Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Be Careful When Attending Blog Events

While we were leaving the venue of the event in the email below, my best friend suggested that I blog about the situation that happened that day. I told her that I have too much write ups to focus on and adding more will just increase my pile of to-dos. However, if not for this experience, I would not realize how important it is for other bloggers to be informed about this incident. After all, it may happen again.

I received this email from Martina Neo:


I replied:
Thanks for the invite. I'm coming.


After that, I never received a reply from her again. On the day of the event, the restaurant was close to empty, except for a few people who are also bloggers. I learned from them that the resto's staff didn't know we were coming. This made us realize that there was no event to begin with.

Lessons learned:
1.       No matter what happens, a PR should always reply to the people he/she invites. A confirmation should be given to the guests. Bloggers who are invited to attend an event should be skeptical if the PR or contact person fails to send a confirmation since the event could be moved to another date, start at a different time,or be cancelled. Also, people should be wary of hoax, - which, I believe, is what happened to us.

2.       Research about the PR firm and the name of the sender inviting you. I have researched the PR firm before we went to the place and there was no such thing as Haubrich Communications. However, it got me to thinking that the PR might be new. That was a bad idea.

3.       The content of the email should always have a contact number.

4.       The invite can spare some details, but it should not be vague like the one sent to me:



I know that I am not a popular blogger, but I’ve attended hundreds of blog events. It’s funny, when I first arrended an event last year, I was very careful and suspicious with the sender. However, after all the blogs I attended, I still fell for a hoax. Maybe it was because I was so at ease and used to attending events that I became complacent. Thank heavens that apart from wasting time and effort, nothing worse happened to me and my fellow bloggers. It was a baffling incident, but it's something I do not regret experiencing.





Written by: Janine Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera
Photos: screenshots

20 comments:

  1. Next time be careful na! :)

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  2. Hundreds? Whoa. Yeah I think we should really confirm via texting the organizer before the day of the event for confirmation.

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    1. Hey Roch. Figuratively speaking lang. DI ko na din kasi alam kung ilan :D

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  3. That's too bad so I rarely attend events when I'm not sure on who the organizer is.

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  4. Be very careful and smart with event invitation. Better if you have blogger peers that you can consult or ask about PR's or invites. Also, know more about the event, the company involved, and the contact person if she is truly contactable and connected.

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    1. Thanks Ate Mimay. Mommyng mommy talaga. Napagalitan pa tuloy ako. Char!

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  5. I never attended an event for bloggers, and I think, I have to scrutinize the details and the person in charge.

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  6. Thanks for writing your experience. This is a lesson learned not only for you but also to people reading your blog.

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  7. Oh...what a bad experience?...hope it's not happen to you again...I'm so curios...what's the benegit to join a blog events...I'm sorry I'm just so curious and I never experience to attend any events like this...

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    1. Hi. first is, the excitement would always be present because you meet the people whom you just known from online and the next thing you know, you already have new found cool circle of friends :) . second, if you evaluate a resto, all you eat are for free; if it's a product, well you get to know the information about the item, firsthand. third, sometimes you get a token like GCs or freebies. fourth, it may help your site rank increase

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  8. Hindi nga maganda yang nangyari sa iyo. Buti na lang hindi kayo nakuhanan ngpera or na-Budol Budol Gang,

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  9. Pa-Imbestigador na yan Jammy! LOL

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  10. well I actually never attended any such events :D

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  11. I agree with Ishmael, good thing na wala nangyari masama. Though I don't attend events, I receive invites too so mukhang invitation and email pa lang kaduda duda na.

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    1. Kaya sinuggest nung isang blogger na umalis na rin kami agad dahil baka may bad intentions talaga yung nag email aside from wasting our time.

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  12. Legit invites from PRs include their contact details. This one did not. Whenever I get invited, I try to ask some questions before I confirm (unless I knew the PR person already). Thanks for sharing this. I find it ridiculous that there are some people who wasted time just to invite bloggers to a non-existent event. :\

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  13. the fact that i am lucky enough to be invited as a blogger to lots of events here in Malaysia together with the other famous local bloggers, I never feel so nervous or no doubts at all. maybe because i can see more informations and more updates about the events before it happens is a one thing. My first was amazing coz I was invited to judge a contest to be the Face of newly opened mall.

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    1. I hope I can be lucky as you are someday... :) Yeah, I can see it that you get a lot of invitations there in Malaysia. More blessings to come !

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