At Search Engine Strategies conferences there are always after-conference events and last night was no exception. The SES Dinner hosted by Allan Dick of Vintage Tub and Bath was definitely a winner in my book.
Sponsors included: Hitwise, pepperjamSEARCH, Range Online Media, Performics and Bizresearch who were all limited to using a single haiku (a 17-syllable Japanese poem) to tell the dinner attendees bout their services. Then we graded their performances and the top two winners won the highly-coveted ‚ÄúFootie‚Äù award (a clawfoot tub foot bolted to a wooden base). Todd Friesen of Range Online Media was a winner, and I believe pepperjamSEARCH was the other winner. I have videos of each haiku and will be uploading them to Google video later this week.
I sat across from two staffers (Jessica and Traci) with BizResearch pictured here with their CEO Laura Thieme. I should note that Laura did her haiku in Russian (complete with fur hat) and in English. Alas, it was a tough crowd and she did not win.
Shoemoney was there taking lots of pictures. See his photos from last year here.
There was also a prize drawing with giveaways from attendees like Brian Mark of ToolBarn.com (Chris Sherman won for the second year in a row) and Rand Fishkin got in the game and gave away a link from SEOMoz. From the look on the winner’s face, I am not sure he knew what to do with such a prized gift.
There were many other items given away, but I was having too much fun throwing around the balsa wood airplanes and talking to Jonah Stein, a VERY savvy/smart SEO/SEM Director from Alchemist Media.
At the end of the dinner, Katrina Markoff of Vosges Chocolate did a chocolate truffle tasting, which was a fantastic and we were all sent home with another box along with a catalog.
There was also this cool t-shirt, “Trust in Search” in a cold war-Soviet style theme. Nice.
Thank you to Incisive and Allan for inviting me to the dinner, it was fantastic.