Digital Marketing at the Cutting Edge

Compelling content presented by genuine experts with industry-leading expertise.

Purna Virji's Keynote at Adelaide Digital Marketing conference Big Digital focused on Artificial Intelligence and it's influence on search and online selling in the future
What you will learn

In 2018 we welcomed Google’s Gary Illyes back to Big.Digital – we heard where Google was putting its focus in 2018 and got the answers to the most critical search marketing questions of the day.

Not your average search engine marketing conference

People say we’re the conference that breaks the mold – we did it again in 2018 by completely re-imagining the Big.Digital conference model.

First, we added Bootcamp!
Just getting started in digital marketing? Grab yourself a Big Digital Bootcamp pass and get two full days of Beginner level content that gives you a grounding in every area you’ll need to understand to get it right. Our Digital Marketing Bootcamp is like a single-track conference all of its own.

Choose the Agenda that works for you
Need more than Bootcamp to set you up for spectacular results in 2019? Big.Digital’s mainstream conference program is for you. Dig deep into the latest and more advanced tips and tactics. Learn from the world’s best across every facet of digital marketing.

If it’s digital and it’s making an impact on the marketing landscape, you can expect to see it covered here. You can also expect every Big.Digital event to have a particular focus on:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Data-driven Strategy
  • Customer-focused UX
  • Maximising Return on Investment
What we will do

The Big Digital Adelaide workshop programme puts you in the room with an expert presenter whose goal for the day is to give you an unforgettable deep learning experience.

You’ll get a 6 hour intensive workshop which includes

  • Lunch and snacks
  • Workshop notes and Workbook
  • End of day Networking

Max 30 places available in each Workshop! 

World renowned Psychographic targeting expert Marty Weintraub pictured with Kwasi Studios founder Woj Kwasi at the 2017 Facebook Ad Targeting workshop
About the Big Digital Adelaide conference

Big.Digital speakers are industry-leading practitioners who come to our events ready to shake things up. Big.Digital presentations feature fresh, cutting-edge content, delivered by world-quality strategists who actually do the work.

Our Adelaide conference is programmed to coincide with the nation’s largest food and beverage festival, Tasting Australia. In addition to Paid and Organic Search – SEO, Social Media Marketing, Branding and Content Development, you’ll find Sessions and Workshops of specific interest to marketers and bloggers in the Tourism and hospitality industries.

At Big.Digital we believe the best way to learn is from people who are genuine experts, who actually do the work and practice the tactics they bring to their presentations. We’re proud to offer a  Vendor neutral programme built with you in mind.

CONFERENCE STREAMS

SPEAKERS

WORKSHOP

SUCCESS STORIES

2018 Speakers

Meet our amazing 2018 speakers

Check back as we announce Speakers for 2019! 

2018 Keynotes

Roey Rafael

Director of Paid Growth
Envato

    GARY ILLYES

    Web Trends Analyst,
    Google

    2018 Session Speakers

    Nathan Morelli

    Senior Advisor
    Adelaide Joint Cyber Security Centre | CERT Australia

      Sha Menz

      Onboarding Specialist,
      Moz

      Frank Grasso

      CEO & Founder,
      Dynamic Creative

        Elissa Hudson

        Senior Marketing Manager
        Hubspot

          Nat Seppelt

          Content Strategist
          Kwasi Studios

            Vincent Maneno

            Director
            Metric Labs

              Kara Lambert

              Founder,
              karalambert.com

              Jim Stewart

              CEO
              StewArt Media

                Woj Kwasi

                Director of Online Awesome
                Kwasi Studios

                  Jo Turnbull

                  Director
                  SearchLondon

                    Peter Mead

                    Founder,
                    Peter Mead IT

                      ADAM RIEMER

                      President,
                      Adam Riemer Marketing

                      2018 Workshop Speakers

                      Peter Mead

                      Founder,
                      Peter Mead IT

                        2018 Schedule

                        Click top row to move between conference days and  second row to view schedule for individual session rooms

                        9:30 AM
                        The Ultimate WordPress and SEO Crash Course

                        Arrive early to register, then make your way to the picturesque Terrace for refreshments and get an early start on your networking. Move to your Workshop space at 09:50 am so we can get started right on time.

                        This is the ultimate crash course to help you take your online marketing to the next level.

                        Tap into Peter Mead’s decades of experience to help establish a comprehensive online presence and initiate a digital marketing strategy. Suitable for new and established businesses with a need to understand and take control of your website and increase online lead generation.

