It can happen to anyone on their birthday right? Terrified of taking the leap from a 160ft-high crane which was set up in Potters field Park, a beautiful little area in the East of London, I started browsing the You Tube channel using keywords such as “bungee funny” or “bungee comedy”. Too frightened to take a look at any of the extreme bungee footage, all I needed was a little bit of comedy. One of the top search results was a short sketch which appeared on the Flemish Comedy Television Show “In De Gloria” many years ago. The sketch shows a father amazed – or rather distressed – by his family’s originality when they organize a bungee jump for his birthday. Although being terrified of heights, the man eventually takes the jump. However, his fears take control of him, making the bungee an embarrassing event for himself as well as his family. “Alles vol. Alles is vol” [It’s completely filled up]; those are the only words the poor man is able to shout out while jumping.
This was literally all that went through my head on that Sunday morning train to London. Read on
Brighton has garnered several “silicon beach” references over the years, and it’s no surprise when you see the number of innovative digital companies based here. In September, Brighton proves its credentials, with several exciting digital arts & media events taking place in the city.
Brighton Digital Festival is an open, Fringe-style festival in which dozens of exhibitions, workshops, performances, meet-ups, conferences and other events are hosted. International artists will showcase their work while innovative experts share knowledge on technological developments and concepts. There are far too many events involved in the Digital Festival to list them all here, so check out their website for a full programme. The festival has been organised by a group of organisations and individuals including technology companies, arts organisations and those with a passion for digital. The aim of the festival is to bring together Brighton’s digital industries and art communities.
On Friday, 16th September, SiteVisibility is going to be opening its doors to the public as part of Brighton Digital Open Studios Week. We are working in partnership with Wired Sussex to put on this fantastic event. During Brighton Digital Open Studios Week, many of Brighton’s digital and creative agencies are hosting a variety of events which enable their guests to see what really happens on a typical day at the office.
You’re probably wondering now what SiteVisibility is going to be doing, or how exactly we’ll be throwing open the doors to the Think Tank? We are going to be hosting “Beer O’Clock” on the afternoon of Friday, 16th September. We’ll be watching videos of past TED conferences and of course enjoying a few beers or ciders.
Friday afternoons tend to mean that we gather to watch a few videos about things that could inspire us or have an impact on our campaigns. We like to watch TED videos because they are full of wisdom from many inspirational people. We like to watch White Board videos because they encourage us to debate how we go about designing and implementing our client campaigns. We also like to brainstorm different ways of making the campaigns we’re currently managing more successful for all of our lovely clients.
That being said, we have a limited number of places for this event. You are more than welcome to come by and see our lovely new offices, see us in action, ask us questions or just generally learn about what happens in the Think Tank.
SiteVisibility sponsors the Digital Media course at the University of Brighton and on 27th July we were delighted to announce Anna Fletcher is the 7th annual winner of the SiteVisibility trophy for “Best Student” and a cheque for £100.
A recent PwC report forecasts that the digital marketing sector will continue to enjoy the fastest (double digit) growth within the UK marketing industry. The Search and Social Media marketing disciplines are also growing rapidly and this has resulted in shortages of people with appropriate digital skills and experience both locally in Brighton and nationally within the marketing industry.
An opportunity has arisen for a skilled digital marketing octopus at the highly respected Search Marketing agency SiteVisibility. You’re probably wondering what an octopus has to do with us, and why you’d want to voluntarily become one. The answer is pretty simple. We feel like our team is made up of lots of different skills and personalities who are represented by a lovely little group of characters (or as we like to think, the residents of the Think Tank), one of which is the octopus.
Our octopus represents someone who is a superb multi-tasker – a highly organised person who can monitor quality and processes while putting emphasis on achieving success with deadlines and deliverables.
A few weeks ago, we had our first client event, our Search Innovation Seminar and Tennis Afternoon. I was really excited about organising it and I’ve left my post for a few weeks so that I could get some feedback from our clients who came as well as to reflect on the day. I was really pleased with the morning’s seminar, and although the weather forced us to miss our afternoon entertainment at the Aegon International, I’m quite sure that we enjoyed ourselves in spite of it. Read on
The benefits of secondments are three-fold; for employer, employee and host organisation. They can take a variety of forms, even within a company or organisation, or with another institution, whether it’s public, private or non-profit.
In the past we’ve had secondments at charity organisations as part of our CSR objectives, but recently we’ve realised just how much they can offer us and our customers. Sharing knowledge and skills between organisations means improvements in processes and opportunities for everybody. Secondments give organisations the opportunity to build bigger networks and share expertise. I asked some SiteVisibility team members about their secondment experiences. Read on
I think it’s the time of the year but I’ve found myself scuttling all over Europe speaking and attending search, affiliate and digital conferences. It’s been good fun even if my liver has taken a bit of punishment – I have learnt a huge amount.
One of the interesting things about seeing speeches from experts all over Europe and in a variety of industry sectors is you start to pick up on themes and similarities in what they are saying. In this blog post I wanted to discus some of those patterns, as I think they are a good indicator of what we should all be thinking about.
The most recent quarterly teambuilding day for SiteVisibility took place on Friday, the 10th June and contained a mixture of exercises and seminars to challenge both our mental and physical abilities. We were graced with the presence of Nikki Rae (who you can find on Twitter here: @analyticsgirl) who spent the morning taking us on a journey through the extensive world of Google Analytics. Reiterating basic knowledge, and then diving in and out of the more complicated elements of the site, the team was able to take a lot away from the session. This was felt most of all by Graeme, our very own Mr Metrics for whom the session was just like his Birthday, Christmas, and all the Bank Holidays of 2011 come at once. We are all looking forward to applying what we learnt to our future reports.
So, our brains had been challenged and then came the physical part of the day. After a few doubtful looks around the training room in the morning as the rain hammered at the skylight, lo and behold the skies cleared. We kitted ourselves out in hot pink outfits which if i may say we pulled off very well and headed off to Preston park in the afternoon to meet our challengers DC Storm, No Pork Pies, Butchers Hook and Leapfrogg.