Record attendance proves Manchester is united in personal development
Manchester, 3rd November 2010
Bar 38 played host to more than 200 marketing professionals last week as the Only Marketing Jobs tour reached it’s penultimate destination of 2010, exactly one year after the regional networking events began.
Kicking-off bang on time at 7pm the room was full of marketing, communications and media-types eager to swap stories, catch-up on industry developments and build personal and business relationships. Attendees looking for marketing jobs in Manchester benefited too, as representatives of hiring companies worked the room, as well as the guys at local sales & marketing recruitment company, Adam.
When we first hit Manchester twelve months ago we were trying to prove to the North West that there was more to our job board than London. To be honest it was a struggle. We’d assumed that with its digital media-centric density, Manchester would provide a great platform for our event promotion. We’d also assumed we’d attract attendees via our LinkedIn group and Twitter channels. The trouble was the former was under populated and nobody was using the latter.
How things have changed, with more than half the room enjoying the newly introduced Tweet Wall (live Twitter display) and about 85% of attendees now active on LinkedIn. Great to see.
As usual our networking legend, Lloyd Dalton-Brown, was on hand to guide the throng through the speed networking session. This time he headed straight for the jugular, encouraging people to accentuate their ‘elevator pitch’; the top of the conversation that tells your opposite exactly why they should be speaking with you: “This is what I can do for you.” The room was soon belting out self-promotion (or is that branding?!) – which is all part of the networking experience.
It was great to see the academic element of marketing so gregariously represented, as Diane Earles, regional director of CIM, held court with a number of interested prospects. Involvement from arguably the marketing industry’s foremost education and training authority offers a lot back to our event attendees, so extended thanks to Diane.
Marketing recruiters, Adam, who headlined the event superbly. Feedback from attendees who spoke with their consultants was great. Well done guys! Continued gratitude to Cambridge Marketing College for their event support – shame they couldn’t make it on the night. Nice work Mark Lester, of Premier CVs, for helping jobseekers with some great CV advice. And last but by no means least, big hugs out to Suzie Sharpe, of Key Change Training, our resident tarot card turner, who made at least 10 other people’s evenings with some amazing insight into current and future expectations.
Ending by saying thanks and well done to all attendees. It was a fantastic event. And so much better than last time…
What you need to do now
View those 200 local marketing professionals and connect with them via the UK Marketing Lounge on LinkedIn. Why not follow us on Twitter, too, and take a look at the hash tag stream that ran throughout the day: #mancLU
Lastly, remind yourself of what a great evening you had (or missed) by taking a look at the Manchester Link-up photos.
Did you attend the Manchester Link-up? What did you think? Would love your comments below.
Simon Lewis | Editor | Only Marketing Jobs