This April, 2500 Digital Marketers flocked to the cosmopolitan city of Brighton for the biannual brightonSEO conference, and here’s how it went…
With the free tickets selling out in under 10 minutes, this event has grown in popularity year on year for the past decade with some truly inspirational market leaders attending, sponsoring and speaking.
clockworkTalent stand with Founder, Natasha Woodford and recruiter, Laura Waddington
Hosted and run by our industry legend, Kelvin Newman
(voted most influential digital marketer by eConsultancy and also business partner to clockworkTalent!!); this 2 day event was kicked off with the insight training sessions run by an army of tech-savvy mentors. Spreading their know-how and wisdom, they provided the most recent tips, tools and guides on how to be successful in the Search Marketing world. These sessions ranged from Link Building Advice, Google Analytics, PPC, Content Marketing, Local and International SEO, Reporting and Excel for SEO and Penalty Recovery, to name but a few.
Local SEO Training by ‘Super-Rad’ Geek, Greg Gifford – Autorevo
Careers discussion with Martin Pezet from – World First
After the first days’ intense and mind-boggling training sessions, all speakers and sponsors (including myself and clockworkTalent Founder, Natasha)
were invited to the funky restaurant on the sea front, Smokey’s, giving everyone a chance to make friends and bond over a meat feast and a (few) pints, before the main conference got underway the following morning.
Speakers and Exhibitors gather for Meat Feast at Smokey’s, Brighton
Greg Gifford and co. at speakers dinner, Smokey’s
The next morning saw a flurry of excitement (and a few bleary eyes) as 2500 attendees started to make their way into the main conference hall to launch the day of inspirational speaking sessions going on in all parts of the Brighton Dome and even over spilling in to adjacent buildings.
Speaker Damian Koblintz, Wiggle
But of course the best was saved till last… with a special guest appearance from The Apprentice 2014 winner, Mark Wright. Having started his own SEO (or should we say PPC?) Agency off the back of his win, his indepth knowledge however was put to the test with a fireside chat with Kelvin Newman.
Answering all his question diplomatically, it was clear to the attendees that Mark was no SEO expert but an entrepreneur with an appetite and enthusiasm for starting his own agency in London with a somewhat large portfolio of clients (to which he proudly mentioned, he’d lost none… albeit with less than 100 days since launching the company!).
Kelvin Newman is joined by Mark Wright (The Apprentice Winner and Guest Speaker) for fireside chat
After talks had come to a close, it was time for the socialising to commence with drinks in the bar along with the Gold Cup competition! After a few pints had been consumed some fairly inebriated attendee’s amassed their Dutch courage and decided to have a go on the horse racing challenge hosted by clockworkTalent.
Gold Cup participants
What began as a quiet start, quickly became a fiercely competitive race with a number of ‘Jockey’s’ from various companies vigorously trying to out win each other and set the best time for their horse. It came down to two (Ben Briffa, iCrossing and Jamie Forshaw, Pact Coffee), going head to head, with the eventual winner, Jamie Forshaw setting the record time and winning the overall prize, an evening at the Tower of London for the Ceremony of the Keys with clockworkTalent! Have a peek at the video of Gold Cup Jockeys getting competitive!
Gold Cup Competition winner Jamie Forshaw!
Once everyone was eventually turfed out of the Dome around 8:30pm, the drinking and socialising continued on well into the night to finish off another successful brightonSEO event… big thanks to our host, Kelvin Newman!
Laura Waddington, clockworkTalent.