A month ago, I had a wonderful time attending BritMums Live #BML17 in London. Unfortunately, due to being ill during the event and immediately afterwards plus suffering a family bereavement, it has taken me until now to tell you all about it. The conference was held at County Hall which is on the River Thames, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
The day started bright and early with coffee and pastries and then it was straight onto the sessions. My first session was the YouTube Deep Dive hosted by YouTube themselves. I learned that I really need to get a schedule for posting my videos and talk more directly to followers.
The next session was by A Lady in London on how to be a good influencer. She said that we should all be consistent with our branding, be picky about who we work with and tailor our social media strategy for each individual platform.
Next, it was the how to make money talk with Neil Ransome from Instanity Group and Kirstie from The Family Adventure Project. Kirstie shared how we know what our skills are and pitch brands ideas and not just ask to review stuff. Neil shared how bloggers are becoming very desirable for brands to work with and some even have management from himself, like the lovely Vicki from Honest Mum.
Over lunch, I was lucky enough to meet Matt from Man Vs. Baby whose book I had recently just read. Stuart loves his book too so I did rub it in a bit that I had met one of his heroes!
After lunch, we had a Spanish wine tasting with Visit Spain. It was lovely trying the wines and I think they did help my cough slightly. However, although I enjoyed this session (free wine!) I did not really understand how they wanted us to work with them. I would love to visit Spain on a press trip and tell everyone how wonderful it is but they did not tell us how or even if we could.
Next, it was another Spanish brand experience with Costa Barcelona. We learnt how to make gazpacho and got to try even more wine which was good. They also gave us samples of chorizo and other local treats. Yet again, I was not disappointed though as I really want to work with them but they did not tell us how too.
The last session I attended before the blogger’s keynote was ‘The Not So Secret Lives of YouTube Mums’ hosted by Helen of Actually Mummy, with speakers Emma of Brummy Mummy of 2, Ciara from My Fussy Eater and Louise of Sprinkle Of Glitter. It was funny hearing about some of their vlogging disasters and also how they had become well known on YouTube. They are all an inspiration and I hope to be as good as them on YouTube one day.
I decided to miss the last session as there was nothing that really appealed. I did enjoy the blogger’s keynote though especially the reading from Rhyming With Wine. We then had a bit of a break before boarding our boat for a cruise down the Thames from the London Eye pier. By the time we finally got on the boat, I was starting to feel very poorly indeed. It was not helped by the fact that food was not given out until halfway through our trip and it took ages to get a drink too. I felt really disorientated and did not enjoy it at all. As soon as we docked back at the pier, I was off the boat like a shot and went back to my hotel and straight to sleep.
Overall, I enjoyed my trip to BritMums Live especially the social aspect of the conference. I loved seeing old friends and making new ones. I do think that BritMums Live lacked some glitz and glamour of previous years which I have attended. There was not a grand opening welcome and the awards were lacking their usual celebrity host. I enjoyed the sessions and felt like I did learn some new things which when you have been blogging since 2009, is good going! I wish there had been more brands there and more clues as to how they wanted to work with us. I felt the day was very long with it beginning at 8.30am and finishing at 9 pm. I also think that there should have been more food, especially before the boat. Despite this, I am already looking forward to going next year as I think the central London venue worked much better than in previous years. I just hope I am not poorly next time!
While at the conference I stayed for two nights at Travelodge London Central Waterloo. It was 15 minutes walk from County Hall and 5 minutes walk from Waterloo train station. My room was clean, tidy and had everything I needed for my stay. I had expected some road noise but there was not as much as I thought that there would be. The staff were friendly and I could even see the London Eye from my 8th-floor room which was an unexpected bonus!
You can see more of my weekend in my vlog here:
Did you go to BritMums Live #BML17? What did you think?
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I attended BritMums Live on an early bird blogger ticket. My stay at the Travelodge was complimentary in exchange for a post on Jo’s Kitchen. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.