Rugby World Cup 2015 Charity Sweepstake Cancelled

Rugby World Cup 2015 Charity Sweepstake Cancelled

So an update on our rugby world cup charity sweepstake. We are putting our hands up that we didn’t quite plan it far enough in advance to be able to get welsh businesses on board. So we would like to apologise to the 2 chosen charities that this will unfortunately not raise any funds at this time. We realised that we needed to make the decision to close the donation page as we did not want someone donating for something that could not go ahead. We will organise a fundraiser in the future for Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund & St. Kentigern Hospice. Due too the rugby world cup charity sweepstake not actually going ahead we are happy to advise that we are awarding both the charities selected with a free 6 month advertising banner which will appear in the rotation on our blog posts and events pages of the website.

We have already contacted the charities to arrange the banners ready to go live on the website blog posts and event pages rotation and these will be live hopefully by this weekend. We hope that this helps spread the word of the charities and encourage visitors to the website to take time to visit the websites or events that are linked via the banners to find out a little more about the charities themselves.

A big thank you from EventsnWales to the charities for being so understanding and we will do what we can in the future to support you.

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Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake

Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake

So the rugby world cup is nearly upon us and we have made a very late decision to try and raise money for 2 Charities that have been connected with eventsnwales.com in some way either that have listed events, had an event listed which is raising money for them or helped out on Social Media. But we need local Welsh businesses/organisations or groups to help us.

How you may ask?

The answer is a fairly simple one. We need 20 Welsh Businesses/Organisations or groups to take part in our EventsnWales.com Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake. To take part all they need to do is to donate £10 to our EventsnWales.com Virgin Money Giving Page. This will be limited to the first 20 that donate (Please can you leave a note with the company name, or twitter handle something to identify yourself so we can keep track) and they will then be entered into the sweepstake which we are hoping to draw with our website sponsors and broadcast live on Periscope on Friday. So we are looking to hopefully get a speedy response and the places taken quickly for us to get this in motion.

The 2 Chosen charities are Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund and St Kentigern Hospice.

EventsnWales.com first became aware of the Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund when we contacted them about the possibility of listing an event on our website for the launch of EventsnWales.com and ever since that our launch they have helped spread the word of events they have listed and eventsnwales.com in general.

We came across the second charity in a slightly different way and this was when and event posted by the Ysgol y Castell PTA and the event Castell Beat which was raising money for St Kentigern Hospice. They have followed us on social media since the event was promoted and we hope to see some of their own events on our website in the future.

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Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake Prize?

We will be awarding 2 prizes for those that take part.

First prize will give the Business/Organisation or Group that have the Winning team of the Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake an Advertising Banner for 1 year (normal cost £45) which will appear on our blog posts and events pages rotation.

Second Prize will give the Business/Organisation or Group that have the team that finish Runners Up in the Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake an Advertising Banner for 6 Months (normal cost £22.50) which will appear on our blog posts and events pages rotation.

We really hope that Welsh businesses/organisations or groups will get involved and help us raise at least the £100 per charity we are aiming for and we hope to be able to provide the winners and runners up with advertising banners to help spread the word of their organisations to our visitors on EventsnWales.com.

If anyone would like to help us raise money for the 2 charities your more than welcome to donate through our fundraising page.

Top 10 Events on EventsnWales has your event made it?

Top 10 Events on EventsnWales has your event made it?

Total Number of Events that have been listed on EventsnWales.com

So to celebrate EventsnWales.com being 6 months old we thought we would list the Top 10 Events on EventsnWales by rank of page views. This is counted every time the individual event page is viewed or loaded from the website on any device. Many factors could determine if your event has made it into our top 10 events such as

  • the length of time the event was listed on the website prior to the event
  • how popular the event is in general
  • if it has been searched through search engines
  • how many times the event page has been shared via social media and other sources

These are just a few things that can contribute to an event getting listed in the top 10 events. Many other factors exist but we have just listed some to give you an idea of things that can influence the number of page views your events page gets.

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Top 10 Events on EventsnWales

#1 Race of Remembrance brought to you by Mission Motorsport – The Forces Motorsport Charity

This event tops the chart after being one of the original events listed on the website from launch and with just over 2 months to the Race of Remembrance event has been live on the website for the full 6 months. A great charity event which you can read more about by visiting the event page and see how to attend a very special remembrance Sunday service.

