When I was asked to join the Krispy Kreme Very Important Blogger Summit, I was honored to be asked but being 35 weeks pregnant I knew it would not be smart of me to travel. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to have a fellow blogger go in my place!
I knew the perfect blogger too. Keonté from www.mommy2k.com was the perfect person, I mean she loves coffee and donuts too so of course I knew she would be perfect!
In case you didn’t see, she posted about day one on her blog at 2012 @KrispyKreme Very Important Blogger Summit – Day 1 #kkvib2012 | Mommy 2K Below is her recap of Day Two!
All the donuts look yummy! Thank you so much Keonté for attending for MommyMandy!
|The “Crew” (photo courtesy of Krispy Kreme)|
We wasted no time getting the day started. There was an agenda and the crew at Krispy Kreme made sure we were going to stick with it. No one wanted us to miss out on the fun activities and information. Up first was Beverage Operations Manager, Branan Wagaman and Corporate Chef, Ron Rupocinski.
The day continued with several presenters. Each person had a unique story behind their connection to Krispy Kreme. I was fully engaged (even though I was tweeting) as I listened to the speakers share their passion for this company.
From left to right:
- Dwayne Chambers, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
- Sam Fowler, Director of Fundraising
- James (Jim) Morgan, Chief Executive Officer
- Kenneth May, President and Chief Operation Officer
- Tanisha Randolph, R&D Product Development Scientist
- Tim Heatherly, Training and OD Specialist
After experiencing their testimonies and learning some more behind-the-scenes information, I became a true Krispy Kreme fan. Each person poured their hearts out while exuding dedication, knowledge and commitment to their company. We were no longer just talking about doughnuts. We were talking about a way of life.
I love it when I get the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’ at an event. I want to know how it feels to be a part of the team. All of the bloggers were given the chance to create a doughnut and a specialty drink. This was nothing short of fun.
|Here are my doughnut creations. I named them: LemonBerry, Princy & Dottie|
We stirred up a bit of fun in kitchen making beverages as well. Let me tell you this, it’s a tough job. There are so many flavor combinations to come up with, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one. I normally like iced or blended drinks, so that it what I chose to create. It didn’t go so well. There is really a science to mixing flavors that compliment each other. Let’s just say that pomegranate, chai tea, and vanilla don’t get along well.
We had a blast. I was so grateful to have met such down-to-earth people who were nothing short of passionate about their role at Krispy Kreme.
|The Bloggers – photo courtesy of Krispy Kreme|
Besides eating delicious doughnuts and drinking coffee, there were a few key points that I took away from this summit. Here they are:
|Madeline’s “S’mores” doughnut creation|
- Krispy Kreme doughnuts were never meant to be healthy, per se. They are a treat and an indulgence. They do not place a meal.
- Krispy Kreme is for ages 3 to 93 (nearly everyone). The emotional demographic is their target, meaning, “How does it (a doughnut) make you feel?”
- Krispy Kreme doughnuts don’t make people happy…they just work to keep them happy.
- Krispy Kreme is built on simplicity. There is not a lot of paid marketing. Word of mouth is enough.
If you would like to stay connected to all things Krispy Kreme, here are a few sites to visit:
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts website: www.krispykreme.com
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Facebook : www.facebook.com/KrispyKreme
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Twitter: www.twitter.com/krispykreme
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on YouTube: www.youtube.com/KrispyKremeDoughnuts
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Hot Light App: locations.krispykreme.com/hotlightapp
For more photos of the 2012 Krispy Kreme Very Important Blogger Summit, check out their album on Facebook.
Disclosure: All accommodations and travel were paid for thanks to Krispy Kreme. The opinions, views, and actions are my own. Thanks again to Amanda for allowing me to attend this event in her place. It was a wonderful experience.