I'm back in Cornwall after an amazing two days. It is wonderful to be home, to see my family and our beautiful farm with fresh eyes. This has to be the best way to appreciate what you have. Anyway the long drive has given me plenty of time to reflect on the event and what I have taken from it. For me there were some real wins and a few less than perfect moments too. While they are all fresh and in no particular order here are my highs and lows:
My Brit Mums 'Foax Pas'
I had 200 brand new business cards designed and printed to make my website makeover but sadly came home with 198 of them. If anyone wants one I have a few going spare!
I attended an interesting session on photography with Julia Boggio and learned how to stand for photos by turning sideways and pushing your chin out and then looking slightly down, yet I managed to totally forget in my photo after with the stunning Katy Hill who of course is looking gorgeous and was doing it all right. Grrr, I can't be cross though as she is such a delight to be around and welcoming person to everyone there.
I felt wearing my Coombe Mill badge was a great way to be recognised but discovered I had spend half the day with it flipped round the wrong way! Despite this I felt I managed to see more people than last year thanks to one on my bag and a few who actually knew me as more than a logo.
I proved myself to be a total country bumpkin and couldn't find my way from the Premier Inn to The Brewery even once on my own. Thank you to Alfa Wilmore who walked all the way there and back with me to check in on Friday.
I didn't win in my BIBs category of social media but I am delighted for Darren Coleshill who did. All the finalists were amazing candidates and I was thrilled to be one of them.
Coca Cola and Coombe Mill
The machine broke before I could have my bespoke Coke bottle made last year so I was careful to make over to the coke stand early this time. I was ridiculously proud of my Coombe Mill Bottle.
Visit Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays's profile on Pinterest.
There is no such thing as too many boards or too many pins. Keep adding and repin to more than one board if relevant.
Title boards with keywords, that means I need to remove Coombe Mill from titles and make them more generic
Don't use hashtags; they are not relevant on Pinterest.
Focus on aspirations and make boards as desirable as possible don't just pin your own posts.
Education is a big area. I have a whole section for education on my site and am relaunching this together with Twinkl and will be talking to them about a joint board for all our wonderful ideas.
"Rich Pins" are the way forward, there are five areas of product, place, article, recipe and movie, use them to add more information on your pin with more search opportunities. These are available for business accounts; another reason to have one.
Pinterest is a form of social media, take time to repin, comment and follow just as you would on any other platform. Obvious but something I don't do enough.
Watch me become a Pinterest Queen over the coming months!
There were some great insights from this session too. Here are my main pointers:
Remember Google Plus is a part of Google and it can influence your blog ranking too. Having more active followers here is one way in which Google will rank you.
Google personalizes search information for you if you are in someone's G+ circle you are more likely to appear in their searches too
Large photos need to be at least 510 pixels in size. It was mentioned that 710 by 915 is ideal for Pinterest and this also works well for G+
If you are a business as I am it is worth having 5 reviews as this will get you a gold star on Google Local. I only have two reviews so if anyone is feeling generous who knows me this is the link to write a review for Coombe Mill and I would be most grateful.
More text is good so don't restrict yourself. A paragraph or two of good copy to draw your reader in is a good idea
Use the link box to link to your blog post as this will help your blog SEO. However you will need to publish again with the link in the text box to enable a decent size photo. Try and make the description different if you are duplicating your post in this way.
Add a "rel=publisher" tag in the header of your website to connect your blog to your G+ page or profile.
Bloggers at Brit Mums
The learning was a bonus and I felt the sessions were more helpful than last year. However as far as I am concerned I bought my ticket and travelled to Brit Mums to meet the online friends I feel I have made over the years all in one place. From excited hugs to drunken conversations I really delighted in every person who spoke to me after recognised me or my logo (when it was facing the right way). I may have gone a little overboard on the photos but if I saw you I probably snapped you too, not my best pictures but indoor spot lights and coloured lighting were kind to skin but not ideal for photography. Never the less I delighted in capturing the smiles and silly faces of the moment. I award myself a BIBs in portrait quantity over the two days if not quality!
A huge thank you to all who obliged me in the silly and sane photos and took time to talk to me, you made the two days so worthwhile.