BrettTabkeThe first keynote speaker for this year’s SAScon conference has been announced as Brett Tabke.

Tabke, CEO and founder of social media and search marketing conferences, Pubcon, is also CEO and founder of WebmasterWorld Inc, and will be talking about the new reality of the web.

Tabke has run community networking sites continuously since 1984 and has also authored several books on assembly language programming, as well as a chapter for the bestselling “Google Hacks” book.

He said: “For SAScon 2014, I intend to speak about the new reality of the web. The discussion will focus around the uncertainty of guaranteeing traffic from Google, and that this uncertainty may mean businesses cannot be based on organic traffic anymore.

“In addition, I will look at future web predictions concerning Appspace and Webspace, Splinternet concerns and the long term viable traffic alternatives.”
The fifth SAScon, the search, analytics and social media conference, is being held at MMU Business School on 5 and 6 June. The two-day event will feature talks from four high regarded keynotes from the industry. It will also comprise of 50 solo presentations and 30 panels interspersed with networking opportunities, including a post conference social.

This year SAScon will be partnering with us here at Prolific North as Media Partners along with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and The Centre of Enterprise for the first time. The new partnership with MMU and The Centre of Enterprise will result in reduced-priced tickets for delegates.
Richard Gregory, managing director of Latitude and a founder of SAScon, said: “For two days, Manchester will become the centre of the search, analytics and social media world with exciting keynote speakers of Brett Tabke’s calibre getting involved.”
SAScon was first set up by Richard Gregory, managing director of Latitude, Simon Wharton, managing director of PushON, Pete Young, search and social director at MediaCom, Richard Hudson, managing director of Vanilla Storm, Ben McKay, managing director of Organic Performance at MEC and Pete Cobley, managing director of Found.
SAScon’s 2014 headline sponsor is Melbourne, and MajesticSEO, Manchester Metropolitan University and SEMRush have also sponsored the event.
Early bird bookings cost just £125 + VAT for a one day ticket or £195 + VAT for a two day ticket if they are booked before 4 April. Bookings made after 4 April will be £150 + VAT for a one day ticket or £250 + VAT for a two day ticket.
Tickets can be booked online here or by calling Jessica at Don’t Panic Events on 01706 828855 or emailing