Judges


The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two-stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

 

Barry Adams | Founder | Polemic Digital

Barry Adams has building and ranking websites since 1998. Over the years he's honed his skills in a wide range of businesses, from small agencies to Fortune 500 multinationals. In 2014 Barry founded SEO consultancy Polemic Digital, delivering specialised SEO services to clients such as the UK's most-read newspapers The Sun and the Daily Mail and America's most popular news channel Fox News. In 2016 his work was recognised with two UK Search Awards, including Best Small SEO Agency for which he was again shortlisted in 2017. In addition to his consulting work, Barry lectures on SEO and digital marketing for Ulster University, Queen's University Belfast, and the Digital Marketing Institute. He travels the world to speak at digital conferences such as BrightonSEO, Pubcon, UnGagged, SMX, and Learn Inbound. Barry also serves as the Chief Editor at award-winning European digital marketing blog State of Digital.

Daw Anderson | Founder | Bertey Ltd

Dawn Anderson lectures on search and digital marketing strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University, is an international conference speaker (UK, US, AUS, IT), a trainer, and runs a digital marketing and international SEO consultancy agency, Bertey based in Manchester, UK. Dawn has spoken at some of the leading UK and global search marketing conferences, including Pubcon (Las Vegas and Florida), SASCON (Manchester, UK), European Search Conference (Liverpool, UK), Search Leeds (Leeds, UK), Brighton SEO (Brighton, UK), SMX London (London, UK), SMX East (San Jose, US), Ungagged London (London, UK), Ungagged Las Vegas (Las Vegas, US), MozCon (Seattle, US) and State of Search (Dallas, US). Dawn has also spoken at conference across Europe and as far afield as Australia. Dawn has been in digital marketing and SEO for 12+ years and works with leading brands providing digital marketing and SEO strategy and consultancy across a number of sectors. She is a Northern Digital, UK, EU and US Search Awards Judge. Dawn also contributes to leading search marketing industry publications such as Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, The SEMPost, State of Digital and Smart Insights. Dawn also supervises Masters dissertation students undertaking their MSc in digital marketing strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University and also lectures and undertakes workshops on search and marketing analytics teaching International Fashion Promotion students at Manchester Fashion Institute

Nick Andrews | Senior Search Manager | M&S

Nick Andrews is the Senior Search Manager for the UK's largest department store, Marks and Spencer (M&S). Nick currently manages all SEO and PPC activity at M&S and has previously held positions as both SEO Manager and PPC Manager at Debenhams and Head of SEO at 2 UK digital marketing agencies. With over a decade's experience in search marketing, Nick brings a wealth of experience to the European Search Awards. Nick is a long-time supporter of the industry awards having sat on the European Search Awards judging panel for several years, along with the UK Search Awards.

Jim Banks | CEO | Spades Media |

Jim has over 18 years of digital advertising experience. Since then he’s spent in excess of £220 million buying traffic for over 1000 companies. Jim is a keynote speaker invited to speak at industry events around the world, including Pubcon, Retail Global, Marketing Festival, Friends Of Search, Hitpath Masters Conference, a4uexpo, SES, SMX and Affiliate Summit. Jim has been a regular fixture on the judging panel at the UK, European, MENA and US Search awards for the past four years and is a returning judge for this years UK Search Awards. Never one to shy away from giving an opinion or pulling punches, Jim enjoys critiquing entries at the Awards and seeing what the search community thinks is worthy of winning.

Julien Boucher | eMarketing Consulting Director | Wide Switzerland

Julien Boucher is the emarketing consulting director at Wide Switzerland, a full-service digital agency based in Geneva. Julien has 16 years international paid and organic search experience, including a deep data and technology expertise. He managed SEM accounts for Fortune 500 companies and led search analytics for Razorfish in the US, where he earned an innovation award. His client portofolio included Capital One, Hotels.com and Victoria's Secret. Back in Europe, he worked for GroupM EMEA as a Search Technology Director to structure and deploy SEO capabilities across their agencies network. Once deployed, he left GroupM to develop an integrated search monitoring tool he used to serve international clients. Interested in leveraging technology to plan and execute integrated and personnalised activation programs, he joined Wide in Geneva a year ago.

