Ultimate Mom" is due out on Mother's Day 2009.

About The Mom's Choice Awards®
The Mom's Choice Awards® is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services. Parents, educators, retailers and the media trust the Mom's Choice Awards® for product reviews and evaluations.

Wii Fit Mommies & the Cool Mom Guide to Fitness 2/13/09 at the #wiimoms Twitter Party (From 8-10PM EST)

Okay Mommies - Here is the latest from the Wii Fit Mommies and the Cool Mom Guide to Fitness!!

They want to reward all their friends and readers with a HUGE 5 site giveaway with 5 wonderful prize packages to be given out on 2/13/09 at the #wiimoms Twitter Party (From 8-10PM EST)

This is the announcement post (

I'll list each contest here-

The Cool Mom Guide to Fitness (grand prize package)
1 Rock Bud retractable earphones
1 Chic Bud retractable earphones with Swarovski Crystals
1 Fumi purse accessory
1 Wii Fit
Contest ends 2/13/09 6PM EST
US 18+

The Cool Mom Guide
1 Rock Bud retractable earphones
1 Chic Bud retractable earphones with Swarovski Crystals
1 Fumi purse accessory
chicBuds Swarovski Crystal iPod Case
Contest ends 2/13/09 6PM EST
US 18+

The Good Enough Witch Love is in the Air Gift Basket
One RockBud Retractable Ear Phones
One ChicBud Retractable Ear Phones with Swarovski Crystals
One Fumi Purse Accessory
Contest ends 2/13/09 5 PM EST
US 18+

The Coupon Coup
1 Rock Bud retractable earphones
1 Chic Bud retractable earphones with Swarovski Crystals
1 Fumi purse accessory
Modern Union Yoga Bag and Laptop sleeve
Contest ends 2/13/09 5PM CST
US 18+

Real Life
1 Rock Bud retractable earphones
1 Chic Bud retractable earphones with Swarovski Crystals
1 Fumi purse accessory
Baby Bella Maya Booties/Blanket Package
Contest ends 2/13/09 6PM EST
US 18+
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Morning Moms!

Thanks so much for entering our 1st "Make a Mom Blogger a Vlogger!" This is just the first of many of these give-aways - so stay tuned... and come back and enter. We are also sponsoring other promotions with other sites such as @CraftyMamaof4 is having at her blog.

Drum Roll Please....

The Winners are:

1. Brandyellen @ Writings of a WAHM
2. Elita @Blacktating: breastfeeding news and views from a mom of color
3. Erica @ TechnoMomReviews

It is always a tough decision to make these picks - and so we do them the old fashioned way... draw names from a hat. (baseball cap.. kids size)

Really awesome to meet you moms - everyone who participated!! Please try again and follow me on Twitter - you never know @vloggingmoms.

--Happy SUPER BOWL SUNDAY (here is where I say... Go Steelers!)
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