#2 Kidwelly Carnival 2015

The Kidwelly Carnival 2015 was held in July and was only listed a very short period prior to the event but attracted a high volume of page views since being listed. I have no doubt that they will be listing future events on our website.

#3 Rods Tour of Wales

Rod listed his solo Ride from North to South Wales on the website from launch and we can confirm that only yesterday Rod completed his 3 day, 250 mile ride for charity pop over to the original event page Rods Tour of Wales as it’s never to late to donate to the 2 charities Rod was raising money for.

#4 PUGFEST

Another event that was fairly limited on time prior to the date of the event, but with all you animal and especially Pug lovers around you managed to get the event into the top 10 events on eventsnwales. Feel free to have a read about the event in the event achieves PUGFEST event page.

#5 Ruthin Castle Family Fun Day

The Ruthin Castle Family Fun Day was heavily searched via search engines during the short period prior to the event listed and this helped it land a spot at number 5 in the top 10 events.

#6 Fathers Day Charity Bikeride – Raising Awareness of Prostate Cancer

Originally listed for a local event in Cwmbran with other area’s of Wales being added later which helped the Fathers Day Charity Bikeride – Raising Awareness of Prostate Cancer into the top 10 events on EventsnWales.

#7 Cpl Mike Thacker Memorial Match

This event was held in Caerleon in May this year and we have heard that the Memorial match will be part of an annual fun day held in Caerleon which will hopefully continue to be listed on EventsnWales.com if you would like to read more about the event links are provided on the old event page.

#8 Dalmatian BikeRide 2015 – St. David’s Hospice

It was the 4th year that the Dalmatian BikeRide had been held and another great event to have listed on eventsnwales and no surprise that this event made it into the top 10 events listed on EventsnWales due to the popularity of the event.

#9 South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day

With the amount of Animal lovers that also visit our website the South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day hit the last but one sport of the top 10 events even only being listed on the website for 2 months prior to the event.

#10 Laugharne Weekend 2015

As a very popular weekend the Laugharne Weekend 2015 finishes the top 10 events this has been searched a number of time through search engines.

All the above events and every event that is listed on our website is still able to be found via search engines after the date of the event. This means that by listing events on our website your details can be found for a period after and still spread the awareness of the events after the actual date. People sometimes ask but what is the benefit of this. The benefit comes from the fact that search engines still crawl the pages so your details such as website or social media pages that are linked from the event can be found allowing visitors to still connect with the companies, organisations or individuals that put on the events that have been listed.

Once again and as always we are grateful to all that list your events on the website and will continue to do all that we can to increase the exposure of EventsnWales.com, our social media accounts and all events listed on the website.

August Free Advertising goes too..

August Free Advertising goes too..

free advertisingSo the time has come to award our free advertising banner spot that appears on our individual events pages and also our individual blog posts. The first free sport went to our 100th event listed on our website which was listed by Correana White which was included on the rotation for July. Each month we will randomly select a company, organisation or community group that either list events on our website or help spread the word of the events listed or EventsnWales itself. This can be through social media, a poster or image on a noticeboard or in a shop window any way that helps. If you are happy to do this please contact us for a digital image and send a picture when it has been put up and we will include you on the list for the chance to win a free advertising spot.

August’s Free Advertising spot

So back to this month’s free advertising spot, As stated above we had a list of over 80 different companies, organisations or groups that were included on the list and we randomly selected the winner. Every winner will then be excluded from future selection so that everyone gets a fair chance at being selected. So the Draw took place on the 29th July and those may have already seen on twitter that the selection for August is Ty Hafan.

Ty Hafan were included in the list having listed a number of events on the website and we are happy to have a banner advertising one of Ty Hafan’s upcoming events the Taff Trail Cycle Challenge on our rotational advertising banners. The banner will be shown throughout August.

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If you would like to be in with a chance of the free advertising banner you know what to do. Alternatively if you would like to advertise on our website either with a banner advert or becoming a website sponsor alongside Harris Associates SW Ltd – Tendering for Success check out our membership packages that are available. Our website is fast growing and climbing the global and UK ranks and being visited by more and more visitors every month.

