If you’re looking to grow your business, attending live conferences and workshops is a great way to gain knowledge, skills and new opportunities.
But attending live events can be expensive - particularly if you have to factor in travel, accommodation and food on top of the cost your ticket. So how do you know which events will give you the biggest return on investment?
To help you decide, here’s a round-up of of some of the key PR and marketing events in the UK you might want to attend this year.
June 8 and 9, Edinburgh
Size: Up to 200 delegates
CMA Live focuses solely on content marketing: what it is, how it works and how you can make it work in the context of your own business. The event founder Chris Marr goes to great lengths to attract some of the world’s renowned experts and provide social activities (including evening drinks) to give delegates the chance to get to know each other. Spending a few days in the beautiful city of Edinburgh is an added bonus.
Speakers include: Mark Schaefer, Erika Napoletano, Chris Ducker, Marcus Sheridan & me!
June 10, London
Cost: £180+fees for bloggers, makers and Indie businesses / £365+fees for professionals working in PR and SEO or representing a company/brand
Size: Up to 400 attendees
Blogtacular brings together bloggers and Indie business owners who love quality content and beautiful design to discuss their work, share ideas and collaborate. As well as traditional conference sessions, there are hands-on workshops, a photowalk and social events across the weekend.
Whether you’re online for fun or as a pro, the event founder Kat Molesworth is passionate about giving you the best tools and teachers to create high-end content (which is why all speakers are paid).
Speakers include: Natalie Lue, Emma Gannon, Lucy Nicholls, Alison Perry, Sunita Harley, Rachel Basinger, Kim Lawler and Nikki McWilliams
June 16, London
Cost: £150+booking fees+VAT
Size: 100+ delegates
Social Day is a one-day event that brings together business owners, marketers and freelancers who want to understand social media better.
The event founder, social media expert Lucy Hall is passionate about taking the mystery out of social media, so the content (a mix of keynotes and practical workshops on branding, content creation, Snapchat marketing, small business PR, Twitter marketing & more) is accessible and jargon-free.
Delegates also get tons of bonuses, including free online training and discounts and trials on social media tools. There is also a mixer party after the event.
Speakers include: Chris Ducker, Bruce Daisley, Sarah Jones, Victoria Taylor, Virginia Sala-Kastillo, Andrew Pickering, Peter Gartland, Amrit Singh, Vin Clancy, Harry Hugo and me!
July 13 & 14, London
Cost: £210+VAT (Day 1), £380 + VAT (Day 1 & 2), £540 + VAT (both days + mastermind)
Size: 70-80 delegates
Soulful PR Live is for business owners who want to be featured in national newspapers, radio and TV and make connections with high-profile journalists.
The speakers are all national journalists/editors from high profile publications and programmes including: ITV’s Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, New Statesman, The Pool, Sunday Mirror, Guardian Weekend, Marie Claire Magazine and The Guardian.
The event founder Janet Murray (that’s me!) is passionate about demystifying the media and helping business owners build personal relationships with journalists.
At Soulful PR Live the speakers stick around all day (and sit at tables with delegates) so you can grab them for a chat - or even pitch them an idea. If you’re feeling really brave, you can stay on for an exclusive ‘mastermind’ session where you get 20 minutes in the ‘hotseat’ to talk about your business with the speakers (open to just 8 delegates). If you need help putting what you’ve learned into practice, there is an optional implementation day.
September 30, London
Cost: £100+fees for individual bloggers or £250+fees for brands, agencies and other corporate attendees
Size: 300 delegates
Britmums Live is a networking conference for influential bloggers and social media players.
A mix of keynote talks and ‘deep dive’ sessions on topics like photography, traffic building and social media marketing, Britmums also offers ‘fringe’ events (TBA) and complimentary experiences on London Attractions, including The London Eye, a tour of Parliament and a cruise along the Thames.
Speakers include: Judith Lewis, Natasha Courtenay-Smith, Ana Silva O’Reilly, Julia Falconer, Maria Belfort, Aby Moore, Katie Ellison, Nigel Camp and Cathy Winston.
November 11 & 12, London
Cost: Earlybird Ticket £400
Size: around 200 delegates
Whether you’re just starting out or have an established business, this event will give you everything you need to know to build, market and monetize your business online.
A mix of keynote speeches, practical ‘power sessions’ and mastermind breakouts, you’ll learn new skills and tactics that will help you create valuable online content (blogging, vlogging & social media) and market your business more effectively.
The event founder Chris Ducker is passionate about helping business owners, coaches, authors, speakers, bloggers and podcasters succeed online and has gathered an impressive list of international speakers.
Speakers include: Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, Matthew Kimberley, John Jantsch, Mike Morrison, Amy Schmittauer, Carrie Green and me!
Over to you
If you're tempted by a number of these events, check out this post on how to save money when attending conferences.
Are there any PR/marketing events you're planning to attend this year? Do let me know in the comments below.