â€œI was surprised when getting involved with this conference how many people could not distinguish between strategy and tactic,â€ stated Kevin Ryan at the top of my final session of a whirlwind SES Chicago.
â€œKevin Ryan Unpluggedâ€ was a chance for Kevin Ryan, the man behind it all, to share his own personal thoughts on the conference and for attendees to offer compliments or suggestions.
It also served as a great bookend for my coverage of this excellent conference.
If I were to sum up the conference as a whole, I would, as Scott Miller did in a previous session, break it down to three Câ€™s:
Today, itâ€™s becoming increasingly vital in search that all parties involved in a website communicate and coordinate with each other on the concepts they will be promoting (how was that for including all three Câ€™s in a sentence :))
While I had this idea in mind, Ryan received a tough question from an attendee who noted that the last 5 years of SES Chicago were focused on intense learning, while this year focused â€œrefining.â€
I couldnâ€™t agree with this comment more. At the same time, in no way do I take this to be negative.
The nature of the sessions I attended and the overall them of the conference did seem very geared towards refining items we had probably learned several times over. For many of us in the industry, it is not learning these skills that is most critical to our development â€“ it is refining how we use these skills.
To paraphrase Sage Lewis from a previous session, a lack of communication between SEO and development that can spell doom for a website. Refining how we communicate with departments like design or development, determining new and effective ways to coordinate tasks and share knowledge, and the aforementioned strategy development are lessons I took away from this conference that I truly know will make me, and I hope our readers, a more effective search marketer.
With that â€“ it appears Iâ€™m the only one left in this roomâ€¦
See you next year SES Chicago!