The Photography Show at the NEC was my first try and something of this nature. Whilst it's too early to assess the success of it in terms of new leads and revenue the experience of getting everything ready for it, being there, meeting people new and known was worth every second and pound.
I owe huge debt of gratitude to my volunteers over the 4 day show who worked tirelessly to engage consumers and promote what I do as a tutor and photographer. A really big thank you to, Alison Elvins, Jacki Rosin, Laura Franklin and especially Georgina who not only stood there for 2 whole days but also had to put up with all my ups and down along the way and bring some perspective to it for me.
Apart from the obvious preparation needed for the show, the event triggered a long overdue tidy up and rebranding of my site. Over the last couple of years my site, products and services have expanded organically. Whilst the layout, menu's and content made perfect sense to me, I realised some time ago that to the stranger it wasn't so obvious where to find things or the differences between certain events.
So if nothing more comes from this whole exercise I am at least grateful and very pleased that the event gave me the impetus and deadline to tidy up pages, consolidate events and places to book into one place for each event and go through a re-branding exercise with a new logo and hopefully cleaner looking site.
Thanks to BoomCreative for the design and execution of this, you guys are ace!
Will I do it again next year? Too early to say at this stage and who knows how the next chapter will unfold in this exciting journey so all I can say for now is watch this space, keep coming back and checking new events and drop me a note with any ideas or suggestions you might have.