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SES San Jose 2007 Special Events, Er Parties

We all know networking with other smart search marketers, prospective clients, marketing partners and candidates is one of the biggest benefits of attending search marketing conferences. Many times, this comes in the form of parties, some of which have been pretty fun in years past, especially anything involving WebmasterRadio.FM.

However, the trend regarding post conference events has shied away from big extravaganzas and more towards exclusive, invite-only private parties. Matt Cutts from Google had some thoughtful things to say about this at last year’s Pubcon.

For the thousands of SES San Jose attendees NOT on the invite list of such gatherings, there are a good number of “open to all” events being published by SES:

Vintage Tub and Bath Party SES New York

I arrived at the Hilton just in time to bump into Michael Gray and then Michael McDonald along with Rich Ord, the owener of iEntry, the parent to WebProNews. The first topic that came up of course, was the Vintage Tub and Bath party thrown by Allan Dick. This is an invite only kind of event and it is always enjoyable.

A big thank you goes to Allan, who is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

With the promise of a shuttle ride to the Manhattan Penthouse, where the party was to occur, I bumped into good pal Loren Baker of Search Engine Journal and along with Matt McGowan of Incisive and Marie Howell of Bruce Clay Europe, we made our way not to a shuttle, but to the Epiar party bus!

DoubleClick DART Search Party

There were several after-conference events last night at SES NYC. Marchex held a bash and there was a small, invite only thing for MSN AdCenter as well. I did not make it to either, but instead dropped by the DoubleClick DART Search Launch party that was held in the pentouse loft at Rockefeller Center. Lots of agencies and search engine reps were in attendance. Here are a few photos from my truzty Razr:

DART Search Launch Party
Business and pleasure.

Director of Marketing for Reprise Media, Anthony Iaffaldano.

View from the penthouse garden.

I didn’t stay long, but it was a good mix of people. I am doing my best to follow Jim’s advice and pace things, but will most likely drop by the Hitwise event tomorrow night.