Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions people have asked us about the event.

What do you get with the different ticket types?

There’s three different ticket types for brightonSEO, most ticket holders have free conference tickets, there are also friend and training tickets. Each ticket comes with its own set of perks, so be sure to understand what your ticket gives you.

What do free ticket holders get?

If you have a free conference ticket you get access to the conference on the Friday and all the talks on a first come, first served basis. There’s a strong likelihood many of the smaller spaces will be oversubscribed. Unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do about this. All the talks which are likely to have limited spaces are marked on the agenda. Please note, saving a session to your agenda doesn’t mean you’ll get into that talk. There’s also free tea and coffee points on the Friday for all attendees.

What do friends ticket holders get?

As a Friend Ticket holder you get everything a free ticket holder gets plus a number of extra perks, including a wristband. You must pick this up on the day from the Friends Desk and Exhibition office, in the East Corridor on the Ground floor. This is near the networking and phone charging area. People with wristbands will have access to a number of reserved seats in each of the stages but it’s still first come first serve. You will also receive a friends goodie bag which can be picked up from the Friends Desk and Exhibition Office, in the East Corridor on the Ground floor. This bag will contain a number of gifts and a voucher for a free coffee from the Small Batch Coffee Company cart which will be located behind the main registration desks at the front of the Brighton Centre. When picking up your bag you can also collect your friends t-shirt. Friends also have access to a VIP wi-fi network. The password to this network will be emailed to you before the event.

What do training ticket holders get?

Training ticket holders get everything provided to friend ticket holders plus an additional day of training the day before the conference. Your wristband and goodie bag will be distributed to you during the training day and the tee-shirt can be collected from the Friend Desk and  Exhibition office during the conference.

Can I switch between talks during the conference?

Worth noting as each of the spaces are quite far apart (and often quite busy) you can easily switch tracks in-between sessions, but not in-between individual talks. You’ll need to pick an entire track to attend in between each break.

Is the training the same day as the conference?

The training is on the Thursday the conference is on the Friday, if you’ve got a training ticket you should have received an email with details of where your training is taking place a week before the event, if you’re not sure please let us know.

Do I need to bring my ticket or name badge?

If you’re based in the UK or Europe then two weeks before the event you should receive your name badge through the post, please remember to bring it, it’ll save you loads of time getting into the venue and help everyone register quickly. We can print badges on the day but expect to queue and potentially miss the first session of the day. If you’ve not received a badge before the event please get in touch. If you’ve forgotten either a print out of your Eventbrite PDF ticket or a copy on your phone we will grant you entry. It may also be helpful to bring photo ID with you, particulary if you’re attending the event parties.

Does the event have Wi-Fi?

There will be wifi in the venue on the day but not many venue networks can handle 3500 SEOs. So please don’t get grumpy if the wifi is slow, falls over or can’t handle downloading torrents!

Is lunch provided?

We provide lunch for those attending the training events but not during the conference. Tea and coffee is provided during the breaks. There is a pay-for cafe and a small number of concessions in the venue and a huge number of restaurants and pubs within minutes of the venue. Some of the nearby restaurants provide discounts to event attedees, more details of these offers will be in the event programme and shared via our Twitter account in the run-up to and during the event.

Are there networking events or parties?

BrightonSEO’s renowned for it’s pre and after party. You can find more details about the plans on parties page.

Do you share slides from the event?

We’ll be collecting all the speaker decks following the conference and will email all of these out to attendees and uploading to our blog. If you miss a talk you wanted to catch, don’t worry – you’ll be able to access the slides later.

Do you video record the talks?

The talks in Auditorium one are streamed and broadcasted live and shared on YouTube after the event. Most of the other sessions are recorded as audio fills which we then release as podcasts. These are available on our website and on iTunes.

Does the event have a dress code?

The event has a casual dress code, if it’s hot … Kelvin, the organiser, has been known to wear shorts!

Does the event have a cloakroom?

We’ll be running a cloakroom for the duration of the event on the ground floor in the east corridor that runs towards the syndicate rooms. Though the cloakroom is supervised we don’t recommend leaving valuables.

Is BrightonSEO Accessible?

If you are attending BrightonSEO and wondering about Accessibility, then we pulled together an Accessibility Information document for the last event, which might be useful. This will be reviewed again as we move towards the next event, and will be linked from the Event App, on both days. There is also a stair-free map of the venue, here. You can also find information direct from the Brighton Centre on their Accessible FAQs. As organisers it’s important that everyone feels welcome, so if you still have questions which haven’t been answered, or just need some more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: [email protected].

Why is this event free?

There’s different types of tickets to brightonSEO, some are free and some are paid for. As a whole about half our revenue comes from ticket sales and half from sponsorship. The sponsorship and choices like not providing lunch allows us to offer a significant proportion of our tickets for free.

Where can I get dinner after the conference?

Some of the nearby restaurants provide discounts to event attedees, more details of these offers will be in the event programme and shared via our Twitter account in the run-up to and during the event. There should also be a leaflet in the delegate bag from our friends at Visit Brighton with details of some great discounts for brightonSEO attendees.

Will there be others in my specific industry?

With 3500 thousand attendees there’s always someone working in a similar company or sector to you. The best way to meet them is coming along to one of the networking sessions or via the event app.

How do I get to-and-from the airport to select hotels/venue?

We’ve pulled together a bit of a travel guide here. But if you’re after some local advice just drop an email to [email protected]

Is the conference hotel nice?

We don’t have one specific conference hotel for the event, there’s too many attendees for that, but we do have a series of recommended hotels. You should be able to book here cheaper than on any travel website.

How far is it from the venue?

Brighton’s a very small city, so much so they had to ask neighbouring Hove to join up to get city status. Most of the major hotels are walking distance from the venue and if you do opt for a taxi it won’t cost much.

Is the area around the event safe for me to walk around at night?

Brighton is a very friendly city but all the usual advice about UK cities should apply. Some areas of town like West Street do tend to get a little rowdy on Friday and Saturday. This is mostly hen and stag dos, but it pays to be sensible. Uber do operate a small service in the city and Streamline are a reputable taxi firm.

I need a Visa, who do I contact for an invitation letter?

Please send the following information to [email protected] Name Company Job Title Dates Travelling Passport Number Once she has that information from you, she’ll sort out your invitation letter.

I don’t have a ticket. Am I able to volunteer?

Yes! We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to help with registration. We’d need you from 8am until 10am, after that, you’re free to enjoy the conference. Contact [email protected] if you want to be involved.

How many people attend?

BrightonSEO is probably the biggest SEO conference in Europe and potentially the world. The event has an attendence of 3500 people and free tickets sold out in 4 minutes.