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SMX East 2017 Agenda

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Expo Hall Hours:

Tuesday, October 24th: 12pm-6pm

Wednesday, October 25th: 10am-4pm

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Full Conference Agenda - Tuesday, October 24th

7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Breakfast/Registration

9:00 AM-10:15 AM

SEO Ranking Factors In 2017: What's Important, What's Not

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With loads of guesswork and assumptions, the debate about Google ranking factors is never-ending and evolves with every algorithm update. What's on the rise, what's on the decline, and what still works?

You'll leave this session know the key elements that will deliver maximum SEO success as we move into the coming year and beyond.

Speakers

Olga Andrienko

Head of Global Marketing, SEMrush, @olgandrienko

Marcus Tober

Founder/CTO, Searchmetrics Inc., @marcustober

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Barry Schwartz
News Editor, Search Engine Land, RustyBrick, @rustybrick

The Art & Science Of Crafting Successful Ads

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With all the options available in AdWords and Bing Ads, creating simple, effective ads has never been so complex. In this session, we'll cover both the art and mechanics of crafting great online ads. We'll cover creative copywriting, how to assemble ad formats, extensions and targeting options for greatest potency, how to design and deploy display ads of every shape and size, and how to integrate ad automation tactics for greater scale and messaging precision.

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Matt Van Wagner
President, Find Me Faster, @mvanwagner

Shopping Campaign Tips & Tricks You'll Want To Own

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From initial structure to ongoing optimization and last minute tips for holiday success, our panelists will share tips and strategies to systematically and creatively cultivate your Bing and Google Shopping Campaigns into healthy, productive year-round ROAS generators.

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Ginny Marvin
Contributing Editor, Marketing Land, @ginnymarvin

Keyword Research & Copywriting For Search Success

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Successful marketing starts with the message. With SEO, that means understanding the terms being used by your target audience. Take it from Captain Obvious: it helps to use those words in your web pages.

This session covers the importance of textual content to search engines and how, with a bit of planning, you can create HTML tags and body copy that are search engine-friendly and engage your customer.

Speakers

Christine Churchill

President, KeyRelevance, @keyrelevance

Moderator

Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman

Excel With Bing: TBA

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10:15 AM-10:45 AM

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10:45 AM-12:00 PM

How to Maximize & Measure Performance on the Google Display Network

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Maximizing reach, awareness and performance of your display campaigns is critical to success of GDN campaigns.

This session covers the best ways to prioritize ad formats, creative use of audience segmentation, placement strategies and brand protection considerations and will include a discussion of attribution methods for display.

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Ginny Marvin
Contributing Editor, Marketing Land, @ginnymarvin

Paid Search Fundamentals

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Paid search (aka SEM) allows you to generate traffic from search engines by purchasing ads, usually on a cost-per-click (CPC) or pay-per-click (PPC) basis. Knowing the basics of how to structure your first campaign can make the difference between success and failure, and the ability to prove the effort has delivered value is critical to new SEMs.

This session covers the basics of how to purchase placement from the major search engines, including best practices for success with your ads.

Speakers

Matt Van Wagner

President, Find Me Faster, @mvanwagner

Moderator

Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman

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10:30 AM-11:15 AM

Why Going Global Is Essential To Your Business

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As the world becomes increasingly connected, it's becoming more vital than ever for virtually all businesses - regardless of size - to have a global online presence. And taking a one-size-fits-all approach won't cut it. Learn from Frederic Schaub, Marriott International's Digital Services Senior Manager of Global Strategy as he discusses the right (and wrong!) approaches to international SEO, PPC, social and content, and how marketers can win when going global.

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Frederic Schaub

Senior Manager, Global Strategy, Marriott Digital Services, Marriott International, @MrFred_S

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Barry Schwartz
News Editor, Search Engine Land, RustyBrick, @rustybrick
10:45 AM-11:10 AM

Hack Your Search Targeting with Synthetic Locations

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For advertisers, especially those with e-commerce storefronts, it can be difficult to make traditional, unbranded SEM worth the investment. Low CTR and conversion rates are symptoms of targeting too large a group, but many marketers don't know how to drill down to the ready-to-buy audience.

The good news is that it's possible for e-commerce brands to do detailed geotargeting using "synthetic locations," finding pockets of motivated buyers and matching them with micro-relevant messages. This session explores setup and optimization, creative and sourcing data to leverage the power of local hypertargeting.

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Caleb Donegan

VP, Product & Digital Strategy, Balihoo, @calebdonegan

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Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman
11:10 AM-11:35 AM

Harnessing The Power Of Online Reviews

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Online reviews and their "little gold stars" are disrupting marketing efforts and impacting customer purchases. In fact, 88 percent of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, according to a recent survey.