Arnoldo Cabrera | Global SEO Team Leader | Ikea

Liang Chen | Head of SEO | Premier Inn

Liang Chen is the Head Of SEO at Premier Inn responsible for all things organic acquisition. Premier Inn is the UK’s biggest hotel brand, offering quality accommodation at affordable prices across the UK and in Germany. Premier Inn is consistently rated the UK’s Best Value Hotel Chain by YouGov, and are highly recommended by TripAdvisor at many locations. Liang is technically minded digital marketer with 10 years of experience primarily in SEO, but also in UX, CRO, PPC and Analytics helping enterprise and SMB to connect and engage with their customers online organically having previously held Head Of SEO position at Dixon Jones(of MajesticSEO)'s digital agency and the Global Technical SEO Manager at RS Components Ltd. He has also been a speaker at BrightonSEO.

Martijn Dirkx | Head of SEA | YourSurprise.com |

As Head of SEA, Martijn is responsible for all Paid Search and feed-based channels at YourSurprise.com, a gift company based in the Netherlands. Before this, he worked as a Senior SEA Specialist at another company, as a freelancer for different clients and as a co-owner of an Online Marketing agency. In the past 8 years Martijn has built up a broad experience working for both agencies as well as companies of different sizes, from SMEs to larger corporations. As a Top Contributor on the Dutch AdWords Forum he daily tries to answer as many questions as possible about all kinds of AdWords related issues. This way he wants to help other people to build successful campaigns and to become just as passionate about S.E.A, as he is. And being a Google Partner he still gives local SMEs and startups practical advice about SEM every now and then. When Martijn isn’t concerned with the wellbeing of his campaigns he likes to keep himself busy with hiking, running, music and acting

Arianne Donoghue | Founder | Tempest Marketing

David Edmundson-Bird | PRINCIPAL LECTURER IN DIGITAL MARKETING & ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: DIGITAL INNOVATION | MMU

David is Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he runs a number of digital communications programmes, and is also the Associate Director for Digital Innovation. He is Course Leader for Manchester Met’s full-time MSc Digital Marketing Communications. He also set up their first part-time MSc in Digital Marketing in 2007, a programme that has now graduated nearly 300 high-profile professionals into the profession. David founded Manchester Met’s Agency Life programme 5 years ago to enable students experience live work skills in the workplace very early in their course. He has enjoyed several spells in academia as well as senior management roles in the digital sector, and even helped to set up Manchester’s second web design agency back in 1995.

Balazs Gandera | CEO | Intren

Balazs is INTREN’s founder and CEO. He considers himself a business focused geek. From ads to analytics, from funnels to blockchains, he works every day to figure out how INTREN can be better at delivering business results to the clients. He is a regional Google trainer, a Google Sales Masterclass trainer and a regular speaker on digital marketing topics. INTREN is one of the largest independent performance agencies, headquartered in Budapest.

Richard Gregory | NED

Richard is chairman of tech companies Ruler Analytics and Ash.tv, non-exec director of Fluid Digital and co-founder of SAScon - a digital marketing conference. Heralding from “Silicon Ramsbottom” he is an ardent supporter of the digital and tech industry in the North of England. Previously, Richard was the managing director of digital agency Latitude, director of Tech North and Manchester Digital council member. With 20 years of digital expertise, Richard now advises agencies and start-ups on marketing and growth strategies.

Neil Hardy | DIGITAL DIRECTOR | SHEARINGS LEISURE GROUP

Dr Aleksej Heinze | KEDGE Business School | Associate Professor

His area of expertise is the use of digital marketing channels in an international context. This work is compiled in the collaborative book - Digital and Social Media Marketing: A Results-Driven Approach, which includes contributions from 20 authors from 6 European countries. Aleksej has a breadth of experience of leading multinational project teams, most recently, on the Joint European Masters in Digital and Social Media Marketing (JEMSS) project. JEMSS aims to develop a series of resources in Digital and Social Media Marketing http://mastersindigitalmarketing.org including the #passion4digital community.

