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Apr 10, 2016

SheKnows Media Opens Submissions for the Ninth Annual Voices of the Year Celebration; Introduces a New Custom Category Made Possible by Merck for Mothers

New “MOMents That Matter” Category Will Honor Authentic Stories About the Joy of Bringing Life Into the World as Part of a Keynote at #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us, August 4-6 in LA

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2015 – SheKnows Media, a leading women's media company, today announced a new “MOMents That Matter” category in #BlogHer16’s Voices of the Year celebration of community voices. The new “MOMents That Matter” #VOTY category is made possible by Merck for Mothers, Merck’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to help create a world where no woman dies giving life.

“MOMents That Matter” is designed to celebrate the future represented by bringing new life into the world, and the honored creators will be eligible to present their work on stage. 

“We are proud that Merck for Mothers has been a longtime supporter of the BlogHer conference and is returning this year as a Platinum sponsor,” said Elisa Camahort Page, Chief Community Officer, SheKnows Media. “We know that our community has countless stories to share about bringing life into the world, whether their own first-hand experience, or the experience of someone they love.”

Each year, SheKnows Media recognizes a special group of content creators as the official BlogHer Voices of the Year (#VOTY), including a subset who are selected to perform onstage at the BlogHer annual conference during the Community Keynote session.

#VOTY submissions open April 11, 2016 and content creators are invited to submit works in the following categories:

  • Merck for Mothers’ “MOMents that Matter” Stories: Blog posts or online articles of 700 words or fewer
  • Blog posts or online articles, either shorter-form (700 words or fewer) or longer-form
  • Videos, either short-form videos/animations of one minute or less or longer-form of five minutes or less
  • Eye Candy: Any individual photo or curated visual feed
  • Impact: Impact arising from the sharing of content via a hashtag, meme or other viral mechanism

The Voices of the Year are selected via a panel of social influencer luminaries, and the panel will be joined by Merck for Mothers Executive Director Dr. Priya Agrawal to judge the “MOMents That Matter” category.

“#BlogHer16 and our new #VOTY category provide the opportunity to raise awareness through powerful storytelling, so together, we can #endmaternalmortality,” said Dr. Agrawal. “We’re excited to read the inspiring stories submitted and look forward to celebrating the community’s most compelling “MOMents that Matter.”

#BlogHer16 is the largest gathering of (mostly) women online content creators and social media influencers, joined by the brands, media, and fans who are part of the same social web ecosystem. Taking place August 4-6, 2016 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live, #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us will draw more than 3,000 social media influencers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and industry luminaries.
For more information or to register for #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us, click here and join the conversation on social using the #BlogHer16 hashtag.

1 comScore, Media Metrix, Multiplatform Key Measures Report, February 2016, U.S.

2 comScore, Media Metrix, Multiplatform Lifestyles Category Ranking Reports, Target Audience: Females, February 2016, U.S.


About SheKnows

SheKnows Media is the number-one women’s lifestyle digital media company with more than 81 million unique visitors per month (comScore, Media Metrix, Multiplatform Key Measures Report, February 2016, U.S.) and 275 million social media fans and followers. The company operates a family of leading media properties that include SheKnows.comBlogHer.com and StyleCaster.com. SheKnows Media also organizes conferences, including#BlogHer16: Experts Among Us, the largest annual celebration of women online content creators, social media influencers and brand executives, taking place in Los Angeles, August 4-6, 2016. With a mission of women inspiring women, SheKnows Media is revolutionizing the publishing industry by forging a new model that seamlessly integrates users, editors and content creators onto a single platform designed to empower all women to discover, share and create. Whether it’s parenting or pop culture, fashion or food, DIY or décor, our award-winning editorial team, Experts, bloggers and social media influencers produce authentic and on-trend content every day. We dig deep to learn what makes our audience tick, revealing unexpected insights on women and digital media. Our robust, end-to-end suite of premium branded content and influencer marketing solutions generate more than 2 billion ad impressions per month (sources: DFP), allowing brands to distribute authentic content and integrated advertising at scale.

SheKnows Media is based in New York and Scottsdale, Ariz., with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Redwood City, Calif. We also operate internationally in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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