Get the facts about how reviews can impact quality of service, customer satisfaction, customer retention and customer acquisition. Learn what causes most negative online reviews and get tips on how to gain more raves. Get in the review game or get lost in the online hustle.

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Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman
11:15 AM-12:00 PM

Speaking In Tongues: Mastering Multinational Search

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Setting up and running multinational campaigns is the new frontier for search marketers. But it's not enough just to translate a website and expect good results. Effectively using Hreflang annotations, ensuring proper translation and cultural localization, mastering hosting issues and working with different currencies, tariffs and payment systems require careful work.

This session shows you how to master the lingua franca of the international marketplace without making costly mistakes.

Speakers

Aleyda Solis

International SEO Consultant, Orainti, @aleyda

Moderator

Barry Schwartz
News Editor, Search Engine Land, RustyBrick, @rustybrick
11:35 AM-12:00 PM

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TBA

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Chris Sherman
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Noon-1:30 PM

Lunch, Expo Hall & SMX Theater Opens

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1:30 PM-2:45 PM

Getting AMPed: Essential Info About Google Accelerated Mobile Pages

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With accelerated mobile pages now over a year old and fully integrated into Google Search, the use of AMP has expanded far beyond publishers and is now being deployed by retailers and others. SEOs need to be aware of the latest implementation techniques, display issues, measurement capabilities and more to understand why more than 2 billion AMP pages have been published from over 900,000 domains -- and why you should be "AMPing up" as well.

This session explores the latest AMP developments and what you should do to take advantages of them to deliver your content faster and reap the search result rewards.

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Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman

Must-Have Reports For Search Advertisers

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Actionable reports are essential to creating and tuning SEM campaigns. Choosing reports with the right data is crucial to effective campaigns optimization. And the information you share with your boss or clients can make the difference to the perceived value of your position and your career growth.

In this session, SEM experts share their own favorite reports that help them maximize returns, gain an edge on the competition -- and delight and satisfy key stakeholders.

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Brad Geddes
Founder, AdAlysis, @bgTheory

Finding Feed-Driven Retail Success Beyond Bing & Google

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You're already successful with Product Listing Ads and Product Ads. Now your focus is on building product search campaigns to drive sales on other channels, including Facebook, Pinterest and Amazon.

In this session, our expert speakers will address opportunities that each of these platforms represent and help retailers ramp up for the holidays.

Moderator

Ginny Marvin
Contributing Editor, Marketing Land, @ginnymarvin

Link Building Fundamentals

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Ever since Google created PageRank, every good search marketer's motto has been "I link, therefore I am." Link building is an art. There are dos and don'ts of linking campaigns, and a mistake could cost you valuable traffic and conversions.

In this session, we'll look at how to get quality links, how to craft anchor text to build authority and how to avoid commonplace mistakes that will hurt your credibility. Getting link building right is critical; don't risk potential penalties that will harm or destroy your search visibility by missing this session!

Speakers

Debra Mastaler

President, Alliance-Link, @debramastaler

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Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman

Excel With Bing: TBA

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2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Refreshments & Expo Hall & SMX Theater Time

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3:30 PM-4:45 PM

AMP: Do Or Die?

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Google has doubled down on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), pushing site owners in every business vertical to convert their sites to support the specification. Google cites multiple case studies highlighting publishers that have seen significant gains in both traffic and conversions with AMP adoption. In Google's new mobile-first world, brands are left to consider whether or not adopting AMP is a smart long-term strategy.

To get an unbiased look at AMP adoption, gains and losses that result and its ease of implementation, we conducted a survey of our Search Engine Land audience. Come to this session for the results, and to hear panelists share their own experiences with AMP. You'll hear case studies from a large publisher, an e-commerce site, and a technical SEO to get a full spectrum view of the challenges and benefits of AMP adoption.

Speakers

John Shehata

Vice President, SEO, Conde Nast, @jshehata

Aleyda Solis

International SEO Consultant, Orainti, @aleyda

Adam Young

CEO & Founder, Event Tickets Center, @adamyoungetc

Moderator

Michelle Robbins
SVP Content & Marketing Technology, Third Door Media, Inc., @MichelleRobbins

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Ginny Marvin
Contributing Editor, Marketing Land, @ginnymarvin

Paid Search & Social: Twin Children Of Different Mothers

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SEM experts are best suited to master the growing complexity of traditional search and emerging social media advertising. Hey, you've mastered scripts, bids modifications and elaborate combinations of extensions, right? Tackling social requires similar thinking and detailed execution to get positive results.

