By Thomas Eason

On April 18th 2012, Leeds is to play host to a new and exciting digital marketing conference. The ionSearch Conference, held at the Carriage Works Theatre, is primarily a search engine optimisation (SEO) conference aimed at exploring advanced techniques and latest approaches within this fast moving industry.

With the digital marketing sector growing, this is an excellent time to create a digital hub in Yorkshire to capitalise on potential employment and commerce opportunities. Across Yorkshire last year digital marketing jobs increased by 240% comparatively with 2007 and 92% comparatively with 2010 (IT Jobs Watch) and The IonSearch Conference is an excellent way of bringing prestige within this growing industry directly to Yorkshire, with professionals coming from all the country to both speak and spectate.

The event will boast some of the most accomplished SEO, Social Media, PPC and link building experts, sharing their knowledge and know-how on key trending topics in search marketing. Speakers confirmed include Ralph Tegtmeier aka fantomaster, Patrick Altoft (Head of Search - Branded3), Martin MacDonald (Head of SEO - OMG Group), James Holmes (Paid Search Director - Blueclaw), Dave Snyder (CEO - Steelcast) and Kevin Gibbons (Director of Strategy - SEO Optimise). With more speakers and panel members to be confirmed soon the event will have something for everyone within the search marketing industry.

The event will be held at The Carriageworks in the heart of Leeds city centre. The venue is a historic 350 capacity theatre with the main auditorium holding the keynote talks. There will also be conference rooms for the one-on-one workshops. More information and early bird booking details can be found at:

Fergus Clawson, MD at Blueclaw Media Ltd, who has helped put the conference together says; “Leeds has become a hot bed for SEO and despite the gloomy economic outlook there is a thriving digital community within the UK which is making a positive economic impact and is a growth sector. If you are passionate about search marketing and want to learn more on how to make a lasting improvements to your business online then this is the event for you. It's not to be missed!”

Tom Ashurst from the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce explains; “.. bringing such an event to Yorkshire creates a real buzz. The speakers include some of search marketing’s most accomplished experts which can only benefit the region.”

ionSearch will explore the latest developments within the search industry and the opportunities they can offer your business whether you work within an agency, in-house or own your own business. With one-on-one sessions available, which will be held by the leading experts, it will give attendees a chance to go through tailored issues and discussions on the best implementation of these trends into a modern marketing strategy.

The day will also include experts panels with Q&A sessions and live Twitter feeds to provide an interactive platform which will highlight key queries and encourage discussion. The conference will also host two socials, one on the eve of the conference and one straight after the conference so there will be plenty of opportunity to maximise that all important networking!

The conference is being sponsored by Manual Link Building, Searchmetrics and AnalyticsSEO. AnalyticsSEO are giving away 50 Freemium accounts as part of the event booking process.

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