We originally owned a petting zoo in Clacton between 2009 and 2015. The ‘Things to do in’ idea came about when I asked all customers who attended how they heard about it as we wanted to know which form of advertising was working the best. I found that customers had seen the board outside, previously attended the zoo, were local residents or the zoo had been recommended to customers. Over the years, the majority of customers said they had found it on the internet.

The Zoo monitored this feedback for three years! During this time we tried local radio adverts and maps around the town but neither of these options seemed to work.

At the beginning of 2014 we started asking all customers who said they have found the zoo via the internet if they could remember their search terms and to our surprise, around 90% of customers would say they typed in ‘things to do in Clacton’. We decided to investigate. When I did this for myself, I found that we were on Google and TripAdvisor under the categories of days out or children’s activities.

There wasn’t a ‘things to do in Clacton’ website so I thought it was a fantastic idea and we decided to buy the domain which then led to branching out to multiple locations across the UK.

The original idea was to start out as an attraction based business however due to rapid success, Things to do in has evolved into an online business advertising directory with the main reason being they had over one hundred and thirty page one Google search terms just in Clacton alone!

Things to do in want to offer customers a one stop shop for online advertising at a very affordable rate as well as a link to their website, a purpose built microsite including a Google map and regular updates of businesses on Things to do in social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

Apart from having thousands of businesses on Things to do in, we also have thousands of unique visitors per week to the sites. My whole team believe it’s a win win situation!

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Things to do in Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea is a fantastic place to live, visit and have some fun. This coastal town in Essex has long been a favourite of families looking to make the most of that all too short British summer with a trip to the seaside. Located between two of the county of Essex's most well known towns, Clacton and Colchester, Brightlingsea is truly a great place to bring the kids!

Restaraunts in Brightlingsea

If you like to grab a bite to eat out then Brightlingsea has you covered with several restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs! Eating out in Brightlingsea means you are spoilt for choice! The Seaside town also has the British seaside favourites such as Seafood stalls and fish and chips!

Shopping in Brightlingsea

If you are in Brighlingsea and fancy spending some of those hard pennies, then Brightlingsea has plenty of stores, shops and attractions just ready to oblige! Whether its the seaside shops that supply all the family with their buckets and spades, balls and lilos or you are looking for a more designer store then Brightlingsea is the place to visit.

Things to do is full of helpful tips and advice should you want to find a estate agent, travel agent, hotel and much more. If you would like your business to appear on the things to do in Brightlingsea website then feel free to give us a call or drop us an email.