The 2nd installment of SMX Advanced has come and gone. I was glad to have been able to be a part of it having missed the first one. In two days I live blogged a total of 8 sessions and attended one additional one that I didn’t live blog. I met up with many old friends and even met some new people. It was also the first trip to Seattle for me although there was little time to actually enjoy the city. All in all, another great conference and a great trip.
What really matters? Accessibility, discoverability and conversions are the big stuff that matters. The place to really start in investigating potential problems is the search results themselves. If there is a problem, is it related to indexing, ranking or crawling? This session provides a checklist and workflow for diagnosing your web sites for SEO obstacles using freely available diagnostic tools.
Many expect a recession to hit and no one knows how search will weather it. This session looks at strategies and tactics for those who want to prepare in advance for a worse case scenario. In this session which is being moderated by Jeffrey K. Rohrs of ExactTarget and Jessica Bowman of SEM In House (Q&A moderating), we will hear from Andrew Beckman of Location3 Media, Dave Davies of Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning, Russ Mann of Covario and Jon Miller of Marketo as they discuss what they are currently facing with the so-called recession and what steps they are taking for clients to help them continue to get the most out of their search marketing efforts.
What’s a You&A? That’s where you, the audience, put your questions directly to the head of Google’s web spam team, Matt Cutts. As an engineer in search quality, Matt’s been dealing with webmaster issues for Google since 2000 and is well known to many advanced search marketers from his blog and public speaking.
When a paid search campaign results in leads, are you keeping track of them in an organized, efficient manner? This SMX Advanced session looks at integrating leads with Salesforce, ensuring that leads related to search but happening offline get properly tracked and other issues related to lead management.
Hanging out your shingle is not building a business. Creating value that others will recognize and ultimately pay to own (read “buy”) takes vision, planning and execution. In this session, you’ll hear case studies from SEM business executives who have conceptualized and implemented strategies and tactics that make their companies intrinsically valuable.
At one time the model was simple — agencies got 15%. But that’s not the case with search engine optimization or paid search advertising. Digital media and measurable ROI spawned a school of new services and nearly as many pricing models, such as retainers, billable hours, pay-for-performance, keyword management fees, percentage of media spend. But with so many options on the table, which pricing model works best?
I am currently in Seattle where despite the rain, I am enjoying the weather immensely. I left the 100 plus degree weather in Phoenix yesterday and will be here till Thursday, attending SMX Advanced. Last night’s network reception hosted by Microsoft was wonderful and presented to opportunity to be reconnected ‘in real life’ with old friends in the industry if search and social media.
For the longest time I have wanted to participate in a local seminar in my own community of Phoenix Arizona on the subject of search engine marketing. Now that will be fulfilled in the inaugural event of the National Marketing Academy as they host the Phoenix Search Engine & Internet Marketing Workshop.
I’m two days back from the first Small Business Marketing Unleashed conference and I have to say that this was probably one of the best conference I have ever been to. The conference attracted right around 50 paid attendees which made for a very intimate setting. Speakers and those of who were live blogging were able to spend some real quality time with attendees. The information that was presented in sessions and workshops was of the highest quality and the food served up set the bar high for any other conference to follow.
I’m sitting in my hotel room now at the Northwest Forest Conference Center which is located just outside Houston in Cypress, Texas. I will be live blogging the Small Business Marketing Unleashed Conference tomorrow and Tuesday, posting my notes on Search Engine Guide. The conference is being put on by Search Engine Guide and Small Business Brief and is the first of what they hope to be many conferences of this kind.
Small Business Marketing Unleashed takes place in just a few short weeks. This conference is being put on by Search Engine Guide and Small Business Brief and features some very prominent experts in the industry. While the early bird registration deadline has expired, there is still an opportunity to save $100 off the registration fee. It is called the “better late than never” discount in which you can use the word “PUPPY” to save $100 when you register. That means you’ll pay $875 for two full days of learning from some of the leaders in the search marketing industry.