Firstly, a big “thank you” to everybody that attended the inaugural SearchNorwich event, we felt it was a huge success! There wasn’t a spare seat in the house and we got some excellent feedback on the talks and the event as a whole.
The talks and speakers
Charity: Chris Elliott from The Benjamin Foundation
Jon Falgate: Keyword research: The beginning, the middle and the end
- All resources: Keyword research: The beginning, the middle and the end
- Video of talk on YouTube
- Presentation on Slideshare
Key takeaways from Jon:
- A page with ranking and performance data can be improved upon more easily than getting new pages to rank from scratch.
- This approach helps you build on the things which already work, rather than using guess work.
- Growing the page using insight from the keywords it ‘nearly‘ ranks for can help improve the breadth of the topic, increase the keywords it will rank for, and potentially improves rankings over all.
- When you have grown it as much as possible, you’ll naturally be faced needing to create a new page, in order to keep targeting closely related keywords.
- Understand which are your best performing pages and be sure to protect them with maintenance. Also understand which ones could do with a little extra ‘love’ – make sure this work gets done. Only then should you be confident to go off and opportunity spot for new pages.
- A page which ranks, and sends traffic is more valuable than 100 pages which do not.
- Going for the ‘volume of pages’ approach is a great way to get lucky sometimes.
Sean Clark: Leveraging the Google brain for increased Adwords ROI
- All resources: Leveraging the Google brain for increased Adwords ROI
- Video of talk on YouTube
- Presentation on Slideshare
Key takeaways from Sean:
- Google AdWords is about relevance & user experience, not keywords & bidding
- Quality score has a direct impact on your cost per conversion and therefore your ROI
- Everything is a test, and you should test regularly, you’ll rarely get it right first time
- Get smart and use Google’s free testing tools
- Get even smarter and get Google’s new ad features to do the testing for you
Technical difficulty was pretty much spot on
Looking at the overall feedback, we can see that 100% of people voted that the talks were either “just right” or within 1 click either way, with “too technical” and “not technical enough” being equal. Not bad for the loose brief we gave our speakers and starting from still!
What we are going to change: There was some specific feedback saying things were too basic or to complex, so with the next event we are going to experiment by making the more technical talk even more technical and making the non-technical talk, even less technical. I’m aware we won’t be able to keep all the people happy all of the time.
A good appetite for a panel-based discussion
Almost 3/4 of respondents thought that a ‘live’ panel-based discussion was either a very good or great idea, only 1 of you thought it was a shit idea. To elaborate, this format could be tackled by doing ‘live site audits’ to generate discussion or pre-determine a topic and just take questions and debate with the audience.
What we are going to change: We will start to explore how to best execute this and maybe do an event early next year with a live panel. We will collect ideas for topics closer to the time.
You had loads of great ideas for future topics
- SEO in heavily regulated industries
- How to sell SEO to ‘crusty old stakeholders who think it’s a waste of money’
- Local search
- Strategic paid digital; site structure and content creation. (Elodie’s talk at SearchNorwich 2 will cover this!)
- Schema & voice search (this was especially popular)
- Practical link building (maybe Craig’s talk on link building with PBNs will be of interest)
- SEO myth busting
If you think you could do a talk on any of this topics, drop me a line and we’ll help you prepare a talk.
You’re very keen on eating meat
Of the 20 of you that responded to “If there was one thing you could do to improve the event, what would it be?” 4 of you specifically mentioned having meat on pizzas. I talked to John about this, who is charge of organising food. John’s vegan and John says ‘No’. Thank you for your valued feedback.
You’d like a little more diversity
Specifically, let’s have some women speakers! Well, good news off the bat, we had already organised Elodie from Selesti to be at SearchNorwich 2. Since day 1, we have been working with people such as DevelopHER to try and connect up more women in the industry to the event. Apart from us proactively approaching people, if you’d like to do a talk or you know someone that would be great, get in contact and tell us.
You generally had a great time
There was tons of really kind and encouraging things said in the feedback, so thank you for this! Bruce from Phase 3 Three Goods also took the time to do a write up of the first SearchNorwich event. It gives a nice overview of the talks and what people had to say on Twitter, thanks, Bruce!
We’re really proud to announce that the inaugural SearchNorwich event will be held on 5th July 2018 at the wonderful St. Georges Works facilities in Norwich City Centre.
What’s it all about?
SearchNorwich is a brand new free search marketing meetup in Norwich focusing on bringing together those that want to learn more about search marketing, meet new people and share knowledge.
If you want to find out how real businesses are winning results in Google, what strategies, tools and tactics they’re using – this is the place for you. Every event we also run a charity spotlight, taking just 10 minutes of your time to introduce you to a local Norwich charity who will explain the work they do and how you can help them if you want to get involved.
There’s also free food, drinks, wine and beer! In fact, there are loads of reasons you should come to SearchNorwich.
Date: Thursday 5th July
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: 1st Floor Event Space, St. George’s Works, Norwich, NR3 1DD
Tickets: Attendance is free but you need to register on MeetUp
18:15-18:45: Meet new people
Grab a name badge and a drink, wear a smile and you’ll meet some lovely people who want to talk to you about search (and probably other stuff, too!).
18:45-19:00: Charity spotlight: The Benjamin Foundation with Chris Elliot
Our July 2018 charity spotlight will be on The Benjamin Foundation that exists to help people deal with many of the challenges that life throws at them; whether ‘everyday’ issues such as childcare or heartbreaking problems like abuse and homelessness.
19:00-19:30: Sean Clark: Leveraging the Google brain for increase Adwords ROI
Sean Clark will be sharing knowledge from his staggering 19 years of experience within the digital sector, focusing on what’s new in Google Adwords with Q&A afterwards.
19:30-20:00: Jon Falgate: Keyword research: The beginning, the middle and the end
Diving into technical SEO, Jon Falgate will be showing us how doing your keyword research is only half the job, there’s more to the story in a successful SEO campaign. Yes, you’ll even get some Q&A time with Jon, too!
How to find the venue:
Never fear, it’s easy to find! Google Maps will take you straight to the front door of St. Georges Works off Colegate which looks like this:
Take a step in and go through the doors directly ahead of you and up the first stairs, turn left and you’ll see a sign for “First Floor” – you’re almost there! Go through the first door on your right and you’ll walk into the 1st Floor Event Space, congratulations, you made it! Grab a name badge, a drink and meet some of the friendliest search marketers in Norwich.
Where to park:
If you’re arriving by car, the nearest car park is St.Andrews Car park which is a mere 3 minute walk away from the St. Georges Works venue. You can check how many parking spaces are free in St. Andrews with ParkBot.
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