Speed Mentoring

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Verve Search is an award winning SEO & Content Agency based in South West London, founded in 2009. We are a team of 20 highly passionate and creative individuals from all over the world. We speak more than 14 languages between us, which puts us in the position of being able to support your business on an international scale.
verve [vurv] ~ excitement of imagination such as animates an artist….or an SEO in this case!

Thanks to Verve Search, for the first time, we’re hosting speed mentoring sessions as part of the conference, Friday 13th September between 16:00-17:30 in the Mezzanine level.
You’ll be able to book into a 10 minute speed session with a mentor of your choice to talk about issues you’re facing which fall in their areas of expertise. There are only 6 slots for each mentor and the tickets are first come first served so make sure if you do book that you attend and arrive on time so we can fit everyone in! Don’t worry, you’ll be able to catch the mentors during the networking afterwards if you needed to follow up on anything.

Meet the Mentors

Lisa MyersIncreasing your Profile in the Industry

Lisa Myers, CEO, Verve Search

Lisa Myers started working in SEO in 2005 from a marketing and web project management background. She quickly realised that to be able to learn as much as possible she had to get involved in the industry. In the early days she spent an obscene amount of time commenting and questioning everything on the (then) SEOmoz blog, she started her first blog in 2006 (on blogspot can you believe it), attended her first conference (SES) in Feb 2007, launched SEO-Chicks.com in June that year and by November 2007 she spoke at her first conference; SMX London. Lisa has now spoken at over 30 conferences worldwide on SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing. She co-founded Stateofsearch.com with Bas van den Beld in 2009 and in the same year also started her own agency; Verve Search. Since 2005 Lisa has also won a string of awards including Best Newcomer at B2B Marketing Awards 2007, Blackberry Women & Technology Awards “Best use of Technology” 2008, Management Today “35 under 35 high achievers list” in 2009, and was UK Search Awards “Search Personality of the Year” in 2011.
Lisa can advise on how to pitch to speak to a conference, creating a blog and getting your name out there as well as tips on networking and getting to know people in the industry. And not last, how to use your profile for career progression and even starting up yourself.
Book Into A Session With Lisa Here

Natasha WoodfordMaking your First Hire and Building your Team

Natasha Woodford, MD, clockworkTalent.

Having been in Executive Search for 15 years; it was inevitable with 2 brothers running digital marketing agencies that Tasha would join them in providing a quality recruitment service for industry. Last year she established ClockworkTalent as a joint venture with Kelvin of BrightonSEO.
Having helped many startups with their first hires and moved with them through through their growth cycle, I’ll be able to give you ideas and areas to focus on when you come to making your first hire….
From identifying what you’re really looking to bring into the business, the process of hiring, bringing them on board and retaining them.
Moving forward you will then be looking to build and expand your team… how and when to go about this.
Book Into A Session With Natasha Here

Jose TruchadoManagement and Leadership

Jose Truchado, Director of SEO, Expedia

Jose is an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in Digital Marketing of which the last 5 were spent as Director of SEO at Expedia. Jose is also a certified Executive Coach that has mentored teams in the Digital Marketing industry for most of his career.
Jose will be available to discuss the best ways to effectively manage and lead SEO teams and improve their efficiency.
Book Into A Session With Jose Here

Nichola StottStarting Up On Your Own

Nichola Stott, MD, theMediaFlow

Nichola has over 15 years experience in senior business development roles within digital.
She was formerly head of UK search partners at Yahoo! until setting up her own award winning search and social media marketing agency, theMediaFlow.
If you’re thinking of jumping in the deep end, Nichola’s here to throw some of your ideas to and get some advice. Does your business idea have legs to it? What to do from a website perspective? (Which domain to pick, key functionality considerations, brand protection issues.)and what to do from a social media (and other online) marketing perspective are key issues she can help with.
Book Into A Session With Nichola Here

Emma RosenbergGetting Your First Job in the Industry

Emma Rosenberg, Recruiter, Omnicom Media Group

Having spent the past 12 years both within recruitment agencies and in-house, Emma has become a seasoned recruiter within several sectors; PPC and SEO are the two areas that she predominately covers across all levels however, she is experienced in several areas within the Media Sector.
You may be a student, recent Grad, or simply interested in changing industry paths. If so, Emma’s here to help, guide and answer any questions to enable you getting your first job in search marketing/media. She will be able to help you with novel tips and advice on how to get you into that first dream role. Whatever the question don’t be afraid to ask, she’s here to help!
Book Into A Session With Emma Here

Ned PoulterProgressing Your Career in Search

Ned Poulter, SEO Manager at Miinto Group

Ned is a young, yet familiar face in the SEO industry across the UK and Europe. His passion for the industry, as well as everything ‘online’, means that he maintains a fairly prolific blogging schedule and that he wears his ‘geek badge’ with pride.

His background has seen him operating in a variety of roles, first agency-side (for award-winning agencies PushON and Quirk), now in-house for Miinto, Scandinavia’s leading fashion site. In this role he oversees the International SEO strategy for 5 markets, working with the local marketing teams to develop creative approaches to achieving organic search results, increasing inbound traffic and ultimately driving revenue.

He’s also a very approachable guy and is always up for lending a helping hand, imparting advice, or generally geeking out over a beer or two. So be sure to say hello!
Looking to progress your career? Maybe within your company or maybe you’re looking for a change of scene? How do you approach companies? And how to find out which companies should you approach? Maybe you want to know what agency life is like compared to in-house? Or what other disciplines could/should you consider? (if not strictly looking into SEO)
I am a big believer in talent and that everything is possible. With the right focus and application of talent the digital industry provides wonderful opportunities for many starting out, or early in their career. Understanding which avenue to take, and how to aim for the top, are all things that I will hope to communicate during my mentoring sessions.

You never know, I might know someone looking for someone just like you!

Book Into a Session With Ned Here