Sunday, 27 May 2012

iFabbo UK Conference 2012.

I'm baaack! As most of you may know from reading my previous post, I have been in London over the weekend for the iFabbo UK Social Media Conference.

I made the three hour journey down to London with my parents on Friday morning, and then we spent the day walking around Piccadilly and St. James Park in the sunshine. I was so excited to wander around London as it had nearly been ten years since I last visited; I wish we had more time to go sightseeing and shopping! I had a lovely time on Saturday at the conference; had the usual nerves that I get whenever I am going somewhere new that I am going to get lost or feel out of place, but I met a few lovely bloggers beforehand (I will include links to their blogs down below!) and we made our way to the venue together.


The event was held at Kettner's, Soho, which is a gorgeous old-fashioned restaurant and champagne bar with various rooms for private events. We were greeted by very friendly staff and were handed our extremely generous gift bags as we checked in. The conference consisted of five panels of professional bloggers and speakers from companies who taught us different things about blogging from building relationships with PRs and making a business from your blog, to taking good quality photographs and using social media. Despite the room that we were sat in being unbearably hot and lacking an air conditioning unit, the talks were actually very informative and enjoyable to listen to. 
Half way through the conference we took a break for afternoon tea, where we were provided with plenty of beautifully presented sandwiches, mini cakes and drinks.

Thankfully, after all the panels had spoken, we were taken upstairs to an air conditioned room (the sense of relief I felt was so real) for the cocktail hour, where we were treated to some refreshing cocktails and were able to mingle with the panels and other bloggers; everybody I spoke to was so friendly! :)

Overall, I had a great day at the event and I am definitely glad I went; I have learned so much about how I can improve my blog and I am definitely going to take the panels' tips and advice in to hand. Here I leave you with a few photographs of my day :)


I met a few lovely bloggers at the event, some whose blogs I already followed, and some who are now brand new to my reading list. Here are some of them so make sure you check them out :) (I wasn't able to catch everybody's blogs/twitter accounts so if I met you at the conference and you're not on this list, let me know!)

Ceri at Ceri Taylor
Grace at All That Slap

I hope everybody had a lovely weekend! Have you attended any blogger events?

34 comments:

  1. I went to this but could only stay for the first panel because I've been so ill :( I saw you when I was looking for a seat though! So upset I couldn't stay, I was really looking forward to it. Glad you had a nice day :)x

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    1. Oh no! I was wondering if I'd see you as we spoke on Twitter a couple of days before aha! That's a shame :( I hope you feel better though! x

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  2. Cant believe I've been reading your blog for ages and didnt recognize you O.o argh... same goes for three little buhos. what a fail lol xx

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    1. Oh noo haha! I'd be the same though, I'm useless with recognising faces! I hope you enjoyed it :) x

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  3. Sounds like it was a fun event, would have been interesting to go and learn some tips to make my site better - especially about taking pictures.

    How did you find out about it? Was it invite only?

    Going to check out some of the blog recommendations above now...

    Lindsey x

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    1. It was, I had a lot of fun :) Are you an iFabbo member? Check out their website and apply to be a member if not, they got back to me pretty fast :) They're going to have annual conferences so definitely go to the next one, and they always have podcasts to help educate bloggers and give them tips etc :) x

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    2. Thanks hun, just signed up now! Hadn't even heard of it so thanks for the heads up!

      Hopefully I'll get to meet you one of these days!

      Lindsey x

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    3. No worries, that's good! :) Yess, it would be lovely to meet you! :) x

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  4. Awww lovely to hear you had an ace time :) and thank you for blogging the day :)

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    1. Aww thanks beaut! I'm glad you liked the post :) x

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  5. Sounds like it was great fun! Good for you for going bet it was so helpful. Wish I could of gone :( there's always a next time xo

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    1. I really enjoyed it :) yes you should definitely go to the next one! :) x

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  6. Sounds lovely :) glad you had a good weekend :)

    Nafisah ox

    http://bamblingsofnaffy.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Hi Frances, looks like you had a lovely day! They probably picked the only weekend of the year where the lack of air conditioning would be an issue in the UK, haha.
    Just wondering, would you be willing to share some of the tips you learned about improving your blog in a post, maybe?
    Mel x
    http://melswallofmirrors.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha I know right, it was so hot in there! Ooh I might just do something like that soon :) but there is a pretty good write-up of everything we learned here: http://popgoesfashion.com/ifabbo-conference-2012/ so check that out too :) x

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  8. It was lovely to meet you yesterday Frances it was such a great event :)
    Will be going again if there is another one next year!
    Nicole xx

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    1. And you! Hope to see you again soon :) I will definitely be going again too! :) x

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  9. Seems like a great and fun event! I've always wanted to go to London, it seems amazing!

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    1. Thanks lovely :) London was lovely, it had been so long since I last went! x

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  10. I had never heard of ifabbo before and will definately look into it now as I want my blog to grow.
    Looks like it was a really useful experience!

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    1. Definitely sign up, they do a lot of helpful webcasts and things :) x

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  11. i've never actually attended any blogger events like this one, but i really want to! this looks so fun, i'm glad you got to go! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway -- Open internationally!

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    1. This was my first proper event, it was so much fun, I definitely want to attend more! Thanks sweet :) x

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  12. It looks like such a great event, wish I could have gone. Lovely photo's too, thanks for sharing


    http://mademoisellecharlotteanne.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aww you should go next year! Thanks lovely :) x

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  13. Pretty much sums up our day! Was lovely to meet you :) I have no idea what I'll mention in my iFabbo post now hahaha xx

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    1. Was lovely to meet you too! Can't wait to read your post :) x

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  14. What a gorgeous event! The weather was perfect and those little cakes etc look so yummy! Can't wait to meet some lovely bloggers one day in the future these events always make me sad I live so far away!

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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    1. It was lovely, the weather was great, if only the room we were sat in wasn't so hot! Aww I had to travel quite a way to get to this one haha, would love to meet you one day though! :) x

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  15. Was lovely to see you again my dear! xx

    www.talesofanniebean.com

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    1. It was lovely to see you again too! :) x

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  16. Great post. It was lovely to meet you :) If only it had been a little less boiling eh and thanks for the link over :) xx

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    1. Thanks lovely, it was nice to meet you too! And not a problem :) x

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