7 reasons you need to be at FunFest 2017

Tickets are selling out fast for September’s FunFest Influencer Summit, so don’t delay in booking yours – it costs just £39.99, and kids come along free.

The event, now in its third year, takes place on Saturday, September 16th 2017 at the beautiful Whittlebury Hall in Northampton – it's the UK's only family-friendly event for parent bloggers and influencers, plus the brands who want to work with them.

FunFest will provide a full day of activities, including a conference programme, networking with the leading children’s leisure & entertainment brands (toys, video games, books, apps, tech, bikes, music, sports and more), and the opportunity for you to bring your kids to road-test the top products for this Christmas as part of the FunFest Awards.

Here are 7 reasons why you need to be there:-

  1. A morning conference programme, providing useful advice from peers and experts on how to turn your blog and other channels into a profitable business
  2. An expo area featuring some of the biggest names in children’s leisure & entertainment
  3. The opportunity to discuss brand ambassador roles with these brands and more
  4. Childcare and children’s entertainment while you explore what FunFest has to offer
  5. The FunFest Awards – you help us decide the top toys and gifts for Christmas
  6. Goody Bags for all delegates
  7. Free lunch and refreshments

We have a limited number of places for the FunFest Influencer Summit, so don’t delay in buying your ticket.

Click here to sign up for some fun!

STOP PRESS! We're putting the finishing touches to the FunFest conference lineup – to find out about speaking opportunities, contact Lisa Carter via lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com or call 07970 164201.

FUNFEST INSIGHT: Could you be accused of publishing fake news…?

We all know about fake news – it mostly involves propaganda about politicians, or the size of Kim Kardashian’s arse, right?

Actually, wrong, according to advertising standards watchdogs in the UK who are calling for even stricter regulations on branded content.

The Branded Content Research Network has called on the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and the Lords Communications Committee to launch an enquiry into how paid-for content is labeled, comparing it to ‘fake news’:

“Most of the fake news created [that we reviewed] wasn’t created for propaganda purposes, it was created for money…”

At the FunFest Influencer Summit, this issue will be tackled during a dedicated seminar session.

Experts will discuss how influencers should label paid-for content, the ethics of receiving free products for review and more.

It will form part of a highly-focused programme of discussions taking place during the morning of Saturday September, 16th 2017 at Whittlebury Hall, Northampton.

Meanwhile, in the afternoon delegates will have the opportunity to meet with toy and entertainment companies who are looking for brand ambassadors.

Tickets to the FunFest Influencer Summit are just £39.99 and kids come free - book your place now by visiting www.funfestuk.com/buy-tickets.

To find out about speaking opportunities at the conference, contact Lisa Carter via lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com or call 07970 164201.

FUNFEST INSIGHT: Finding the right influencer for your toy brand

Bloggers, vloggers and online influencers are becoming a staple of the toy and brand marketing scene.

But with so many names emerging Lisa Carter, Mimram Media director and co-organiser of the FunFest Influencer Summit, talks through the importance of finding the right one...

Read the full article over on ToyNews.

FUNFEST INSIGHT: How influencers can help musical instrument brands

FunFest's Darrell Carter wrote recently in leading musical instrument trade magazine MI Pro about how the industry's brands can best work with influencers to explore new audiences and markets - click here for the full article.

FunFest Summit invites bike industry brands to meet parenting bloggers

An event set for Whittlebury Hall on September 16th is to give bike industry brands the chance to engage with influential parenting bloggers.
The Funfest Influencer Summit, now in its third year, initially focused on toy and nursery brands, but is this year broadening its horizons by inviting cycling trade labels with children’s goods to showcase their wares.

Via Cycling Industry News

FunFest Influencer Summit expands brand sectors to include music products aimed at children

This could be a potential new event for the MI market to consider and explore. Rather than simply shifting units at the event, the focus will be on working with bloggers and influencers to push their brands and products to the parenting market.

Via MI Professional

FunFest featured in Toy World magazine

FunFest, now in its third year, is the UK’s first family-friendly blogger conference and brand ambassador event. The conference and expo has grown to accommodate a broad spectrum of bloggers, vloggers, YouTubers and social media influencers, who are all key within the fast-changing world of media and communications...

Via Toy World Magazine

New look, new team, wider focus for FunFest Influencer Summit 2017

The FunFest Influencer Summit is returning once again this September – but with some exciting changes.

FunFest, now in its third year, is the UK’s first family-friendly parent blogger conference and brand ambassador event. The conference and expo has grown to accommodate a broad spectrum of bloggers, vloggers, YouTubers and social media influencers, who are all key within the fast-changing world of media and communications.

