Bristol. It's forever being voted top ten of the happiest/most liveable/least-London places to live on our occasionally-septic isle. We love Bristol and we love SEO. We love talking digital with our community here. In-fact, we love it so much we host our own events called Digital Gaggle. But, we don't like tooting our own horn too much soooooo, here's our events and meet-ups listing for SEO and digital marketing in Bristol. If you have an event to add, do give us a tinkle.
UX Design for Digital - Wednesday 5th July and Thursday 6th July - All Day
If you're keen to learn more about UX, then this practical two-day course will help you develop a great skill-set. You'll learn about user research techniques and how to translate your findings into actionable insights. Actually, you'll learn a lot more than that but you can read more about it by clicking the link below.
Our eternal (digital) afterlife - SWUX - Tuesday 18th July from 6.45pmBit morbid but we think this event sounds reaaaally cool! Alberta Soranzo will be chatting about the fact that, even though we don't like to admit it, users have an expiration date. What gets left behind when users die is a digital ghost, an undimensional clone borne out of the millions of macro and micro-interactions that we generate during our physical life. Soranzo will discuss how we can organize information and systems, and answer those ethical and practical questions raised by death in the digital age. CREEPY BUT COOL, RIGHT?!
MeasureCamp Cardiff - Saturday 29th July 9.30am - 7pmThe free Analytics conference returns to Cardiff! The Noisy Little Monkey team have been to this event and it's really friendly and informative. It takes the format of an unconference - where there isn't an agenda for the day and talk topics are decided the morning of (a terrifying prospect if you are an event organiser!) Free ticket, food provided, the chance to meet some great people. What else do you need?!
VR, Ethics and Empathy - SW Futurists - Tuesday 20th June from 7pm
This event sounds so utterly cool that we just had to include it in here. VR specialist, Catherine Allen, will be arguing that when a person puts on a Virtual Reality headset, they are vulnerable and the media industry needs to create a new ethical framework to address this. Sounds super interesting, no? Dan Efergan from Aardman Animations will be joining Catherine to discuss VR and empathy too. Tickets cost £3 and the event is being held at The Forge in Bristol.
User-Centred Growth Hacking - SWUX - Tuesday 20th June from 6.45pmDo you turn a blind eye to what your (client’s) Digital Marketing team get up to in the name of conversion? You clearly want the companies you work with/for to make money, but where’s the line between satisfying business needs and engaging in dark patterns? This June workshop will help you explore techniques and tools to help encourage growth in a user-centred way.
Supercharging Google Analytics - Digital Gaggle - Wednesday 21st June 5.30pm - 8pmWho says you shouldn't host a networking event on the 1st day of Glastonbury Festival? Noisy Little Monkey's regular Digital Gaggle meet-up comes home to roost at its regular monthly meet-up at the Famous Royal Navy Volunteer. Jon Boon from SearchStar will be helping Marketing Managers figure out how to get the most from their Google Analytics. Beer and pizza available, of course.
Collaborate Bristol 2017 - Nomensa - Friday 23rd JuneCollaborate Bristol is back to inspire crowds on the subject of UX, Design and IA. This time, they're in a brand new Bristol venue - the Watershed - and they've got some great names on the agenda including Lisa Campana (Head of Design at MOO) and Andrea Picchi (Lead Experience Designer at Sony Mobile). Exciting stuff.
Media Tuesday Meet-Up - Bristol Media - Tuesday 27th June from 6.15pm to 8.30pmThis is the regular monthly meet-up for anyone working within the creative sector. It's held at the delightful Bakesmiths on Whiteladies Road and Bristol Media members receive a drinks voucher on arrival. Woohoo! Non-members are also welcome.
The Future Is...Voice - Wednesday 10th May from 7pm
A new type of event with an interesting discussion topic: how to build conversational UI for devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Cortana. Quite niche! Head to the JustEat offices on the night to find out more...
WordCamp Bristol - Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th MaySome great practical and technical advice will be available at this two-day event focused entirely around WordPress. Expect to network with lots of WordPress users, developers and designers from across the UK and over the world. The talk schedule looks varied and super informative - definitely an event to take a look at if you're a WordPress user looking to boost your skills.
