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Networking Events At SMX West 2016

Meeting your fellow attendees, speakers and exhibitors is a big part of the value of attending SMX West. Check out these networking activities for All Access pass holders and exhibitors.

Events open to networking pass Expo+ pass holders are designated with the symbol: 

Please read the SMX Code of Conduct which is observed at all conference functions.

Make sure to check back for updates – we’ll be adding to this schedule!

Featured Event – Google Dance!



Wednesday, March 2 – 7:30pm to 11:00pm

Google Dance is sold out! But don’t worry, you still have a chance. Register now and you’ll automatically be added to the waiting list!

The good folks at Google are hosting a party for SMX West All Access attendees! Don’t miss this incredible experience — affectionately known as Google Dance* — at the famed Googleplex campus.

Attendance is open to the first 500 SMX West “All Access Pass” holders registered. (Sorry, 1-day All Access Pass holders are not eligible.) If you’ve already purchased a 3-day SMX West All Access Pass (or are a speaker), you’re automatically registered for Google Dance. Want to attend? Be among the first 500 people buying a 3-day All Access Pass and you’ll automatically be registered. Transportation will be provided.

* The term “Google Dance” was coined to describe the changes in search rankings after an algorithm update. It’s also the name of an annual gathering for search marketers that Google hosted at its Googleplex headquarters from 2002 through 2008. You can learn more about Google Dance here.

Location: Main Google Campus

SMX Orientation

Monday, February 29 ­- 5:30pm to 6:00pm

First time at SMX? Optimize Your Conference Experience! Get the scoop on accessing presentations, Wifi, power food, networking and more great content. Plus you’ll meet part of the SMX team as well as other “first-timers” and start making connections before the show even starts. Orientation will be open to All Access attendees and speakers.

SMX Meet & Greet


Bruce Clay

Opening Reception

Monday, February 29 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Start your SMX West experience off right! Arrive early, pick-up your registration materials, and join us on the 2nd floor Ballroom Foyer of the San Jose Marriott, for an informal evening reception with fellow attendees, speakers and invited guests.

This event is open to All Access holders and exhibitors.

Avoid the morning registration rush and pick up your badge, drink tickets, and registration materials at the convention center SMX West Registration Desk, open 5:30pm – 7:00pm Monday evening.

SMX Meet & Greet

Meet & Eat / “Obsessed with…” Tables

Daily, Tuesday, March 1 –  Thursday, March 3

There are two ways to get more out of lunch at SMX than just hot meals!

All lunches are included for SMX West All Access passholders. You’re certain to sit with knowledgeable and engaging people.

Like the experience to be a little more structured? Sign up to enjoy lunch at an “Obsessed with…” table. These are a great opportunity to continue the conversation with others who share your interests. We’ll post the schedule and topics of discussion for the tables several weeks prior to the conference and you can reserve your spot online.

Expo Hall Reception


Stone Temple Consulting

Tuesday, March 1 – 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Check out all of the solutions offered by the SMX West exhibitors during the Expo Hall Reception.

You’ll enjoy drinks and snacks while meeting your fellow delegates and learning about tools and services that can make you a more effective internet marketer!

This event takes place in the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. See who’s exhibiting.

pass holders welcome.

Tuesday, March 1 – 7:00 to 9:00pm

Janes of Digital is a gathering of women who work in the search and digital space and want to support and encourage each other with a cocktail in hand. It’s like getting together with your friends after work, but better because these friends are also industry connections. Join us for small bites, cocktails, connecting and a panel discussion with women leaders in the industry.

The GlassHouse
2 South Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113

All are welcome (this means you too, men), but space is limited and your RSVP is requested to guarantee a spot and bring your SMX badge for entry.

All Access and pass holders welcome.


Program Details
This time we’re discussing equality, building from the International Women’s Day theme #PledgeForParity and we’d love your strong voice in the conversation.

Moderator: Frances Donegan-Ryan, @FrancesDR, Sr. Marketing Manager, MicrosoftWith a mission to help businesses of all sizes capitalize on the power of search marketing, Frances’ years of digital experience runs the gamut of SEO, SEM, PPC, social media, content development, UX/UI and website design. She’s worked in big, small and tiny companies, always aiming to help get the right messages to the right customers and the right time. You’ll find her at search conferences and Bing Ads Connect events around the country helping SEM Pros better utilize Microsoft’s global PPC platform to stand out from their competitors.


Kim Thomas, @PPCkimpossible, Director of Digital Advertising , Wheelhouse Search

Kim is the Director of Digital Advertising at Wheelhouse Search, a premium search marketing agency based in Seattle, WA. Kim has been working in paid search for 5 years, and has acquired a large portfolio of clients since her industry inception. Today, Kim continuously works to improve and grow her PPC skill set, always looking for new challenges

Jen Mojo, @jennymojo, Founder, Paper Dolls

Jen is a 20+ year multi-discipline marketing leader with a passion for creating emotional consumer connections and experiences. Successful at establishing vision & strategy necessary for driving marketing innovation, ‘dimensionalizing’ brand, converting insights and delivering audience.

Benu Aggarwal, @benuaggarwal, Founder, Milestone Internet Marketing

Benu Aggarwal, founder and president of Milestone Internet Marketing, is an expert in internet marketing strategies for the travel industry. An award-winning internet marketing firm, Milestone is a cutting-edge, interactive agency providing complete internet solutions, from web 2.0 to search engine promotion strategies.

Shilpa Nagaraja, Sales Director, Bing Ads at Microsoft

Shilpa Nagaraja has spent the past ten years in advertising, with over eight and a half years working in SEM. She started her career in New York, working with clients across the US at every level, and has been managing teams for the past 5 years. Currently, she manages a Strategic Sales Team at Microsoft in San Francisco. In addition to constantly talking about Bing Ads, she attends the University of California, Berkeley, getting her MBA part-time and is looking forward to graduating in May!

Network Online Before & During SMX West 2016

The resources below will help you connect with others who have similar interests or work areas before you come to the show, so that you can have a successful conference network experience when you arrive. Check out these tools and ways you can share blog posts, photos and videos.

Facebook Private Group
Registered with an All Access pass? Join the official SMX West event group. This attendee only Facebook group will allow you to easily interact with others before, during and after the show. All Access pass holders will receive the link to request to join within their registration confirmation email. This is a great opportunity to participate in discussions, questions and show announcements prior to arriving on site as well as stay up-to-date during the conference! Feel free to hang out and continue the conversation even after SMX West is over!

Facebook SMX Fan Page
Join our Facebook SMX Fan Page to network with others, take part in conversations, and keep up with SMX news and announcements throughout the year.

Twitter: SMX — Tell the world you’re coming to SMX by using the #smx hashtag on Twitter! You can also keep up before, during and after the conference by following our Twitter feed.

Google+ – Join our Google+ page to network with others, take part in conversations, and keep up with SMX news and announcements.

LinkedIn: SMX — Member of LinkedIn? Join the SMX group and connect with others who are interested in our conferences.

Instagram: SMX — Love taking photos? We’d love to see yours from the show. Follow Search Marketing Expo and share your photos by tagging them with #smx or #smxwest.

Youtube: SMX — Make sure to check out the SMX YouTube channel for video clips from SMX!

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