2017 sees a larger programme of activity and an extended showcase of brands and entertainment properties exhibiting and getting involved.

The event keeps family at its heart and is still very much focused on parenting and children – but will look beyond toys and traditional children’s products to include video games, books, apps, tech, bikes, music, sports and more.

The team behind the event has changed too, with Mimram Media now co-organising FunFest in partnership with MI PR Global, resulting in an exciting portfolio of activity for influencers and a greater scope for brand collaboration.

The FunFest Influencer Summit returns to Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa, Northamptonshire on Saturday September 16th 2017 and comprises:

•       A conference programme designed to inspire, inform and educate aspiring influencers and bloggers

•       An opportunity for influencers to meet brands who are looking for new ambassadors and media partners

•       Networking opportunities with like-minded peers

•       Kids come free! After all, the event is all about fun!

•       The FunFest Blogger Summit is for all influencers, whether you’re a mum, dad or grandparent, a ‘traditional’ blogger, YouTuber – or if you want to be one!

In addition, those who travel to FunFest by train will be offered free transport from Milton Keynes Station to the venue, and back again.

“The influencers of today are as much likely to use YouTube, Twitch and Facebook Live as they are to present their media channels via the written blog.

And that’s why we’re ensuring that FunFest 2017 will better reflect all areas of social journalism,” said Mimram Media Director Lisa Carter.

“At the same time, we’ve widened the brand sectors covered at FunFest. Toys remain important, but FunFest 2017 will also include brands from the worlds of video games, books, musical instruments, tech and more – in essence, anything that your kids love doing – and that parenting influencers love writing or talking about.”

Ruth Leonard, Marketing Director at Co-Organiser MI PR Global, added: “FunFest has been a great success over the past two years, inspiring bloggers and providing brands with a fantastic opportunity to engage with these important influencers.

“We’re delighted to be working with Mimram Media on FunFest 2017 and to be taking the event to the next level.”

For more information about the FunFest Influencer Summit 2017, visit www.funfestuk.com.

To book delegate tickets, visit http://www.funfestuk.com/buy-tickets.

To find out about speaking opportunities at the conference, contact Lisa Carter via lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com or call 07970 164201.

If you’re a brand and would like to find out how you can work with these new influencers, contact Darrell Carter via darrell.carter@mimrammedia.com / 07967 947076 or Ruth Leonard via ruth.leonard@miprglobal.co.uk / 01494 372130.

Read Honest Mum Vicki Psarias's FunFest Blogger Summit keynote speech in full

If you were at the FunFest Blogger Summit last week we've got good news for you - over the next few weeks we'll be posting up video highlights of the event, plus extracts of the all the talks our awesome speakers gave during the conference sessions.

If you weren't at the FunFest Blogger Summit last month, a) where on earth were you?!, and b) here's your chance to see what you missed out on!

We're going to start with Honest Mum Vicki Psarias's keynote speech on overcoming the 'Imposter Syndrome' to find success in business and life.

You can read in right here on the Honest Mum blog.

Grab the last remaining tickets for next week's FunFest Blogger Summit!

Only a handful of delegate tickets remain for the FunFest Blogger Summit 2016, which takes place next weekend, Saturday, September 10th.

And you can grab one of the last places for just £20 (and kids come free!) by using the offer code FFOFFER - simply click here to secure your ticket.

We also have two more awesome Expo partners to announce - interactive toys specialist KD-UK and The MiniMaster Sports Company.

They join these other leading toy and entertainment firms who will be looking for blogger brand ambassador partners at FunFest next week - The Entertainer, Jumbo Games, Insect Lore, Magic Box, JCB Toys, Falk, Kids@Play, Topps, Amscan, Addo, Ardega, Crushed UK, Qualatex and Those Licensing People.

Plus your ticket includes a half-day conference, with exciting guest speakers from the world of blogging, including Honest Mum Vicki Psarias, Fundamentally Children's Georgina Dalton, Mahon Digital's Saija Mahon and Slummy Single Mummy Jo Middleton.

They will be covering a number of topics, including how to create a successful partnership for both brand and blogger and a look into the impact of children’s digital footprint in the online universe.

Other FunFest Blogger Summit highlights include an awards ceremony that will celebrate ‘best of show’ brand and products, with bloggers and their children uniquely picking the winners.
The FunFest Blogger Summit is for all bloggers – whether you’re a mum, dad or grandparent, or a general lifestyle blogger. The event is also suitable for both beginner or wannabe bloggers, as well as the elite of the UK blog sector, as there will be conference sessions and masterclasses suitable for all.

To book your £20 tickets, click here and use the offer code FFOFFER.
For more information please contact Kirsty Barr at MI PR Global - Kirsty.barr@miprglobal.co.uk