SWUX - Talk: Designing Experiences For Things That Don't Exist Yet - Tuesday 16th May from 6.45pmOooooh - this month there's a talk from the UX designers at Dyson! They'll chat about a typical day in the UX team at Dyson and also cover the areas of UX which Dyson focuses on ranging from using UX as a tool for feature exploration to defining experiences for the future of IoT and connectivity. Sounds like it'll be a really insightful night at Torchox HQ.
SWMobile - Wednesday 17th May 5.45pm to 9pmMembers of this meet-up are gathering together to watch the Google I/O Keynote via live stream. The sessions are focused on building web, mobile and enterprise apps with Google, Android, Chrome etc. There'll be refreshments and a great atmosphere! If you want to head along, just make sure you RSVP.
Digital Gaggle - Thursday 18th May from 5.30pm to 8pmSave the date for the next Digital Gaggle when Anand Mavani from Social Response will teach you how to empower your audience to create content for your brand - now THAT is some time saving advice! Eventbrite link to purchase tickets is coming sooon...
Ladies That UX Bristol - Thursday 25th May from 6.30pmMore details to come on this meet-up but grab that pen and put the date in your diary!
UX Design: How To Do It Right - Wednesday 5th April 09.00am - 12.00pm
This is a newbie event for peeps interested in learning about UX design. The main focus of the meet-up will be a video which will show attendees how to do user research, information architecture and experience maps. The 1st meet-up is your chance to chat about what the group chats about at future events so - go and have your say!
Bristol Digital Analytics Meet-Up - Tagging, Tracking, Analysing & Optimising - Thursday 6th April from 6pmThis regular meet-up joins forces once again to eat pizza and chat all things Analytics. It's a really informal evening and everyone is super friendly and helpful. Seriously, don't miss it!
Media Tuesday Meet-Up - Tuesday 25th April 6.15pm to 8.30pmThis regular meet-up takes place at Bakesmiths on Whiteladies Road. Go and say hello to the Bristol Media team and make some new friends whilst you're there (plus, the cakes are AMAZING).
Bristol HubSpot User Group - The Seven Cs of ROI - Wednesday 26th April from 6.30pm to 8pmThe 2nd Bristol HubSpot User Group (HUG) will gather at The TownHouse to discuss how the marketing automation software can help you effectively measure your ROI. Free drink on arrival and the chance to win an Amazon Echo Dot if you come along on the evening - woweee!
Ladies That UX - Information Architecture - Thursday 27th April from 6.30pm to 8.30pmCarole Court takes the reins at this meet-up to talk about the importance of solid IA and supporting wayfinding. Ladies That UX always has excellent speakers and interesting topics to discuss so this should be a goodie.
Digital Gaggle Social Media Conference - Thursday 9th March 08.30am - 12.45pm
Ok, fine, we're tooting our own horn a bit 'cause the conference is already sold out but you should sign up to the newsletter so you can grab a ticket when the next one takes place! 'We Want Clicks, Not Selfie Sticks: Social Media For Business' takes place in Bristol's Colston Hall and is a morning conference dedicated (this time) to social media. Steven Bartlett from Social Chain, Drew Benvie from Battenhall and Noisy Little Monkey's very own Holly Edwards will be speaking on topics from messaging apps to social influencers. If you've bagged your ticket - we'll see you there!
Bristol Digital Analytics Meet-Up - Pros & Cons of In-House Analytics - Wednesday 22nd March from 6pmAt the March meet-up, the Bristol Digital Analytics gang will be chatting about the Pros & Cons of in-house Analytics. As normal, there will be a short talk and a demo followed by the opportunity to mingle with everyone.
Bristol Digital Analytics Meet-Up - Getting Analytics Buy-In At Large Enterprises or Universities - Thursday 30th March Another March event for the Digital Analytics Meet-Up! This time it's located at the JustEat offices so that means free beer and pizza (woohoo)! Check out their meet-up page for more info.
