Duncan Morris's Posts

SearchLove San Francisco - We are sorry but we have failed

“What is your biggest failure?”

I ask that question at every interview I’m involved in. The answer tells me so much about the person sat in front of me. How do they cope under pressure? How comfortable are they taking responsibility? What constitutes a failure in their eyes? Do they shrink into themselves or do their eyes light up as they recount how they turned things around?

If you never put yourself in a position where you can fail then I’d argue you aren’t pushing hard enough. I say exactly that when interviewees tell me they can’t think of a time they have failed.

It’s easy to be flippant about failure. It’s incredibly easy to say you are pushing hard and risking failure. It’s much harder to actually do it, and the hardest thing is stopping and admitting when you have failed.

Unfortunately I have to announce that we have failed and that we are cancelling our SearchLove conference in San Francisco due to lower than expected ticket sales.

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Announcing 3 paid Marketing internships

There is a lot happening at Distilled.

We run conferences, which we record and release (some for free). We write extensive guides such as Excel for SEOs and our guide to creating viral content and infographics. We regularly blog, both here and on SEOmoz. We provide consulting and training to some of the world’s largest brands. Finally we have DistilledU (currently in private Beta) which is a platform where we will provide SEO training.

Recently we moved into a flash new office in London, but, as you can see it’s a little empty!

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Englishman in New York - Announcing an office in New York

6 years ago, almost to the day, Will and I sat in my front room and started the company that became Distilled.

It is with great pride that today I am able to announce Tom Critchlow will be relocating to New York and will open our 3rd office.

A year ago this week, Rob and I flew out to Seattle to open our 2nd office. Just a year later the team in Seattle consists of 8 people and this month has already proved to be the best in our short history. Rob has built a fantastic team who are getting some amazing results for some great clients. The Seattle office contributed 1/3 of our revenue this year and helped Distilled as a whole double revenue and triple profits 09/10 vs 10/11.

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Doing the right thing - get the SEOmoz discount for our Linkbuilding seminars

When we announced the pricing for our 2 link building seminars (London and New Orleans) we included a discounted price for all SEOmoz pro members. SEOmoz, and their members have been incredibly good to Distilled and we want to repay them whenever we can.

The discount code meant that SEOmoz Pro Members got a £100 saving for the London seminar (£299 instead of £399), and a $150 saving for our New Orleans seminar ($450 instead of $600).

After we had launched the prices SEOmoz launched a promotion to win lifetime pro membership (now ended) and started offering a free trial of their awesome software. Anyone, can signup and get a free month of membership, which includes access to the discount code for our seminars.

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Introduce us to someone awesome and get a helicopter.

Today we are putting our money where our mouth is and giving you a chance to win goodies for introducing us to someone awesome.

Fricking Helicopter

Image via ardrone.parrot.com

As you’ll no doubt be aware we are always looking to hire awesome SEO consultants. Finding, hiring and training consultants is absolutely critical to ensure we are constantly improving what we offer to our clients, and is key to keeping everyone at Distilled on their toes and learning.

We are aiming to build an environment that is the best place for the best people to work. We aren’t there yet, but we like to set ourselves lofty goals and we are constantly looking for ways to make this goal come true.

We are looking for super smart, super awesome people who instantly get on with everyone.

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