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!

 


We are pleased to announce that the Adopt Wales website, which was designed and built by creative agency, Ethos, has been short-listed for the Best Government Website category of the 18th Annual Webby Awards.

We’ve been working with the team at Adopt Wales, and their web developers at Ethos, to increase their online presence and brand reach, so it’s great to see this site being put forward for such a prestigious award.

The Adopt Wales website, which aims to increase awareness of the need for adopters in Wales and dispel the negative connotations around adoption, is one of just five from around the globe to be shortlisted; and it’s the only site from the UK that has been put forward!
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honour" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet.

As a nominee, the Adopt Wales site is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted for online across the globe. Votes can be cast at pv.webbyawards.com until 24th April.

Winners will be announced on 29th April - we are rooting for Ethos and Adopt Wales all the way!

 

Here is a quick preview of a huge change happening at Liberty over the coming months. Back in December we outgrew our current offices – things are so tight right now that I don't have a desk. We started planning a move in the late summer and, after putting it to an office poll, we decided we wanted to remain in the Cardiff Business Park area. The problem with that is there isn't much around here that is bigger, offers open plan working, is better equipped and gives us the option to make it quite a fun environment, which were the criteria.

After months of searching and speaking to surveyors, it looked like a dead end and big compromises would need to be made. Luckily, one evening in November I stumbled across an auction website which had a building just a few metres from where we are now which offered huge room to expand (it's over 3 times the size of our current building). It also had space for a large open plan working area, more meeting rooms, a great big staff room, decent cabling and it doesn't need that much work. I am please to say that we completed on it last Wednesday and plan to be in there during March!

The guys here are in charge of choosing decorations and themes for the rooms. Ideas so far include having meeting rooms that look like log cabins, the inside of the Millennium Falcon, and New York City. Who knows what it'll end up looking like. For the sake of posterity, here's how it currently appears:

 

 

It’s that time of the week again; it’s time to introduce another team member. Please welcome Stephanie Lamerton. 

Slamerton is a Junior SEO copywriter at Liberty Marketing who came to us over the summer on a Go Wales work placement. After graduating from Cardiff University, and successfully completing her work placement, she stayed at the company and is now a firm part of the Liberty family. 

Steffles is obsessed with Pinterest and can easily spend hours wasting time on the picture pinning site. When she’s not online, Steph loves shopping, celebrity gossip and anything to do with arts and crafts. She’s not that girly though: when most little girls wanted to be princesses and ballerinas, Steph wanted to be a pirate! Argh, me hearty! 

So say hello to Steph! You can hear about her fellow workers very soon.

It’s time to introduce the third member of our growing team: it’s Ben Magee!

Ben has been here just over a year now as one of our trusted SEO Account Coordinators. He studied History and Sociology at Warwick University and after he graduated in 2010 he decided he needed to live a little. Ben went travelling across America all funded by a job as a marketer in the hotel industry. It is this experience in marketing that taught him the ropes before joining the Liberty Marketing ranks.

Ben wanted to be an astronaut when he was a child, but now fancies himself as something of a budding poker superstar. He is also a fan of Twitter, he is a massive Spurs fan and, of course, he has a passion for travelling.

Ben’s claim to fame is that he once had a Twitter conversation with pop sensation Lolly. He got a little too excited about this!!

Now you know everything there is to know about Ben, read up on our other team members. We won’t bite.