How many people attend?
BrightonSEO is probably the biggest SEO conference in Europe, and potentially the world. Over 4000 people attend the event – we had to switch to a ballot for the free tickets as we kept crashing ticketing websites, selling them out in just a few minutes.
What do you get with the different ticket types?
There are three different ticket types for brightonSEO, the majority of our tickets are given away under our Ballot, but 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's the Ballot all about?
You may have heard how brightonSEO started out – our founding aim was to make the conference free to as many people as possible, especially to those starting out in the industry. This was all well and good in the beginning but, as we grew, the demand for free tickets all got a little silly.
Our September 2017 conference saw the free tickets sell out in four minutes. In April 2018, so many people tried to get hold of tickets they crashed the ticketing platform, even though it had previously handled some of the biggest events in tech. Demand was mind-boggling.
We found ourselves with a choice, find a bigger venue (which would mean moving out of Brighton) or handle the free ticket release differently. Most event companies would just make all the tickets paid for, but we decided that wouldn’t work for us.
So we decided to hold a Ballot. Once you’ve registered your interest, we let you know once you are allocated a ticket, and then you’ll have seven days to respond. If you don’t register your ticket in that time, the offer is withdrawn and passed to the next person on the list. If all that seems like too much bother, you can still buy a Friend ticket which will guarantee you entry to the conference.
What do Ballot ticket holders get?
The Ballot ticket gets you 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.
What do Friend ticket holders get?
As a Friend ticket holder, you get everything a Ballot ticket holder gets plus a number of extra perks. Friend badges get you access to a number of reserved seats in each of the stages, but it’s still first come first served. If you’re in the UK, you’ll get a Friend’s goody bag in the post containing a number of gifts. International Friend ticket holders can collect theirs at the Friends’ Desk. Friends also have access to a VIP wifi network. The password to this network will be emailed to you before the event.
Do you post goody bags to international Friends?
If you’re coming from outside the UK, your goody bag will be waiting for you at the Friends’ desk.
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. As with Friend ticket holders, we’ll post your goody bag out in advance (if you’re coming from overseas, it will be ready to collect at the Friends’ Desk).
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?
A few days before the event you will receive your badge by email, as a printable PDF. Please print your badge and bring with you to get into the venue as quickly as possible. You will be able to collect a lanyard and badge holder on the day.
If you live in the UK, your badge will also be posted to you. You can choose whether you bring your posted or printed badge with you – both will give you the quickest access into the conference. We strongly recommend you bring your badge with you on the day to avoid the queues.
If you don’t have access to a printer or forget your badge, please bring your badge email for smooth entry into the conference. At the Brighton Centre you can scan the barcode within this email (from your phone) and your badge will print. Badge printing will be open at the South Entrance from 2-6pm on Thursday 16th and from 9am on Friday 17th. You will also be able to print your badge by giving your name at one of the manned desks. Please be aware there may be a queue to print badges.
It may also be helpful to bring photo ID with you, particularly if you’re attending the event parties.
Does the event have Wi-Fi?
There will be wi-fi in the venue on the day but not many venue networks can handle 4000 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 attendees which we’ll share via our Twitter account in the run-up to and during the event.
Are there networking events or parties?
BrightonSEO is renowned for it’s pre and after party. You can find more details about the plans on parties page. We also have a number of fringe events which are a great way to chat to other search marketers.
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. 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. Though the cloakroom is supervised we don’t recommend leaving valuables. The cloakroom can get quite busy and may fill up so we suggest you leave your luggage elsewhere if you have a safe and secure option, eg leave it at your hotel.
Is BrightonSEO Accessible?
The Brighton Centre has excellent accessibility standards, and you can find a range of information relating to the venue, parking, toilet facilities and more on the venue’s accessible FAQs. We think it’s important that everyone feels welcome, so if you have requirements which aren’t covered by the venue’s FAQ sheet, or need any other specific information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: [email protected]
Why is this event free?
There are 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 allow 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 attendees, more details of these offers will be shared via our Twitter account in the run-up to and during the event.
There are so many choices in Brighton but the area around the conference venue can get busy so if there is somewhere in particular you’d like to go it’d be worth making a reservation in advance.
Any Tips for International Attendees?
People from all over the world attend BrightonSEO to expand their search marketing knowledge and meet other SEOs. We’ve pulled together a page of recommendations international attendees for on this page.
Who attends BrightonSEO?
With 4000 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. We’ve shared some analysis of who attends BrightonSEO here.
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 are too many attendees for that! But VisitBrighton is the official accommodation booking provider for brightonSEO, and they offer specially negotiated accommodation rates for attendees. Watch out for the booking opening for April 2020
How far is it from the venue?
Brighton is 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]:
- 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.
Do people attend BrightonSEO from the USA?
Even when opting for our paid ticket options and accounting for flights to Brighton’s famous seaside, we almost always come out cheaper than attending a conference of similar scale in the USA. Don’t believe us? We’ve done the maths here.