SWmobile - March Meet-Up - Tuesday 21st March from 7pm No details yet on what's in-store for the next SWmobile event but it's always a treat! RSVP via their meet-up page to stay in-the-loop on the plans.
MeasureCamp Cardiff - Saturday 4th February 9am - 5pm
This unconference is perfect for anyone interested in digital analytics. But, what exactly is an unconference? MeasureCamp relies on attendees to bring along presentations or discussion topics to provide the content of the day. Cool concept, right?
Bristol WordPress People - Growing Your Dream Business and WordPress Q&A Session - Tuesday 7th February from 6.30pmThe 1st meet-up of this year sees a talk from Scott Jones (MD at Illustrate Digital). Scott will talk about how to take practical steps towards growing your business, drawing on his wide experience of working in the digital sector. Afterwards, there will be a Q&A where you can submit questions about anything WordPress related - handy!
SWmobile - Lightning Talks - Tuesday 21st February from 6.30pm A series of lightning talks are in store for you at the next SWmobile meet-up. Speakers will be updated closer to the time but you can expect some great talks, the usual refreshments AND a trip to the pub afterwards. Hurrah!
SWUX - Conversation is the Command Line of Tomorrow - Tuesday 21st February from 6.45pm "Messaging is eating our software", that's the idea that SWUX will be mulling over at their next event. Are you ready for how you will use messaging to chat with your customers? Do you have a strategy in place? Dan Harvey, the Chief Creative Officer at Zone, will lead the talk which is followed by a Q&A. There's pizza and networking too - a great meet-up!
Digital Gaggle - Instagram Workshop with Porthjess - Thursday 23rd February 5.30pm - 8pm Considering using Instagram for your brand but don't know why you should bother or where to even start? Let Bristol Instagrammer Jess Siggers (who has over 38k Instagram followers!) help you navigate your way through the social network. The workshop will help you understand how to optimise your account in order to generate more engagement with your business.
Bristol Digital Analytics Meet-Up - Thursday 5th Jan 6pm - 9pm
Come and say hello to other Digital Analytics folk at the Just-Eat offices. There'll be a short talk at 6.15pm and the opportunity to have a natter with others about oh, y'know, tagging, tracking, analysing and optimising. What else do analytics peeps need to talk about?
Digital Gaggle: Video and Social Media Marketing for Dummies - Thursday 19th Jan 5.30pm - 8pm
Digital Gaggle kicks off the New Year in style with a video marketing workshop from the team at video production company, Doubleshot. You'll learn: what video works best on each platform, what aspect ratio, style, length and cropping you need to optimise your video, how to avoid common video mistakes and how to utilise live video for your brand. Shall we say the word video a few more times? Video. Video. Video...Video. Ok, we're done.
SW Mobile - Tuesday 24th January 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Save the date for the first SWMobile meet-up of the New Year. Speakers include Paul Freeman (discussing Selecting BaaS) and David Taylor. That's all the info we have for now. God, stop being so needy.
Bristol Hupspot User Group (HUG) - Thursday 26th January from 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Drumroll please! This is the very 1st Bristol Hubspot User Group which has been set up to help those with an interest in Hubspot and automated marketing. If you use Hubspot, are curious about using Hubspot or simply want to make your marketing automation that little bit better, come along to this free event (and get your free drink!)
Ladies that UX - Thursday 26th January from 6.30pm
Looks like another exciting event from the Ladies that UX group but it's all hush, hush for now. Check back during the course of January to see what tricks they have up their sleeve for the next meet-up. The last one looked amazing so expect great things!
Design/Build/Market - Thursday 26th January 6pm - 10pm
Launched only recently, these events discuss a different topic each time. The next meet-up focuses on VR and asks "how do you design for VR?", "how do you build for VR?" and "how do brands use VR for marketing?". All interesting stuff. Tickets cost £10 and events are hosted at the Engine Shed.
SPARK Skills Festival - Thursday 1st December 11am - 4pm
A one day event which gathers together tech and digital businesses that are currently recruiting graduates and students in the South West of England. Taking place at the Watershed, over 40 fantastic companies will be showcasing the latest technologies (including VR, robotics and gaming) and careers available in the sector.