                        This workshop has been designed over several years to cut through the misconceptions and misinformation that often surrounds SEO and digital marketing and distil it in such a way as to be easy to digest and implement. You’ll find something here for all levels of experience as Peter aims to inspire you to initiate positive change in the way you market yourself online.

                        Morning Sessions:
                        • Building an SEO friendly website
                          • Getting started
                          • DIY web design vs Expert help
                          • The best domain names
                          • Hosting considerations
                          • Choosing and implementing a theme
                          • Importance of planning site structure and menu
                          • Content planning and goals
                          • Websites for Google and customers
                          • Measuring ranking factors
                          • HTTPS : Importance of secure sites

                         

                        Peter Mead

                        Head to the Deck restaurant for a fresh and energizing lunch. Make the most of the time to meet and chat with your fellow work-shoppers.

                        Big.Digital staff on hand to assist
                        Afternoon Sessions:
                        • Getting Traffic and sales with SEO & PPC
                          • Explaining SEO
                          • SEO Vs Paid traffic
                          • Can you DIY SEO?
                          • Choosing a SEO Consultant and avoid dodgy practices
                          • What to expect from a good consultant
                          • What questions to ask
                          • How long does SEO take?
                          • SEO Self Auditing
                          • Elements of a professional SEO audit
                          • Branding
                          • Onsite and offsite SEO elements
                          • Backlinks and content marketing
                          • Conversion optimisation and lead nurturing
                          • Content planning
                          • Paid traffic overview and tools
                        Peter Mead
                        8:45 AM
                        Welcome and Introduction

                        Get set for a fast-paced day filled with cutting-edge content. This is where you’ll get all the important details to get you through Day 1. Take your seat in plenty of time and listen up as we introduce the people you need to know at Big.Digital Adelaide.

                        Sha Menz

                        Here’s your chance to dig into the most important changes and focal points for Google in 2018.  Add the questions you most want to ask and Get your answers direct from Google’s own House Elf, Gary Illyes.

                        Sha Menz sits down for an hour-long fireside chat style Q&A session with Gary Illyes and a chance to ask all those burning questions about where Google is going in the coming year.

                        Have a question you’d like asked? Go ahead and submit it here with QUESTION FOR GARY at the beginning of the text. Sha will incorporate some of her questions into her chat with Gary and some will be added to an Audience Q&A list and the questioner invited to pose their question from the floor during the session.

                        Note: Keynote Sessions are open to all Big Digital attendees, including Bootcamp ticket holders.

                        Gary Illyes, Google

                        The proposed introduction of .AU domains has become a divisive subject amongst Australian business owners. While the Australian Domain Administrator (auDA) extols the benefits of such changes, industry experts like Jim Stewart have become vocal opponents on the subject. In this session, Jim will talk about the proposed introduction of .AU domains, the lack of support from private and corporate domain owners, the risks it will introduce to business and how to minimise them, and whether it’s time to stop investing in .com.au. In this session you will learn:

                        • Why the introduction of .AU will be bad for business.
                        • Why auDA values your brand at $50.
                        • The myriad of technical issues and the confusion it will cause.
                        • The real cost of registering .AU.
                        • Why .com.au domains registered after April 2016 are worth less than those registered before.
                        • How you can have your say in the matter.
                        • The lessons to be learned from other countries that have travelled this road.

                        Note: Spotlight Sessions are open to all Big Digital attendees, including Bootcamp ticket holders.

                        Jim Stewart, StewArt Media

                        Take a break, grab a drink and a snack, meet new friends and spend some time in the Geeks’ Playspace! It’s a 30 minute break, so plenty of time for networking and getting to know people before next session starts!

                        In the session, SEO Jo will discuss the fact that even in the online marketing world, offline still plays a big role.  She will show, how on a small budget and by being consistent, you can grow your network and your online presence via offline marketing activity.

                        Jo will also talk about the impact offline marketing can have on traffic to your website and will point out ways to differentiate yourself in this competitive online world.

                        Jo Turnbull, Search London

                        The theme of the last year in Paid Search has been automation. The question is no longer whether we need to automate or manage campaigns manually. The question now is how we can best use machines to manage menial tasks so we can focus on strategy.

                        In this session, Vincent will cover advanced strategies to help with automation as well as campaign scalability.

                        Some of the topics he discusses will include;
                        ● Ad customisers
                        ● Dynamic remarketing for non-eCommerce clients
                        ● Advanced campaign scaling strategies
                        ● Attribution and measurement

                        If you’re at the point where levelling up your Paid Search strategy is imperative, this session is the one you can’t miss.

