Last Sunday, Nuffnang China had it’s largest bloggers’ meet up so far. It was held in this new Sushi restaurant called Sushi Nami Royale. Met the owner Stella through an introduction from Wangjing. Stella lived in Canada for about 10 years and Sushi Nami is a Canadian brand that she thought of to bring to Beijing since she was coming back here. They’re looking to open more locations here in Beijing.
Back to the event, this event was meant for us to know our bloggers better and for the bloggers to come and understand more of exactly what we’re trying to achieve and ask any questions that they might have.
The event was supposed to start at 3.30pm but we had bloggers walking in as early as 3pm! Rachel waiting eagerly…
Once everyone got seated, we started the event by playing Broken Telephone, something I learned from Robb, but of course we did it in Chinese.
Then we started presenting the presentation that I present at every blogger event. This time I made it quick since it was a large group and expected more questions than before. But found out that in a large group, it’s harder to get questions since people are shy to speak up.
To keep the event light and not presentation driven, we got a chinese-rap band to come perform. The band was called HHHEEEIII!!! We actually met Ray, one of the members of the band through our Christmas event last year, we didn’t know he rapped, but after he won one of the prizes that night, we asked for a speech, but he said, why don’t I rap instead? We were like huh? and he just busted his speech out in a rap.
We were so amazed and found out that he had a band so we got him to come back to perform this time with the entire band!
You can see it’s a pretty simple 3-man band: 2 MCs and 1 DJ. Well the DJ setup is pretty simple, all he brought was just an iPad and he was churning out music from there!
We loved the performance, but then again, everyone also loved the food. The food was what Sushi Nami wanted to highlight to the bloggers so that they could blog about it after the event. Honestly, I’ve eaten at the restaurant twice before the event and I really do like their rolls. They also have this pretty cool dish called a Sushi Pizza, sounds weird but taste pretty damn good. If you’re a ramen fan though, don’t go for their ramen, it’s not too “Japanese”, since I’ve had pretty good training from Go to know what’s good and what’s not. hehe
Everyone sure did enjoy their food. Don’t think they’ve had an event where that many bloggers came together before. It was a cool experience for them as much as it was for us. We learned a bunch from them as well (through surveys that I haven’t looked through yet, hehe.)
Then it was time to leave, but we didn’t let them leave empty handed. The nuffies and I had already printed 100 Nuffnang Tshirts before hand to give out to the bloggers at the event so that they could go home with something. Of course, this Tshirt is going to be part of another campaign later on down the road but we didn’t tell the bloggers just yet!
One group shot of everyone! We had about 40 bloggers attend this event, 4 nuffies and the girl standing next to me, is Stella’s assistant, Yvonne, who’s team helped us out very much throughout the event. Didn’t get a chance to thank the team at Sushi Nami so I wanna do it here. THANK YOU SUSHI NAMI for your support and the awesome service throughout the event!
It sure was the first of many more events to come for bloggers. We wanna try to go to other cities to meet up with the bloggers there since we know, Beijing’s not the whole of China. We hope the bloggers did enjoy the event as much as we enjoyed organizing it.
Well it sure looks like I did. hehe
You can read the whole official write up here!