Lee Odden

Catalog Conference Chicago

Next week is ACCM, the Annual Conference for Catalog, Internet and Multichannel Merchants at the enourmous McCormick Place in Chicago. I’ll be speaking on a panel called 15 Sizzling Hot Search Ideas for Merchants along with Lisa Papageras of What on Earth and Patricia Hursh from SmartSearch Marketing with moderation duties handled by Heather Lloyd-Martin of SuccessWorks.

As I am prone to do, my presentation will incorporate SEO into blog marketing and press release optimization as part of an overall ecommerce SEO program. This will be my first time speaking at ACCM so it should be fun. I know I’ll be looking forward to hitting at least one Chicago steak house with my RSS guru pal from accross the pond, Rok Hrastnik. Maybe Gibson’s, Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris.
Last time I was in Chicago for SES in December, Andy Atkins-Kruger and I hit up Gene and Georgetti’s (classic) and Harry Caray’s (so so). If you have suggestions for some great Chicago steak houses, leave a comment.

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. Good for you Lee – expanding the horizons! It’s good to see that the Top SEO evangelists in the field are now beginning to spread the gospel about search marketing to folks outside the SEO circle. I’m curious to hear how the presentation goes and what type of questions the audience comes back with….

    FYI – You might want to post a speaker bio so everyone is aware of your expert credentials so they can take note of the pearls of wisdom you are undoubtably preaching! http://catalogconference.com/Speakers/bios/lee_odden/

  2. Thanks Brian,
    I was debating whether to link to that bio or not. Things move differently with some conferences as far as getting site updates made, etc. Here’s a better bio link: http://toprankblog.wpengine.com/about-lee-odden/

  3. Lee, very nice to hear I might see you there as I am plannin on attending. As far as Steak House’s go, If you go out to the suburbs, there’s some Chicago Prime in Schaumburg. It is good to hear that SEO techniques will be a main topic of marketing strategy. Also any tips on PR optimization. I have been creating and developing my site for over a year now, and am ready to start a full PR blitz.

    Have fun at the conference, good time to be in Chicago.

  4. Gibson’s and Hugo’s Frog Bar (connected) are both great!


    Let me know if you want to try and meet-up while you in the windy city.

  5. Thanks Roger and Frank!

  6. Avatar Brian Quinton says

    Chicago Chop House. Almost as much atmosphere as G&G. Hope to see you during ACCM.

  7. Thanks Brian. Am looking forward to the conference. If you happen to stop by our session on Monday, please come and say I.

  8. HI there- As for Chicago steakhouses, Chicago chop house and Gibsons are rated pretty high. I still like Ruth Cris also.

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  1. Survey on Marketing with RSS : Business Blog Consulting says:

    […] If you’re attending the ACCM conference next week in Chicago, you can see Rok Hrastnik in action duing a a session called, “RSS What marketers need to know“. At the same conference, I’ll be speaking on the “15 Sizzling Hot Search Ideas for Merchants” session. […]