                        Vincent Maneno, Metric Labs

                        Grab Lunch, meet new friends, let your inner geek child free in our Geeks’ Playspace.

                        You can also spend time wandering through the amazing “Adelaide Meets The Bush” exhibition happening in our amazing conference venue all around us. What better way to spend time with new-found friends and colleagues?!

                        At Big Digital we give you long lunch so your break times can be just as valuable as your time in sessions!

                        Big Digital Staff on hand to assist

                        11/1/18 – Facebook blew apart the Algorithm as we knew it and made it clear that the user came first and engagement was king.

                        17/3/18 – The Facebook Apocalypse stepped up a notch as news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke and ordinary users began to understand the breadth of the data held by the social media giant.

                        So how do businesses engage with their audience on Facebook and what is the underlying psychology and motivators to engaging your audience as the new Algorithm rolls out? Kara Lambert will show you what’s changed and why in this session.

                        We also posed the question to Kara on how the latest scandal and the public’s reaction might affect your Facebook ad strategy and results in the future.

                        You’ll learn:

                        • What is the psychology underlying Facebook and why should you care?
                        • What motivates your Facebook fans and how can you use that to organically grow your business & business page?
                        • What makes your audience engage with your brand on Facebook and how to maximise this.
                        Kara Lambert, KaraLambert.com

                        Ready to go back to your company and scale your revenue?

                        In this session, Adam Riemer will help you learn how to tweak to your website to make it easier for everyone to shop (LGBTQ, Disabled, DINKs,…every shopper can buy more easily if you give extra thought to simple things that will make your offering work better for them). Adam will show you real examples of companies who are doing it wrong, and how you can move the needle by doing it right. These are small changes not many will notice but will create a better user experience, can help bring in more organic and social traffic as well as increase total revenue.

                        This is the session that will have you itching to get to break so you can change those accidental shopping-stoppers that are stopping up your pipeline!

                        You’ll learn:

                        • How to create a better UX with small obvious tweaks
                        • How to increase revenue by becoming all inclusive
                        • How to drive more traffic, customers and exposure without having to do much.
                        Adam Riemer, Adam Riemer Marketing

                        Take a break, grab a drink and a snack, catch up with new friends and spend some time in the Geeks’ Playspace! It’s a 30 minute break, so plenty of time for catching up before next session starts!

                        Move back to the Theatre for our final session of Day 1.

                        We build websites, we do marketing, but for crying out loud… will somebody think about the children… of the internet!? That’s you, that’s your mum, that’s the guy next door who likes pizza and Call of Duty (a lot), that’s the dentist who you see less often than you should. It’s everyone we’re trying to reach on the other side of an internet connection.

                        Woj has spent the last six years interviewing digital marketing’s finest to find out how we can understand these people and their digital behaviours more. After another year of poring over the transcripts, he’s assembled a podcast where he teaches his smart-alecky A.I. assistant, Bobby Bot, about what digital empathy is.

                        In this session Woj shares discoveries from the journey and shows how you can use what he’s learned to give your customers more of what they need.

                        Woj Kwasi

                        We’re wrapping up Day 1 of conference a little early as some of our attendees might need to head over to The Kings Head for tonight’s Digital Marketing Adelaide Meetup on Community Building.

                        For those who aren’t headed to Meetup, we’ll also give you all the details for tonight’s Half-Time Happy Hour Pub networking and catch up on what’s happening in tomorrow’s agenda.

                        Sha Menz
                        11:15 AM
                        SEO – What is That?

                        Welcome to Big Digital Bootcamp!

                        In this opening session Woj Kwasi gives you an all-around look at what it means to do business online.

                        Woj takes you on a journey to demystify the art and science of Search Engine Optimisation. Explore the true facts about SEO, the history of Google and other search engines and what the current landscape looks like.

                        Arm yourself with valuable tips on production & writing for search engines as well as Woj’s indispensable do-and-don’t best practice guide so you can leave the session ready to take action!

                        Note:  As an SEO Bootcamp ticket holder you’ll start your day with main conference attendees to hear Keynote and Spotlight Sessions in the Theatre space.

                        Woj Kwasi, Kwasi Studios

                        We all know links are important, but we also know acquiring them naturally can be a challenge. Unless, of course, you have Adam Riemer for a Link Building coach!

                        In this session you’ll learn just how to acquire great quality links naturally, and even have a ton of fun while you’re doing it!

                        Adam shares some of his own best tips for link building based on real world experience.

                        Adam Riemer, Adam Riemer Marketing

                        Grab Lunch, meet new friends, let your inner geek child free in our Geeks’ Playspace.

