We created SearchLeeds in 2016 with an objective to deliver a free to attend event where the search community could meet, share and learn in our hometown of Leeds.
The event far exceeded our expectations during its first year and what was planned as a single-track event for 350 delegates quickly became a two-track conference for 500 attendees. Speakers on the day came from a diverse range of companies, including Majestic SEO, Bing, Search Laboratory and Just Giving.
The 2017 event saw a change of venue when we moved to the first direct arena in Leeds with the ambition to achieve over 1000 attendees. The event took place in mid-June and saw 39 speakers take to the mic across three stages covering topics including Technical SEO, Digital PR, Content Marketing, Analytics, Social Media and more. The speakers were from a variety of different businesses including Bing, Google, Auto Trader, River Island, Deep Crawl and SEMrush.
We were fortunate enough to be supported by a number of leading Leeds based agencies including Search Laboratory, Epiphany, Journey Further and Stickyeyes. All sponsors were hosted in our large exhibition space and we opened and closed the event with our pre and post event parties respectively.
In total, over 1000 delegates attended across the day and the event feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Aleyda Solis – International SEO Consultant, Speaker and Author – Orainti:
— Aleyda Solis (@aleyda) June 16, 2017
Arianne Donoghue – Paid Development Manager – Epiphany:
Does anyone else get post-conference blues? Always feels a little sad returning to “regular” working life after great days like #SearchLeeds
— Arianne Donoghue (@ArianneDonoghue) June 16, 2017
Danny Blackburn – Content Director – Stickyeyes
— Danny Blackburn (@Danny_Blackburn) June 15, 2017
SearchLeeds 2018 – What to expect
For 2018, our challenge is to not only deliver above and beyond our previous success, but to achieve an event that continues to improve for the delegates, speakers and sponsors alike.
The event pre-party will take place on the 13th June at The Brotherhood, Leeds, offering space for delegates to network, eat and drink ahead of the main event.
This year we will once again host the event at the first direct arena, where our impressive main stage accommodates up to 2000 delegates and 12 industry leading speakers. The line-up includes Purna Virji from Microsoft, DeepCrawl’s Jon Myers, Lexi Mills, Hannah Smith from Verve Search, Claire Robinson from Realise, and Jasper Bell from Amaze, with more names to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Following feedback from attendees, we have increased the size of our second stage by nearly double, with a capacity of 300 this stage will cover Technical SEO across the day.
Our third stage, hosted in the FD Bar is sponsored and moderated by Search Laboratory, and will cover Paid Media, for an audience of 150 delegates.
The exhibition space for 2018 holds spaces for 20 stands and free tea and coffee for delegates, kindly supplied by Search Laboratory. This year will also see the introduction of dedicated break out space, allowing our delegates to continue working throughout the conference if necessary. DeepCrawl will also be hosting a Beer Garden, allowing thirsty attendees to unwind with a pint of beer throughout the day.
Finally, we invite all delegates to join us at the end of day for the event after-party taking place from 17.00 onwards in the Black and White Lounge within the arena.
For more information on SearchLeeds and how to register please head to www.branded3.com/searchleeds
For sponsor enquiries please email [email protected]
We’ll see you there!