Simon Heseltine | VP OF AUDIENCE GROWTH | TRADER INTERACTIVE

Simon Heseltine is the VP of Audience Growth at Trader Interactive in Norfolk, VA. His team is responsible for all traffic channels for industry leading sites such as Cycle Trader, RV Trader, Equipment Trader and Commercial Truck Trader. Simon has led US Search Award winning teams at ForRent (2017) and AOL (2014), also working in-house at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and for several years on the agency side. Simon taught digital marketing for 5 years at Georgetown University, and was on the board of SEMPO for 4 years, 2 as VP of Education. Simon is a frequent speaker / trainer / moderator at conferences around the world on a variety of online marketing topics. He has a BA (Hons) from the University of Humberside, and a Masters in IT from Virginia Tech.

Anders Hjorth | Digital Marketing Strategist | Innovell

Anders Hjorth is a digital marketing strategist, entrepreneur and a frequent speaker and writer on Digital Marketing as well as a judge on various Digital Marketing Awards. Anders was the Founder of several Digital Marketing agencies in Paris: Relevant Traffic [Search Marketing], BDBL MEDIA [Biddable Media] and aznos [Content Marketing] acquired by Altima in 2016 and then Accenture in 2017. Anders was also COO at GroupM Search across EMEA. He has worked for almost 2 decades across SEO, Paid Search, Affiliate marketing, Social Media and Social Ads, Display and RTB/programmatic as well as web development, hosting, domain names and more recently Content Marketing & Content Curation. Anders works out of Paris as a Digital Marketing consultant and researcher in his new company Innovell.

Motoko Hunt | Search Marketing Consultant | AJPR

Motoko has been providing the online marketing services targeting Japan, Asia, and other markets to companies from around the world for since the mid '90s. Her search marketing consulting services with her extensive knowledge of Asia and Japanese market have been highly valued and made a big impact on some of the world’s popular multi-national brands’ search marketing campaigns. A number of her articles have been published on industry websites and printed media. She also writes about the Search Marketing and SEO on her blog and other websites. She is a frequent speaker at the search marketing conferences globally and gives seminars and training about International search marketing, In-House SEO, and Enterprise SEO. In 2014, she received the Best Consulting Awards form the US Search Awards.

Lada Kalashnickova | Head of SEO | Acronis

Lada has worked in digital marketing since 2003. She specializes in all aspects of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), with a focus on technical SEO, multilingual search and mobile optimization. Her clients have included Starco, Action-MCFR, and Artec 3D. Lada now works as the SEO Lead in Acronis, a global technology company founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008. Acronis develops on-premises and cloud software for backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share and data access. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses, including 79 of the top 100 most valuable brands. Acronis’ products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 20 languages. Lada enjoys lifetime studying; most recently on topics around data, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Her favorite tools are Excel, GWT, GA, Yandex Metrica and brains. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, yoga, and Japanese Art. Definitely a cat person

Miguel Lopez | CEO & Director | MOV Marketing

Miguel Lopez is MOV Marketing CEO, author of the spanish SEO book: ‘Posicionamiento en buscadores' (www.libroseo.net), Spain Professional SEO Congress (www.congresoseoprofesional.com) organizer and Master SEO + SEM (http://kschool.com/cursos/master-seo-sem-profesional/) Director in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. He studied Computer Eng. at the UPV , developing his career in online marketing since 1997 (yes, 1 year before Google). He has also completed the Master on Web Analytics and various courses in business management and marketing. He teaches at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia Chambre of Commerce, KSchool , IDESE and other colleges and private entities. Miguel is also jury of European Search Awards and DigiPeru Awards, and also collaborates with many companies and professional blogs with his deep SEO articles

Carla Marshall | Editor In Chief | Tubular Insights

Carla Marshall is the Editor in Chief of TubularInsights.com, the world's leading resource for online video intelligence insights and strategies. She is also the Content Marketing Manager for TubularLabs.com, the global leader in video intelligence for the cross-platform world. She divides her time between the UK, and Mountain View, California.

