Friday the wild wet welsh weather did its best to disrupt things on Opening Night but that didn’t stop the audience coming out and having a fantastic time.
The rain didn’t faze Pollen Count who got the Festival off to a stupendous start. Then it was time for the fantastic Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband to strut their stuff, and did they ever! It was Party time with a capital P. It was also the first glass free festival night which you supported wholeheartedly. Thank you.
We were thrilled to wake up on Saturday and find the sun shining for the Busking Festival. Only the second year that we’ve held it but it’s already getting a name for itself – all the Open Mic spots were booked within 10 minutes and we even had buskers from Swansea and Weston super Mare. At one point there were 15 buskers on Monnow Street! So lovely to hear and see such a wealth of talent although it made it very difficult choosing only 7 buskers to play the main stage on Sunday. A Fool & His Money turned up very early – we think they miscalculated how much time it would take for them to get here (all of a 10 minute walk) – chilled with the crew back stage and watched the audience grow and grow. To quote them it “was pretty insane to play to so many people” but you would never have known it as they gave an assuredly impressive performance.
And then Monmouth was well and truly fooified! The Uk Foo Fighters have a very loyal following and we found out why. They were just amazing, played for almost two whole hours and to cap it all are really great guys too.
Spirit’s not dampened at the Monmouth Festival
Sunday the rain was back but that didn’t dampen the town’s Carnival spirits. With plenty of things to do in town before the procession began – a tour of The Shire Hall, entry to the tower on Monnow Bridge, and a drumming workshop – people were out bright and early, and stayed to show their support for the brilliant floats, colourful walkers and vehicles in the Carnival Procession. Samba Galez brought a glimpse of calypso sun with their rumba francessa rhythms and dancing and got everyone’s feet a-tapping.
The Buskers then proceeded to wow the crowds who couldn’t believe the age and ability of some of the performers. Remember people where you saw them first as some of them could go on to great things!
And how do you round off such a fantastic weekend? With another sensational night of music of course. Bare Knuckle Parade exploded on to the stage and the audience loved their energetic music and performance. Then a band that needs no introduction – The Wurzels – closed a magnificent weekend, with the audience “ooh arring” to their hearts content.
It’s got to be one of the best opening weekends for a long time.
Don’t forget to pop along and join us, with 3 days left of the festival still lots to see and hear. For more information on whats on check the Monmouth Festival Website.
Cerys, Monmouth Festival
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)
Since 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 :
- “brian mayo” or “@brianmayo” or “brianmayo” -“mayo-smith”
- tiffany stevenson
- focus wales 2015, focus personal training, 22 april
- 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
Which is then split by Country within the UK (some closer to the border with England may show as England depending on IP address)
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.
So our first milestone of 100 events around Wales, listed on our website has been reached. It has taken time but with a lot of hard work and a lot of help from our sponsors and ever building network of connections, through all the social media platforms that we share on we have hit it. All Sponsorship money and any revenue that is made from the website goes straight back into the website, promotion and advertising via social media and other marketing areas. As a celebration of the 100 events around Wales we are going to introduce not only our Website sponsorship but also the chance for Welsh businesses to be able to advertise on the website in an area which is currently occupied by Google Ads which will appear on the event pages on a rotation basis. We are going to place limits on the amount of businesses that will be able to advertise (9) so that they get a fair amount of views. We are also limiting our Website sponsors to a maximum of 5 so we have our first Harris Associates (SW) Ltd who have been with us from launch. The website sponsors are not limited to just Wales as we know so many businesses help communities in Wales and may want to help with sponsorship of the website.
Bonus for the last event to hit the 100 Events around wales
As a bonus for Correana White’s workshop being the event to complete the 100 events around Wales they will take up a bonus spot of the advertising for a period of a month. We will then award that space to different companies, groups or charities that have listed events with us in the past or future events with us or even someone or company that helps us share and shout about eventsnwales.com via social media could be awarded the bonus advertising spot. The other 9 advertising spots will be available for welsh businesses to purchase at a cost of £45 per year. If you have your on art work that can be used that would be great and it can be linked to either your homepage of your website or an internal page or even a Facebook or twitter page or group which ever you would like. If you do not have your own artwork we will happily help out to put something together with you.
Website sponsorship is still available with 4 slots which gives you a rotating banner on the top of the website, an area with business description and logo on the sponsors’ page and a smaller banner in the advertising area and the ability to post events for a total yearly cost of £75.
So the maximum total of banners that will rotate on the top of the website will be 5, which will be only for website sponsors and 15 different advertisers will rotate on the individual events pages which will include up to the maximum of 5 website sponsors, 9 advertisers and 1 bonus advert chosen by EventsnWales at random.
Thanks to all for the ongoing support and to all those that have listed on the website since the launch.