IPG Spring Conference - Guest Blog from Bridget Shine

Inspired are once again exhibiting at the IPG Spring conference 7th – 9th March 2018. Our senior consultant Helen Youngs and Deputy MD Donald Smith will be there representing Inspired and will be there to give away lots of freebies as well as advice on recruitment strategy.

In the lead up to the event and as exhibitors for the last 5 years we were asked to write a guest blog on IPG’s website, in the Meet the Exhibitors section. We thoroughly enjoyed this and thought we would return the favour and ask IPG’s CEO and good friend Bridget Shine to guest blog here to tell all of you all about what the IPG Spring Conference is and why you should come along!

What happens at the IPG Annual Spring Conference?

The Conference is a gathering of well over 300 people from across independent publishing. It has grown over the years into one of the biggest and best events in the publishing year.

The Conference features a very varied programme of about 30 different sessions. They include keynotes from some top names—this year including veteran politician Ken Clarke and the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan—as well as presentations and case studies from many IPG members. We also have a range of training sessions and a series of break-outs dedicated to specific parts of publishing like trade, children’s, educational, academic and professional sectors. For the first time in 2018 we are arranging speed-dating-style appointments for members with the UK’s leading book retailers.

In between all that we have plenty of time for networking and socialising, an Exhibitors’ Zone to meet lots of brilliant publishing suppliers and service providers like Inspired, and a gala dinner to present the prestigious Independent Publishing Awards. It’s a lot to cram into 48 hours, but we make sure everyone gets the most out of their precious time away from the office!

You can read the full schedule for the Conference here.

What was last year’s highlight?

We really enjoyed the Conference’s unique combination of blue-sky thinking and nuts-and-bolts advice. We got some great views on publishing from beyond the industry, and our keynotes from innovation expert Terence Mauri and Joe McEwan from Innocent Drinks went down very well. Hearing so much valuable advice from so many IPG members was a real privilege; it’s humbling to see the willingness of independent publishers to help each other.

The dinner for our Independent Publishing Awards is always a Conference highlight too. It’s wonderful to celebrate the achievements of IPG members, and to see how much they appreciate the recognition of their success.

What is the IPG most looking forward to this year?

We’re looking forward to helping our members tackle some of the big issues in publishing at the moment. Our speakers will be talking about some really interesting topics including AI, audio, branding, book design and GDPR. The IPG exists to help independent publishers become even better businesses, and it's exciting to be able to help them identify ways to increase sales and become more efficient and effective.

Our training sessions are going to be good too, providing help with important stuff like business planning, metadata, rights, social media and e-newsletters. And what many of our members look forward to most is the social side: catching up with old friends and making new contacts. There’s no other place where you can talk to so many fellow publishers and suppliers under one roof.

You can book places for the Annual Spring Conference here.

See you all there, if not before and don’t forget to come and say hello to Helen And Donald!