 

 

Events n Wales 3 months on

Events n Wales 3 months on

So Events n Wales has now been live for over 3 months and it is great to look back to see the range of events from around Wales that have already been listed on the website. We really do want the website to be a success and help businesses, charities, individuals and organisations to reach more people through Wales or to make more people aware of events being held. To do this we combine the fact of allowing members to list events which then become part of the website and are crawled by search engines all over the world. We make sure that we try to help the listings by making slight changes to the content or description to help with them get found on these search engines. As a result we wanted to just share a few of the different search terms that our website has shown up for and the website has made an impression on search engine results. (Results have been taken from Google Analytics)

Events n Wales 3 months onSince 1st March (Launch of Events n Wales) until the 18th July 2015 we have made impressions on over 178 different queries which average over that period in the Top 10 for that search (325 different search queries in total). We won’t bore you with the list of the 178 but are going to list a number of them to give you an idea of the broad range of ways that people can find your listing even when not looking for it as all of the search queries present a way to the website and all the listings on it. So here goes :

  • eventsnwales
  • “brian mayo” or “@brianmayo” or “brianmayo” -“mayo-smith”
  • trekfest
  • tiffany stevenson
  • focus wales 2015, focus personal training, 22 april
  • nwales
  • moving on together
  • creative 7s
  • gauntlet games cardiff
  • go dad run 2015
  • llanidloes 7s
  • father’s day bike ride
  • fathers day charity
  • newport slides
  • peterstone lakes golf
  • royal variety
  • eezee riders
  • illyria: `the taming of the shrew`, north wales tourism ltd, 11 july
  • fonmon castle dog show
  • weir laundry
  • dalmatian ride 2015
  • walkathon anglesey 2015
  • monmouth aquathlon 2015
  • gyg karting ltd cerrigydrduion
  • welsh disabled golf
  • onesie walk cardiff
  • abergavenny triathlon 2015
  • north wales stages
  • ty hafan onesie
  • wales onsie walk
  • neath comedy festival
  • castell beat 2015
  • kidwelly carnival 2015
  • creative rugby 7s
  • dirty dozen races
  • ty hafan welsh 3 peaks
  • the laugharne weekend
  • bobath dragon boat race 2015
  • castlefest uk 2015

And a lot more, but as you can see from some listed above by listing your event on our website you can be found when people are not searching for your actual event and this was one of our aims for setting up the website to help people reach further than they normally can. Without the help of all of those that list the events from around Wales we would have nothing to share or shout about so we thank you all for signing up for a membership and listing your own events.

Where do Events n Wales Visitors come from?

We have 89.92% of visitors from the UK

1.
United Kingdom
2,480

89.82%

2.
United States
148

5.36%

3.
(not set)
31

1.12%

4.
Russia
28

1.01%

5.
France
10

0.36%

6.
India
9

0.33%

7.
Netherlands
7

0.25%

8.
Germany
6

0.22%

9.
Spain
6

0.22%

10.
China
5

0.18%

Which is then split by Country within the UK (some closer to the border with England may show as England depending on IP address)

Events n Wales 3 months on

We have had nearly 5,000 page views since the website was launched which is a great start, which is growing month on month. With a comparison 72.4% of new visitors to 27.6% of returning visitors from over 2,400 visitors to Events n Wales.

Our Social media accounts are also growing with over 1.7k followers on Twitter, slower over on Facebook at 346, On Pinterest we have over 300 following our boards which every event gets pinned to at least one. With only very recently set up our Google+ page we would love more followers on that Platform.

Why do we ask you to list events instead of searching for events to list ourselves?

The reason that we have the membership system and events are listed the way they are is because we want to help those that want to promote events around wales that don’t always get the opportunity to be listed on the larger websites or that have to pay to advertise the event. We want to help take some of the stress away from helping to get your events out to the public, businesses and organisations that may be interested in it. But by building the community that we are events are being shared by others that also list or connected via social media, so the reach becomes wider and the events that are listed have a more detailed description than if we just found events and listed them ourselves.

Advertising available on Events n Wales

As part of the website and to be able to keep the website free to list events we do have an Advertising membership which is open to any businesses, organisations based in Wales that may like the opportunity to advertise on the events and blog posts pages which is done on a rotation basis. You can read more about this on our membership page.

We also have Website Sponsorship available and to be honest without the support of our first website sponsors Harris Associates SW Ltd we would not have lasted this long, the hours that are put in to the website and social media and costs of running and promoting the website really do need the backing of more but we hope that this will come in time. With more sponsorship and advertising taken up the more we will be able to help promote the website through even more paid promotion and advertising and extend the reach of the events listed as well as the number of visitors to the website and promote our Website sponsors at the same time.

If you have any questions the best way to contact us is via email which you can find on the website or via our contact us page.

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