Agenda

We’re putting together a fabulous line-up of sessions and speakers for BritMums Live 2014. We’ll be announcing updates soon.

Until then, you can look over the 2013 agenda to get a flavour of what to expect:

Friday’s focus was on working with brands and the brand/blogger relationship. We also had a Writer’s Track running throughout the event. As usual, we lead the agenda with our Discussion Dens, This is the place where we tackle the burning issues that arise time and time again. Expect a lot of opinions, respectful disagreements and perhaps some answers to what’s been on your mind. We have Beginner and Advanced sessions, as well as Bloggers’ Studio, where you sit down with your favourite bloggers and pick their brains. These friendly sessions feature in-the-know bloggers whose main attribute is that they think, if they can do it, so can you.

Each session is part of a stream; the stream name tells you what to expect:

DEN – Discussion Den, a place where a panel and delegates will discuss the latest issues

WRITE – All about, y’know, writing

BEG – Beginning sessions aimed at those finding their feet or refreshing their knowledge

ADV – Advanced sessions targeted to bloggers taking it to the next level

CREATE – Creativity, to spark your imagination and help you achieve your goals

STUDIO – More intimate conversations with bloggers sharing how they did it

FRIDAY 21 JUNE
14:00 – 15:00
Registration and coffee, tea and cake
15:00 – 15:05
Welcome
15:05 – 15:30
Keynote & Questions: Kirstie Allsopp
15:30 – 16:15
Brand Panel Debate: What do bloggers and brands really want from each other? — Jennifer Howze, BritMums; Helen Gunter, TK Maxx; Aaron Huckett, Publicasity; Kelly Innes, Domestic Goddessque; Dan Neale, Things with Wings; Christine Mosler, Thinly Spread DENWriting Funny: Our friends at Funny Women lead us in a session about how to include humour in your writing. WRITELynne Parker, Funny Women
16:15 – 17:00 
Tea and Coffee in the HubSponsored by Philips
16:15 – 18:15
Literary Agent Dragon’s Den with LBA agency: When you register upon arrival, sign up for a 10-minute session to pitch your book idea and get feedback from an agent in person! Look for information about securing your time slot soon. WRITE Luigi Bonomi, Amanda Preston and Ajda Vucicevic from Luigi Bonomi Associates
17:00 – 17:45
Storytelling: Readers love your stories, and so do brands. How to tell better stories. DENJaume Marin, Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board; Pippa Best, Story of MumPutting your best foot forward: How to present your blog to brands, including making a knock-out media kit. BEGTamsin Smith, BBC television and radio reporter; Nadine Hill, author and Juggle Mum; Rosie Shelley, Google+ Community Manager and Rosie Scribble; Helen Wills, Actually MummyThe New Feminism: Rebuild or rebrand? DENEleanor Mills, The Sunday Times; Clare Mulley, The Woman Who Saved the Children; Kat Banyard, The Equality Illusion; Sonya Cisco, The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock N Roll Mum

 

Getting your book published: If I can do it, so can you! WRITESarah Tucker, ‘The Playground Mafia’ and other best-sellers; Colette McBeth, ‘Precious Thing'; Laura Kemp, ‘Mums Like Us'; Rachael Lucas, ‘Sealed with a Kiss’

17:50 – 18:30
Getting paid: Innovative ideas for making money and how much are you worth? DENKirstie Pelling, The Family Adventure Project; Helen Lindop, Business Plus Baby; Julie Hall, Women Unlimited; Jennifer James, The Mom Bloggers ClubIs your blog camera-ready? Making it look gorgeous. CREATERobin Houghton, Blogging for Creatives; Peggy Poyser, Perfectly Happy Mum and Easy Tech Club; Emily Quinton, Startup WifeBe a blogger ambassador: Hear from those that have done it. STUDIOPenny Alexander, The Alexander Residence; Claire Hazelgrove, ONE; James Silverston, Butlins; Emma Bradley, Emma and 3

 

Conversation with an agent: What they do, what they look for and how to get one. WRITE — Luigi Bonomi from Luigi Bonomi Associates

18:30 – 20:00
The BiBs! A celebratory evening announcing the Brilliance in Blogging Award winners. Drinks reception followed by ceremony, presented by Viv Groskop, author and stand-up comedian. Drinks courtesy of Asda Wine Club, Vitamix, and Sodastreams
SATURDAY 22 JUNE
8:30 – 9:15
Coffee and pastries in the Hub
9:15 – 9:20
Welcome from the BritMums founders, Jennifer Howze and Susanna Scott
9:20 – 10:00
Saturday Keynote: Katie Piper — ‘Things Get Better’ is a truly emotional and thought-provoking speech, which guides you through Katie’s inspiring journey to recovery following her horrific acid attack in 2008. Katie uses her experience to reach out to other burns survivors, and through her story, conveys the inspirational message that no matter what we face, things really do get better
10:05 – 10:50
Innovative Blogging Models. DENMaggy Woodley, Red Ted Art; Terry and Sarah, Live Share Travel; Debs Coady, Instagramers London; Country WivesBlogging Foundations: Good blog design and SEO Tips. BEGRobin Houghton, ‘Blogging for Creatives'; Alison Rothwell, So Much Better Online MarketingWriters’ Track: Finding your voice and what makes good writing. WRITETamsin Smith, BBC radio and television reporter; Judith O’Reilly, Wife in the North; Lucy Cavendish, author and writer; Jane Blackmore, Northern Mum; Lucy Mangan, columnist and journalist

