It is a great feeling when you hit even a small milestone and realise that something you set out to achieve is actually happening. Before EventsnWales.com was set up and the idea of helping both large and small organisations get events to reach and be seen by a wider audience, little did we expect for the website to have had 300 Events in Wales listed within 12 Months. With around 10 days to go we have hit that milestone, we are so proud that with the support of our sponsors Harris Associates (South West) Ltd and various other organisations along the way we have been able to connect with such a wide variety of businesses, organisations, charities, groups and individuals. With the help and power of Social media we have been able to help promote all events that have been listed on the website through a number of social media streams including but not limited too Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & Pinterest as well as seeing individual events being promoted by our followers and other organisations and individuals.
What 300 Events in Wales have been listed?
We have had a Wide range of events listed on the website over the past 12 months and from the last month that looks like it will be growing all the time. We have had events in all categories and regions of Wales which is amazing and just shows that the website and social media profiles are working and being seen. We are not going to go into stats or figures those that want to find out can. We just want to continue to grow the website, Social media accounts so that your events get seen by more people both locally and further afield. That is what EventsnWales is about. It is all about promoting Events in Wales and around the country. Events can be listed as long as they take place in Wales, which means if they pass through Wales, start or finish in Wales they all count.
We are looking to push further in the next 12 months with more regular Newsletters, Blog posts from ourselves about events and also from the organisers as well either prior to an event or even after it has taken place. If you would be interested in guest bloging on the website and have an event you would love to write about please get in touch.
Once again Thank you for all the support and listing events, Without them the website and social media accounts would not have anything to promote.
It’s been a while since our last post and we wanted to say that we are amazed at the range of events in Wales that have been listed so far on the website. We would like to thank all those that have helped us spread the word of the website and social media accounts to make more people aware of them. It is great to see the range of businesses, organisations, charities, groups and individuals that are also posting as this was one of the reasons for starting the website. The reason being to help events reach more people both locally and all around Wales.
Over the last few months we have had all types of events in Wales listed from Theatre to Workshops, Sports to Tours to Christmas events. But we need more and we want to help more events reach more people. So if you know of an event in your area let them know about our website. If you don’t know the organisers of the event, let us know about it so that we can contact them.
We are also asking to find out if any of our members that list events on our website would like to either write a blog post prior to events or after the event has taken place if any are interested please get in touch with us so that we can discuss the details. Any guest blog posts will be listed in a Guest blog area with link back to your website or profiles.
More Events in Wales
So our aim for the next 12 months is to increase the amount of events in Wales that are listed on our website. This will be in the benefit of all those that already list events or have listed events as we do not completely remove old events when the dates have passed. Your events may still be found through search engines and through archives of the website. If a new event is posted which is in relation to and old event we try to link from the old event to the new one in the case that someone lands on the old event when the new one is live. This effectively gives you 2 chances to be found via search engines for that event so all helps with your event reach.
Once again we would like to say a big thank you to our Website sponsors Harris Associates and Calon Training Services as without the website sponsorship it would be extremely hard to keep the website and advertising going and be able to keep a free membership option as well.
So 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.
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.
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”
focus wales 2015, focus personal training, 22 april
moving on together
gauntlet games cardiff
go dad run 2015
father’s day bike ride
fathers day charity
peterstone lakes golf
illyria: `the taming of the shrew`, north wales tourism ltd, 11 july
fonmon castle dog show
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.