Krzysztof Marzec | Managing Director, Certified Trainer Google AdWords | Deva Group

Head of 200+ clients agency with 14+ years of SEM experience. One of the top Google Ads & Analytics Trainers in Poland. Selected by Google for Google Partners Academy project and Big6 project. Certified in both Google Ads and Google Analytics as an individual professional. 7+ years of expertience in one of the larges sites in Poland - Interia.pl (Head of SEO). Additional experience in FacebookAds, Content Marketing and Link Building as a trainer, auditor and manager. Speaker at ShopCamp, Fair-E Trade Mobile Trends (multiple times), Mobile IT, E-business festival, the Festival of SEO (2014 and 2016), Welcome to the Real, Marketing Revolutions, Internet Revolutions (4x, for Google), VIII European Economic Congress and Congress of E-commerce with top speaker award.

Luis Navarrete Gomez | Head of Global Search Marketing | The Lego Group

Luis is Head of Global Search Marketing at The LEGO Group, and defines the strategy for search marketing activity globally for the iconic toy company. On these years in the company, Luis has managed to create a global organization that reaches both children and parents with engaging content in more than 140 markets. He is a regular writer and speaker about Search Marketing and business leadership and plays an active role in the search community. He is a member of the board of directors of SEMPO, the largest nonprofit trade organization in the world serving the search and digital marketing industry. He is also a fellow member of the Marketing Society, member of the advisory board of The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and participates actively at conferences and specilized publications. He is also member of the judging panels of industry leading awards, as the DMA Awards, the UK and US Search Awards, The Drum and The Biddable Media awards. Luis has a technical background on computer science and has more than 14 years' experience in Search Marketing with cross-functional expertise in technology and business management and leadership.

Kian N’jie | Paid Media Executive | Inchora

Kian is the Paid Media Executive within the Money branch of Inchora. With a deep love for all things biddable, he spent the first few years of his career in both agency and client-side roles firming up the foundations of his skillset. Now plying his trade in the high-flying world of financial services, he specialises in driving optimal lead-gen performance across Inchora’s online advertising.

Andrea Pernici | CTO | 3BMETEO.COM

Chief Technology Officer at 3bmeteo.com, one of the main weather italian website, and at Search On Media Group, which organizes the Web Marketing Festival and owns the biggest italian community on Digital Marketing.

Omi Sido | Head of SEO | Canon Europe

Omi Sido is an SEO and Web Development professional with 6 years of experience in both web and traditional advertising, promotions, events, and campaigns. He has worked on integrated campaigns for major clients such as Vectone Mobile, Delight Mobile and The Global Real Estate Institute and Daily Mail. Currently, Omi Sido is Senior Technical SEO at Canon Europe.

Aleyda Solis | International SEO Consultant | Orainti

Aleyda Solis is an award winning International SEO Consultant -service that she provides with her company Orainti-, a blogger (Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal and Moz), author of the SEO book in Spanish “SEO. Las Claves Esenciales” and experienced speaker (with more than 100 conferences in 20 countries in English and Spanish). Awarded as the European Search Personality of the Year in 2018 at the European Search Awards, included in Forbes as one of the 10 Digital Marketing specialists to follow in 2015, in Entrepreneur as one of the 50 Online Marketing Influencers to follow in 2016 and in Hubspot as one of the 59 Female Marketing and Growth Experts You Should be Following, she has been also interviewed in publications such as The Huffington Post and in the Google Partners Podcast.

Michelle Stinson Ross | Digital Marketing Consultant and Marketing Operations Director | Apogee Results

Michelle Stinson Ross is the Managing Director of Marketing Operations at Apogee Results, an Austin based, digital marketing agency​. She specializes in marketing strategy, particularly the convergence of content, search, social media, and how it all works together to impact customer engagement. Michelle started working with social media in 2009 when she began working for a Key West tourism company as a content writer and community manager. Today, she is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer, and frequently can be found at conferences like Digital Summit, Advanced Search Summit, Zenith and SMX.