 

YouTube: Building your online presence and YouTube profile. BEGChristine Beardsell, VCCP Content; Claire McDonald and Lucy McDonald, Crumbs Feed Your Family; Lindsay Atkin, YouTuber

10:50 – 11:30
personalplannerMorning coffee and tea break in the Hub
11:30 – 12:15
Using your smartphone to create video. With a smartphone and a few pieces of kit you can create high-quality video wherever you are. A video expert tells how BEG — Nigel Camp, The Video EffectAre we really addicted to the Internet? A conversation from a neuroscience perspective DEN — Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, University of Oxford
Social media crash course. BEGTanya Barrow, Mummy Barrow; Annie Spratt, Mammasaurus

 

Blogging Foundations: Legal and Accounting. Every blogger needs to know the basics of law around publishing online content and financial issues when you get free products or earn from your blog. Build a foundation with these experts BEGAndrew Solomon and Simon Halberstam, Kingsley Napley; Georgi Rollings, Starfish Accounting

12:20 – 13:10
Travel Blogging. It’s not just about travel cots and children’s menus. A forward look at travel blogging. CREATESteve Keenan, Travel Perspective; Kirstie Pelling, The Family Adventure Project; Trish Burgess, Mums Gone To; Kelly Schneider Lees, Gogobot
sponsoredbygogobotWordPress gets fancy. Find out the latest developments and kick up your skill a notch ADVJulie Hall, Women UnlimitedSmartphone photography and photo sharing. BEGRichard Gray, professional photographer; Debs Coady, Instagramers London 

How I Did It: Success stories from the blogging front line. STUDIOClare, Potty Mummy; Spencer, A Dad Called Spen; John Adams, Dad Blog UK; Ryan Wenstrup-Moore, Transatlantic Blonde

13:10 – 14:10
Lunch in the HubSponsored by Royal Carribean
14:10 – 14:55
Writing reviews and sponsored posts readers love and brands like. BEGMichelle Garrett, The American Resident; Kelly Innes, Domestic Goddessque; Jacqui Paterson, Mummy’s Little Monkey; Joanne Mallon, Joanne Mallon’s Opposable Thumbs; Laura Seaton, Tired Mummy of TwoDelicious food blogging.How to blog about food and drink in a way that makes your readers’ mouths water CREATEKerstin Rodgers, MsMarmiteLover; Helen McGinn, Knackered Mother’s Wine Club; Emma Raphael, BritMums Food Round-up Editor and A Bavarian Sojourn; Jeanne Horak-Druiff, CookSister
sponsoredbyBMFoodSocial Media: Activating your network. It turns out size doesn’t matter when it comes to your network; it’s all about how you use it that demonstrates your online power ADVPaul Armstrong, Digital Orange Consulting

 

Blogging with heart, for support. A session about how blogging is an outlet for giving and receiving support DENHayley Goleniowska, Downs Side Up; Kylie Hodges, Not Even a Bag of Sugar; Liska, New Mum Online; Annie Spratt, Mammasaurus

15:00 – 15.45
Photography Taking good pictures and editing them for your site ADV — Julia Boggio, Julia Boggio PhotographyStyle blogging for fashion, beauty and home. CREATEAvril Keys, School Gate Style; Jen Stanbrook, Love Chic Living; Cherry Menlove, CherryMenlove.comBlogging for good: how to blog better working with charities. DENMichelle Pannell, Mummy from the Heart; Jennifer James, Mom Blogging Club; Ruth Dawkins, Dorky Mum; Rosie Childs, Save the Children

 

Pinterest. BEGMaggy Woodley, Red Ted Art; Emma Vanstone, Science Sparks; Kerry Davies, Pin Addicts

15:45 – 16:40
sponsoredbyCamillaAfternoon coffee & tea
16:40 – 17.10
Keynote: Emma Freud — Do something funny for money: Comic Relief, Twitter and the power of social media
17:10 – 18.15
Bloggers’ Keynote (and A Time to Honour Kerry), presented by Katy Hill – Write like no one is watching; Mum in the South; Actually Mummy; Not Even a Bag of Sugar; Family Adventure Project; Older Mum in a Muddle; Mother. Wife. Me; Richmond Mummy; A Dad Called Spen; The Potty Diaries
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