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Date Event Location
Tuesday, 02 July

Friendly SEO: An Intro to getting found on Search

A mythbusting crashcourse about SEO and Google. Come and get an intro to SEO and ask all the questions you've been too scared to ask.
About this Event
Come and have a pint and learn about SEO.

Everyday I'm talking with small businesses and freelancers who are scared of SEO and feel stupid asking questions.

This is the event to quash the notion that it's too complex or difficult for you to understand. I'm here to make SEO friendly and less scary.

I'll run through some basic concepts, explain why you don't always have to be top and answer your questions in a relaxed and friendly environment.

17:30 - 18:00: Arrival
18:00 - 18:45 Talk
18:45 Onwards - Questions / Drinking / Networking
I'll be setting up from around 17:00 so feel free to pop by and say hello earlier if you're at a loose end.


We're upstairs in the second room on the right at the lovely craft beer company.

Buy a pint on the way up!

Who is this talk for?

This talk is an introduction to all things SEO and is designed for anyone to turn up who wants to learn the basic concepts of what it is, and what it all means.

If you're one of the below, here's the questions I aim to answer :

Freelancers - What SEO can you do yourself? When should you outsource? Should you even bother?
Business Owners - Work with agencies but feeling lost? Unsure what you can do yourself? Understand the basic terms so that you aren't lost in meetings and understand the opportunities to grow
Entrepreneurs - Find opportunities and get a basic grasp of where to go to learn more information.
What will you learn?

What is SEO?
What does being first really mean?
Why should you "do" SEO?
What are keywords?
Who on earth am I?

I work with small businesses and freelancers to help them understand SEO and get the most out of it at the lowest cost.

I've always worked in house for small companies and there's always been a fear about search and Google which I now aim to remove so companies can grow and see how much opportunity there is for them.

Frustrated with all resources being focused on big companies with money to burn, I'm dedicated to helping smaller companies and individuals use SEO to their advantage and grow.

SEO Shouldn't be scary!

Time: 18:00-20:00
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Craft Beer Co
22-23 Upper North Street
Friday, 05 July

#ShakeItHUB Free Design & Marketing Help

Our Shake It HUB is the ideal place for you to come and get professional help to change or improve the way you market your business.

We provide our drop-in sessions for business owners and marketing managers in particular. We also help organisations discover and then creatively communicate their purpose, so that may be something you would like to discuss.

Perhaps you’re in a rut and need some new ideas or maybe it’s time for a website redesign? Come and ask our advice! Or you might simply want to meet us and have a friendly chat, that’s fine too. We look forward to welcoming you.

Free, drop-in! #ShakeItHUB session dates are below

We can give advice, hints and tips on design, websites, marketing, PR and SEOWant to know how to use free marketing tools for your business? We can help advise.

We can help get you set up on social media and give hints and tips for using the different platformsNot sure how to get your website listed on Google or set up on Google My Business? We can help!Need some quick WordPress training or a fix for your website? We can help with that too.

Don’t forget your laptop or tablet and any required login informationWorkshop HUB learning sessions are also available (booking required)Or simply come say Howdy and have a coffee with us, tell us about what you do.

Time: 10:00-11:30
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Barclays Eagle Lab
1 Preston Road
Thursday, 11 July

Tech-Privacy Workshop

A workshop exploring the privacy challenges scale-ups face in implementing new technologies within a strong ethical and legal framework

Face Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Wearable Tech, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Behavioural Prediction and Tracking and Med-Tech all offer huge opportunities to change our lives and grow our businesses, but these technologies come with responsibility, and legal obligations.

These small interactive workshops are designed to explore the potential privacy challenges these technologies create, and more importantly, how we can build protections into our systems and processes to protect users and ultimately our business.

These free monthly events are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month and are guided by our attendees, to ensure maximum value to participants as the events grow.

Hosted by Data Compliance Specialists, Brighton's leading Privacy professional focused on the high-tech sector, and by Phil May, an IAPP Certified Privacy Pro and experienced high-tech professional who has worked for numerous software and hardware companies in both the UK and Silicon Valley.

Benefits of attending:

Learn about the legal requirements GDPR and other jurisdictions place on the use of these technologies
Hear from other privacy professionals about the challenges they've faced and how they overcame them
Network with other business leaders facing similar issues
Feel free to contact Phil May (phil@datacompliancespecialists.co.uk) if you have any questions. You can also signup for our free monthly Privacy & Security Awareness Newsletter to be kept updated on all the latest privacy and security news and tips.

See you there!

Time: 12:30-13:30
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Friday, 12 July

WorthingDigital Lunchtime Talks

Theme: Success

Alison Jones - creating a culture of success 

Today, organisations need extraordinary and game-changing leaders to drive commercial success. Whether you’re running your business alone or have a team around you, the need for high-performance is essential for any small businesses looking to shake up their industry. Alison explores what it takes to create a culture where success is inevitable in 2019. She has over 10 years’ experience as a Director, Learning and Development specialist and Leadership Coach and has partnered with leading Financial Services, Digital Marketing, Health and Beauty and Professional Services companies in the UK.

Steve Gallagher - How leadership and success are a mixture of corporate and personal branding 

As a business owner, do you present yourself as an individual, a company or a combination of both? In our new, always connected workplace, employees and employers are the new faces of corporate culture. This is especially true when you are a smaller business where the lines between personal and company brand are converging. Steve discusses some surprising examples along with providing useful takeaways to help you understand the power of using personal branding to support and develop the corporate brand (and vice-versa). Steve has over 20 years' experience working with top brands such as Apple, Gillette, American Express and Telefónica. He honed his skills working with agencies Ogilvy & Mather, Concept and Random Media before starting his digital design agency, Jumpstart in 2002.

