I am a blogging conference veteran having been to many of them over the past six years. I have spoken at many about working with brands and I really enjoy sharing what I have learnt on my blogging journey. I am a giver and don’t feel that being a blogger should be competitive, there is so much that we can learn from each other. Many of the events I attend are focused in the parent blogging arena but last weekend saw me heading to london to a smaller more niche conference.
The UK Money Bloggers Conference is the brain child of Andy who blogs at Be Clever with your Cash, he wanted to give money bloggers a platform to work together and he also set up the Sho Mo’s which are blog awards especially for money bloggers.
I dragged myself out of bed early on Saturday to head to London and found my way to the venue. I was up for an award but unfortunately didn’t win my category but it was won by my lovely blogging buddy Cass who I co run Five Fabulously Frugal Things I’ve Done This Week with (don’t forget to link up every Friday).
However it was not about winning it was about connecting with a new niche of bloggers, many that I had chatted to online but not met. There are too many to name individually as I don’t want to miss anyone out but with my hand on heart I can say that it was such a friendly group of people. I tried to speak to people and make new connections because the room was full of inspiring bloggers.
The sessions focused on SEO, affliates, working with brands, how to get published in the print media or how to capitalise when you are featured in the media.
Things I learnt:
- That bloggers want more transparency in how to price up a campaign.
- Networking really inspires me. I bounced ideas with people and now have a grand plan to put into action, watch this space!
- That niche is good. I want to do more on money saving because there is so much to share with people.
- That I want / need a better camera after chatting to Coupon Queen Emma
- That bloggers called Emma are totally smashing the thrifty arena that is Emma, Emma and me!
- That blogging is life changing for many and has provided amazing opportunities for lots of people.
- In terms of SEO we as a group discussed that it is really important to keep up with ever changing guidelines and that there are some great tools to help you grow your audience and influence.
- Build your own database of clients – we discussed using LinkedIn to find contacts and to drop an email asking to be put on their contact lists for campaigns.
- Phone calls can work wonders. I agree on this and I am continually amazed with bloggers who claim they can’t speak on the phone!
- When pitching for work add a couple of links to relevant posts before as it shows that you know your market.