February 6, 2009
WebmasterRadio.FM at SMX West
One weekend and a long plane ride away from a week of education, interviews, evening events and industry inspiration. On Monday, a three person crew from WebmasterRadio.FM heads to Santa Clara, California to take part in and cover the Search Marketing Expo West Conference (SMX West) organized by Danny Sullivan and the team at Third Door Media. Some of the smartest minds in search come to SMX and the conference series always has an extremely strong line-up of speakers, sessions and attendees. WebmasterRadio.FM has a full slate of appointments and conversations planned for the week. WebmasterRadio.FM is also throwing one of our SearchBash parties. This year, we're stealing a page from our playbook at a previous conference. As part of our SearchBash event we will be live-casting a round-table discussion between several of the best paid search advertising marketers in the world at the Drunken PPC Round-table. SearchBash will be held at the Hyatt Bar/Lounge and on the pool patio deck on Wednesday February 11th starting at 9PM. Register for SearchBash at our revised and improved registration site, sb.wmr.fm/. Before Wednesday night however, we're going to speak with and learn from a lot of extremely talented intellects. Opening on Tuesday February 10th with a keynote address from Danny Sullivan, the SMX West agenda is split between beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions on SEO, PPC and the more general SEM (covering both SEO and PPC skills). Day 2 opens with a keynote speech from the legendary Vint Cerf, widely regarded as the Father of the Internet and now a VP at Google. We're hoping to get ten minutes of Mr. Cerf's time. Day 3 opens with an address from one of the most successful and innovative online publishers, John Battelle. Author of the book, The Search, Mr. Battelle is the founder of Federated Media. There are far too many extraordinary sessions to mention in a quick blog post but anyone interested should refer to the SMX West website. If you don't already have a ticket, late-stage early bird specials are still in effect until Monday. Register now and you can save you or your organization $200. Though the economy is awful, attending one of the highest level search marketing conferences should be considered a wise investment that has a better than even potential of adding to your year-end bottom line. SMX West is going to be one of those conferences. If you can be there, you should be.