Get Ready For #BML16

Deliciously Ella at BritMums Live 2015

Ella Woodward aka Deliciously Ella onstage

Blog conferences are lots of fun and they’re great for your blog too.  The biggest conference of the year, for us parenting bloggers, is #BML16 (AKA BritMums Live), which hosts around 500 bloggers each June.

Whether it is to network, collaborate, meet friends or simply to drink the wine, #BML16 is THE place to be. So, you are a new blogger, you have just taken the plunge and bought your ticket; how do you prepare for #BML16 in order to get the most out of the experience and be stress free?  Here’s how;

 

  1. Polish your blog

It’s time to get your blog shining like a new penny.  You are going to be making new connections, whether that is other bloggers or brands and you want to be proud of what you are presenting to them,  So tick all those jobs off your to-do list now.

 

2. Order business cards

It’s really useful to have some business cards ready to hand out when you meet people.  You will look like you take your blog seriously and it is easier to swap cards when you meet people, than try to remember everyone.  Also often brands have a bowl on their stand for cards and there are prizes to be won.  Go for a good quality, well printed card too.

 

3. Research the conference

We feel less stress when we are prepared; so take some time to read about the conference. You will be able to find many write ups from previous years on other blogs and there is information on the BritMums site too, all of which will provide you with stacks of information on what you can expect.

 

4. Get chatting to other attendees

It might not be possible to find an attendees list prior the the event, but for most conferences (including #BML16) there will be a private Facebook group where you can all chat prior to the event.

 

5. Make a list

Write a list of any bloggers you are in contact with (maybe via social media) and that you want to meet up with.  Contact them and make a plan to get together before or during the event.  Things can get quite busy and it’s often difficult to catch up ad-hoc. 

 

6. Research the sponsors

Research the event sponsors to find the ones that would fit with your blog and make a plan to introduce yourself at the conference to give them your card. Don’t be nervous, remember the brands that are there want to interact with bloggers, so go chat!

 

7. Note the event hashtags/twitter handles

Make sure you know the specific hashtag for the event, so you can tweet when you are there and join in the specific social media feed. If you are being sponsored to attend, make sure you know what the brand expect and make sure you have the appropriate details with you.

 

8. Devise your elevator pitch

Chances are you will be introducing yourself to lots of new people at the conference; this will be a much nicer experience if you nail how you describe your blog.  Stumbling over your introduction will only make you nervous, so just take a few minutes to sum up your blog and what you blog about in a sentence or two, then you can just roll it off the tongue. 

 

Have you been to the BritMums Conference before?  What advice would you have? Let us know in the comments!

Don’t miss out on the blogging development sessions, networking and more at #BML16!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD

 

Register for #BML16

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About Aby Moore

Aby Moore is a mum of one feisty little girl and blogs over at You Baby Me Mummy on all things family, lifestyle and being a Mamapreneur. After starting her blog in Aug 2013, Aby won the Best Non Dad blog in the Love All Dads annual blog awards in 2014 and was Family Finalist in the BIBs in 2015, Video Finalist in 2016 and Social Media Finalist in 2017. Her blog was originally an online memory keeper but quickly transformed her life. Now working as a full-time blogger and social media manager, she helps fellow bloggers by writing regular blogging tips posts, courses and is fully immersed within the community, including her own Mamapreneur Revolution community. She can be found on Twitter @youbabymemummy

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