Learn how to apply your hard-earned expertise to marry search and social media advertising, creating the ultimate combination of push and pull.

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Brad Geddes
Founder, AdAlysis, @bgTheory

Online-to-Offline Attribution: Google, Facebook & Beyond

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Measuring cross channel attribution remains a mystery to many marketers, and moving from digital to physical-world channels is an even bigger challenge. Google, Facebook and a range of third-party platforms and data providers now offer store visits data and offline attribution. Given that the vast majority of transactions happen locally, an offline attribution strategy is critical to understanding the true ROI of your marketing spend.

This session explores the tools available from Google, Facebook and others and how they determine store visits (and sales) with location data.

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Greg Sterling
Founding Principal, Sterling Market Intelligence, @gsterling

Search Engine Friendly Web Design

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Smart (and successful) web designers know that optimizing site design for search engines is both essential and a savvy move. Search engines are the starting point for most internet users, and if your site is difficult for Google, Bing or other engines to "read," it's never going to work for your human visitors, either.

Attend this session and learn how to create search engine-friendly sites that are equally appealing to human visitors.

Speakers

Shari Thurow

Founder and SEO Director, Omni Marketing Interactive, @sharithurow

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Matt Van Wagner
President, Find Me Faster, @mvanwagner

Excel With Bing: TBA

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4:45 PM-6:00 PM

SMX Expo Hall Reception Meet the market leading solution providers exhibiting at SMX East, while enjoying a beverage, snacks and networking.

(open to Expo+ pass holders)

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Full Conference Agenda - Wednesday, October 25th

7:30 AM-9:00 AM

Breakfast/Registration

9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Keynote: Search Marketers Are The Trailblazers In The Emerging Martech Era

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We get it. Marketing is now a software-powered discipline that blends the art of creative and science of data. New technologies are deeply interwoven into marketing operations and strategy. Effectively harnessing them demands new capabilities, talent and management.

In this inspiring keynote, Scott will discuss:
- the evolution of marketing from the "arts and crafts department" to a results-producing, software-driven dynamo,
- how organizations are reinventing their operations and institutional metabolism to cope with the always-on and multichannel world,
- and why search marketers are uniquely qualified to lead in the new "martech era."

Speakers

Scott Brinker

Conference Chair, MarTech & Editor, chiefmartec.com, @chiefmartec

Moderator

Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman

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10:00 AM-10:45 AM

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10:45 AM-12:00 PM

Breakthrough SEM Testing Tactics

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"Trust but verify," says the Russian proverb; it's even more true for SEMs today. And while everything in your SEM campaigns can be tested, not all types of tests yield actionable results. The techniques and methods, and the how and why of testing, may change depending on whether you are testing ads, landing pages, keywords, bid methods, or even something most of your competitors haven't thought of copied yet.

In this session, SEM experts will show you how they write their greatest ads and how they test more quickly and effectively. They will also share their proven processes for maintaining high performance day after day and month after month.

Moderator

Brad Geddes
Founder, AdAlysis, @bgTheory

Brands Talk Search Marketing

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Brands face unique challenges when it comes to SEM, including:

- maintaining brand image within restrictive headline and description requirements
- ensuring that testing takes into account other branding efforts.
- following trademark guidelines.
- and more.

Brands also face significant SEO challenges: coordinating the ownership of keywords, content and other assets with various other marketing groups.

Come hear how brands are handling these and other challenging issues in their search marketing campaigns.

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Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman

Learn with Google: TBA

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10:45 AM-11:10 AM

What's New With Markup & Structured Data

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Properly structured data is critical and often forgotten element of getting great search results. For years, Google displayed results with "rich snippets," enhanced search results such as stars, images and additional information. Recently, Google has been relying more heavily on structured data markup for Rich Snippets to better understand and index your content, giving it more prominence in search results. Without properly structured data, you could be losing out on quality traffic to your website.

Aaron will discuss some of the newer markup options and introduce you to advanced uses of structured data related to google rich snippets that help you refine, update and optimize your content.

Speakers

Eric Enge

CEO, Stone Temple Consulting, @stonetemple

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Barry Schwartz
News Editor, Search Engine Land, RustyBrick, @rustybrick
11:10 AM-11:35 AM

Migration Best-Practices: Successfully Relaunching Your Website

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Are you planning to switch to HTTPs, migrate to a new CMS, change hosting providers or redesign your site templates? Many things can go wrong and most of the consequences are severe, but we've got you covered! In this session Bastian will offer hands-on advice on how you should plan your relaunch as well as how to avoid the most common problems that arise when making major changes to your site. Attend this session and you will be well equipped for one of the biggest SEO challenges: your next (smooth!) relaunch.

