JULY 11-15 2016

Thanks to everyone who joined us for PPA Connect Week 2016, a series of live events to inspire, inform, and energise all the dedicated event professionals in business media and consumer magazines.



PPA Connect Week was a series of events aimed at events professionals in the business media and consumer magazine sectors. Our carefully-curated menu of activities was designed to support those working in operations, marketing, sales, content, and senior executive roles, providing a host of opportunities for you to network and learn from the industry's pioneers. . . and to have some fun along the way!


PPA Connect Week was designed with the busy schedules of events professionals in mind, offering up an exciting mix of networking socials, webinars, lunches, and workshops running across five days, so you can pick ‘n’ mix what's right for you. Sitting at the heart of PPA Connect Week was the PPA Connect Conference - a full-day of premium content at Tobacco Dock on Wednesday, July 13.


Simply scroll through the days below and see what takes your fancy. For free-to-attend activities, there will be an email address to register through. For the Conference, you can click directly through to the booking site.



We are delighted to have a speaker line-up that features some of the most senior events executives from PPA membership, as well as leading figures from the events pureplay world and beyond. Click on the speaker images for full details.

Jenny Adams
Jenny Adams
Head of Innovation, Informa KNect365
Mariam Ahmed
Mariam Ahmed
Events Director, Shortlist Media
Elvira Asare Hunte
Elvira Asare Hunte
Founder, Southbank Consulting
Deborah Barleggs
Deborah Barleggs
Associate Director, Arup Consulting
Tamar Kasriel
Tamar Kasriel
MD, Futurereal
Susanna Kempe
Susanna Kempe
CEO, Flying Trumpets
Stuart McLean
Stuart McLean
Group HR Director, Incisive Media
Kate McVeigh
Kate McVeigh
Commercial Director, Centaur Media
Fiona Miller
Fiona Miller
Group Events Director, Plexus
Shân Millie
Shân Millie
Founder and Director, Bright Blue Hare
Ricardo Molina
Ricardo Molina
Co-Founder & Director, Bright Bull B2B + Inbound Marketing
Dr James Morgan
Dr James Morgan
Founder, Event Tech Lab
Liz Moseley
Liz Moseley
Marketing Director, Lions Festivals
Matthew Robinson
Matthew Robinson
Events Director, Mergermarket Group
Nick Sargent
Nick Sargent
Commercial Director, WIRED Events
Katie Simmons
Katie Simmons
Head of Conferencing, RoCRE
Will Wilkinson
Will Wilkinson
General Manager, WSJ Pro

PPA Connect Launch Party

18:00 - 21:00 @ The Magic Roundabout

PPA Connect Week 2016 kicked off with a bang at the PPA Connect Launch Party! The venue was The Magic Roundabout, a brilliant new venue located right in the middle of Old Street Roundabout. Accessed via a secret staircase in the tube station, The Magic Roundabout is a unique party space, offering award-winning street food, beautiful cocktails, craft beers and great music, all in an outdoor setting. We had delicious food from Burger Bear and White Men Can't Jerk, live DJs playing a mix of disco, house, techno and reggae, and plenty of other activities to keep our guests entertained.




PPA Connect Conference

09:00 - 18:00


Thanks to everyone who attended the PPA Connect Conference. The brilliant Tobacco Dock were fantastic hosts.

We were thrilled to see content producers, operations and marketing professionals, as well as business owners come together  to share their successes and challenges with each other.

Presentations will be available online shortly, along with photos and footage of the day. Stay tuned.




PPA Connect Snapshot Sales Webinars

Our four x 45-minute webinars took place on Thursday 14 July, hosted by the brilliant team at Flume Training, and powered by the slick webcast platform, Workcast. The four sessions each tackled a key area of event sales with a panel of experts in their field, led by Raoul Monks, Founder and Director of Flume Training.  

Below is a summary of what we covered, and who took part.  These webinars are available On Demand here.

10:00 - What’s Working in Sponsorship Sales in 2016

For many clients, sponsorship is a difficult to justify investment, which can make it a tough sell for sponsorship sales teams. To help clients understand that sponsorship can be used to dramatically elevate the impact of their marketing campaigns, salespeople need to prioritise their understanding of why it works for the audience.

> Selling a feeling: how to tap into the emotional side of buying

> The importance of safety and trust: understanding the science behind how your audience’s brains work, and how you can use that to convince clients

> The best sponsorship salespeople are storytellers – how to sell the intangibles

> How to help your client understand why they are buying from you, not just what they are buying - leading with the “why” of sponsorship

Greg Saint, Event Director, Clarion Events Ltd
Barney Stinton, Sponsorship Director, UBM

11:30 - Delegate Sales: Making Your Event a Priority

In today’s market, potential delegates have more opportunities to learn and network than ever before, so there needs to be a compelling reason why they should prioritise your event. Delegates sales people need to lead people to their differentiation by creating a brief, but compelling conversation.

> How to lead people to your event and create the initial conversation

> E-selling – how to write impactful emails that get a response

> The importance of selling-on: how to sell the result and impact of that result to help the delegate justify the investment

Alexander Crockford, Delegate Sales Manager, Clarion Events
Greg Saint

14:00 The Multi-Platform Sell: Avoiding the Paradox of Choice

In this rapidly changing media landscape, there are now so many different ways for an organisation to connect with its audience that it can often lead to a paradox of choice. Having so many platforms can make the sell more confusing, which can make your clients less open to exploring new ideas.

> Why should a client buy anything from you?

> Understanding how audiences buy from your clients:

> Audience journey: Mapping the right messages

> Audience journey: Measuring the success of multi-platform campaigns

> Audience journey: Using this understanding to have a conversation with your client about the right platforms to invest in

Anna Knight, Brand Director, UBM
Beth Pedersen, Group Commercial Director, Plexus

15:30 - Proving the Value of Your Solution

In today’s climate, clients will only buy what they think will work and only continue to invest in what they know has worked. The onus used to be on the salesperson alone as to whether their client achieved ROI or not. Today we need to readdress the balance of how clients work with sales people so maximum value of every investment is achieved.

> What does ROI and ROO really mean?

> How to make your product work for your client

> Tools to educate your client on what they need to do to make the most of the partnership

> How to be audience-led and not product-led

> Driving your client’s measurement criteria and helping them understand how to measure it

> Being clear on what you can genuinely promise your client

Jon Johnston, Head of Business Development, UBM
Daniel Read, Business Development Director, ITE Group






We will be hosting all of our activities across a variety of exciting venues in London, to offer you a unique experience at each PPA Connect Week event.

The PPA Connect Conference is being held at Tobacco Dock, Equidistant from London’s financial district, Greenwich and the Tower of London world heritage site and Tech City, Tobacco Dock marries flexibility with progressive spaces against an architecturally significant backdrop. The dock has played host to many of the UK’s leading events and awards for start-ups and FTSE-500 companies as well as exhibitions and live performances. Capitalising on its industrial origins, event spaces are pared back and stylish and can offer quayside views, natural daylight and an outdoor environment amidst one of the capital’s most technologically advanced IT infrastructures. In-house catering prepared daily by Tobacco Dock Food champions small-batch, seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers.

Tobacco Dock was recently voted London’s Best Awards Venue by the Global Conference Network in recognition of its service excellence and exceptional quality. The venue has proved to be a catalyst for helping grow footfall and market share for trade and consumer events, underlining its premise as a place where people congregate and ideas are exchanged.

How To Get Here

PPA Connect Week Partners

Air Business
The Business Narrative
Denmaur Independent Papers
Flume Training
Merit Group
Tobacco Dock
York Mailing