Speakers

Find out about the different speakers joining us at Blog On this May. We have a mixture of industry professionals and experienced bloggers sharing their knowledge.

Alex Wing

Tips and tricks for making epic videos

Alex is a 30 something year old Visual Designer by day. Some of you may know him as the other half of Hannah from What Hannah Did Next. He is a Dad to 3 kids and he loves to take photos and document his life through videos.

His main passion is YouTube where you can find his channel here, https://www.youtube.com/whatalexdid . This year he wanted to start taking his channel more seriously, so now he uses his channel to document his life as best he can through cinematic style videos. At the same time gives back to his subscribers by showing how he edits his videos along with tips and tricks he has learnt along the way to help his subscribers edit better too.

Bex Band

How to grow your blog by building a tribe

Blogger Bex Band (aka: The Ordinary Adventurer) set up the Love Her Wild community in 2017 to provide a space to help more women find adventure in their lives. The community now has over 5,500 members and has taken women on sell-out expeditions all over the world while launching Bex’s career as a blogger and speaker. Creating a tribe has allowed Bex to live her dream life working for herself while travelling full time. Bex was shortlisted for TGO Personality of the Year 2017 and made the 2018 San Miguel Rich List as a ‘Legacy Maker’.

Twitter: @Bex_Band
Instagram: @Bex_Band

Cerys Parker

3 Common Site Mistakes that make a huge impact on SEO... and how to fix them

Cerys is the founder of the award-winning parenting blog Rainy Day Mum and of The Blog Surgery. She is a former digital media and computer science teacher and marine biologist and has turned her "silly little hobby" blog (as it was called a number of times) into a full-time job. Although loving the pretty pictures of Pinterest and Instagram and the community connections through Facebook and Twitter she is a geek at heart and loves to dig into stats and build a strong SEO foundation which continues to grow and grow.

Claire Gamble

Be more visible, create more opportunities

Claire Gamble is the MD of PR and marketing agency Unhooked Communications and founder of PR training and coaching platform PR Unlocked. She's worked with businesses of all shapes and sizes from large international organisations through to fast-growth startups.

Lee Benecke

Pitch like a pro

Lee is the Head of Digital Engagement at Wavemaker North, responsible for the activation team across social media, influencer, digital PR, and content marketing in Manchester. He’s had the pleasure of working as a publisher, in-house brand marketer and in agency across his career and has vast experience of working with influencers and content creators to build relationships, create amazing content and add real value to his client’s campaigns and partnerships.

Sara-Jayne Jones

Hands-on mobile editing workshop

Sara-Jayne is a reformed lawyer turned photographer, and professional wrangler of her three small boys and Siberian huskies. She blogs at Keep Up With The Jones Family but you can find her on Instagram most of the time.

Sharon Wyness

Keynote: The Future of Play

Sharon Wyness. Sharon is CEO of AliveLab LTD and creator of Mardles. Sharon set out to create a range of toys that kids will love playing with but also something that parents approve of. Mardles have sold over 750,000 units in their 4 years of trading and are selling in 10 different countries.

 

Sian Russell

Understanding your YouTube Analytics

Siân has been blogging since 2011 at Helpful Mum. She's a 35 year old mother of two who runs a B&B in the Yorkshire Dales. Her background is in video editing, having trained as an Assistant Producer in News at the BBC.

Tom Marriott

Creating an awesome podcast

I'm Tom Marriott also known as Digital Marketing Punk.

Digital Marketing Punk became a active resistance against bad digital marketing, which is still widely sold in mass unsuspecting small business by the seedy underworld of digital agencies that just want you’re money and confuse people with talk of voodoo and technical jargon.

I started The Digital Marketing Punkcast, so that I could give those priced out or burnt by digital agencies an opportunity to learn digital marketing strategies and techniques to apply to their own DIY digital marketing campaigns. I invited experts in their own areas to come on to the show and talk about digital marketing in accessible and easy to understand language, without technical jargon and sales talk.

Instagram: @digitalmarketingpunk
Twitter: @punk_digital
Facebook: @digitalmarketingpunk

Zoe Corkhill

Getting to grips with Gutenberg

Zoe has created herself a very successful business around her blog Mama Geek. She is a web developer, designer, and blogger with over 10 years of WordPress experience. She works with WordPress blogs and commercial websites as a self-employed freelancer, providing both support services and full site development. She also creates business cards & other documents when required for both businesses & bloggers.

Jacob James

Mobile Photography, Videos & Lighting

Jacob James is a UK based internationally published travel and cultural documentary photographer. Jacob’s work has been published in well known photography publications both in the UK and worldwide such as Digital Camera, Amateur Photographer, Tutti Fotografi and N-Photo.

Jacob has worked with some of the biggest names in the photography world and is currently working as an ambassador for Panasonic UK, Manfrotto and X-Rite as a part of their Coloratti.

Jacob has presented talks and seminars at some of the biggest photographic exhibitions and events in the world, and also runs workshops across the world teaching other photographers. He is also a writer and regularly contributes photography tutorials, tips and travel writing to websites such as DigitalRev Learn, Manfrotto Image More Blog and many others.

 

Sandra Roycroft

How a blog a day can help you lose weight

Sandra Roycroft-Davis is a Harley Street weight loss specialist and the founder of ThinkingSlimmer.com and the Clinically proven Slimpod weight loss programme. She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity and is part of Public Health England’s sugar reduction initiative. Sandra is working with the NHS to improve the health of staff at Manchester's Pennine Acute Hospital Trust and Tameside and Glossop NHS Trust, where she played a major part in creating the first sugar-free hospital restaurant in the UK. Sandra has also appeared on Channel 4's How to Lose Weight well.

Sandra will also be in the Brand Den throughout the day