Liberty Marketing Ltd is officially Wales’ 17th fastest growing company! This means we’ve made it onto Wales Online’s Fast Growth 50 list, and in the top 20 at that.

The Big Announcement


We’ve previously blogged about what Fast Growth 50 is, and why Liberty had been shortlisted, but we’ve only just found out where Liberty placed.

The announcement of how we did was revealed last week in a grand gala event at Holland House Hotel, Cardiff. Gareth, Rhodri and Guy went along to celebrate with the other 50 companies and to represent the Liberty team. 

Here is our Business Development Manager, Rhodri, with last year’s winner Village Bakery:


And all three of the guys with Pure Commercial Finance: 


So Why Did Liberty Make the List?


Well, as many of you may know, Liberty has grown immensely over the past few years, so much so that earlier in the year we moved to a brand new, much bigger, premises. In fact from 2011 to 2013 the business grew a huge 202.1%, and we now employ a team of 35 digital marketing professionals. 

The Fast Growth 50


The 50 firms that made the list are the fastest growing businesses in Wales. Collectively the 50 firms have made a turnover of £272m during the examined period, and employed 3,000 people, half of which have joined the teams in the last two years. 

From 2011 to 2013 the 50 companies made £175m more than previous years, with an average growth rate of 182%. 
And of course the capital, Cardiff, is the main centre of growth, with 13 of the 50 located here (including us). But with the majority of growth appearing outside the capital, it shows that wherever you are located you can do well. 

Liberty Marketing would like to thank our staff and clients, as without them we would not have achieved so much. 

To see the whole list of Fast Growth 50 businesses click here, or pick up your copy of the Western Mail today.



A massive well done and a much deserved pat on the back goes out to Liberty’s brilliant runners, who have raised an amazing £316.43 for Latch - The Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity. That’s more than double their target fundraising amount!

The Cardiff Half Marathon


A few weeks ago we wrote about the impending big run, and last weekend it finally arrived. On Sunday 5th October, Liberty staff members completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in impressive time! All runners finished, and all under 2 ½ hours. 

Here are a few photos from the day: 



Jenna, Becky, Emily and Mari before the run





A nice wave from Adam. Keep running!





Emily looks far too happy to be half way through a 13.1m run

What Your Donations Pay For 


Latch is a voluntary organisation that helps to support children with cancer and their families. The charity works with the children’s Oncology Centre at the Children’s Hospital for Wales to raise awareness of cancer research and the struggles that families go through. 

Latch provide support for families during this difficult time, arrange activities to keep up the children’s spirits and stock cupboards full of toys. The work of this charity is very important and any donations are much needed to help as many children as possible. 

Charitable Donations 


And it’s not too late to donate! If you forgot to sponsor before the event or would simply like to say well done, go to the Liberty Just Giving page here. We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who has already donated. It is greatly appreciated and is going towards a great cause. 


Digital marketing and business professionals gathered last week for Figaro Digital’s latest educational event and our very own Richard Foulkes was a keynote speaker. 

How Did it Go?


Richard, an SEO Account Coordinator here at Liberty, spoke at the Search Seminar on September 18th, lecturing on the technical side of SEO when redesigning a website, with a presentation entitled ‘Planning a Website Redesign? Listen to This First’.

How a website is structured can affect the way you market it.  Richard covers how you can ensure your site’s performance is fully optimised. 

In true Richard style, a Rubik’s cube had to be involved somehow. He completes the cube in only a minute while summerising his talk! Don’t believe us? Take a look at the video!

We think the day went well, and many of the other participants thought so too. Here’s what people said:



What Are Figaro Digital Events? 


Figaro Digital is a publishing and events company that focuses on the wonderful world of digital marketing, hosting seminars, conferences and digital health checks throughout the year to help and bring to together the digital industry. 

The next Figaro Digital event is on the 25th September 2014 at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London. This event will cover all issues with social media, specifically targeting the needs of senior digital decision-makers and brand-side clients. 

I Missed the Event – Where Can I Catch Up?


To download a copy of Richard’s presentation and watch a taping of the speech, head over to Figaro’s website. And to find out where the Liberty team will be speaking next, take a look at our events listing. We hope to see you soon!



If you’re attending the Introbiz Business Exhibition on Thursday in Cardiff, don’t forget to book a place at the seminar we are co-hosting with Google!

What’s Liberty doing there?


Liberty are partnering with Google to present a seminar at this year’s Introbiz, an event that is sure not to be missed!

We have invited Alexia Arrizabalaga, our Strategic Partner Manager at Google to present a seminar on the UK multi-screen world, how SMEs can take advantage of this new landscape to acquire and engage with customers, and be found online. 

