As soon as I stepped into the hotel, I was in awe of the venue. It was totally different from any other event I had been to and resembled a swanky flat, which I have now decided will be my dream home! I was greated by bloggers Renee,Vanessa and Akey, as well as members of the Next team and Jam agency superstar Gemma, who was so cool in person! Gemma made me feel comfortable, but most importantly showed me to the breakfast spread. It was like she knew I had a weakness for breakfast pastries! Much love,girl!!
We were quickly divided into groups, to enjoy three workshops that focused on topics that are important for bloggers . These were Branding& Advertising,Photography & Film and SEO & Web design.
The Branding and Advertising workshop was hosted by Abimarvel, creator of the apartment and Emily from Fashion Foie Gras. This was one of my favourite workshop, maybe because I studied marketing at Uni and love everything to do with this subject. Anywho, this workshop focused on knowing your brand and effectively promoting yourself. It taught me to take risks, not to be scared and most importantly be polite to everyone, as you never know what will happen when you meet the right people! I really connected with this workshop as I really want to be a better blogger and use my skills to get my dream job as a social media executive. Not to mention I would like to take the FBL network and #fblchat to the next stage! So this talk was very inspiring.
Next was the Photography and Film workshop hosted by Vivianna from Vivianna does make up and Lily from Lily Pebbles. This was an exciting and informative workshop about photography basics, as well as tips about venturing into the world of Youtube.I have become a photography enthusiast as of late, and have recently ventured into Youtube.So this was very helpful!!
The final workshop was SEO and Web design.Which was hosted by digital marketing aficionado, Diego Puglisi from Green light digital and Faye from fashionbeautetc I found that this was the most eye opening, I have a rough idea of the basis SEO but there is a lot more to it than I thought. The web design section was great, as we got tips on how to improve our design of our blogs.
As well as the workshops, Next and Jam provided a fun snapchat bingo competition,lush food,amazing goody bag and a really nice cocktail session after! All in all I had a great time and learnt loads. Thanks Next!