London Blogger vs New York Blogger

London Blogger vs New York Blogger featured by popular London blogger Mollie Moore

London Blogger

After nearly three months of living in London (whaaat?! Where did the summer go?!), I’ve finally started to get a grasp on what being a London blogger looks like. It’s very different from blogging in New York, in both good ways and bad. I’ve been getting asked a lot recently about how the blogging world is different here, so I thought I would dedicate an entire post on the subject.

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Here are the 5 biggest differences I’ve noticed in being a London blogger vs NYC blogger.

  1. New York is a more saturated market. There are significantly more bloggers competing for the same campaigns in NYC than there are in London. Not to say that there aren’t a lot of bloggers here, because there are. But I find that the London blogger is much more diverse and unique, each having their own niche and coming from so many different backgrounds – one campaign that would work for one wouldn’t work for another anyways. There are a lot of NYC bloggers that have very similar styles and areas of focus on their blog, which makes it harder for everyone to secure campaigns.
  2. New York has more fashion opportunities. Yes, the market is more saturated, but there are more fashion-related opportunities available to bloggers in NYC. I think the US as a whole jumped onto the influencer marketing trend faster than other counties, and it’s very apparent in the retail industry. While I’ve made some great connections in London, and have secured two campaigns for the fall so far, it’s definitely slower than I would have liked to grow in this category here. I’ve learned that it’s simply because the opportunities aren’t here, and many of the US brands I’ve had great partnerships with in the past don’t work with international influencers because they aren’t international brands!
  3. London has better travel opportunities. Hands down, London is the better spot for travel bloggers. As an NYC blogger, I had only gone on one true press trip before (with Royal Caribbean). Since moving to London, I’ve already been on one press trip last month, and have another confirmed for November, and another in the works for the end of September. I’m even working on an 8-day trip with a travel brand for 2019! As all of these trips are to various destinations around Europe, it makes sense that they prefer to work with London bloggers vs NYC bloggers. It’s significantly less expensive to fly me around Europe when I’m already living over here!
  4. London is better for networking. A smaller blogging market means more face to face time with your PR contacts. Most of the companies that started in the US and have since gone international are run by a completely different team overseas. I’ve found the teams in London to be much smaller, and their social media presence is less significant as well. For example, the La Mer UK Instagram account has less than 7k followers, whereas the main brand account has over half a million. This works to my advantage as I now have more followers than La Mer! I’m able to help them grow their UK account presence, all while working with a brand I truly adore. I also find that brands in London are less likely to use PR agencies. In New York, a lot of times I would be working with a company through their PR agency, and would never actually speak to someone from the brand itself. In London, I work directly with the brands in-house PR team, which is always the preferred way to make connections.
  5. New York pays better. Once I started sending out my usual rates to brands in London, I learned quite quickly that they aren’t willing to pay as much as they do in NYC. Some even came back and told me that they couldn’t believe how high my rates are – which are the same ones that I secured partnership after partnership with in NYC, no questions asked. I started asking some of my blog friends in London about it, and when I told them my NYC rates they couldn’t believe it either. I’m hoping this will shift as the influencer market in London continues to grow, and I hope to help bloggers here know what they’re worth and start asking companies to step it up!

xx Mollie

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Comments

Shira Rosenbluth

This was so interesting to reAD! iT’S DEFINITELY OVERSATURATED HERE IN ny ALTHOUGH i THINJK la IS EVEN WORSE Haha.

Cathy

Wow, I always thought since it’s the internet, things like opportunities and rates were a global standard. That’s interesting how it differs across the pond! It does sound friendly and it must be nice to not have as much competition. I love your top too, the details are so pretty!

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Cathy

Annie Fairfax

This was so fun to read, thanks for sharing your insight and London-centric perspective. Do you have a guide of things to do in London? My husband and i are visiting next spring and i’d love recommendations!

    Mollie | Mollie Moore

    Hi Annie, I don’t have one up yet but it’s in the works! It will definitely be up before your trip next spring 🙂 Feel free to DM me for specific recs too! I can tailor them based on what you want to see, where you’re staying, etc. xx Mollie

Laura Leigh

Loved this post Mollie! Really enjoyed reading about the differences. I’m excited to follow all of your travels!

xo Laura Leigh
Louella Reese

hannah shanae

This was so interesting reading the differEnces blogging in london vs. new york! Best of luck securing more collabs this fall!

megan

So jealous that you’re in london! I bet you’re having some of the most amazing experiences. i bet there are so many cool places to take photos!

megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

It is definitely over saturated in NYC, but for good reason, there are so many people in one area. But I’d love to be in London to be able to travel!

Ashley DTKAustin

This was such a great post! I actually had been wondering if there was a big difference! I think I would prefer blogging in London! 😉

Stephanie

It’s so interesting to hear all the differences. I’ve heard so many grand things about blogging in both of these locations, but I’m sure the grass is always greener no matter where we go, right? 🙂

maggie

this was a fascinating read. I loved hearing about London bloggers vs. NYC. I used to live in Ohio and now NYC and can tell the difference in blogging based on that.