                        You can also spend time wandering through the amazing “Adelaide Meets The Bush” exhibition happening in our amazing conference venue all around us. What better way to spend time with new-found friends and colleagues?!

                        At Big Digital we give you long lunch so your break times can be just as valuable as your time in sessions!

                        Big Digital Staff on Hand to Assist

                        Since the invention of writing, everyone from Plato to international diplomats to hypnotists have recognised the power of words to persuade and inspire action.

                        In today’s internet age when anything can be understood with data, we know that writing’s power of persuasion is more science than art or magic and can be harnessed by anyone with the right know-how.

                        Join Nat to learn the five keys to writing persuasive copy that converts website visitors into customers.

                        Nat Seppelt, Kwasi Studios

                        One of the hardest things to get your head around when you’re starting out in SEO is the massive range of Tools available and exactly what they all do. But what is even more important? Which ones are for you?

                        Veteran SEO Peter Mead will give you an overview of the Best-in-class tools available for digital marketers in 2018, and help you understand how you can use the data they allow you to access to improve your own online business.

                        You’ll learn about:

                        • Google Analytics
                          • understanding website traffic and conversions
                        • Google Search Console
                          • Getting to grips with the new interface
                          • Helpful health check for webmasters
                        • Google Tag Manager (GTM)
                          • beginning to track more kinds of events and data
                          • Adwords conversion tracking with GTM
                          • Tracking iFrames with Google Tag Manager
                          • Track modal popups with Google tag manager
                        • Link Tracking in Google Analytics
                        • Quick data analysis with Google sheets
                        Peter Mead, Peter Mead IT

                        Take a break, grab a drink and a snack, meet new friends and spend some time in the Geeks’ Playspace! It’s a 30 minute break, so plenty of time for networking and getting to know people before next session starts!

                        Big Digital Staff on hand to assist

                        Kara Lambert will help you find your way around the Facebook advertising “ecosystem”.

                        You’ll learn about:

                        • Facebook Ad Tools
                        • Basics of Facebook ad targeting
                        • How advertising across platforms (Facebook and Instagram) can work.

                        This session is designed to give beginners and those who are still figuring things out an understanding of how to get started and set yourself up for success,  how to use Facebook to advertise cost-effectively and get returns!

                        If you’ve been dabbling in Facebook Advertising with limited success, this session alone could be worth more than the cost of your conference ticket!

                        Kara Lambert, KaraLambert.com

                        Move quickly back to the Theatre space for a wrap-up of the day and a look at what’s coming tomorrow.

                        We’re wrapping up Day 1 of conference a little early as some of our attendees might need to head over to The Kings Head for tonight’s Digital Marketing Adelaide Meetup on Community Building.

                        For those who aren’t headed to Meetup, we’ll also give you all the details for tonight’s Half-Time Happy Hour Pub networking and catch up on what’s happening in tomorrow’s agenda.

                        08:45 AM
                        Welcome and Introduction

                        Get set for a fast-paced second day filled with cutting-edge content. This is where you’ll get all the important details to get you through Day 2.

                        Find out how to win a Google Home Mini with #MozQuiz and let’s kick Day 2 into gear!

                        Sha Menz

                        Cyber criminals are actively targeting small to medium enterprises more than they are targeting large business. This is due to smaller businesses often not having the same resources as larger companies, and fewer cyber security controls in place. Learning about how you can better protect your business is critical in keeping your business safer. During this session, you will;

                        • learn more about cyber criminals, how they are targeting small enterprises and why
                        • see some real world attacks that have been gathered from other small businesses
                        • learn how to spot these attacks
                        • learn practical steps to minimise the risk that you and your business don’t become victims
                        Nathan Morelli, Adelaide Joint Cyber Security Centre | CERT Australia

                        Take a break, grab a drink and a snack, meet new friends and spend some time in the Geeks’ Playspace! It’s a 30 minute break, so plenty of time for networking and getting to know people before next session starts!

                        Filled with tools, tips and tricks for smarter content marketing, Elissa will walk you through how content can make a difference to your business’s bottom line. We’ll look at what type of content you should be creating (and for who) to increase the number of people discovering and engaging with your brand online.

                        Elissa Hudson, Hubspot

                        Grab Lunch, meet new friends, let your inner geek child free in our Geeks’ Playspace.

                        You can also spend time wandering through the amazing “Adelaide Meets The Bush” exhibition happening in our amazing conference venue all around us. What better way to spend time with new-found friends and colleagues?!

                        At Big Digital we give you long lunch so your break times can be just as valuable as your time in sessions!

