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Lee Odden

Reader Poll: Help Make Online Marketing Blog Even Better!

Lee Odden on Apr 20th, 2010     Blogging, Online Marketing, Reader Polls

Thanks to readers like you, TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has experienced a long and rich blogging life over the past 6+ years with 2,300+ posts, hundreds of thousands of unsolicited links from powerful industry web sites and content that has helped thousands of readers become smarter online marketers.

We watch what our readers say in comments on and off the site as well as looking at referring keywords in web analytics and site search keywords to get an idea of what our valued community is interested in. With over 30,000 RSS subscribers and well over 100,000 unique visitors, we appreciate your attention a great deal and want to do our best to be a helpful resource.

Lee Odden

Poll: Your top reason for attending marketing conferences?

Lee Odden on Mar 10th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Reader Polls

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With the changes last year in the search marketing conference industry there has been disappointing side-taking and rumor mongering but also a healthy dose of optimism about what more competition will do for attendees. I would think the sustainability and success of any conference is in large part dependent upon attendees needs being met. Whether your primary business is interactive marketing, public relations, advertising or SEM, online marketing and PR oriented conferences offer a variety of benefits.

Because of Online Marketing Blog readers’ varied marketing and PR related interests, this week’s Poll aims to identify the top motivations for readers to attend marketing industry conferences:

Why do you attend marketing industry conferences?

  • Maintain knowledge - stay current (36%, 63 Votes)
  • Networking (34%, 60 Votes)

Lee Odden

Best SEO Resources, Practices & Conferences : Reader Poll Roundup

Lee Odden on Oct 24th, 2007     Online Marketing, Reader Polls

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From time to time we run Reader Polls on a variety of topics ranging from “Biggest Concern Related to Search Marketing?” to the “Strongest Signals of Credibility for a Marketing Agency”. Some of the polls get quite a few votes and some get very few. For example, the “Favorite SEO Podcast” poll received over 500 votes whereas the recent poll about whether Minnesota needs a SEM organization received only 21.

Since so many people took the time to show their preferences, we wanted to share the results for each of the past 14 polls:

Does Minnesota Need a Regional Search Marketing Association? 21 Votes
Either this blog has minimal reach in Minnesota, which given how few organized search marketing events there are, may be the case OR Minnesota search marketers are quiet about the topic. Either way, those that sounded off predominantly fell on the side of wanting a locally structured organization in support of SEM.

Lee Odden

Reader Poll: Can SES, SMX and Pubcon Coexist?

Lee Odden on Sep 14th, 2007     Marketing PR Conferences, Pubcon, Reader Polls, Search Engine Strategies, Search Insider Summit, Search Marketing Expo

SES New York Audience

A lot has changed in the search marketing conference industry in the past year. The biggest news being the addition of Kevin Ryan to oversee Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies along with the departure of Danny Sullivan from SES to start his own venture, Third Door Media and the Search Marketing Expo or SMX series of conferences.

Additional news includes the success of new conferences like MediaPost’s Search Insider Summit, programmed by David Berkowitz as well as the reduction in conference dates for Brett Tabke’s WebmasterWorld’s Pubcon down to one (albeit, temporarily) in Las Vegas. With the number of new and niche conferences popping up it begs the question as to whether the market demand can support so many events?

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Lee Odden

Reader Poll: NYC or SanFran

Lee Odden on Aug 6th, 2007     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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In November I’ve been asked to speak at a conference occurring on both the east and west coasts at pretty much the same time. I am only able to make one of them and all things are pretty much the same about the events, just different locations. So it’s come down to which city: New York or San Francisco?

November is a bit chilly for New York but certainly no worse than here in Minneapolis. New York is also one of my favorite cities in the world. San Francisco will be warmer and is also a great place to see and do things. The business opportunities are about the same as far as the speaking event and attendees. There are many pros and cons for both locations so this week’s Reader Poll aims to tap into the superior travel savvy-ness of Online Marketing Blog Readers to ask:

Which city would you rather visit?

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