Last Friday it was a day out of the office at #BrightonSEO , a conference for those in the search marketing industry. It was my first time at the event, and I desperately wanted to go last year so it was awesome to have the opportunity to go along this year.
#BrightonSEO took place at the Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange, which I had never been to before. As well as the great speeches throughout the day, there were some exhibitors (a mix of recruiters, tech and digital marketing agencies) and plenty of opportunity to network.
Now, I’ll admit that having previously worked in the arts I *hated* networking, because it all seemed forced but in the SEO industry it didn’t feel like that at all – the people I met were friendly, supportive and really happy to chat about what they had gained from the day.
The day started out bright and early as I got the train from Portsmouth. I inhaled 2 pain au chocolat’s and a large cup of tea to fuel me up, and then met with people from work on the train. When we got to the venue we got our name badges (and a free t-shirt), and went through to wait for the first session of speeches. The morning was a mixed bag of great and kind-of-OK-but-nothing-new-to-learn talks. A particularly good talk came from a guy who works for Twitter who was telling us about real-time marketing using the site.
Then came lunch time which meant a trip to Strada with some of the other women who work in the industry for a meet up called Digital Females, and of course to tuck in to some lush food.
I hope you guys had a good weekend and enjoy the week ahead!