It all started in a room above a pub…

Once upon a time, Kelvin decided it would be cool to get a group of SEO mates together in a pub to talk shop. The idea was to share ideas and chat about all the interesting stuff that we can’t really talk about with anyone outside the industry for fear of them falling asleep.

Word got out and more people showed up than he expected. So, next time he booked a larger room… again, more and more people showed up. This is probably when he realised he was onto something: A free industry conference, talking about real issues, with practical advice from people who actually know what they’re talking about. brightonSEO was born.

Since then we have seen the conference continue to grow into the beautiful, if scarily large, thing we have today. Taking place across three venues at Brighton Dome, brightonSEO is the largest natural search conference in the UK. We now have over 2000 delegates scrabbling for tickets from all over the UK and further afield. Of all the Search conferences in the UK & Europe, we reckon it’s also the most fun (but then we would say that wouldn’t we).

With such a high demand for tickets we decided to branch out. 2012 saw the launch of the Content Marketing Show in London (now sold to the Content Marketing Institute) and in 2013 we launched MeasureFest followed by Biddable WorldCompletely Email and Affiliate Huddle in 2014.

All of our conferences are free to attend, with an option of paid training workshops the day before (for those that really want to get their hands dirty).

We’re about having fun, about being real, and, most importantly, educating as many people as possible on the ever expanding, fast-paced industry that is Digital Marketing.

“If we had to sum our mission up in one sentence we say ‘Helping Digital Marketers meet, learn and do their job a little better‘”

Our events wouldn’t be possible without the support of our lovely sponsors, friends and media partners, and we’re always on the look-out for more. So if you want to get your brand in front of thousands of dedicated marketing professionals, get in touch… I promise we don’t bite!


Kelvin Newman – Founder and Managing Director



Kelvin Newman is the Founder of Rough Agenda, a company that arranges specialist digital marketing events including BrightonSEO.

He also Marketing Director at SiteVisibility, an agency with has an outstanding SEO heritage stretching back to 2001, working with clients like Hotels.com, Fatface and Vax

In 2014 Kelvin was voted by econsultancy as the most influential individual in digital and in 2013 won the Search Personality award at the UK Search Awards.

He is also Co-founder of clockworkTalent with Natasha Woodford a specialist recruitment consultancy that genuinely understands digital marketing.