BrightLocal Makes Waves at BrightonSEO April 2023

This April’s BrightonSEO was an unimaginable few days. Held in BrightLocal’s HQ hometown of Brighton, this search convention has grown 12 months after 12 months, turning into one of the crucial widespread occasions to go to for all search entrepreneurs.

This time round, although, we wished to do one thing slightly completely different. So we hosted a stand within the exhibition space, full with superior swag to provide away, a stand design that represented Brighton and our numerous native search engine optimization neighborhood, and a sport (Pin It to Win It) to play for the possibility to win £5,000 to separate between the winner and a charity of their selection). 

Thanks to everybody who got here to see us, and an enormous nicely finished to everybody who performed Pin It to Win It and took dwelling a chunk of BrightLocal swag. We hope you loved it as a lot as we did! 

We created a brief video to point out you our expertise at BrightonSEO, so even should you missed it, you’ll get a style of what the BrightLocal crew acquired as much as!

So Many Talks, So Little Time…

As all the time, BrightonSEO was filled with search engine optimization consultants delivering talks on a wide range of subjects. Between us, we went to a variety of inspiring talks and got here out of the occasion having discovered one thing new and sensible to enter into our day by day advertising exercise.

Listed here are a few of our favourite talks, why we beloved them, and why we expect you’ll, too. 


Mike Hawkes

Mike Hawkes

Senior Content material Advertising Supervisor, BrightLocal


Minimize the CRAPtions: How *actual* captions can take your movies to the subsequent degree

Ahmed Khalifa, Digital Expertise Supervisor and Proprietor, Hear Me Out! [CC] (@IamAhmedKhalifa)

Speaking with actual ardour and humor, Ahmed used real-world examples to focus on simply how dangerous closed captions on movies could be. With 40% of Netflix customers utilizing closed captions by selection, he emphasised simply how vital accuracy is.

You wouldn’t go away a spelling mistake or factual error in your social media posts, or in your weblog, so why aren’t you correcting the errors which were generated in your captions? If you happen to’re not cautious, you might be alienating your model and even offering utterly false data.

Not solely that however when manufacturers make investments the correct time into their closed captions, they will make them really impactful. This provides everybody a greater expertise of interacting together with your model and content material.

Learn how to flip an unloved company YouTube channel right into a visitors technology machine

Phil Nottingham, Video Strategist (@PhilNottingham)

Phil talked everybody by means of some dwelling truths about their forgettable and forlorn YouTube channels. What actually hit house is the dearth of time individuals put into their video content material. Not solely that however how they lump every thing they create into one channel, irrespective of who they’re concentrating on.

He coated utilizing Google’s EEAT however made it extra related for YouTube as EEAATT; Experience, Authority, Aesthetics, Trustworthiness, and Thumbnail.

What numerous it boils all the way down to although, isn’t being afraid to make extra channels connected to your online business that every goal a particular space of your viewers. Then, once you create that focused content material, do it in a means that basically provides worth. His presentation used particular examples that showcased how companies may do that and is nicely price trying out.


Jamie Pitman

Jamie Pitman

Head of Content material, BrightLocal


The place does equality slot in your advertising technique?

Andi Jarvis, Founder, Eximo Advertising, (@AndiJarvis)

Andi’s discuss on equality in advertising technique was equal components inspiring, eye-opening and entertaining. If you happen to’re searching for methods to get buy-in from senior management to put money into extra numerous considering in your organisation, that is the discuss for you.

Beginning by reminding the company employees within the viewers that they’re all “weirdos” by declaring that they’re typically nothing like their audience but typically assume they’re, Andi proceeded to show that all of us have to cease making assumptions about our markets and as a substitute do some precise g*ddamn analysis.

Utilizing tales from his time working within the whisky sector, Andi was in a position to present us all what the panorama of equality seems like, the place entrepreneurs make harmful assumptions, and most significantly, how we are able to go about proving the significance of equality and variety in our advertising methods.


Jenny Bernarde

Jenny Bernarde

Social and Neighborhood Supervisor, BrightLocal


Alternative is knocking: Learn how to establish progress and growth alternatives with native search engine optimization knowledge

Amanda Jordan, Director of Digital Technique, RicketyRoo (@amandatjordan)

Amanda’s discuss was filled with actionable recommendation. For anybody seeking to broaden their, or their shopper’s native enterprise, there are a variety of issues to look out for and contemplate while making a enterprise case for growth.

Amanda drew out a strong course of for native SEOs to run by means of; from discovering the precise market to narrowing down location alternatives, and successful over your shopper.

She shares the dos and don’ts for filtering areas, methods to establish alternatives for progress, and what to contemplate with opponents.


Google’s native data panel – the CMS you by no means knew you had

Claire Carlile, Native Search Skilled, BrightLocal (@clairecarlile)

Have you ever thought of simply how highly effective Google’s native data panel is? Claire Carlile seemed on the alternative ways the native data panel shares details about your online business together with your buyer, and methods to ‘log in’ to make essential ‘edits’ when Google decides to share the mistaken information.

Relying on your online business class, Google pulls in knowledge and details about your online business from a number of sources. In her discuss, Claire takes you thru her expertise with trying to affect the native data panel. Beginning with the New Service provider Expertise (NMX), working carefully with Google’s help crew, and eventually utilizing data round schema to replace data, Claire’s journey proves a captivating inside into one thing we very often look previous!


Sammy Paget

Sammy Paget

Content material Advertising Supervisor, BrightLocal


When hyperlinks aren’t sufficient – exhibiting the worth of hyperlink acquisition past protection and hyperlinks

Isa Lavahun, Freelance Digital Strategist, Digital PR Providers (@IsaLavs_)

As somebody who has loads to study digital PR and hyperlink constructing, I actually appreciated the way in which Isa broke down the alternative ways you possibly can current outcomes and related metrics to completely different stakeholders. Isa additionally bolstered the significance of setting marketing campaign aims, which can sound apparent, however within the digital world, we are able to get very caught up with chasing hyperlinks!

There have been some nice ideas for constructing an outreach listing, and the discuss highlighted the significance of aiming for a wide range of Authority, Range, High quality, and Relevance—basically, sure you need to intention for authoritative and related hyperlinks, however you also needs to be placing efforts into diversifying and tapping into potential new audiences.


Abigail Leow

Abigail Leow

Content material & Advertising Government, BrightLocal


Neuroscience of Search 

Giulia Panozzo, neuroscientive, (@SequinsNsearch)

In her discuss, Giulia used her fascinating background in neuroscience to carry a brand new perspective to search engine optimization. Diving into among the core rules of human psychology, Giulia described the science behind our mind’s processing mechanisms to remind entrepreneurs who it’s that they’re optimizing for: the customers.

Emphasizing the significance of heuristics in decision-making, social proof, and the position of feelings, Giulia led the viewers by means of among the key psychological rules to bear in mind when optimizing your online business’s website.

A passionate and educated speaker, Giulia’s discuss offered a captivating aspect of search engine optimization in an approachable, digestible means, providing a glimpse into one of many key components entrepreneurs ought to—however typically overlook to—contemplate when optimizing.

All in all, we had a blast at BrightonSEO. We’ll be again in September with one other superior stand, and may’t wait to see you all there!

Jenny Bernarde

Jenny takes care of the BrightLocal neighborhood, by means of managing our social media channels, connecting with our neighborhood, and producing our on-line webinars.

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