Leon Neville - How you can connect with audiences to deepen your understanding of them and hopefully increase the chances of success for your business

Audiences are increasingly fragmented and harder to reach especially when marketing to those who are digitally savvy, mobile first and living an on-demand lifestyle. With these challenges front of mind, businesses that invest time or resource into deepening the understanding of their audience and increase the knowledge of their marketplace will increase their chances of future success. Leon, founder of All Ears Group, will share thoughts and practical tips on how you can connect with or work with audiences to deepen understanding and inform your own or your clients' business strategy. 

Leon has spent an entire career in market research starting and training on the agency-side and then moving client-side. He spent a decade at Universal Music leading audience insights teams there and prior to that, 5 years in TV Broadcasting & Film/TV distribution including 3 years at Walt Disney International Television. 

Plenty of friendly networking, teas and coffees and light snacks.This event is open to all.

Time: 13:00-14:30
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Freedom Works
31 Chatsworth Road
Wednesday, 17 July

WordPress Surgery by WordCamp Brighton

Do you have a WordPress website? Are you having issues and need to speak to an expert? Maybe you just want to learn how it works? WP Surgery is your opportunity to get free impartial advice.

WordCamp Brighton is a Wordpress community event that promotes better understanding use of the Wordpress content management system.

As a pre event to the main conference, we are reaching out to Wordpress users and website owners to offer FREE advise, learning and technical help with your site. You could be an Individual or a company it’s all the same to us.

Come along to the event and we will assign a relevant developer to help you.

You can get advise on security within WordPress, and the new features that help you secure your site.

Remember to bring your laptop with you and have access to your website. We look forward to helping you make better use of Wordpress.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is an NCP multistorey carpark at the base of the building, and Brighton main station is 3 minutes walk.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring your laptop, and have access to your website. User / Password.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions please email paul@huckleberry.studio

Time: 14:30-16:30
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Floor 5 & 6, Tower Point, 44 North Road
Wednesday, 17 July

Magento Meet Up Brighton

Our first Magento meetup will be hosted at GENE Commerce's office on Middle Street, where provide beer, pizza and a some great talks from people in the Magento community will be provided.

If you would like to attend please follow the link to RSVP 

Our Speakers for the event are as follows;

– Sophie Alway - GENE
Did you know 71% of all visits to ecommerce sites in the UK are from a mobile device? Sophie, a member of the team at GENE and also small business owner, will be discussing the importance of Mobile Optimisation and a initiative to gain global insights on how we can improve conversion on mobile.

– Michael Gunner - GENE
For every 1 second of reduced load time, a typical online retailer can see a 2% increase in conversions. But performance is as much about inclusivity and the open web as it is profits. Michael, a front-end developer at GENE will show you how performance budgets can help you not just build for performance, but maintain it.

Following the talks, we'll have an open discussion about Magento and also find out more about the topics you want to discuss, so for future events we can bring in more great speakers you all want to hear from.

For those who want to join us after, we will be heading to the pub for a few drinks. 

This meetup is open to ALL; Agencies, Merchants, Freelancers, Students et al.

Look forward to seeing you on the 17th July!

Time: 18:00-21:00
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GENE Commerce Head Office
20 Middle Street
Wednesday, 24 July

Convert leads with less effort using automation and email marketing

Lindsey Pickles from Bright Dials and Natalie Rockall from Eleven11 Digital are running a 4 hour interactive workshop covering the areas below. We are pleased to offer Wired Sussex Members a 40% discount too.

- Creating your Strategy
- Data Capture and Tracking
- Creating and Executing Email Marketing Campaigns
- User Journeys and Workflows for your business
- Email Marketing and Automation Platforms Comparisons
- Considerations and the Future 

What you’ll leave this session with:
- Confidence on how to capture data and build user journeys and workflows
- A plan to communicate the right messages throughout the customer lifecycle
- Guidelines on how to design and write emails to get more opens and clicks(along with best practice examples)
- An understanding of the key features benefits and pricing of email andautomation platforms
- A Marketing Automation Terminology Guide

Who is this course for? 
This workshop is perfect for people running a business in charge of marketing or those working in marketing already. The course level is mid to advanced level so some prior marketing knowledge is helpful. It’s a practical event and in just half a day you will leave knowing how to create automations and email marketing campaigns for your business or brand.

Workshop Date and Time:
Please arrive at 9am for a 9.15am start. The event will finish at 1pm. Pastries and hot drinks will be served.
Cost:  60
Time: 09:00-13:00
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NatWest Accelerator
149 London Road
Wednesday, 24 July

Design Thinking Workshop: Company Culture

Over a lunchtime session learn how to use Design Thinking and creative problem solving to overcome challenges, collaborate across teams and pave the way for growth, fast!

Each session will have its own theme where you can solve your business challenge. This month's theme is fostering your best company culture as you scale-up. During the session, Wolfcub will explain what Design Thinking is and how you can use their Design Sprint Throw Down process to solve your business challenges.

The session will focus on helping you with a whole host of design thinking tips, including:

How to solve real business challenges with creative problem solving
How to silently collaborate as a team
How to reach the best solution for your challenge
How to reach a consensus with the team and a way to move forward
From the session, you can expect to come away with actionable steps. You will even receive a writeup of your challenges, solutions and actionable tasks, as well as check-in call to see how your tasks are progressing.

Ps. Remember to bring your lunch with you!

Wolfcub Digital is a Brighton-based creative agency that run innovation workshops to help organisations grow.

Time: 13:00-14:30
Full details
Sussex Innovation Centre
Science Park Square Falmer
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