Alexia will be advising on how customers search across different devices and suggest tools and solutions that will fit your business needs. The presentation will focus on some of the more popular tools used by SMEs in the UK, such as Search Engine Optimisation, Pay Per Click and Social Media.

She will also share best practice on mobile-friendly sites and web design in order to give you new ideas to implement. 

Following her presentation, Alexia together with Liberty’s own digital experts will be hosting an open one to one session where delegates will be able to benefit from free digital marketing reviews, analysis of their own websites and ask any specific questions they might have.

What is the Introbiz Business Exhibition? 


Introbiz is Wales’ biggest business exhibition and a chance for business people from all industries to gather under one roof for a day of interesting and educational seminars, informative business exhibitions and of course lots of networking!

The event on 25th September in the House of Sport, Cardiff is set to be the biggest yet, with a Record Breaking Networking breakfast, Wales’ number one business exhibition and a business show after party.

What can I expect from this year’s event?


There’s never a dull moment at an Introbiz event. There’s plenty to see, do and learn. Expect:

7 keynote speakers all of which are some of the UK’s most elite business entrepreneurs 
Exhibitions from nearly 200 corporate companies and SMEs
A huge networking breakfast with over 1,000 businesses
14 workshops and seminars 
A speed networking event 
A special VIP area for sponsors
Plenty of freebies and the chance to win £3,000 worth of prizes
More than 3,000 visitors in one day!

To book your FREE place at the seminar on Thursday, please click here. Come say hello on Thursday and let us know what you think on Twitter. Tweet us!



Here at Liberty we love all things SEO, PPC and IT related, and our experienced team members often get out from behind their spacious, yet often cluttered, desks to share their vast knowledge with the wider digital community. 

Richard speaks at Figaro Digital event


And we have one such event coming up! Our very own Richard Foulkes will be one of the keynote speakers presenting at the sold out Figaro Digital Search Seminar on September 18th. Held at the stylish Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London, it is set to be one of a number of great events put on annually by the event organisers. 

Richard will be speaking about the technical side of SEO, and how a website’s structure can affect search marketing. His talk will also cover the issues that may occur before, during, and after a redesign of a website and what you can do to ensure its performance is optimised. 


Up coming events 


As an online agency, we are delighted to be invited to present at the event and have been asked to speak at others over the coming months to impart our expertise to marketing and business leaders. Liberty Marketing team members do this on a regular basis, and if you want to come over and say hello we’re always happy to chat. 

Here are a few of the events we will be attending this year: 

Wales’ Largest Business Exhibition – Cardiff City House of Sport, 25th September 2014 
Here our staff are teaming up with Google to provide PPC and SEO health checks and answer any digital questions you attendees may have. 

Digital Brand Masterclass – Century Club, London, 7th October 2014
Liberty’s MD and owner, Gareth Morgan, will be speaking at this event which shows senior brand staff how to use the latest digital marketing tools and techniques to boost business. 

Wales Tourism Alliance Conference – Swansea Liberty Stadium, 2nd November 2014 
Mind the Gap – are you ready for the technology challenge? Is a highlight in the South Wales calendar, that for the first time will feature a technology and tourism section. This will be staged by Visit Wales as part of its Digital Tourism Business Framework Programme.  
Gareth will be speaking at this event, which aims to bring together professionals from all areas of the tourism industry. Do you have questions about tourisms digital presence? Then this is the event for you!

Digital Marketing Summit and Health Check – Emirates Stadium, London, 6th November 2014 
This is a great event if you are looking to broaden your knowledge of digital marketing and strategy. This seminar will include a talk from our very own MD, as well as a small selection of other industry professionals, and is a great one day event if you are looking for marketing services for future projects.  

We also have a few things lined up for December and the New Year, so watch this space! In the meantime, while you wait to attend these fab events, why not broaden your digital knowledge by reading a blog post or two? 
Liberty Marketing Ltd has been shortlisted for a Fast Growth Wales Award for 2014!

Fast Growth Wales


So what is Fast Growth 50? Now in its 16th year, it is a list of the fastest growing companies in Wales, and celebrates business success and entrepreneurialism. 

Since starting in 1999, the Fast Growth 50 has listed 470 firms who have created more than 25,000 jobs for the Welsh economy. And these firms have created an estimated £14billion of additional turnover a year. Money that in many cases has been spent and reinvested in the local area. 

The 2013 winner was Village Bakery in Wrexham. A food producer that grew a whopping 1,561% between 2010 and 2012. The business continues to be successful, and has recently secured £2.3million to build a 26,000sqft Baking Academy. 

Why has Liberty been shortlisted?


Liberty Marketing has been shortlisted in the Professional and Financial Services category of the Fast Growth Wales Awards for 2014. 

