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Lee Odden

Internet Marketing Conference Tips: Chris Sherman Third Door Media

Lee Odden on Aug 20th, 2008     Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing Expo

Figuring out how to get the most out of internet marketing conferences takes experience with plenty of conferences, including events like Search Engine Strategies happening in San Jose this week. So it seems fitting to follow up on Danny Sullivan’s advice with the insight of fellow Minnesotan, Chris Sherman.

Chris is co-founder of Third Door Media as well as the SMX conferences, has a search marketing consulting business and has been as involved with the details of conference programming, moderating and speaking as anyone you can find.

When torn between going to one session over another, go to the one that has fewest attendees. With so many people live blogging conferences these days, the odds are good that someone (or many) will be covering the popular session, so you’ll effectively get a two-fer even without personally attending both.

Lee Odden

Internet Marketing Conference Tips: Danny Sullivan Third Door Media

Lee Odden on Aug 19th, 2008     Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing Expo

What better follow up to our impressive list of internet marketing conference tipsters during SES San Jose than sage advice from one of the most visible people in the search marketing industry, Danny Sullivan. As co-founder of Third Door Media, parent to Search Engine Land, Search Marketing Now and the Search Marketing Expo series of conferences, Danny Sullivan is one of the most often quoted experts in the search engine industry.

Online marketing Blog readers may remember this interview with Danny Sullivan and Neil Patel before a SMX Social Media Conference. You can also find him on Twitter and his personal blog, Daggle

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SMX Advanced 2008 Wrap Up

TopRank Online Marketing on Jun 4th, 2008     Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo, SEO

Working hard at SMX Advanced

With all the sessions, speakers, networking and photo-snapping going on in the last 2 days at SMX Advanced in Seattle, it’s surprising any attendee got anything else completed at all.

While I didn’t attend every session (can’t be in three places at once – just not possible for this girl :)) I managed to get to quite a few where I learned a lot of valuable information and got a feel for what everyone was talking about.

The main theme I noticed in Seattle this week was the idea of value, and how to increase value. With the idea of the recession looming over our heads like a dark cloud, there are many people who want to see their dollar going as far as it can.

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SMX Advanced: Search Marketing and Surviving a Recession

TopRank Online Marketing on Jun 4th, 2008     Business of SEO, Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo

Search Marketing and Surviving a Recession

While there is still a debate over the effect of the recession we are in, or even if we are in a recession at all, it seems most companies and individuals are preparing for it the best they can. Talks of budget cuts and conserving resources are on everyone’s minds these days.

So where does search marketing fit in to all of this?

Our expert panel this morning at SMX Advanced – consisting of Jon Miller from Marketo (a TopRank client), Russ Mann of Covario , Dave Davies of Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning and Andrew Beckman of Location3 Media – gave great advice and opinions in how to come out of this recession thriving.

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SMX Advanced: Blow Your Mind Link Building Tactics

TopRank Online Marketing on Jun 3rd, 2008     Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo, SEO

Blow Your Mind Linkbuilding Tactics

Technical issues flavored the beginning of this session at SMX Advanced in Seattle. However, "oopsies" notwithstanding, Blow Your Mind Linkbuilding Tactics was informative with plenty of advice for gaining the authoritative inbound links web sites need to rank well in the search engines.

The session was packed with link builders looking for new and cutting edge linking information. While we listened, Greg Boser, Roger Montti, Jay Young, Stephan Spencer and Todd Friesen did their best to share with the audience how to get the best links. Their tips included:

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SMX Advanced 2008 Preview

TopRank Online Marketing on May 27th, 2008     Search Marketing Expo

SMX Advanced Logo

SMX Advanced is less than a week away, and let me tell you, I am excited. Not only is Seattle one of my favorite cities in the country, but the agenda for the 2 day long search marketing event looks outstanding.

Along with the keynote speakers – Kevin Johnson and Matt Cutts – here are a few other sessions I am really looking forward to.

SMX Advanced Day 1

Lee Odden

What Conferences Are You Attending?

Lee Odden on Apr 29th, 2008     adtech, DMA Annual Conference, Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, PR Conferences, Pubcon, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing Expo

Facebook Marketing Panel Web 2.0 Expo

Jeremiah Owyang posted recently asking his readers what conferences they would be attending in the coming months and I thought that would be a great question for Online Marketing Blog readers as well.

Over the past 3 years we’ve been focused on search marketing conferences but have expanded more into direct marketing, interactive and PR. We’ll continue that trend the rest of this year but with more conferences outside of search as our online marketing agency evolves.

Conferences that I’m attending in the coming months include:

Lee Odden

Poll: Your top reason for attending marketing conferences?

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

reader poll

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)

Jolina Pettice

Industrial Strength SEO: Enterprise Do’s and Don’ts

Jolina Pettice on Feb 28th, 2008     Enterprise SEO, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo, SEO

[Note from Lee: This is a perfect session for Jolina because she manages one of the largest enterprise SEO projects for any agency our size - over 2o different business units for a Fortune 20 company.]

dsc00478.JPG SEO for the enterprise requires a very different approach, than SEO for an small or medium business (SMB).

Deploying the same approach at the enterprise level, as you would for an SMB, would be like trying to clean a wine spill with Windex. You’ll end up making a bigger mess.

The Enterprise SEO panel at SMX moderated by Detlev Johnson of SearchReturn and Matt McGee of Marchex provided excellent insights into what you should and should not do with these types of search marketing projects.

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SMX Sesion: 8 Tips to More Effective Blogging

Jolina Pettice on Feb 28th, 2008     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo

dsc00450.JPGThe Wonder Twins Track at SMX West: SEO and Blogging, provided the audience with information on how to best launch and promote a blog.

Here are 8 tips, from Aaron Wall of SEOBook, on how to gain traction for your blog.

Own a Niche

  • Owning a smaller niche is an easy way to starting building personal brand
  • #1 player gets more play in the media

Make Formatting a Priority

  • Ensure you have a clean appealing design
  • Highlight best practices
  • Include an “About Us” page
  • Make it easy for press to contact
  • Leverage pictures/video/sketchcasting

Write clearly

  • Write headlines like a wire service writer
  • Use simple words and short sentences
  • Use bulleted lists/headers/sub-headers

Filter

  • Create Google news alerts
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SMX Session: Leveraging Brand-Lovers

Jolina Pettice on Feb 27th, 2008     Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo

dsc00440.JPGIn the Branding & Search session today at SMX West, panelists gave the audience many, many items to consider regarding their own brand or their client’s brand.

Let’s start by discussing the people that the brand is ultimately trying to influence.

Edwin Wong, Director of Customer Insights Organization – Yahoo!, touched on this by explaining that people love brands that love what they love. A mouthful right?

He labeled these folks, “Passionistas”.

Let’s use me as an example. I love food and cooking, so I love the Food Network because they share my passion. The theory holds true so far.

More interesting, is that Passionistas search 184% more than others. (No surprise here, but I’m in the search industry so we’ll move past me as the example on this one. :))

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SMX West Expo Hall Sneak Peak

Jolina Pettice on Feb 27th, 2008     Google, Marketing PR Conferences, Microsoft Bing, Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo

The Expo Hall at SMX West opened today. Take a peak.

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Strolling the floor

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Folks chatting with Google

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Folks chatting with Live

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More SMXers

Check out all of the photos at TopRank’s SMX West Flickr set.

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