10 reasons why you might not buy a ticket for CMA Live 17 - CMA Live 2017

10 reasons why you might not buy a ticket for CMA Live 17

Everyone seems to be talking about CMA at the moment. Can it really be that good?

So you’ve decided to spend a little of your precious time over here on the CMA Live 17 website, and you’re curious to find out if it’s is for you or not.

There are so many things you will be considering right now, and I’d like to help you get through all the questions you’re asking yourself as quickly as possible.

Here are 10 reasons that might stop you from buying a ticket for CMA Live 17…

10 reasons why you might not buy a ticket for CMA Live 17

1. You don’t know if you are suitable

  1. Are you a business owner?
  2. Do you have customers?
  3. Do you believe that marketing is the single most important aspect of your business?
  4. Do you want to be the best at what you do?

If you said yes to all these questions then CMA Live 17 is for you.

2. You don’t know if you are unsuitable

Although we do attract the odd ‘marketeer’ (i.e. someone from a marketing agency, or a marketer from a larger organisation), it’s mainly due to the calibre of speakers we have, TCMA is not aimed at ‘career marketers’.

This is a marketing conference for business people. Perhaps you are the owner of a marketing agency, and TCMA may well be suitable for you in that case.

In the main though, it’s for business people who want to be the best marketers they can be for their business.

3. It’s too early for you

Is there a better time to learn about marketing? In my opinion, it’s never too late and it’s never too early.

At TCMA2016 we had quite a few people that hadn’t event started their business yet. They were there sponging up all the information they could to give them the best possible start.

Thinking back to 2011, 2 years before I started my business, I attended several marketing conferences throughout the UK to get as much knowledge as possible to set me up for success going forward. I spent a lot of money and time gathering the skills I felt I needed.

The earlier you learn about marketing the better – you’ll realise just how important it is from the very start of your entrepreneurial career.

TCMA will save you a lot of time and effort by fast tracking you to the best people and the most up to date content.

4. It’s too far to travel

TCMA2017 is taking place in Edinburgh, the beautiful Capital of Scotland.

Now, I know that people will not even travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh, and vice versa, to attend events. In fact, if it rains outside some people won’t leave the house even if they have paid for a ticket for an event!

We live in a very strange world.

However, TCMA is just a wee bit different than other events.

TCMA2016 was truly a international conference. We had guests from North America, South Africa, Spain, Italy and Ireland. 30% of our guests were from England, and the remainder from Scotland. Throughout the UK we had people from Aberdeen to Penzance and everywhere in between.

People are willing to travel far and wide to be at TCMA.

There’s a very good chance that the best people and the best marketing conferences are not going to take place in your town or city, and you will have to travel to get the exposure you need to grow yourself and your business.

It’s only too far if you’re lazy and you don’t think there’s any value in you being there.

Nothing will stop you if you know you need to be there.

Shout out to a few people who travelled afar for TCMA 2016:

  • Dani Bergman: travelled from South Africa for TCMA2016
  • Andrew & Pete: Travelled from Newcastle for TCMA2016
  • Yva Yorston: Travelled from Aberdeen for TCMA2016
  • Pete Matthew: Travelled from Penzance for TCMA2016

Regardless of distance travelled, thanks to everyone for making a huge effort to be at TCMA2016! 

TCMA2016 - Dani Bergman

Chris Marr recognising Dani for travelling from Cape Town, South Africa.

5. It’s too short notice

This is a common and valid reason. You may already have plans in place, especially if the conference is only a few weeks away.

Other things that might get in the way are:

  • Staff holidays
  • Staff illness
  • Client deadlines
  • Family holidays
  • Time off
  • Work load, and
  • …generally not enough time to plan for it.

I get it.

The earlier you can get your place booked the better.

TCMA2017 takes place on 8th and 9th June 2017, so depending on when you’re reading this, you might be able to take advantage of time and book well in advance and plan accordingly so you don’t miss out.

You can also get a great deal on tickets, take advantage of our payment plan and save money on travel and accommodation by booking early.

If you are reading this and TCMA is far into the future, do yourself a favour and get booked in. Spread the payments, and lock the dates in your schedule.

Shout out to Stefan Thomas and Julia Bramble for puling out the stops at the last minute to be at TCMA2016! 

5. It’s your first time and you’re not really sure how good it will be

You’ve probably seen a lot of the ‘hype’ around TCMA, and perhaps you are a little skeptical of it all. It just seems a little ’too good to be true’.

I know exactly how you feel. After TCMA2016 people said crazy things like:

Emotional, invigorated, head is buzzing with ideas. Excited about the future. Possibilities could be endless.

I was seriously blown away by TCMA2016. All the speakers at the event were incredible.

I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN! I am absolutely fired up and motivated beyond belief. I feel like I am part of something incredibly special and life-changing. I loved every minute of the event but the best thing about it is that it continues on past the two days through the online community and meet-ups.

Determined, inspired, motivated, positive, self-belief, excited

Awesome! So pleased I attended TCMA2016, I feel like my business path is much clearer than it was before I went, I feel like I know exactly which direction I am taking to get us to where we need to be.

We now think it is the best conference in the UK we have been to.