And as a company we believe this is a fantastic achievement to be recognised amongst the great and good of Welsh business. We’re incredibly proud of the now 35 strong team here, who deliver successful SEO, PPC and social marketing campaigns to a growing client list each month.  

The big announcement 


On the 17th October 2014, all 50 companies will be celebrated in style at an annual gala dinner at Holland House Hotel, Cardiff. An event that is one of the most prestigious and awaited in the Welsh business calendar. And we think this year is going to be the best yet! 

The night will entail an award for the fastest growing company presented by Capital Law. And the compiled list will feature in a special supplement of the Western Mail on Wednesday, October 22nd. So don’t forget to pick up your copy!

Liberty would like to say a big thanks to all of our clients and to the team. 

From a reality TV star to the owner of a waste management company, Media Wales have released their list of the 35 most entrepreneurial and innovative men under the age of 35 in Wales. And Liberty’s founder and MD, Gareth Morgan, has made the list. Go Gareth!

The 35 Under 35


As a follow up to their 35 women aged under 35 making their mark in business and professional life in Wales, Media Wales have today announced the men making waves in the business world.

The 35 under 35 lists are created to highlight the achievements of the businessmen, and to hint at who to look out for in coming years. The shortlisted men can be entrepreneurs or businessmen from any part of Wales, north or south, but must have demonstrated great success in their field. They have to stand out from the crowd!

And not only do these promote the success of individuals, but how Wales is a melting pot of business ingenuity. Yes, Wales has talent! 

So Why Liberty’s MD?


Gareth, 33, set up Liberty back in 2008 and since then has grown the business to become Wales’ largest online marketing agency; Liberty now proudly employ 35 digital marketing professionals and are now delighted to have over 100 retained clients, including large brands such as Fiorelli, Benefit Cosmetics and Folly Farm. 

Here at Liberty Marketing we know digital marketing inside out, and hope to continue to develop these skills and grow the business even more. If you have any questions about digital marketing or would like to work with Liberty get in touch with us.



On Tuesday of this week, Gareth spoke at the Digital Travel and Tourism Masterclass. The event was held on Shaftesbury Avenue in central London and had a room full of digital marketing professionals from within this sector.

The subject was changes to SEO and PPC in 2014 and how they impact travel companies, airlines, destinations and other tourism businesses. After the talk, we had roundtable discussions with the marketers to see what their pain-points were and offered advice on how to overcome them and improve their search engine marketing.

The feedback we received was great, and during the talks it was interesting to see what is currently causing digital marketers to scratch their heads. Most SEO questions surrounded Google+ Authorship tags, how to use content to boost rankings, and the way to deal with Penguin issues and disavowing links. PPC questions centred around remarketing and the exciting opportunities that RLSA (Remarketing Lists for Search Ads) present.

If you’d like a copy of the slides then please get in touch.


Our Liberty runners successfully completed the 5k fun run to raise money for Latch Wales yesterday. They all trained really hard for this run and it showed in their excellent race times. But, most importantly, they raised a whopping £611.97 for Latch - a big thank you to everyone who donated. If you'd still like to donate, you can do so at the Just Giving page.
And thank you to Ben the dog for being such a wonderful mascot! Couldn't have done it without you!

Well done runners, you've done us proud.


Number

Name

Time

Position

33

Philip Woodward

22min 55sec

36

30

Emily Hennessy

24min 15sec

55

172

Emily Isaac

24min 38sec

61

38

Richard Foulkes

24min 52sec

63

45

Gareth Morgan

24min 53sec

65

36

Ben Magee

26min 48sec

82

31

Chris Gurner

27min 8sec

87

29

Joe Tannorella

27min 9 sec

88

37

Adam Johnson

27min 34sec

94

39

Jenna Loman

28min 46sec

105

43

Mari D'antonio

28min 47sec

106

44

Natalie Carlson

29min 22sec

112

40

Clare Strong

29min 55sec

114

32

Rhodri Williams

30min 9sec

116

34

Rosella Pollard

30min 44sec

119

41

Cheche Cheung

30min 58sec

121

35

Natasha Aghalar

33min 48sec

135

42

Ceri Williams

33min 49sec

136


To see more pics of the runners, pop over to our Facebook page.

 

We have some exciting news for you: we’ve bagged ourselves a regional award from the FSB for the best small business in the Business Innovation category. And now we are up against 46 other businesses for the £10,000 prize in the national awards. We’re incredibly excited.

Speaking to the Western Mail on behalf of the Liberty family, Gareth said: “The team here are all very happy to have received this recognition and we’re looking forward to the national final in May.”

The final will take place at the London Waldorf Hilton Hotel next month – keep your fingers crossed for us!

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