Dr Artur Strzelecki | Digital Marketing Consultant and Founder | Festiwal SEO

Artur Strzelecki is independent specialist in Search Engine Marketing. Artur works in the faculty of Strategy and Methods Construction Systems in E-business. This department is also a part of the Department of Information Science, University of Economics in Katowice; Poland. He is the owner of the company which offers a variety of SEO services including courses and consultancy. He also runs silesiasem.pl, well known blog about SEO and has created largest polish SEO event, Festiwal SEO. Artur Strzelecki has been working in the Internet industry for over 19 years; including over 12 years within SEO. He has a deep knowledge of different SEO processes with a high focus on link building strategies and content optimisation. In addition, he is the author of a publicly defended PhD paper about SEO services for different types of organizations.

Marty Weintraub | Founder & Evangelist | Aimclear

Credits include Uber, eBay, Airbnb, Dell, LInkedIn, Etsy, Eurail, Firestone, Amazon, Quest, Martha Stewart Omni, Intel, Travelocity, Macy’s, GoDaddy, 3M, InfusionSoft, Siemens, SeagullOutfitters and many more. A fixture on the international conference circuit, Marty has appeared in front of hundreds of international search & social marketing conference audiences, from Jerusalem to Sydney. Entrepreneur Magazine wrote the reason for Marty’s success is a “Unique persona that is instantly recognizable.” He has been described as “not your typical agency type,” a “social media maverick,” “Foodie-Yelp addict” and “more innovator than follower." Having helped Aimclear to Inc. 500/5000 status 6X (2012-2017: fastest growing privately held US Firms), Marty guides Aimclear agency content, vision, services & creative-hands-on. Aimclear is a 4X top 100 workplace by Minnesota Business Magazine. Marty won 4 "Top 25 Most Influential PPC Experts" awards, Top 100 Twin Cities People To Know & claimed the coveted "US Search Personality Of The Year” tiara. Marty is a perennial judge and presenter at The European & UK Search Awards. His Wiley/Sybex books, "Killer Facebook Ads"‹ and "The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide: Essential Tools and Tactics for Business Success" are critically respected. Marty has been cited & quoted in flagship publications including WSJ, NPR, Inc., Forbes, MediaPost & Adage. Aimclear Blog is well read, having been cited as a Top 10 Small Business Blogs, Top Ten Social Media Blogs and PRWeb’s 25 Essential Public Relations Blogs You Should Be Reading.

Umut Yasar | Digital Director | Omnicom Media Group

Umut moved to Hungary in 1997. He got acquainted with the world of online media while studying civil engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. His first relevant workplace was the group of price comparison sites owned by the Naspers - Allegro group. Here he worked as an AdWords manager on the PPC campaigns of the Hungarian (arukereso.hu) and the Turkish (ucuzu.com) price comparison sites. Afterwards he continued his career in performance media as a PPC manager on one of Central Media's product called szallas.hu. Since December 2012, he works at Omnicom Media Group Hungary, where he started as the leader of a 4 person PPC team, which grew to 11 people. Later he added the Head of Resolution position to the digital palette of Omnicom with services such as programmatic buying, SEO, social media, attribution modeling, web analytics and tag management etc. Since January 1, 2019 his role is digital director of the agency group.

Murat Yatağan | VP of Growth | Brainly

Murat Yatağan is an SEO Consultant with 10+ years of expertise on SEO and UX, of which 5 years derives from his Senior Product Analyst role at Google Search Quality Team (aka. Trust & Safety) in Ireland. During his consultancy career he built expertise on technical SEO, high quality content creation strategy, outreach and international SEO throughout managing 65+ clients globally from various business verticals. Currently, he works at Brainly as VP of Growth in Poland. Before joining to Brainly, he worked at Global Savings Group as a Senior SEO Manager with a specific focus on technical SEO and offsite quality between 2017 and 2018 in Germany. He is a member of Advisory Board at a San Francisco based startup Indisera focusing on growth strategies and technical consultancy. He has been a Judge for UK Search Awards, MENA Search Awards and European Search Awards since 2016, and he also became a Judge for US Search Awards in 2018. He's also an Ambassador of OnCrawl.