A Run Down of Bristol Creative Industry Events

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As a creative in a competitive business space it’s important to connect with other like-minded personalities in your field also in related fields.

Understanding the challenges, achievements and insights of like minded individuals or potential clients and collaborators can help you re-energise and establish fresh methods and perspectives on running and marketing your own business.

As well as being an amazing place to live, Bristol is one of the UK’s most innovative and prosperous cities for startups. Unsurprisingly then it’s home to a ton of amazing creative industry events throughout the year. Here are nine of our favourites:

1. Bristol Digital Marketing Conference

Date: September 4-5, 2019

Price: £197 (super early bird rate)

Location: Online (live streamed)

Whether you are a beginner or an expert in digital marketing, you can always learn something new in this ever-evolving field to bolster your business’ digital presence.

Reinforcing the effectiveness of the medium, the Bristol Digital Marketing Conference is a 100% live-streamed event. Over the course of two days, you can gain insights on everything from product UX to predictive analysis and attribution.

Purchasing the all-access pass also lets you watch every talk on demand for one year in case the dates don’t fit your current schedule.

2. Digital Gaggle

Date: September 19, 2019

Price: To be announced

Location: Watershed Cinema, 1 Canon’s Road

In-house marketing managers and directors have a great responsibility to be on top of the trending tactics and strategies in the digital space. By attending Digital Gaggle, you’ll keep abreast of the latest techniques that, when put into practice, make a significant impact on your business’ bottom line.

The event features six presentations from experts in the B2B, professional services, and e-commerce industries. Afterwards, there is the opportunity to discuss these ideas and share your thoughts with the 200 other attendees eager to learn and network.

Digital Gaggle runs two jam-packed events in Bristol every year, with the previous conference having concluded last April. Make sure to get your ticket for the September conference as soon as they’re available.

3. Networking for Creative & Marketing professionals

Date: September 25, 2019

Price: Free

Location: We The Curious, 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Road

As part of Bristol Expo’s whole-day programme Get Connected, business creatives are invited to a variety of organised networking sessions. If you are a marketer, designer, advertiser, or PR professional, take this opportunity to start partnerships with your colleagues who represent a wide range of local, regional, and even national businesses.

There is a breakfast networking session before the programme begins and two speed networking sessions for all sectors. There are also 14 sector-specific sessions, as well as a more informal Cabernet & Connections session at the end of the day.

Attendance is absolutely free, so all the more reason for you to show up, especially if you want to build up your professional network.

4. Basics of Branding for Small Creative Businesses

Date: May 28, 2019

Price: £27.24 – £32.57

Location: Studio Cotton, 48 Corn Street

A great business idea, even coming from a creative, can only be so successful without smart branding to reach its target audience effectively. Don’t let it die on the vine just because you don’t know how to brand it properly.

This event will help you establish a concrete understanding of essential branding elements when starting your own business with Studio Cotton’s Basics of Branding for Small Creative Businesses. It’s perfect for artists, yoga teachers, jewellers, and anyone dreaming of turning their creative passion into an entrepreneurial venture.

The workshop will run you through a branding checklist, provide practical tech tips, and teach you how to best present your brand through traditional and digital channels.

5. Planning a Website for Small Creative Businesses

Date: June 4, 2019

Price: £27.24 – £32.57

Location: Studio Cotton, 48 Corn Street

Having a website is one of the biggest marketing moves to make for any kind of business. For creatives that don’t already have the experience or the technical know-how in creating a website with marketing in mind, it’s risky to just start one even with a streamlined DIY solution like Squarespace, Wix, WordPress or Shopify.

Learn the fundamentals of building a website and why it’s so important to plan ahead and avoid unnecessary and costly mistakes in Studio Cotton’s Planning a Website for Small Creative Businesses. With worksheets, as well as single and group exercises, you can immediately practice the lessons and gain the confidence you need to start building your website.

6. SMW Bristol: Smart Content Creatively Delivered

Date: June 14, 2019

Price: £15

Location: Engine Shed, Station Approach

It’s not enough for a business owner to spend a lot of time and resources in creating quality content. If it’s not tailored to the target audience’s interests and delivered through their preferred channels in a way that resonates with their feelings and outlooks, your content will not convert.

Social Media Week Bristol’s “Smart Content Creatively Delivered” presents ways to use the latest in technology to communicate with customers, gather relevant data, and develop content strategies that tap into the information collected from sincere customer engagement. During this session, you’ll learn strategies from some of the leading experts in the industry.

7. Programming for the Creative Musician: 4-day Max summer course at dBs Music

Date: July 15 – 18, 2019

Price: £96.53

Location: dBs Music Bristol – Mitchell Lane Campus, 2 Mitchell Lane

Music producers who are looking to push their creative boundaries can do just that by learning to program. dBs Music Bristol is hosting a four-day course where attendees get lessons on Max for Live, MIDI/data controls, generative techniques, sampling and manipulation, and more.

Audio and visual artists, experimental musicians, and video game sound designers are all welcome to join this educational event. Gain a deeper appreciation for the technical side of music production, and apply your learnings to expand your capabilities in music production.

8. INSCRIBE : “The Artist’s Way” A Day Workshop for Writers

Date: August 10, 2019

Price: £12 – £15

Location: TBC

Writing can be such a mercurial process. At times, it’s the most natural form of expression, with thoughts flowing freely to text. That is, until you hit writer’s block.

Inscribe’s “The Artist’s Way” creative writing workshop opens up a space for writers to reflect on their methods, challenges, and assumptions. Facilitator Claudia Montieth hopes that by providing a relaxed, playful environment, attendees can embrace the ups and downs of their own creative process and explore new ideas.

Whether you’re aiming for artistic self-improvement or polishing professional skills, you can experience growth by participating in this programme.

9. SMW Bristol: The mental health pros and cons of working in social media

Date: June 11, 2019

Price: £5

Location: Access Creative College Bristol, All Saints’ St

Social media community managers have the enormous task of directly dealing with the public on platforms with the highest visibility and instantaneous feedback, all the while maintaining their business’ brand identity. The positive and negative mental health effects of this task can be overwhelming.

This event by Social Media Week Bristol offers advice on how to manage your mental health properly and find success if you are in this line of work. Participants are welcome to share personal accounts and resources. Members of the mental health advocate group Off the Record are available for those looking for more info after the event.

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