Bristol Content Strategy Meet-Up - Intro To Content Strategy And Getting To Know Each Other - Friday 2nd December from 7pm
This is the first meet-up for the newly formed Bristol Content Strategy group. There'll be time to meet and greet at Dom's Coffee House before using the rest of the session to decide what people want to get out of each meet-up session. It'll be fairly informal and a great space to meet other content strategists who face similar issues to you.
Bristol Digital Analytics - Server-Side Data Append: Segment.io & Supermetrics Demos - Tuesday 6th December 6pm to 8pm
December's meet-up is developer themed and the topic focus is pretty much exactly what it says in the title. There will be the opportunity to mingle and listen to a short talk during the evening which is this time hosted at the Torchbox offices.
Bristol WordPress People - Maintenance And Hosting Knowledge Crowd-Sourcing Night - Tuesday 6th December from 6.30pm
In order to mix things up a bit, the December BWP event won't have a speaker (bare with us...) Instead, the organisers have decided to draw upon the smarts of the people in the room (i.e. you - if you turn up). In the words of the organisers: "rather than have an expert stand-up at the front of the room, we thought it would be more fun to draw on the knowledge and experience of everyone present." Keen to tackle those buggin' WordPress issues you've been having? This will be the perfect environment for you!
SWUX - UXmas Quiz & Social - Tuesday 13th December 6.45pm - 10pm
Ahhh, who can resist a UX themed quiz at Christmas time? Especially if there's a "hands on Santa's workshop" round as advertised too. Things wind down as we approach Christmas but you're still guaranteed a lot of merriment and chitter chatter with some UX folk at this regular SWUX meet-up. Location TBA.
Bristol Media - Christmas Media Tuesday - Tuesday 13th December 6.15pm - 8.30pm
The regular Bristol Media meet-up takes place once again at Bakesmiths. There will be festive drinks, nibbles and a Christmas raffle! A wonderfully seasonal way to network amongst other creatives before breaking up for the holidays.
Bristol WordPress People - Speaker: Gavin Strange of Aardman Animations - 1st Nov from 6.30pm
The Bristol WordPress peeps welcome Gavin Strange, Senior Online Designer at Aardman Animations to their November meet-up in the Famous Royal Navy Volunteer. Gavin's worked on a ton of creative projects including the Gromit Unleashed and Shaun In The City art trails. This is a great chance to listen to Gavin share his stories from working on those projects and pick his brains on the process!
Bristol Digital Analytics Meet-Up - Tagging, Tracking, Analysing and Optimising - 3rd Nov from 6pm to 8pm
Free beer and pizza welcomes you at the regular Bristol Digital Analytics Meet-Up. Held at the snazzy JustEat offices, the talk on Tagging, Tracking, Analysing and Optimising starts at 6.15pm with the opportunity to mingle afterwards.
Mobile Monday Bristol - #9 Web Tools - 7th November from 6pm to 8.30pm
This event takes a look at the latest web tools that are changing behaviours and making lives easier in and out of the workplace. The first speaker from Scafld will discuss web apps and tools. Up next is JustEat who will be presenting on how they are taking web tools in another direction with voice ordering. There will also be a panel discussion with Softwire who will be discussing the latest trends in web coding.
SWUX - UX: The Heart of Digital Transformation - 8th November from 6.45pm - 8.30pm
The speaker this month is Al Barker, Head of UX at Sift Digital. He'll be arguing that it’s no longer enough to focus on just getting the end user experience right. Instead, you must look to educate and transform the staff within your organisation as they are the people who communicate with your users.
Collaborate Bristol Conference - 11th Nov from 9am to 5pm
Collaborate Bristol is a one-day conference which covers the topics of UX, IA and Design . Expect a mix of practical and theoretical views from local experts and international businesses like AOL and Yell. It takes place this year in Bristol's Aquarium.