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Bastian Grimm

CEO & Director Organic Search, Peak Ace AG, @basgr

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Barry Schwartz
News Editor, Search Engine Land, RustyBrick, @rustybrick
11:35 AM-12:00 PM

The Power of Google Featured Snippets

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Featured snippets, also known as "rich answers" or "direct answers," zoom to the top spot in Google's search results. Grabbing this prime and highly coveted real estate is easier than you think and can make a huge difference in driving quality traffic to your sites.

Eric will present examples of featured snippets from across industries, explore several case studies and provide comprehensive SEO recommendations for getting Google to consider your content as a featured snippet for specific types of queries.

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Glenn Gabe

President, G-Squared Interactive, @glenngabe

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Barry Schwartz
News Editor, Search Engine Land, RustyBrick, @rustybrick

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1:30 PM-2:45 PM

SEO & Social: A Match Made In Marketing Heaven

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SEOs spend their days worrying about things like on-page content, structured data, technical issues and other high-precision tasks. By contrast, social media marketers spend most of their time on external platforms, creating engaging and spontaneous content and focusing on relationships rather than technical issues. Sounds like oil and water, right?

The reality is that these two teams can be highly complementary, supporting and reinforcing their efforts for mutual benefit. In this session, our panelists will show you how they got to SEO and social media tribes to cooperate to supercharge their overall marketing campaigns.

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Chris Sherman
Partner & VP Event Programming, Third Door Media, Inc., @CJSherman

Taking Audience Targeting To The Next Level

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Audience targeting allows you to be precise in choosing who sees your ads and the bids for each group, but getting it right can be tricky and takes testing. And today, your options for targeting are greatly enhanced with options such as demographics, similar lists, in-market audiences and CRM data. Once you master the basics, you'll be able to create custom combinations and fine-tune displays for your audiences, or even exclude audience groups.

In this session, learn to use advanced audience targeting to identify prospects and customers and ultimately maximize the ROI of your campaigns.

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Brad Geddes
Founder, AdAlysis, @bgTheory

Man + Machine: The Exploring Brave New Universe For Today's Online Marketers

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With artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, business automation, creative scripting, chatbots and other cutting-edge technologies, the role of the modern search marketer changes as rapidly as the advancements in marketing technology happen. Powerful platforms exist that appear to render SEO and SEM professionals virtually obsolete, but things are rarely as they seem. Now more than ever, human creativity and insight need to direct these scalable technologies.

Join our panel -- comprised of a seasoned content marketer, a veteran "Mad Man" and an analytics guru -- for a deep dive into the role machines and humans play modern marketing. You'll get insights into the realities search marketers face in the new RankBrain and machine learning/AI-enabled platforms landscape. You'll also learn tactics to address the most pressing challenges you face today, and how to prepare for what's next to ensure conversions -- and survival -- in this "rise of the machines."

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Annie Cushing

SEO and Analytics Consultant, Annielytics.com, @AnnieCushing

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Michelle Robbins
SVP Content & Marketing Technology, Third Door Media, Inc., @MichelleRobbins

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2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

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3:30 PM-4:45 PM

SEO For Google's Mobile-First Index & Mobile-Friendly World

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Google is now using a mobile-first index that is based on how users experience the web on their mobile devices. This is a radical change from how Google previously indexed the web with a desktop-first approach. This change has major ramifications for SEOs and webmasters. Are you up to speed on these changes? Have you optimized your site for a mobile-first world?

Our experts will discuss techniques for performing an audit in a mobile-first world to ensure that content, links, metadata and structured data are compliant, regardless of how your site is accessed by users.

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Leslie To

Director of SEO, 3Q Digital, @itsleslieto

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Barry Schwartz
News Editor, Search Engine Land, RustyBrick, @rustybrick

Faster & Smarter: Moving From Manual to Automated SEM Campaign Management

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Whether you are running a single campaign or managing multiple accounts for multiple clients, your ability to stay ahead of your competition depends on how quickly and effectively you manage and leverage your time.

In this session, we'll show you tactics, strategies and tools to move from manual to automated management of repetitive tasks. You'll be prepared for artificial intelligence (AI) tools that promise to radically change how we all manage our campaigns.

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Russell Savage

Engineering Manager, Cask Data, @russellsavage

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Matt Van Wagner
President, Find Me Faster, @mvanwagner