I opted out of attending Search Engine Strategies in New York this year, not only because the sessions I typically speak in did not make the cut for this show, but I also have many other travel plans already scheduled for this year. Maybe you are in the same boat – couldn’t make it due to time constraints or the cost of a show ticket is just too pricey for your budget right now or some other reason.
Well, fortunate for us that cannot attend the show in person, there are plenty of folks that are live blogging the conference sessions.
Late Monday afternoon, Irma and myself are headed back to Phoenix after another great trip to the Bay Area for this year’s Search Engine Strategies in San Jose. We will miss the wonderful weather as we go from a cool 70 some degrees back to 100 plus. Of course we will miss being in the presence of our search marketing friends and colleagues but do welcome the comfort of home and of course re-joining our children (and pets) after being away for over a week.
What started with a three hour flight delay and three gate changes at the airport turned out to be another great SES, this time in New York City. While Irma and I were supposed to arrive in New York from Phoenix at about 4:30 pm, we actually did not get to our hotel till a little after 8 pm.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was in Chicago attending the winter Search Engine Strategies conference and now, New York. My wife and business partner, Irma, and myself will be heading to New York on Monday for this year’s SES – my first time to the big city and her second. That’s the reason why I haven’t put up a single blog post until now – been busy trying to wrap up two weeks worth of work.
This year’s Search Engine Strategies conference in Chicago was simply a blast. I attended last year but was only there for one day because a spot on a Site Clinic session opened up. I literally flew in Wednesday and left 24 hours later only leaving the hotel once to attend a party held at Buddy Guy’s Legends club. This time around, my wife and business partner, Irma joined me as we attended the entire week. We met tons of cool people and were able to experience some of the highlights of this fabulous city.
I’ll be heading out Sunday to Chicago for the annual Search Engine Strategies Conference. I will be a Q&A speaker on the “Working With Ad Agencies” session that looks at how SEM firms can survive and thrive in the ad agency world through partnerships, coexisting and other means. I will also be covering the “CSS, AJAX, Web 2.0 & Search Engines” session for an article I will write shortly after the conference for SearchDay. Other than that, haven’t made up my mind exactly which sessions I will attend. Most of all I look forward to meeting up with all my search marketing friends.
Barry Diller whose giant media company, IAC/InterActiveCorp acquired Ask Jeeves last year for $1.85 billion, gave this year’s keynote at the Search Engine Strategies in New York. I have blogged in more detail about this at Search Engine Guide but some highlights of what he had to say below.