Mind blown

I have been through a thoughtful, emotional, educational car wash and have come out the other side ready to start afresh and rebuild with new inspiration and better ideas.

Blown away and supercharged.

Expectations blown out of the water. Everything soooo much better than I’d hoped!

It’s like christmas

Overwhelmed, but in a good way. It was even better than I had hoped it would be.

You’re probably thinking “how good can it really be?” Well…I can only give you so much information to help you with this.

The comments above are only a snippet of the feedback we have received. It’s up to you whether you want to believe it or not.

Click here (coming soon) to read an article (new tab) with all the blogs and videos that guests have published in the first week after TCMA2016.

It all speaks for itself, and if that’s not enough for you then I’m seriously going to struggle to help you further.

A point comes where you have to make the decision for yourself.

You know about the horse and the water…

Are you in, or out?

TCMA2016 - Beverly Sherratt

Beverly Sherratt – Her 1st time at TCMA

7. You’re paying for this in advance & taking all the risk!

That is true – you pay for a ticket and you have no idea if it’s actually going to become a reality. I get it. You are fully trusting us here at CMA to follow through and do what we say we’re going to do.

CMA Live 17 is our fourth year in a row. We’re committed to the venue, the speakers…and most of all to you.

We’re all in on this. It’s happening. You can trust us, just like 100s of other people just like you that have over the years.

8. You can’t afford it/It seems expensive

Two days or more out of your business, travel expenses, accommodation and your ticket.

It’s not cheap.

In fact, it’s expensive when you add it all up.

What I do know is this – you probably go to a lot of free/low cost events in and around your area. You waste a lot of time at these events. But because it’s free it seems valuable.

Also, how much time do you spend out of your business for personal development? If it’s only a few days a year you better make sure it’s the absolute best use of your time.

Stop wasting time at the mediocre free events and get yourself to the only conference that matters.

Here’s the thing, it costs a lot of money and takes a lot of effort to bring in the best international speakers, the best venues and to get a room full of the best people.

It’s not going to be cheap, why should it be? If it was too cheap you’d probably be wondering why it’s so cheap!

However, I know it will pay for itself over and over again.

I’d like to recognise a few that have invested heavily in CMA Live over the years…

  • Allan Corfield – coming back for a 3rd time in 2017 and is bringing his marketing team with him
  • Andy Brown – returning for his 4th year in 2017
  • Caroline McKenna – returning for her 4th year in 2017
  • Pam Laird – returning for her 3rd year with her team in 2017
  • Julie Christie – returning for her 4th year with her team in 2017

Thanks for your continued support year after year!

TCMA2016 - Julie Christie

Julie Christie on stage at CMA Live 16. Will be returning to CMA Live 17 for a 4th time!

9. Why is CMA Live not in London?

Seems a bit strange, right? Why would someone organise and run a leading marketing conference in Scotland? Can it be valuable if it’s not in London?

What a ridiculous question.

If anything CMA Live is so much better because it’s not in the usual conference locations.

Have you ever been to Edinburgh before? What an amazing city steeped in history.

I can’t think of a better place to host an international conference.

TCMA2016 - The Hub in Edinburgh

The Hub in the centre of Edinburgh – Where we host CMA Live

10. You won’t know anyone

The most common word I hear that explains the atmosphere at CMA Live is ‘community’ – it gets mentioned by everyone, all the time.

Here are a few examples from the feedback when we asked ‘what did you like the most about CMA Live 16?’…

I was surprised that every ‘new’ person I spoke to was really interesting and engaging, no matter what industry they were in. I was expecting to get trapped in a few conversations that I wanted to wriggle out of, as you do at many business or networking events.

To be with a mix of people that are starting out in business, with success in business, authors, speakers it was just brilliant!

Main thing is I got a definite sense of the community behind it, that people did know each other and help each other

The community, supportive feeling – lots of love in that room and I did not really know anyone!

The feeling in the room; the sense of community and genuine love for those in it. The conversations I had with people over the course of the two days have given me the confidence to really own my business and take action without fear. It’s a bit of a light and fluffy answer but the key thing I think is that the right people were there.

Spending time with the people who make my world a better place.

The atmosphere. The room was buzzing throughout the event far more than any business conference I have ever attended.

Being surrounded with people who just get it!

The community vibe. We think this is what makes it special. We’ve been to Social Media Marketing World, which also has this community vibe too it, but we have never been to an event in the UK that can match it.

The sense of community. Everyone was so friendly and supportive and happy to share ideas and advice.

Being in community with people who are committed to being and becoming their best selves through their business and the effect that’s had in me to dig deeper and be better!

TCMA2016 - When Yva met Cara

When Yva met Cara for the first time

I just can’t imagine you coming to CMA Live and not finding someone to talk to. If you feel alone in business there’s just no other place to be than CMA Live.

Click here if you’re ready to commit and register for CMA Live 17.

Your turn

So there you have it, 10 reasons that might stop you from buying a ticket for CMA Live 2017.

I hope this has helped you to decide that CMA Live is for you and I’ll see you there on 8th and 9th June 2017.

I’m sure there are a few other questions that you have on your mind, and I’d like to invite you to email me at chris@cmauk.co.uk with any thoughts, questions or ideas.