Bristol Media - Social Media Week (#SMWiBristol) - 14th to 18th Nov
The Global Conference that is Social Media Week is setting up camp for the week in Bristol. It's kind of a big deal. Amongst the keynote sessions from the likes of Buzzfeed, Facebook and Twitter there are also practical skill-up sessions and knowledge building masterclasses held by the likes of @porthjess and Foozie. Noisy Little Monkey are hosting an event too...it's sold out ;)
TechSPARK - Morning Coffee and Networking - 17th November from 10.30am to 12 noon
Come and meet others who work in tech at this regular monthly networking sesh.
SWMobile - Backend as a Service - 23rd November from 7pm to 10pm
More details (including location) to follow on this regular South West Mobile meet-up.
Ladies that UX Bristol - Let's Get Physical - 24th November from 6.3opm to 9.30pm
Delivering a twist on their usual events, November's meet-up will take the form of a workshop. Kinneir Dufort will be hosting a series of mini workshops on the evening, which demonstrate how they design experiences that involve physical products using a user-centered design approach. Four rooms will be set up and attendees will spend time in each room, being encouraged to participate in research, innovation and design activities - exciting!
Bristol WordPress People - Writing Coherent Web Content And Lightning Talks - 4th Oct from 6.30pm
October's BWP event steams you through not one, not two, nope, not event three, but FOUR talks. Up first is Zach Goldie who will guide you on creating coherent content for your website. He'll be followed by three ten minute talks covering topics from custom meta fields to UX. Gather at the Famous Royal Navy Volunteer.
Digital Gaggle - It's Not Me, It's UX (Conference) - 5th Oct from 8.30am - SOLD OUT
James Caig, Leonie Watson and Jon Payne are just some of the speakers in attendance at the Autumnal Digital Gaggle conference. This month's theme is UX and you'll hear a range of topics covered from website redesign to remote user research. Your free ticket gets you access to this half day event and a free bacon sandwich. How wonderful! Held at the Colston Hall.
SETsquared Workshop - What Is UX/UI and Why Is It Important? - 6th Oct from 2pm - 4pm
This workshop session, led by Andy Fuller of Designbull, will help you understand the process behind creating an excellent user interface design for your website or application. You'll also have the chance to define your ideal user and understand how improving your UX can create a more engaging experience for your target audience. Head to the Engine Shed.
SWmobile - Lightning Talk Night - 18th Oct 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Lightning talks seems to be quite the trend this month! Still lots of details to be firmed up (including location...and date..hmmmm) but expect to soak up loads of information from the various speakers.
#OiConf Online Influence Conference - 20th Oct 8am - 6.30pm
#OiConf is an events series with a focus on social and mobile channels held at the Mercure Hotel. There's masterclasses on content marketing, video in social and the rise of chatbots. You'll also get to hear seven inspiring keynotes including IBM, Unilever and Adobe as well as breakfast networking and post-event drinks.
TechSPARK (Bristol) - Morning Coffee and Networking - 20thOct 10.30am - 12pm
The title says it all: an informal meet-up giving you the chance to meet others who work in tech.
Girl Geek Dinners and Ladies That UX - MeetUp - 20th Oct 7pm - 10pm
Two women-only meet-ups join forces this October. Expect a UX focus with lots of friendly faces. This event is hosted at the verrrrrrry cool DeskLodge offices in Bristol.
GL Business Network - The Internet of Us: What does privacy mean in the Digital Age? - 1st Sept 1pm to 4.30pm
The second GL Business Network event invites you to debate privacy in the Digital Age. There'll even be a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance (oooooh, aaaaaaaaaah) AND you'll dip into the pages of the dark web. It's a free event at the Watershed but only 100 people can attend. Go, go, go!
Bristol WordPress People - Google Analytics/Webmaster Tools and Going Beyond the Customiser - 6th Sept 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Expect an SEO themed talk on Google Analytics/Google Webmaster tools and a presentation on how to get more control over your website (without coding). As always, lots of opportunities to network with other WordPress peeps. Head to the Famous Royal Navy Volunteer to check it out.