                        Are you building links to improve your ranking in Search?

                        Well maybe you’re doing it wrong!

                        In this session Sha explores where links really come from, why they happen – the real ones at least – and how changing the way to look at link building will free you up to create a “perfect storm” of business improvement where you attract more customers, trigger more conversions and raise brand awareness all at the same time.

                        Sha Menz, Moz

                        Sometimes there’s more to making sites function well and meet the needs of customers and search engines than meets the eye.

                        Sometimes we hear terminology, read blog posts, and think a lot of it doesn’t really matter to us. But if you’re going to do business online in 2018 you definitely need to understand what’s important to search engines, and here in Australia that means you need to get to know Google.

                        In this session Google’s own Gary Illyes explains two of those mysterious “H” terms you might have not quite come to grips with yet.

                        You’ll learn:

                        • What is HTTPS?
                          • How does it work
                          • What does it do
                          • Why is it important to Google?
                        • What is hreflang?
                          • Why do we use it?
                          • How does it work?
                          • Why is it the preferred way of serving language-specific content to users?
                        Gary Illyes, Google

                        Just a quick snack break this time around – fuel up for a Spotlight on eCommerce and then a chance to have your own site reviewed in our final session Live Site Review Panel!

                         

                        Peter Mead, Tony McCreath

                        We’ll announce the winner or #MozQuiz, then take a few minutes to wrap up the conference, thank our speakers and let you know where you can hang out for last chats and Goodbyes after conference!

                        Sha Menz
                        11:15
                        A Brand New Era: SEO 2018

                        While strong technical SEO should still be the cornerstone of any successful website, 2018 will see a shift in the paradigm of digital marketing towards a greater user experience and brand-biased search results.

                        So what does this mean for your existing SEO efforts? Should you even bother to expend resources improving “old-school” SEO? Are you confused about what brand means for your business?

                        Learn how brand building and improving your site’s user experience will propel you in the Google rankings.

                        In this session you will learn:
                        • Why you should be focused on these business building metrics.
                        • The importance of brand in the era of voice search.
                        • How to dominate your competition by building your brand.
                        • How to measure your brand strength against your competitors.
                        • How to improve search traffic with easy to implement systems.
                        • How to create formidable rankings with these website fundamentals and how to monitor them.
                        Jim Stewart, StewArt Media

                        Paid search can be an amazingly effective way of attracting customers to your business, but the Age of Machines has arrived in marketing. We now gather so much data across so many platforms it is impossible to use it effectively without the aid of machine learning and AI (Artificial Intelligence).

                        In this session, Vincent covers the basics of setting up campaigns, targeting, and audiences for the most common paid media platforms.

                        Some of the topics you’ll learn about are:

                        • Targeting options and strategies
                        • Measurement frameworks
                        • SEM
                        • Recent changes to Google’s tools
                        • Effective use of ad creative to drive conversions
                        Vincent Maneno, Metric Labs
                        Big Digital Staff on Hand to help

                        “Blogging” seems like a fairly straightforward way to promote your business – at least if you just think about the mechanics of setting “writing stuff on the internet”, but many a blogger has started out on their blogging adventure and found themselves devastated and dissillusioned 6 months later.

                        As with everything else in business, building a blog that adds value to your business takes planning, commitment, and a clear understanding of the business goal it serves.

                        In this session Elissa will guide you through the process of creating a content strategy, and how to make it work for your business, whether it’s just you or even a small team responsible for “blogging”.

                        You’ll learn:

                        • How to build a content calendar for your business
                        • How to use your content calendar to manage content development within a small team.
                        Elissa Hudson, Hubspot

                        Move Back to Main Theatre for this Joint Session

                        Sometimes there’s more to making sites function well and meet the needs of customers and search engines than meets the eye.

                        Sometimes we hear terminology, read blog posts, and think a lot of it doesn’t really matter to us. But if you’re going to do business online in 2018 you definitely need to understand what’s important to search engines, and here in Australia that means you need to get to know Google.

                        In this session Google’s own Gary Illyes explains two of those mysterious “H” terms you might have not quite come to grips with yet.

                        You’ll learn:

                        • What is HTTPS?
                          • How does it work
                          • What does it do
                          • Why is it important to Google?
                        • What is hreflang?
                          • Why do we use it?
                          • How does it work?
                          • Why is it the preferred way of serving language-specific content to users?
                        Gary Illyes, Google

                        Take a break, grab a drink and a snack, meet new friends and spend some time in the Geeks’ Playspace! It’s a 30 minute break, so plenty of time for networking and getting to know people before next session starts!

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