As much as I love social media and the ability to engage online easily, I do enjoy meeting people face to face. Nothing beats sitting down with someone, chatting in a comfortable space with good food, and getting to know them. Sometimes those conversations can last for hours, but we eventually have to go home, and continue chatting online.
When you have a room full of bloggers, with fabulous eats and goodie bags, you know the conversation is going to keep going. That was the case at the latest #ECMeetUp held this past weekend at the fabulous Fairview Race Course in Port Elizabeth. In fact, it was hard to get us to leave as we couldn’t get enough of the great company, delicious food and superb views over the racecourse.
On Saturday, 2 June, I travelled to Port Elizabeth with the family to attend my first #ECMeetUp networking event for bloggers and influencers. The #ECMeetUp has grown incredibly and they hosted their fifth event at the Fairview Race Course. When I saw the line-up of speakers, brands and the venue, I knew I had to join.
The event is a passion project for Eastern Cape bloggers Luchae Williams of My Spreadsheet Brain and Eleanor Douglas-Meyers of Just Ella Bella. The event is fast becoming a distinguished annual gathering for bloggers in South Africa.
“It serves to bring together bloggers and social media influencers based in and around the Eastern Cape, provide an opportunity for bloggers to learn from industry experts, and bridge the gap between brand and blogger.” Luchae Williams.
The event has welcomed a number of established brands on board as sponsors and collaborated with several local businesses since its inception.
Some of the biggest sponsors to date include:
- Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, headed by Reuann Smith
- The Herald, one of the oldest newspapers in South Africa
- Mastertons Coffee, the oldest coffee roastery in the Eastern Cape
Other notable brands in attendance included:
- The Beauty Store
- Yo! Media
- Bohemi Yoga
- Petronella Fine Dining and Catering provided the high tea buffet fare
Guest speakers at this year’s event included Megan Botha of By Megan Kelly, one of the most influential bloggers in the Eastern Cape, and Kirsten Litsen and Lyle Scritten from Travelstart, the leading online travel agency in Africa.
Megan discussed the fundamentals of working with brands. She shared her insights and has published a series of posts on her blog on how to work with brands. Visit her website at www.bymegankelly.co.za to read more and find out about her upcoming online blogger workshops.
Lyle shared his expertise about influencer marketing, which he has gained not only in his role at Travelstart but also in his incredible 10 year blogging career. Kirsten encouraged us all to see the potential in our blogs and how the Travelstart affiliate program can benefit us. It’s always great to know who to speak to about getting cheap flights to Port Elizabeth.
“The ECMeetUp is a must-attend event for any blogger or brand looking to expand their online presence in NMB or even South Africa for that matter.” Lyle Scritten, the Digital PR Strategist for Travelstart.
Don’t miss out on the next #ECMeetUp by following their Facebook page. Clear your calendar and book your flights, as the next event takes place in November 2018.
This is a collaboration post with Travelstart. Images my own.