I had a fantastic time at BrightonSEO, April 7th. Kelvin and his team put on a great event. There were 6 tracks, so many smart speakers, I took down some notes from the sessions I attended in Auditorium 1.
Search Elite is a brand new conference taking place in London, May 9th. This is a one day event, one track where there are 8 speakers from 8 different areas of search sharing their tips with the audience. Search London and SEO Jo Blogs is proud to be a media partner of Search Elite and in this post, I interview the Directors of Search Elite to find out more about this exciting new conference taking place May 9th.
Craig, Rayner is the Co-Founder of GoEvents that is organising the conference and I wanted to ask him about some of its USPs.
Hello everyone and Welcome to the SEO Jo Blogs podcast. This is Jo Turnbull and I am pleased to have on the show today, Barry Adams on the show today. Double Award Winner, he won two awards at the UK Search Awards in London in November. Barry Adams and I was lucky to be able to share the table with Barry at the UK Search Awards November 2016.
Listen the podcast below or read the transcript of the interview.
I am so pleased to announce that Aleyda Solis is speaking at Search London’s 6th Birthday Party. I have wanted Aleyda to speak for a number of years and she has some time in London to come ! I have seen Aleyda on the SEO circuit for a number of years and wanted to interview her about how she started her successful career.
Hope you all had a great December. I am very excited to announce the 6th Birthday Party for Search London on Monday, January 30th, from 6:30pm.
We will be hosting the meetup at Bounce, Holborn
We have our own room, complete with two ping pong tables and karaoke. We will also have cake ! You cannot have a birthday party without cake.
We have two great speakers and two fantastic sponsors.
Don’t miss out on this event – Register on Eventbrite for your place at one of the best birthday parties of 2017 !
I am always inspired by people who set up their own business. There are many entrepreneurs in the Search Industry who are brave enough to establish their own agencies and attract big brands as their clients. Barry Adams, the founder of Polemic Digital set up his agency in 2014 and is now nominated at the UK Search Awards. I first met Barry when he was working for another company and was impressed he had been nominated so soon after starting his own business. I wanted to interview him on setting up his business and what he recommends for those looking to go out on their own.
1) What was the catalyst that prompted you into starting your own business?
It wasn’t one specific thing that prompted me to start working for myself. Looking back, it was an accumulation of many different things that eventually made me decide to go out on my own. Things like not being able to choose my client projects, increasing levels of stress and lack of fulfilment at my job, the growth of my own personal brand, seeing others in the industry starting their own business with great success, and a general sense of ‘now or never’ as I approached my 40th birthday all contributed to that decision.
In the end it was a bit of an ‘aha’ moment where I woke up early one morning and realised that starting my own business was something I needed to do. From there, things moved quickly: I spoke with my wife about it, who was very supportive, and then got the wheels in motion to launch my own company.
I met Lukasz Zelezny over four years ago at a Searchmetrics event in Central London. Since, then, I have seen him speak at some London conferences including my own Search London, while his profile has risen through the years.
What prompted you to start speaking and why so many places around the world? (Is there somewhere you have not spoken at but want to?)
The reason I started was because I just wanted to do something in addition. Both of my parents were teachers, so sharing knowledge is something that comes naturally to me. It’s also something that I enjoy and find quite fun. Speaking also gives me the ability to meet lots of new people who are often willing to share their insights with me and discuss the happenings in the industry. Of course, personal speaking has also given my personal brand a boost but that is an extra positive, and not the main reason why I speak at events.