SWUX - Using UX and Data Storytelling to Inform Senior Management - 13th Sept 6.45pm to 8.30pm
Taking place in Redcliff Quay, this meet-up sees Dan Brinnand (UX at Foreshore) take the stage. Dan will discuss why senior management don't engage with data that could be helping them to make better decisions and teach you how you can use storytelling to present your information in a much more engaging way.
Digital Gaggle - Helpfulpeeps: Persona Pow Wow - 15th Sept 5.30pm to 8pmDo you know the importance of building your Buyer Personas? At this meet-up you'll join a workshop and help create personas for new social media network, Helpfulpeeps. Helping out a Bristol-based business and learning some skills along the way? Aren't you nice. This event is held at the new location of the Famous Royal Navy Volunteer on King Street.
Ladies that UX - "Accidental design" using UX to transform services in mental health - 29th Sept from 6.30pm
This one is for the ladies only! This meet-up promises lots of networking and experience-sharing between women working in UX. Katherine Garzonis (all the way from London) will be doing a talk on redesigning mental health services using UX principles.
Bristol Wordpress People - Show and Tell and Ask and Help - 2nd August 2016 from 7pm
Have you been building something in WordPress? This event does what it says on the tin. Show off what you've been creating, get it tested, ask a question and even get some feedback. Pretty handy, right?
Bristol Digital Analytics - Connecting Digital Analytics with BI - 4th August 2016 - 6pm to 8pm
A chance to get chatty with other analytics bods in Bristol, this time talking about connecting Digital Analytics with Business Intelligence (ooooh, fancy). The event follows the usual set-up: talk at 6.15pm followed by some mingling.
.NET South West - Google Cloud Platform by Chris Bacon (Google Engineer) - 16th August 2016 from 6.30pm
Chris will talk about what Google Cloud Platform is, a bit about its history, how it’s implemented, how they currently support .NET platform and developers, and what’s planned for the future.
SWMobile - August meet-up - 23rd August 2016 at 7pm
At the time of writing, the location for August's meet-up is still TBC. Expect the usual SWMobile meet-up structure: a handful of excellent speakers, the chance to discover new ideas and a place to learn and share from your experiences with other great minds in the tech industry.
SWUX - Research Analysis: Getting more out of your Data - 12th July 2016 (Evening)
We usually meet for a chat, networking, general conversation, and we have a UX design related slide presentation/talk/workshop with time for questions etc.
UX Bristol – 15th July 2016 (Daytime)
At time of writing, UX Bristol hadn't published the schedule for this summer's event, but with last year's conference incorporating such intriguing themes as 'hypothesis sketching', 'icon consequences' and 'Robert De Niro: UX Hero' I'd give them a follow or keep checking their site for deets in the approach to ticket sales in May.
Techie Brekkie: Growth Hacking - Lean marketing for startups - 19th July 2016 (Morning)
The roles of marketing and engineering are colliding to focus on customer experience. ‘Growth Hackers’ are a new breed of technical marketers, utilising emerging technology in an analytical, creative and tenacious manor.
Digital Gaggle - Converting Prospects, Crushing Targets - 19th July 2016 (Evening)
A monthly marketing meet up with a digital focus, in a cool bar with nibbles and booze - this month the speaker is Managing Director of Prolific Solutions, Paula Horton. She knows a thing or two about converting leads into sales and, because she’s just so darn lovely, she’s going to tell you exactly how she does it.
Bristol Digital Analytics - Discussion on CRO Analytics: How to continually optimise - 20th July 2016 (Evening)
The 16th meetup is CRO themed, so we will discuss how to continually optimise.
There will be a short talk at 6:15 and then the opportunity to mingle.
SW Mobile - RxJava and Reactive app with Realm on iOS - 26th July 2016 (Evening)
A meet up for the geekier end of our circle of friends, brilliant gathering to meet clever people and eat pizza. This month they're focusing on some of the newer programming paradigms in mobile reactive programming.
Bristol Digital Analytics - Discussion on SEO Analytics: How to report & improve performance - 27th July 2016 (Evening)
The 19th meetup is SEO themed, so we will discuss how to report & improve SEO performance.
There will be a short talk at 6:15 and then the opportunity to mingle.
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By Steve Gregory - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1434348