Blogging events are an amazing way to meet fellow bloggers, connect with brands and generally promote yourself in the blogging industry. I have only been to 2 blogging events so far but I’ve been able to pick up on how they work and how you can make the most out of your time there. The first event I attended was the Bloggers Fashion Week event in London run by Bloggers Hangout and the second event was Party at The Angel in Cardiff run by Charlotte & Ffion. Both events were very similar in the way that they were organised and run. Here are a few tips and pointers for when you attend your next event:
Do Some Research
Before you attend the event it is always wise to do a bit of research before hand. I always try and suss out what brands are displaying there, find out a bit more about the organisers of the event and also start twitter stalking other bloggers that are also down to attend. Having some knowledge behind you before you walk through the doors is definitely a smart move.
If you’re serious about blogging and promoting yourself then it’s definitely worth investing in some business cards. These can then be easily handed to Brands and fellow bloggers with all your contact details in one place. It saves a lot of hassle with typing details into phones or the old school pen and paper style.
Tweet on the Day
Most blogging events have some sort of Twitter hashtag that they like you to use to help promote the event. This is also a useful tool for you as well, if you use the hashtag on the day of the event and take a selfie to upload a lot more people will recognise and remember you if they have seen the tweet that day.
Don’t Be Shy
Everyone is in the same boat as you so don’t be too shy to approach someone you recognise and let them know how much you enjoyed their latest blog post. It’s definitely nerve wracking meeting people you may have only chatted to on Twitter but I’ve found it to be the best way that new friendships start. At the end of the day you all have blogging in common so a conversation can start really easily.
Speak to Everyone
This is something I have failed to do at both events and completely regret it now. Although it would have been hard to speak to everyone at the London event I definitely could have in the Cardiff one. Even if it’s just a quick Hi I’m so-and-so people will remember that you made the effort to chat to them.
Brands Aren’t Scary
There were so many brands at the London event that it was a little daunting that I was expected to just strike up a conversation with them about their product. Eventually I got into the swing of things and absolutely loved chatting away to the brands. If you’re unsure of what to say just ask them questions about the product they are displaying and then let them do the talking. Show some enthusiasm for the product and let them know what you think of it.
Tweet throughout the event, upload photos and @ tag brands to let them know what you thought of them. The brands will notice and you may get a few retweets out of it as well.
Blog About It
Don’t forget to blog about the event afterwards. Don’t leave writing your post too long after the event has happened though as brands and bloggers will want to see it as soon as possible. Include links to any brands you loved, bloggers you met and don’t forget to thank the organisers.
So those are my 8 Top Tips for a successful blog event. Have you got any upcoming events you are going to?